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Gunn High School celebrates 50 years

Current and former Henry M. Gunn High School Titans, together with the entire Gunn community, will celebrate 50 years of successful academic, athletic, artistic and technical endeavors Friday through Sunday.

Activities scheduled for the weekend include an Alumni barbecue, special halftime show at Gunn’s football game against Carlmont High School, a formal ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday morning followed by campus tours, a panel of current and former faculty members and an alumni art show. A Golden Gala at the Palo Alto Sheraton 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday will include faculty as well as alumni.

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Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Living Classroom environmental education program seeks volunteer docents interested in connecting children with the outdoors.

Docents and their assistants provide hands-on math, science and social studies lessons to all grades in the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman school districts. All training and materials are provided.

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Program turns parents into school-day advocates


Courtesy of Sonia Maiello.
Project Cornerstone parent reader Sonia Maiello regales a Montclaire classroom.

Parent volunteers at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos are gearing up for the seventh year of Project Cornerstone, a countywide YMCA initiative that encourages students to become champions for themselves and others.

The program draws on a national study that connected developmental assets such as family support, adult role models and reading for pleasure to reduced risky behavior. The assets help children feel empowered, valued, respected and safe. The program theorizes that the more resources children perceive within their community, the less likely they are to engage in high-risk behavior.

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Alta Vista High starts year with full freshman class

For the first time, Alta Vista High School started the school year with a full freshman class last month.

The alternative high school has long focused on juniors and seniors who weren’t thriving at the district’s two main high schools, offering them an opportunity to catch up on credits in a focused, small-school environment. Over time it added resources for younger students, and last year the school began accepting freshmen who had failed to graduate from eighth grade. The goal was to help them catch up before entering the sophomore year at Los Altos or Mountain View highs. This year, a full class of 20 started high school at Alta Vista.

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One more candidate joins MVLA race

When longtime incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again, the deadline to file for the upcoming Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees election was extended by a few days. Mountain View resident Sanjay Dave registered as the seventh candidate on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Sanjay Dave

Occupation: Computer engineering manager.

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New teachers top 40 in high school district


Courtesy of Barry Groves
Forty-one new teachers and three administrators joined Los Altos and Mountain View high schools.

A huge cohort of new teachers just joined the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

The 41 newcomers represent the largest incoming staff class in the past decade. MVLA schools include 230 teachers overall, meaning nearly 18 percent of the staff are new this year.

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Community support pays dividends


As a recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine revealed, getting low-income students into college is not enough to close the achievement/income gap. The percentage of low-income students entering college who actually earn a degree lags far behind the success rate of other college students. Furthermore, many who do graduate fail to get jobs that allow them to pay off their formidable college debts.

In Los Altos and Mountain View, however, many volunteers and donors are committed to seeing that scenario change. The MVLA Community Scholars program, founded in 2000 by local resident Jim Strand and now a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, has from its inception recognized the challenges that underserved students face in completing college.

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