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High schools welcome new teachers, revived young-parent program

A continuing rise in local property-tax revenues will support additional teachers and the return of a program serving some of the most vulnerable local high schoolers.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees anticipates up to 9 percent growth in property-tax revenue in the coming year – revenue that funds 85 percent of the 2015-2016 budget approved at the board’s June 20 meeting.

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Online public school hosts information session

California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school, has scheduled an information session in Los Altos 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Residence Inn Palo Alto-Los Altos, 4460 El Camino Real.

The session is aimed at families interested in learning about the program and the school’s individualized approach to education. California Connections Academy @ Ripon is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District and is open to students in grades K-12 who reside in Santa Clara County, among other areas.

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Empoder: Changing Silicon Valley, one girl at a time


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Grace Gao, left, an incoming junior at Los Altos High School, helps a student from the Mountain View Whisman School District with computer code during Empoder’s summer program.

Los Altos Hills resident Marissa Yanez is on a mission to empower the low-income communities of Silicon Valley, home to the largest income gap in the United States.

Yanez is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Empoder, an organization focused on exposing underserved students to engineering and computer science. Motivated by the wealth disparity in the Bay Area, Yanez characterized the tech industry as the “greatest creation of wealth” in the nation.

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Foothill registration opens July 16

Registration for fall quarter at Foothill College opens July 16 and runs through Sept. 20.

Foothill offers students courses that enable them to complete the general education requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university. Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as private colleges and universities.

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Almond fifth-graders set sail at Shoreline


Courtesy of Corinne Finegan Machatzke
Fifth- graders at Almond School launched the boats they designed and built at Shoreline Lake last month.

Almond School fifth-graders boarded their handmade boats at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View last month to learn firsthand whether the vessels they designed and built proved seaworthy.

The event was part of a project-based learning unit, “To Sail, or Not to Sail? … It’s an Exploration!” The unit – focused on the role boats played in early exploration – encouraged students to design and build boats using money they raised through capital ventures.

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Springer Scribes publish literary magazine


Courtesy of Laurie Pasmooij
Springer School’s Fun!visors Program sponsors activities at lunch, including the Springer Scribes club, which encourages students to write and publishes their work in a literary journal.

Three dozen student writers at Springer School are now published authors in the Springer Scribes Literary Journal.

The newly published authors are among the 100 students who participated in the Springer Scribes club, which met once a month at lunchtime throughout the school year.

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Local muralist tells a story of young Los Altos at two schools


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Los Altos muralist Morgan Bricca, above, created a work at Covington School commissioned by the Class of 2015.

Just as school ended this year, new color bloomed on two Los Altos campuses – public art projects commissioned by school communities to mark ends and new beginnings.

At Covington School, the Class of 2015 sponsored a mural celebrating reading and the California landscape. At Egan Junior High, the PTA launched a mural to honor Principal Brenda Dyckman’s 23 years of service. Both murals stem from Los Altos resident Morgan Bricca, who has left her mark on schools, civic buildings, shops and local homes around the region. Through her business “Murals by Morgan,” she has created hundreds of site-specific works of art.

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