Student Voices: Adjusting to online learning amid pandemic

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Marie Godderis is heading into a senior year at Los Altos High School that no one could have predicted a year ago.

Around this time last year, I was eager to reunite with classmates, meet new teachers and peers, and transition into the back-to-school routine. But this year, things are quite different.

New BCS superintendent hits the ground running: MVLA, CUSD, FHDA also welcome new administrators

Maureen Israel is taking over as superintendent of Bullis Charter School at a time when schools are working rapidly to adapt to the ever-changing contours of the coronavirus pandemic.

She also joins Bullis at a time of leadership transition for the school, with three new principals starting this school year, all longtime BCS teachers. Israel said in an interview that she has appreciated joining a leadership team that has a long history at BCS.

Local schools finalize plans for remote fall reopening

The start of school this fall will look different from anything students, parents or teachers have experienced before. Rather than the excitement of returning to campus and seeing friends in person, students will instead be starting the year remotely.

Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that schools can only reopen once their county is off the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Santa Clara County remained on the state’s list as of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline.

New MVLA superintendent prioritizes 'student voice'

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Nellie Meyer took over as superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District last month. She replaces Jeff Harding, who led the district for four years.

Listening to students and understanding their perspectives on their education has long been important to Nellie Meyer, the new superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

For her doctoral dissertation on high school dropout prevention, Meyer interviewed students about the reasons why they left. Throughout her career in education, Meyer said that embracing “student voice” has become a guiding purpose.

Foothill students receive support from CA College Promise program

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Foothill students in the California College Promise program may have their book fees waived at the campus bookstore.

Oliver Craven is among the tens of thousands of students throughout the state who find themselves in a tight financial bind after graduation.

The 2019 Los Altos High School graduate was accepted to a UC but said he chose not to enroll because it would put him at least $100,000 in debt.

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