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.

Reflecting on a 10-day college tour

Courtesy of Sarah Feng
Rising Pinewood School senior Sarah Feng toured 10 colleges in 10 days, including Harvard University, above, where she audited a three-hour comparative literature class about the epic form through time.

My family and I embarked last month on a 10-day voyage to the East Coast, a land filled with startlingly large expanses of greenery and prone to heavy bouts of rain. We experienced both – the latter in no shortage as we stepped off of the plane in Philadelphia and prepared to see 10 universities in the days to follow.

Will high school be the best or worst years of my life?

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Huang
Kaitlyn Huang, second from left, celebrates her graduation from Egan Junior High School in June. Pictured with her are, from left, Melina Murai, Amanda Der and Ella Yuen. Huang is entering her freshman year at Los Altos High this fall.

High school. It is quite an interesting place, or so I have heard. As an incoming freshman at Los Altos High School, my thoughts run wild as I imagine what high school will really be like.

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By Hollis Bischoff


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