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MVLA board weighs Facilities Master Plan options


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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Trustee Phil Faillace suggested Cupertino High’s student union as a model for updating MVLA facilities. The building houses the library, administration offices, collaboration spaces and other student services.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees entered round two of deliberations with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects over the Facilities Master Plan during its Nov. 6 meeting.

The original facilities proposal, presented last month, came in at an estimated low of $270 million and a high of $295 million. Proposed upgrades include new classrooms, student unions, expanded gym and athletics facilities, and maintenance work on heating, air conditioning, roofing and storm drainage.

MVHS marching band completes award-winning season


Photo Courtesy of Mountain View High School Spartan Marching Band
Mountain View High’s Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard recently wrapped up a stellar season. Color guard member Pratha Amin expresses the music through movement.

The Mountain View High School Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard recently wrapped up its competition season, bringing home multiple awards for its 2017 field show, “Divinity: The Music of Final Fantasy.”

The band kicked off the season Oct. 7 with its annual “Community Thank You” show. The event included performances by the marching bands from Mountain View, Los Altos, St. Francis and Santa Clara highs.

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Los Altos High seeks STEAM volunteers

Los Altos High School teachers are recruiting volunteers to participate in the new STEAM Academy, aimed at creating a pathway for students to engage in a four-year course of study in science, technology, engineering, arts and math that enables them to gain career technical experience and skills needed to be successful in college.

Teachers seek professionals from local industries, universities and the community to participate on an advisory board supporting the development and direction of the academy.

MVLA continues work on Facilities Master Plan update


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The Facilities Master Plan update proposes expanding classroom space at both Los Altos High, above, and Mountain View High.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees was scheduled to hear further reports Monday on the Facilities Master Plan update, aimed at bringing district campuses up to 21st-century standards and providing space for a projected enrollment increase.

Trustees were originally set to vote on the facilities update at Monday’s meeting, held after the Town Crier’s press deadline, but they postponed the vote at their Oct. 23 meeting to allow time to gather additional information.

Therapist's tips help grieving kids to cope

Lissa Dutton offers advice for parents on comforting grieving children and teens in the wake of the death of a classmate.

Depending on their stage of development, children can perceive death in vastly different ways. A child in preschool may view death as reversible or temporary. Younger school-age children may understand that death is permanent, but may think of it as a spirit or a person. Children starting around nine or 10 through adolescence have a more concrete understanding of the permanence of death both for themselves and others.

Longtime MVLA administrator receives Athena Award

Brigitte Sarraf, associate superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union School District, received the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Athena Award Nov. 2.

Presented by Chambers of Commerce worldwide, the award honors women who have attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in business and the community.


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