LASD enrollment on decline, according to demographer

Enrollment is declining in the Los Altos School District, but the mid-range forecast shows stability from 2019 to 2025, according to a demographer who delivered an enrollment report at the district’s May 14 board of trustees meeting.

Shelley Lapkoff of Lapkoff & Gobalet Demographic Research said district enrollment has dropped for three consecutive years, but if Bullis Charter School students are taken into account, then the total has decreased only in the past two years.

Student Film Festival at Los Altos High School showcases emerging talent

From stop-motion animation to drama and comedy, films made by Los Altos High School students will premiere at the school’s annual Student Film Festival, scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

The film festival has run for the past six years under the guidance of veteran film teacher Susana Herrera.

LASD parents object to excessive testing, 10th campus

Parents of students in the Los Altos School District expressed their frustration with testing overload at the board of trustees meeting May 14, imploring trustees to reduce the number of student assessments.

“My kids are experiencing tremendous stress and fatigue,” Marcia Chron, a teacher at Blach Elementary School said, a result of what she perceives as excessive testing.

PTA Council honors volunteers

The Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council presented this year’s Honorary Service Awards at its annual luncheon May 14.

The council honored the following volunteers for their long-term and varied service.

History comes to life at St. Simon Parish School


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
St. Simon Parish School students Claire Provencher, left, dresses as astronaut Sally Ride and Caitlin Lee as Leonardo da Vinci for the school’s recent “living” Wax Museum exhibition.

Marie Curie, Alexander Hamilton, Betsy Ross, Elon Musk, two Abraham Lincolns and more than 30 other historical heroes all attended St. Simon Parish School’s “living” Wax Museum exhibition May 9.

The event enabled the school’s third-graders to showcase their knowledge of history’s trailblazers.

Foothill official invites LASD to 'Join the Conversation'

Foothill College recently ranked No. 3 among the best community colleges in the United States based on completion rates, transfer rates and cost of attendance, according to Foothill College Vice President of Instruction Kristy Lisle.

As part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s community outreach initiative, “Join the Conversation,” Lisle delivered a presentation on Foothill College at the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting May 14.


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