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.

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.

Mtn. View High presents 3-D spring concert


Courtesy of Cynthia Greaves
Mountain View High created a 3-D violin, above, for the concert. The violin is one of four instruments printed on a 3-D printer.

Mountain View High School’s spring concert, featuring four instruments printed on a 3-D printer, is scheduled 7 p.m. today in the school’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation funded the 3-D fabrication of four string instruments with $1,000, according to Jason Kneebone, Mountain View High music director. Kneebone noted that using 3-D printers fully customizes musical instruments to the players’ aesthetic tastes and physical characteristics.

MVLA honors Students of the Month

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District named Los Altos High junior Owen MacKenzie and Mountain View High junior Tejas Thvar May Students of the Month.

MacKenzie, a member of Los Altos High’s cross-country team, was the second-fastest junior at a recent state-level competition. He set records of 4:19 in the mile and 9:20 in the 2-mile race.

MVLA Scholars recruits college prep mentors

MVLA Scholars, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, seeks local residents willing to commit a year to shepherd high school juniors and seniors through the college application and scholarship process.

The students are in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, designed to prepare students for success at four-year universities.

LASD 10th-site task force kicks off discussions

The Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Advisory Task Force held its first two meetings Friday and Saturday to discuss how best to use a new site once it’s acquired.

District officials expressed confidence about overcoming obstacles to purchasing a site in the north of El Camino Real area, based on a conversation the Town Crier had with Superintendent Jeff Baier and trustees Vladimir Ivanovic and Steve Taglio.


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