LASD trustees approve 8 members for 10th Site Advisory Task Force

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees April 23 unanimously appointed eight local stakeholders to serve on its 10th Site Advisory Task Force, charged with informing the design of a new school campus.

Oak, Loyola principals swap positions

Kimberly Attell

Loyola School principal Kimberly Attell will exchange positions with Oak Avenue School principal Amy Romem next fall.

The desire to try something new prompted the two principals to make the switch, according to Jeff Baier, superintendent of the Los Altos School District.

MVLA receives update on English-language learners

There are 269 students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District who learn English as non-native speakers and have not been reclassified to take mainstream English classes, according to Associate Superintendent Margarita Navarro.

Navarro delivered a presentation on the district’s English learners at the April 16 MVLA Board of Trustees meeting, noting that 61 percent of the 269 students attend Mountain View High School, just under 30 percent are enrolled at Los Altos High and an estimated 10 percent are Alta Vista High students.

MVLA honors Students of Month

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District April 16 recognized three district students as Students of the Month.

• Brynna Mitchner, a junior at Los Altos High School, organized the March 14 National School Walkout on campus. She coordinated details of the walkout, collaborating with the Associated Student Body and administrators to involve more than 1,000 students in the peaceful protest, according to school officials.

Trustee apologizes for comments about minority students and AP

A Mountain View Los Altos High School District trustee said he regretted comments at the April 16 board meeting that suggested more minority students taking AP classes would lower academic standards.

Sanjay Dave’s comments came during a presentation by the science departments at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools. The departments made it a goal to get more minority students involved in AP classes. But Dave said, “These goals – I personally struggle with them.” The remarks drew condemnation from district teachers.

MVHS student groups triumph at state science and music contests

Courtesy of MVHS Instrumental Music Parents Association
Members of Mountain View High’s Winter Percussion ensemble – including, from left, Talia Joffe, Calvin Reed, Sasha Heye and Josh Stukenborg – celebrate their win at the Northern California Percussion Alliance championship.

Mountain View High School students returned victorious from two state-level competitions this month.

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