Spirit Week Wildfire Relief Drive brings rival schools together

Spirit Week at Los Altos and Mountain View High schools usually builds to a battle on the football field between the Eagles and the Spartans. While the two teams will still be facing off Saturday, they will be using the game to collaborate as well as compete.

The rival schools will be joined by students from Alta Vista High School – the first time leadership classes from the three schools have worked together – to collect donations for victims of the North Bay fires.

LAEF names new executive director

After a summerlong search, the Los Altos Educational Foundation Board of Trustees named Heather Macdonald the organization’s new executive director.

Macdonald has lived in Palo Alto for 23 years, volunteering for local organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the Palo Verde Elementary School PTA and the Sequoia Adult School Scholars. While she originally worked in the corporate world, Macdonald said she felt drawn elsewhere.

Foothill-De Anza trustee elected to national policy board

Gilbert Wong, Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustee, has been elected to an at-large seat on the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors.

ACCT represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees at 1,100-plus community colleges and serves as their voice to the White House, U.S. Congress and Cabinet-level agencies such as the departments of Education and Labor.

Study session examines MV-LASD partnership as school-site search continues

Representatives from the Los Altos School District and the Mountain View City Council last week participated in a study session that explored using a zoning strategy to facilitate acquiring land in the San Antonio shopping center area for a 10th school site.

A transfer of development rights (TDR) is used to exchange the right to develop one parcel of land to another. Uses of TDRs include preserving farmland and historical neighborhoods.

LAHS students, staff march in defense of DACA


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Los Altos High School students gather to be seen and heard as they protest the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Students and staff from Los Altos High School took to the streets Sept. 26 in response to the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects some undocumented students.

While not an official campus event, the Latino Student Union, the Black Student Union, Students for Haiti Solidarity and the newly formed Teachers in Solidarity participated in the rally and march.

Los Altos High players take a knee


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Los Altos High football players Axel Rodriguez, Mohamed Fofanah, Jonathan Sanabria and Nemin Htet kneel for the anthem.

Los Altos High School football players Nemin Htet and Mohamed Fofanah took a knee during the national anthem before their team’s game against Wilcox High Sept. 23 at Levi’s Stadium.

It happened on the same field that Colin Kaepernick – who last season kneeled during the anthem to protest violence against minorities – formerly played on as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.


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