Local school districts welcome county's $6 million for teacher housing

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted April 17 to allocate $6 million for affordable housing in Palo Alto for teachers in the north county, including those teaching in the Los Altos and Mountain View Los Altos Union High school districts, both of which responded enthusiastically.

Supervisor Joe Simitian in January proposed building teacher housing on a 1.5-acre plot of county-owned land at 231 Grant Ave., across from the Santa Clara County Courthouse.

St. Francis hires alumna as principal

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Katie Teekell, hired last month as St. Francis High School’s next principal, is slated to begin her new job July 1.

St. Francis High School has hired alumna Katie Teekell as its next principal, effective July 1.

School officials described Teekell as a “St. Francis graduate who embraces and embodies the Holy Cross charism” and a “distinguished educational leader” who shares the school’s mission and values.”

LAHS students advance as MathWorks finalists

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Los Altos High School students Ryan Huang, from left, Michael Vronsky, Daniel Wang, Justin Yu and Joanne Yuan are headed to New York to compete in a national math competition final.

Los Altos High School seniors Joanne Yuan, Michael Vronsky, Justin Yu, Ryan Huang and Daniel Wang are headed to New York City April 30 as the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge finalists.

This year’s competition drew more than 4,175 juniors and seniors from around the country.

Blach musicians place first at National Festival of Gold

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Katherine Healzer, center, plays Handel’s Harp Concerto along with other members of the Blach Intermediate School Orchesta over spring break at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the National Festival of Gold.

The Blach Intermediate School Orchestra won first place at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the National Festival of Gold.

Under the guidance of conductor Vincent Lewis, the orchestra played three pieces: Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat major, with soloist Katherine Healzer, center; Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, with soloists Carolyn Smith and Austin Wang; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 16 in C Major.

MVLA trustees honor distinguished students

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Los Altos High School teacher Darren Dressen, from left, attends the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District board meeting March 26 with students Geoffrey Glass, Samira Sriram and Tanya Matthew, honored by MVLA trustees for earning finalist status at the Synopsys Championship.

Six students stepped into the spotlight at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting March 26 as trustees lauded their accomplishments.

Half of the students recognized achieved finalist status at the Synopsys Championship, an annual prize awarded to the Santa Clara County student whose project best exemplifies the next breakthrough in science and engineering.

MVLA trustees discuss student wellness issues

Approximately 35 percent of juniors at Los Altos High School and more than 30 percent of their peers at Mountain View High expressed chronically sad or hopeless feelings on the 2017-2018 California Healthy Kids Survey.

The survey results were revealed in a report presented to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees March 26.

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