Local libraries launch summer reading program

Library Summer Reading Program
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Shoshanna Green of ScienceTellers conducts an experiment June 20 at the Los Altos Library as part of the district's summer reading program.

Through its summer reading program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” the Santa Clara County Library District hopes to encourage local residents of all ages to discover the different places books can take them this summer.

The goal of the free program – which began June 1 and is slated to run through July – is to have each participant read five books and log their progress online.

Los Altos resident receives award from State Department

Los Altos resident Geoffrey Wildanger recently won a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to study literature at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board administer the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, an international educational exchange designed to build lasting connections among students from different countries.

MVLA passes budget, sets plans

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees June 18 passed a 2018-2019 budget of $92.6 million, based on a total revenue of $93.2 million.

According to a district staff report, 88 percent of its revenue comes from property taxes, 6 percent from other local sources, 5 percent from the state and 1 percent from federal funding.

LASD reports to taxpayers

The Los Altos School District released its Annual Accountability Report to Taxpayers last week. The report indicates that 90 percent of the district’s funding comes from local revenue sources.

The report also includes a list of parcel-tax expenditures:

Freestyle Academy teacher wins STEM Teaching Award

Leo Florendo of Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology last week was named a recipient of Santa Clara County’s annual Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.

Florendo, program coordinator and digital media teacher at Freestyle Academy – the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District program for juniors and seniors that emphasizes cutting-edge multimedia – was among five science, technology, engineering and math teachers at public schools selected for the award from a pool of countywide nominees.

Nine sixth-graders graduate from LA's Canterbury Christian School

Canterbury Christian School in Los Altos held the smallest graduation ceremony among local schools June 6 – there were only nine students in the elementary school’s Class of 2018.

Graduates included sixth-graders Lily Chen, Shianna Chi, Tyler Chin, Sean Fisk, Charissa Ho, Eliana Lee, Joshua Lee, Akin Mabogunje and Weiming Zhou.

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