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

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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.

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

Courtesy of Brittany Gray
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.

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