Loyola 3rd-graders ask LASD for inclusive playground

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Loyola School third-grader Evan Lyons, at the microphone, asks Los Altos School District trustees to recall their favorite playground activities when they were children. Evan and his classmates requested an inclusive playground, taking turns addressing trustees at their May 29 meeting.

A group of Loyola School third-graders asked the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees for an inclusive playground at the board’s May 29 meeting.

“As a child, what was your favorite part of the playground?” Loyola third-grader Evan Lyons asked trustees.

MVLA Foundation provides record grant

Courtesy of Laura Roberts
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation recently raised $1.704 million for the district. Pictured, from left: MVLA Foundation President Alan Cyron, MVLA Foundation Co- Executive Director Margaret Gong, Superintendent Jeff Harding, MVLA Trustee Fiona Walter and MVLA Foundation Co-Executive Director Laura Roberts.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation raised $1.704 million for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the largest grant in the foundation’s 36-year history.

At the annual spring gifting dinner, held May 2 at Chef Chu’s restaurant, foundation Co-Executive Directors Laura Roberts and Margaret Gong, along with foundation President Alan Cyron, presented the check to Superintendent Jeff Harding and MVLA Trustee Fiona Walter.

LASD enrollment on decline, according to demographer

Enrollment is declining in the Los Altos School District, but the mid-range forecast shows stability from 2019 to 2025, according to a demographer who delivered an enrollment report at the district’s May 14 board of trustees meeting.

Shelley Lapkoff of Lapkoff & Gobalet Demographic Research said district enrollment has dropped for three consecutive years, but if Bullis Charter School students are taken into account, then the total has decreased only in the past two years.

LASD parents object to excessive testing, 10th campus

Parents of students in the Los Altos School District expressed their frustration with testing overload at the board of trustees meeting May 14, imploring trustees to reduce the number of student assessments.

“My kids are experiencing tremendous stress and fatigue,” Marcia Chron, a teacher at Blach Elementary School said, a result of what she perceives as excessive testing.

Mtn. View High presents 3-D spring concert

Courtesy of Cynthia Greaves
Mountain View High created a 3-D violin, above, for the concert. The violin is one of four instruments printed on a 3-D printer.

Mountain View High School’s spring concert, featuring four instruments printed on a 3-D printer, is scheduled 7 p.m. today in the school’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation funded the 3-D fabrication of four string instruments with $1,000, according to Jason Kneebone, Mountain View High music director. Kneebone noted that using 3-D printers fully customizes musical instruments to the players’ aesthetic tastes and physical characteristics.

MVLA honors Students of the Month

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District named Los Altos High junior Owen MacKenzie and Mountain View High junior Tejas Thvar May Students of the Month.

MacKenzie, a member of Los Altos High’s cross-country team, was the second-fastest junior at a recent state-level competition. He set records of 4:19 in the mile and 9:20 in the 2-mile race.

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