MVLA receives update on English-language learners

There are 269 students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District who learn English as non-native speakers and have not been reclassified to take mainstream English classes, according to Associate Superintendent Margarita Navarro.

Navarro delivered a presentation on the district’s English learners at the April 16 MVLA Board of Trustees meeting, noting that 61 percent of the 269 students attend Mountain View High School, just under 30 percent are enrolled at Los Altos High and an estimated 10 percent are Alta Vista High students.

MVLA honors Students of Month

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District April 16 recognized three district students as Students of the Month.

• Brynna Mitchner, a junior at Los Altos High School, organized the March 14 National School Walkout on campus. She coordinated details of the walkout, collaborating with the Associated Student Body and administrators to involve more than 1,000 students in the peaceful protest, according to school officials.

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

Courtesy of MVHS Instrumental Music Parents Association
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

Courtesy of St. Francis High School
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.”

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