MVHS band to perform in London New Year's parade

Students in Mountain View High School’s Instrumental Music program have been invited to perform in the 2019 New Year’s Day parade and festival in London.

In a ceremony at the school March 25, the Lord Mayor of Westminster Steve Summers formally invited the Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard to participate in the parade, and the Wind Ensemble to perform in one of the festival’s concerts.

LASD re-examines middle school model

During a study session March 13, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees didn’t quite go back to the drawing board, but called for new research before making a decision on the long-running debate over whether to move sixth-grade students to junior high campuses to form middle schools with grades 6-8.

The board listened to a presentation and recommendations from a special committee on grade-level configuration. The 18-member committee, comprising administrators, principals, parents and junior high and elementary teachers, has been studying the potential benefits and pitfalls of the sixth-grade move since early 2011. Five years ago, the committee recommended that the district go ahead with moving sixth-graders, but at the time, facilities obstacles stymied such a shift.

LASD reviews school accountability tool

Courtesy of California School Dashboard
The California School Dashboard ranks school performance by color.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees reviewed the new California School Dashboard and heard a proposal for a time-sensitive solar project at last week’s board meeting.

The California School Dashboard, released to the public March 15, replaces the previous Academic Performance Index as a means of ranking school and district performance. Criticism of the API focused on its failure to measure multiple areas of school success and deficit, creating an overemphasis on standardized test scores.

Work begins on Foothill-De Anza Community District offices

Courtesy of Alten Construction
The new Foothill-De Anza Community College District office building on the Foothill College campus will house 70 district administration employees and feature a single-story, connected elliptical boardroom.

Construction recently broke ground on the Foothill College campus for a new two-story office building for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Designed by Ratcliff Architects, the 24,000-square-foot facility will house office space for approximately 70 district administration employees, including the chancellor of the college district and employees in human resources, business services, purchasing and the district’s charitable foundation.

Bullis Charter welcomes new principal

Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Cynthia Brictson, new Bullis Charter School principal, greets a student at the start of school earlier this month.

Bullis Charter School recently hired Cynthia Brictson as its new principal/director of instructional services.

She replaces Jocelyn Lee, who resigned to become director of the Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool, which her children attend.

FHDA completes sale of Measure C bonds

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District reached a milestone in its Measure C capital improvement program with the sale of its final series of bonds.

Authorized by district voters in 2006, the $490.8 million bond program has transformed the Foothill and De Anza college campuses by funding infrastructure upgrades, repairs and renovations to existing buildings, as well as new construction.

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