Teachers try to draw the line with smartphone use in the classroom

Whether doodling, daydreaming or passing notes, young minds have always wandered in the classroom. The smartphone is the latest distraction.

With its many capabilities, the handheld device can be a resource to enhance learning, but some teachers are tired of vying for students’ attention and have adopted policies to restrict smartphone use.

Los Altos High Marching Band hosts performance and workshop

Marching band teaches advanced mathematical processing, proprioception, multitasking and time management, along with manners, discipline, sacrifice, generosity, teamwork and camaraderie – all in an outdoor setting filled with music.

Freestyle Academy looks for a home

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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District wants to lease an unoccupied site on Bryant Avenue in Mountain View for Freestyle Academy of Comunication Arts and Technology.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District wants to lease city-owned land on Bryant Avenue in Mountain View to house Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology, but negotiations are taking longer than expected.

Teachers lament housing market

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John Payne, who teaches at Mountain View High School, commutes from Gilroy every day because that’s where he could afford to buy a home.

Local teachers, administrators and government officials came together at Mountain View High last week to hear the stories of teachers struggling to find housing.

Governor vetoes bill requiring late start for middle, high schools

Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a bill that would require most California middle and high schools to delay school start times to 8:30 a.m., giving students a little more time to sleep in.

A version of the bill has been making its way through the State Legislature for years, as public health officials and sleep researchers argue that not only do teenagers need more sleep, but they need to sleep in later than adults because their bodies are on a different clock. If teens have to be at school at 8:10 a.m., like Mountain View High students, it’s almost impossible for them to get the physician-recommended eight to 10 hours nightly.

10th-site discussions miss north of El Camino Real perspective

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Osvaldo Napoles and Teresa Jimenez have kids at Santa Rita School. Even though they live closer to the 10th site, they wouldn’t want their kids to go there.

The Los Altos School District is zeroing in on a plan for its 10th school site, but some of the families who live closest to the proposed new campus are unaware of the upcoming decision.

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