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High schools start the year with student wellness in mind

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The school year kicked off at Los Altos High School last week with students preparing for Back to School night. Clad in shirts exclaiming “Let Me Help You,” students served as guides for families.

With new positions added and a new homework policy this year, both Los Altos and Mountain View high schools plan to emphasize the importance of student wellness.

As the school year drew to a close in the spring, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a new homework policy designed by school site leadership groups.

LASD begins new year with new faces and new curriculum guides

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The Gardner Bullis School community welcomed new principal Nadia Oskolkoff, second from right, during the school’s back-to-school Popcorn Social Aug. 16.

The Los Altos School District kicked off the school year last week by introducing new curriculum guides for teachers and welcoming two new principals.

After a yearlong process that included input from teachers across all grade levels and from all district schools, officials published grade-level-specific curriculum guides to streamline instruction this year.

Bullis Boosters Camp adds leadership element

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Bullis Boosters Camp counselors-in-training, from left, Nicole Andrews, Elena Atluri and Amrita Sangani serve snacks to students at the summer bridge camp.

In addition to its tuition-free summer bridge camp for local underserved students, the Bullis Boosters Camp expanded to include a counselor-in-training leadership program this year.

In an attempt to add sustainability to the annual program for second- through fourth-graders, camp officials added the leadership element for junior high and high school students.

Two local students share test prep skills

Courtesy of Justin Duan
Mountain View High School senior Derek Zhang, left, and St. Francis High School senior Justin Duan conduct an ACT prep class for low-income students at the Mountain View Teen Center.

Two local high school students provided free college test prep courses for low-income students this summer.

In partnership with the Mountain View Teen Center, Mountain View High School senior Derek Zhang and St. Francis High senior Justin Duan collaborated with officials from Mountain View and Los Altos high schools to connect with students in need.

Empoder bridges the opportunity divide through computer science camp for girls

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Empoder student teacher Brandon Hsiao, a senior at Mountain View High School, instructs a middle schooler at the four-week computer science camp.

Aiming to make a systemic change and promote diversity in the tech sector, Empoder founder and Los Altos Hills native Marissa Yanez redesigned her computer science camp this year.

Empoder is a nonprofit venture focused on exposing underserved students to engineering and computer science. This year Empoder offered a summer program that capitalized on local high school AP Computer Science students’ knowledge to deliver a free and challenging program to low-income sixth- and seventh-grade girls in the Mountain View Whisman School District.


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