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Los Altos native earns Fulbright, heads to Germany

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Graham Beck, a Los Altos native who attends Boston College, heads to Germany in September to teach with the Fulbright Program.

Los Altos native Graham Beck recently received a Fulbright award to serve as an English teaching assistant in Saxony, Germany.

Beck is one of 20 Fulbright Program awardees selected for the diversity program, geared to expose German students to American culture. He is scheduled to leave for Germany Sept. 9.

LASD selects Teachers of the Year

Courtesy of Marlene Revelo
The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year at a ceremony in May. Teachers recognized include, from left, Vicki Lombardi, Kathy Panec, Mary Ann Darby, Ami Lutz, Beth Leach, Sheena Vaidyanathan, Katie Campodonico, Ricky Hu, Laurel McNeil and Vanessa Jordan.

The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year at a ceremony at the conclusion of the school year.

This is the third year the district has recognized the contributions of a teacher from each campus and designated one as the overall recipient of Teacher of the Year. Teachers at each school in the district nominate and vote for their peers. The district previously recognized only one teacher each year, who would then be honored by the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Foothill College honors more than 1,000 graduates

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More than 1,000 students marched in the Foothill College graduation ceremony June 24,.

More than 1,000 students graduated from Foothill College last week.

The 56th annual commencement ceremony was held in the Library Quad of the Los Altos Hills campus June 24.

Los Altos students donate $10K in prom proceeds

Courtesy of Lisa Auerbach
A group of Los Altos High School juniors organized their own prom this year, with proceeds benefiting the local Have Faith Be Strong Foundation. Last week the students – left, back row, from left, Tyler Grant, Jordan Auerbach, Lee Staufenbiel, Ryan Young, Cooper Cornell and Kyle Godfrey – presented $10,427 to the foundation, run by the Thayer Family, front, Jennifer, Bailey, Samuel and Lance.

Turning lemons into lemonade, a group of Los Altos High School juniors recently organized their own prom after the school’s big dance catered only to seniors.

The inaugural prom not only provided an affordable event for more than 250 Los Altos High juniors – some members of the class transformed it into a fundraiser for a charitable cause.

LAEF fulfills $3.5 million grant for elementary and jr. high schools

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Katie Farley, Covington School STEM teacher, works with students in her classroom. The Los Altos Educational Foundation provides funding for the Los Altos School District’s STEM program.

The Los Altos Educational Foundation recently met its fundraising goal of $3.5 million for the 2015-2016 school year.

For more than 30 years, the nonprofit foundation has solicited donations from parents and local residents to provide funding for enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District.

MVLA foundation raises record-breaking grant funds

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School sophomore Hassib Rangeen, center, presents to a group of his peers his research on the decay rate of apples at his class’ Food Chemistry Fair. The MVLA Foundation’s Innovative Learning Grants funded the fair.

The MVLA High School Foundation recently gave the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District a $1.575 million grant, the largest grant in the foundation’s 34-year history.

At the annual spring gifting dinner last month, foundation co-executive directors Laura Roberts and Margaret Gong presented a $1.575 million check to Superintendent Jeff Harding and district board President Phil Faillace.

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