Living Classroom program in need of volunteer docents

The Living Classroom program seeks volunteers docents who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies. The program also serves schools in the Mountain View Whisman and Palo Alto Unified school districts.

County schools plan to install fiber-optic internet

Local schools could see a boost in their bandwidth next school year after the Santa Clara County Office of Education reported plans to connect districts via high-speed fiber-optic cable.

The project aims to connect most school districts in Silicon Valley to the Office of Education data center using dark fiber – the unused fiber-optic cable installed by companies to avoid costs of having to do it again when there is an additional need for fiber-optic cable.

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MVLA Foundation breaks fundraising record

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation raised nearly $1.6 million for local schools this year, the largest grant in the foundation’s 35-year history.

Funds raised go to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, where past MVLA grants have been used to reduce class sizes and fund Tutorial Centers, Innovative Learning grants, the AVID college readiness program for underserved students, wellness initiatives and enhancements to the College and Career Centers.

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LASD approves 5 percent raise for employees

Los Altos School District salaries will see a boost after the board of trustees voted to approve a slate of increases for teachers and other staff.

Trustees authorized collective bargaining agreements with the California School Employees Association and the Los Altos Teachers Association in late April and early May. At a May 22 meeting, the board approved a comparable raise for staff not represented by the prior two agreements.

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EqOpTech, founded by Los Altos High School junior Terence Lee, seeks donations of functioning laptops (Windows or Mac) with appropriate power adapters for students in need.

Collection drives are ongoing at Blach Intermediate School and Monta Loma Elementary School.

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Art teacher opens studio doors

Pinewood School art teacher Penny Nolan has scheduled an open studio 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pinewood’s lower campus, 477 Fremont Ave., Los Altos.

Nolan, a Pinewood teacher for more than 20 years, is also a fine-art oil painter and vice president of the Sunnyvale Art Club. Visitors to the open studio may view Nolan’s work and participate in a craft project Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day.

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