Group argues LASD has enough space

Amid the official Los Altos School District meetings last week, an outside group, Creative Facilities Solutions, met to discuss how the district could share its existing land with Bullis Charter School.

Since the formation of Creative Facilities Solutions in 2017, the group has basically argued the same thing: The district has enough space; it just needs to reconfigure its existing land. Despite the group’s insistence, the school district has pursued the purchase of a 10th site so that each school could have its own campus: nine district schools and Bullis Charter School. But a land purchase is guaranteed to be pricey.

LAHS Green Team spreads sustainability


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The Los Altos High School Green Team hosted its annual Students for Green High Schools Conference last year, above, and will host the conference again this weekend. Pictured, from left: Nikolas Gibson, Hannah Yang, Maya Desai, Clara Hao, Sarah Chang, Anya Gupta and Beatriz Valente.

The Los Altos High School Green Team is scheduled to host its fifth annual Students for Green High Schools Conference 9 a.m. Saturday at Google Inc.’s Sunnyvale campus. The conference brings together 16 high schools from throughout the Bay Area in an effort to spread environmental awareness and inspire students to “green” their schools.

LASD mulls where to house Bullis Charter School next year

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Bullis Charter School is currently housed in portable classrooms on Egan Junior High’s campus, above, and Blach Intermediate School’s campus. The charter school is set to grow next year, so it will need additonal space.

Bullis Charter School plans to grow by approximately 200 students next year, and the Los Altos School District is trying to figure out where to put them.

LASD to eliminate grade-level math classes at jr. highs

Sharon Moerner
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Sharon Moerner teaches proportions to seventh-graders in CC7 math at Blach Intermediate School. Moerner is among the district’s teachers opposed to the elimination of grade-level math classes – CC7 and CC8 – for seventh- and eighth-graders.

The Los Altos School District plans to eliminate grade-level seventh- and eighth-grade math classes, to the frustration of the district’s middle school math teachers.

MVLA declares construction will have insignificant environmental effect


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Traffic backs up on Fremont Avenue at the corner of Truman Avenue in the afternoon as students leave Mountain View High, congestion that could be exacerbated by upcoming construction.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees has declared that the upcoming construction at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools will have an effect on the environment that can be diminished to an acceptable level.

Elephant fundraiser surpasses goal

Uma Chirotarrab’s fourth annual elephant fundraiser surpassed its goal this year and raised $2,650.26 in one day for Tusk, an organization that supports conservation in Africa.

Uma, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High School, and her friends typically hold their fundraiser in Los Altos the day before Thanksgiving but postponed it because of the smoky air from the wildfires.


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