CSMA hosts Family Arts Day

The Community School of Music and Arts is scheduled to host Family Arts Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at CSMA’s Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Designed to showcase the music and visual arts programs at CSMA, the family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

No 2018 bond for Foothill-De Anza

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District opted last week not to pursue a bond measure for the November ballot.

Chancellor Judy Miner wrote in an email to staff that she and the board of trustees made the decision for two reasons: enrollment is unstable, and tension has arisen recently regarding labor negotiations and the district’s future funding.

LASD teachers become students for summer writing workshop


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An instructor from Columbia University’s Teachers College describes how Los Altos teachers can encourage their students to develop ideas for writing that are both interesting and challenging.

Los Altos School District teachers and principals gathered last week for a writing workshop run by Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Teens win Youth Tech Day


Courtesy of Swati Sinha
Team Latch and Patch demonstrates how to detect a puncture in a wheel and patch it.

The Los Altos Entrepreneurship Boot Camp provides students with the opportunity to feel like they are working on an MBA before even finishing high school.

SCC teacher housing plan moves forward

The Palo Alto City Council recently voted to allocate $3 million for a subsidized housing project for teachers and administrative staff, but it’s still unclear whether educators serving students from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View will benefit from it.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian has spearheaded the project, which could establish 60-120 below-market-rate housing units for local teachers. The Board of Supervisors agreed to donate 1.5 acres of county land at 231 Grant Ave. in Palo Alto, along with $6 million from an affordable housing fund for the project. Simitian hopes that the Palo Alto Unified School District, the Mountain View Whisman School District, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the Los Altos School District and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District will be involved in the project.

Foothill College awards first bachelor's degrees


Courtesy of Foothill College
Program Director Phyllis Spragge, right, celebrates with the inaugural baccalaureate class June 29.

Twenty-three Foothill College graduates walked away with something new June 29: a bachelor’s degree.

The inaugural class earned dental hygiene degrees as part of a pilot initiative that allowed 15 community colleges in the state to develop baccalaureate programs for technical degrees in 2014. Four years later, the first graduates are ready to enter the workforce with a degree that will give them flexibility in their careers, according to Phyllis Spragge, program director. Graduates with an associate degree can work as dental hygienists, but they can’t move on to other related jobs.


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