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MVHS welcomes teacher back after controversy


Many in the Spartans community are still upset after a Mountain View High School teacher was placed on paid administrative leave soon after the U.S. election, only to return to the classroom the next school day.

Frank Navarro, longtime Mountain View High history teacher, was suspended the afternoon of Nov. 10 while the high school investigated allegations of inappropriate behavior in class, including Navarro’s comparison of President-elect Donald Trump with Adolf Hitler. Navarro returned to the classroom Nov. 14, after the Veterans Day holiday and the weekend.

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Nonprofit group seeks laptops for Egan students

Los Altos High School junior Terence Lee seeks donations of functioning laptops (Windows or Mac platform) with appropriate power adapters for students in need at Egan Junior High School.

Student seeks donations to save elephants

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Gardner Bullis School fifth-grader Uma Chirotarrab, above with a donation last year, is setting up shop downtown today to raise money for the Tusk Foundation to help preserve her favorite animal.

Uma Chirotarrab, a fifth-grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills, has loved elephants her entire life.

Her passion goes beyond collecting stuffed animals – Uma wants to protect and preserve the majestic creatures.

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Woodside Priory students are slated to perform a modern-day version of William Shakepeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Several Los Altos students are featured in the cast.

LAHS marching band hosts community performance

Capping off a rigorous marching band season, the Los Altos High School Instrumental Music Boosters is scheduled to host the annual Fall Finale Saturday.

The Fall Finale is a celebration of the marching band season for students and staff, and a fundraising event for the Instrumental Music Boosters. The event includes a silent auction, holiday plant sale and baked-goods sale. The Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard will perform its 2016 competition show for the community. After the performance, audience members will be invited to join students on the field for a firsthand marching band and color guard experience.

St. Francis student earns perfect AP exam score


Los Altos resident Ryan Chandra, a senior at St. Francis High School, earned a perfect score on his AP English Language and Composition exam, taken last spring.

Advanced Placement tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 equivalent to an A grade in the corresponding college course.

LAHS receives Green Business recertification

Courtesy of MVLA
Celebrating Los Altos High’s green achievement are, from left, Amy Brown, director of the county’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency; Los Altos High School Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg; Green Team students Sarah Chang and Hannah Yang; County Supervisor Dave Cortese; and Santa Clara Valley Water District Director Linda J. LeZotte.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese recently commended Los Altos High School for achieving Green Business recertification.

Green Team student representatives Sarah Chang and Hannah Yang, adviser Sybil Cramer and Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg were on hand to accept congratulations for their efforts in fulfilling qualifications to earn the Green Business certification renewal.

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