Student supports Pinewood at games


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Alex Banning, center, revs up the crowd at a girls basketball game.

Many Pinewood School students know senior Alex Banning as an almost larger-than-life figure on the Los Altos Hills campus. He founded Pinewood’s cheer squad and leads school assemblies as student body president.

But when Banning is not in the spotlight, he’s often working behind the scenes to support Pinewood. He handles sound design for the theater department, website design for the school newspaper and does some IT work for teachers and students. Oh, and he has a side business as well.

MVLA hires new associate superintendent


The Mountain View Los Altos Union School District hired Margarita Navarro as the next leader of educational services for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, effective July 1.

As associate superintendent, Navarro will oversee curriculum and instruction. She replaces Brigitte Sarraf, who is retiring after nearly 50 years working in Mountain View’s education system.

Mtn. View voters face parcel-tax decision

Nearly $3 million in funding is on the line for the Mountain View Whisman School District May 2 as district residents vote on whether to continue an expiring parcel tax.

If approved, Measure B would maintain current levels of school funding while raising the average homeowner’s tax by $64 .

School Briefs

LASD solicits teacher housing

The Los Altos School District, in partnership with Los Altos Community Foundation, is compiling an electronic bulletin board connecting district teachers to local residents with available rental housing. The bulletin board will serve both veteran teachers and new hires searching for affordable housing near district schools.

The search for housing will include apartments, in-law units and suites with their own entrances that are available beginning in July or August.

MVHS robotics team advances to nationals


Courtesy of Wyn Schuh
The Mountain View High School Spartan Robotics team placed second at the FIRST Robotics San Francisco Regional last month.

Mountain View High School’s robotics team is on a roll.

Spartan Robotics placed second at the FIRST Robotics San Francisco Regional last month and received two awards at the Silicon Valley Regional earlier this month. The team, which has grown to 50 students this year, is headed to Houston this week for the world championships.

Mountain View High science squad works from underdog to top spot


Courtesy of Anita Wood
Mountain View High students participate in late-night study sessions for the Science Olympiad tournament.

Mountain View High School’s Science Olympiad team finished second in this month’s state championship, earning medals in 15 out of 22 events, including first-place medals in Ecology, Hydrogeology and Electric Vehicle events.

Just three years ago, according to head coach Anita Wood, the Science Olympiad club’s haphazard meeting schedule had the team regularly placing last or next-to-last. They had never won a medal, nor qualified for state.


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