Schools Briefs for the week of Sept. 5

MVHS seeks lunch volunteers

Mountain View High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association seeks parent volunteers to run the snack bar and pizza cart during lunch. The snack bar and pizza cart raise funds for student Senior Grad Night scholarships.

Shifts are once a month, and parents can sign up for as many shifts as desired.

10th Site Task Force leans toward moving Bullis Charter School


Courtesy of Los Altos School District
A graph from the 2017 Los Altos School District demographer’s report shows enrollment over the target capacity since 2010. Students enrolled at Bullis Charter School are included in the graph, because the district is legally obligated to provide facilities for them. The high, medium and low forecasts for enrollment growth in the next few years all show the total enrollment over target capacity.

The majority of the Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Advisory Task Force members said that placing Bullis Charter School on the 10th site is their first choice, as opposed to the site housing a neighborhood school, Egan Junior High School or a magnet school.

Formed last spring, the task force will determine the best potential use for land the district is in the process of acquiring and will make a recommendation to the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The district is currently negotiating with the sellers of the 9.65-acre parcel at the corner of California Street and Showers Drive in Mountain View.

Racial profiling happens in the liberal Bay Area, too

I’d like to believe that everyone treats me the same as everyone else in this town, and that’s the case in most situations. People are usually friendly, generous and – most of all – respectful of who I am: a first-generation, Ethiopian-Eritrean, African-American.

MVLA Scholars supports first-gen college applicants

As the school year starts, seniors are beginning the process of applying to college. On top of all the essays students must write to apply, Mountain View High graduate Ana Sofía Garay said she remembers having to write scholarship applications as well.

But she didn’t do it alone. Now a sophomore at USC, Garay received help from Mountain View High’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which works closely with MVLA Scholars to provide college mentors, scholarship opportunities and internships to low-income, first-generation juniors and seniors in the district.

Schools Briefs for the week of Aug. 29

Gardner Bullis marks 10th anniversary

Gardner Bullis School has scheduled a 10th anniversary celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the school, 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event, designed for students, teachers, staff, parents, neighbors and friends, will include a free barbecue lunch sponsored by the PTA, an inflatable Hungry Hungry Hippos game, campus tours, photo booths and more.

Swing Education aims to fill sub shortage


Courtesy of Swing
Swing Education aims to end the substitute teacher shortage out of a dog-friendly office in San Mateo.

Swing Education, a company founded by three Gunn High School graduates, is trying to end the substitute teacher shortage.

There’s been a nationwide teacher shortage over the past five years, and with it comes a substitute teacher shortage. So when teachers attend a conference or get sick – or their kids are sick – schools are scrambling to fill their positions. Enter Swing.


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