Fourth-grade teachers rethink California missions curriculum

Courtesy of Los Altos School District
Fourth-graders at Covington and Santa Rita schools create missions in Minecraft as part of the unit on the Spanish colonial period of California.

Teachers throughout the state, and in Los Altos, are revisiting California’s history and reconsidering how to tell the thorny story of the missions.

The missions, religious settlements built by Spanish colonizers at the end of the 18th century, are both a central part of the state’s history and a human-rights violation, as indigenous people were forced to abandon their ways and embrace the Spanish Catholic way of life.

Schools community provides assistance to victims of Butte County wildfire

Students and staff at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, along with an alumnus, have rallied to assist those impacted by last month’s wildfire in Butte County.

Members of the Mountain View High School Choir Department served food to evacuees and volunteers, the Los Altos High varsity girls volleyball team is leading a drive to collect money and other necessities for fire victims and Los Altos graduate Jeremiah Girouard has offered to drive the supplies to Butte County.

Thoughts on the local election

In my six years living in Los Altos, no other election has caused as much of a fuss in the community as last month’s did.

Between city council candidates and Measure C, one thing is certain: Our city ironically resembles the division seen in national politics. And I don’t mean right along party lines. Residents are overwhelmingly liberal, but when it comes to deciding on downtown growth and citywide development, there is no clear majority.

LASD reaches settlement in assault lawsuit

The Los Altos School District paid $225,000 to the family of a 10-year-old girl who alleged that the district failed to protect her from two assaults during recess two years ago.

Schools briefs for the week of Dec. 5

Elephant fundraiser rescheduled

Los Altos student Uma Chirotarrab’s fourth annual elephant fundraiser is scheduled 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 in front of Sethi, 290 Main St., Los Altos.

Uma plans to hand out cookies, answer questions about elephants and collect donations for Tusk, an organization that supports conservation in Africa.

LASD: No decision on 10th site

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is still pursuing the acquisition of a 10th school site in Mountain View, but trustees have yet to decide what type of school would be placed on the new campus.

District officials hope the city of Mountain View will kick in $23 million to fund the project in exchange for use of the site after hours, but council members have said they don’t want to move forward with a funding commitment until the district fleshes out its plans for the site.

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