When less is more in college apps

During the next few months, high school seniors all over the country will be finalizing their college lists and preparing applications. They’ve worked hard over the past year to research and select colleges that reflect their goals for the future, or they have assembled lists based on the recommendations of family and friends.

Local school board races heat up

The Nov. 6 board of trustees elections for local school districts are on track for a competitive year, with more candidates than seats for nearly every race, with the exception of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

Potential candidates obtained nomination forms from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. The deadline for interested candidates to return their completed paperwork is today, which was extended from the original Aug. 10 deadline in all of the local districts after at least one incumbent did not file his or her paperwork by that date.

Y Full STEAM Ahead inspires teens


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Mountain View High senior Ashwin Hingwe, left, works with Y Full STEAM Ahead participants.

Despite an abundance of cutting-edge technology a stone’s throw away, many Silicon Valley youth from low-income families have limited exposure to the inner workings of high-tech companies.

Underserved students may lack access to technology learning experiences and exposure to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career opportunities. The absence of technology in the lives of underprivileged youth can hinder their exploration of their true potential.

Let there be light? Debate illuminates stadium controversy


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Mountain View High School running back Jai Austin runs downfield during the Spartans’ 2016 homecoming game against Hillsdale. The game took place in the evening, under temporary lights.

Lighting is on the table for Monday’s Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Trustees will listen to a presentation, then discuss whether to install permanent lighting at the stadiums of Los Altos and Mountain View high schools, followed by public comments on the topic. The idea arose last year, when representatives from both schools’ Athletic Boosters circulated an online petition in support of stadium lights, a move that would enable night games. Within 10 days, they had 1,500 signatures.

Retired math teachers establish scholarships for future educators

Once Jim and Louise Dunaway retired from teaching math in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the couple knew they wanted to help others get into the profession they love.

Four years ago, they began contacting their alma maters about establishing scholarships for students pursuing careers in math education. The first round of scholarships in the Dunaways’ name were awarded in 2017 to Fresno State (where Jim earned his undergraduate degree), San Jose State (where he earned his teaching credential) and the University of Mount Union (where Louise earned her undergraduate degree).

Schools Briefs for the week of Aug. 8

LAHS issues call for volunteers

The Los Altos High School Parent, Teacher and Student Association seeks volunteers for the week beginning Monday.

Two-hour shifts are available throughout the week to help with textbook and laptop distribution, freshman orientation day and the staff appreciation breakfast, among other activities.


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