Los Altos High Green Team hosts conference at Google

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Sarah Chang, left, and Anya Gupta lead Los Altos High School’s Green Team at a conference held last month at Google Inc.

The Green Team is Los Altos High School’s environmental club. We hosted our fourth annual Students for Green High Schools Conference Jan. 27 in a room on Google Inc.’s Mountain View campus.

The mission of the conference was to bring environmentally minded students together to inspire and learn from each other to strengthen the culture of sustainability on our campuses.

Los Altos High in 3-D: Students create art, glasses and frames on high-tech printer

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Los Altos High School senior Attila Delingat dons a pair of glasses he printed on the school’s 3-D printer.

Los Altos High School senior Attila Delingat produced three eyeglass frames in the school’s Rapid Prototyping Lab. The first one was too small, the second one too big, but the third one fit perfectly.

“It took about 45 minutes to design the frame,” Delingat said. “Then it took about an hour to print the front part and half an hour to print the side parts.”

MVLA board approves $295 million bond measure for June 5 election

The Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) Board of Trustees Feb. 5 approved a $295-million bond measure to fund new construction and renovation costs outlined in the district's Facilities Master Plan. The approval means the bond measure will go on the June 5 ballot. It needs at least a 55 percent majority to pass.

Officials cite overcrowding at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools due to sustained enrollment growth as a reason for the bond measure. In the coming years, high-density housing projects in the North Bayshore and East Whisman area are forecast to further increase enrollment by 500-1,000 students.

“Our high schools rank amongst the best in the state and the nation, yet years of sustained enrollment growth mean we face significant classroom overcrowding,” said MVLA Superintendent Jeff Harding in a statement. “We welcome every new student and want to provide each of them with an excellent learning environment, friendly campus and exemplary education. This is an ambitious and exciting effort to create campuses for today’s and future generations.”

If approved, the bond measure will allow the district to issue and sell bonds in order to finance facilities projects. It is not to exceed a tax rate of $30 per $100,000 assessed property valuation (not market value).

The bond will have citizen oversight and audits. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the proposed bond measure will be used only for the construction, reconstruction, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and the acquisition or lease of school facilities. Money raised with the bond measure would not be for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

Key elements of the facilities plan include the new or expanded performing arts and athletic facilities, STEM classrooms and labs, food services and dining areas, and student unions. A new Freestyle Academy facility is proposed to replace the aging portables currently being used. The plan also includes an optional $30 million budget for additional classrooms if student enrollment continues to grow in the coming decade.

“We have been working on a solution for more than a year, seeking expert advice and teachers and community input. Developing this plan for the future of our schools is a community-driven process and the outcome will serve generations of local students,” Harding said. “We will continue to communicate with the community through the bond campaign and beyond.”

Local group Synica wins Battle of Bands

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Battle of the Bands winner Synica includes members, from left, Matthew Baum, Arjun Srivastava, Colin Jaeger and Simon Burdick.

Synica, a local teen band, won first place at the third annual Battle of the Bands Jan. 20.

Hosted by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, the competition featured nine Bay Area bands. Synica’s members include Los Altos High students Matthew Baum and Simon Burdick and Gunn High’s Arjun Srivastava and Colin Jaeger.

Schools Briefs: Refugees, trustees and more

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Terence Lee, left, received a Jefferson Awards medal from the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s Jack Russi earlier this month.

LAHS senior receives Jefferson Awards medal

Terence Lee, a senior at Los Altos High School, received a Jefferson Awards medal Jan. 17, recognizing his public service.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation honored Lee for turning what began as his Eagle Scout Project into a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge the digital divide by offering refurbished computers, workshops and mentoring services to underserved students.

MVLA approves Facilities Master Plan, hires assistant director of Adult School

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved the Facilities Master Plan at its Jan. 22 meeting after a number of district parents voiced their support for the proposed upgrades.

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