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-PDBM/FXT hours, at Alta Vista grades are based upon a student’s mastery of state standards, just like students at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools. The difference between his school and the other district schools is the personalized attention the students get from topnotch teachers. Positions at Alta Vista are highly sought-after, Pierce said. Recently, two slots opened up for an English teacher and a combination English-social studies teacher. Pierce ended up sifting through a pile of around 200 applications. The teachers who look for work at Alta Vista are often seeking to land in a school where they can help kids who have struggled. In other school districts, continuation schools are sometimes places where out-of-work teachers come to teach in a subject outside of their area of accreditation — a practice that is not allowed at Alta Vista. “The truth of the matter is, we don’t look anything like most continuation schools,” Pierce said. Alta Vista certainly didn’t turn out the way Marissa Mason’s peers described it to her. Mason was apprehensive about transferring to Alta Vista during the second semester of her sophomore year at Mountain View High School. “At first, I was actually really afraid to go to Alta, because I had heard of lot of thing about this school,” she said. “I heard, ‘Oh, if you go there, you’re going to end up in a gang or they’re going to beat you up.’ ... That is not true.” On the contrary, according to Mason, Alta Vista’s “family environment” and the individualized attention she received from teachers helped her tremendously. The foster child had been far behind in her studies and uncomfortable at Mountain View. “It’s all personalized to how you learn,” she said “So, it is at your own pace. It was such a great fit for me at the time. ... Even if I had the choice to come back to Mountain View or Los Altos, I would have stayed at Alta.” In her commencement speech, graduating senior Joyce Dizon shared the sentiments of Aguilar and Mason. It was Alta Vista that had given her the courage to overcome her obstacles, she said. “Life is full of setbacks,” she declared, crediting two Alta Vista teachers with giving her the “boost I needed to follow through. ... This place gave us hope, gifted us with the power to believe in ourselves, and so it became our second chance.”

A HAPPY DAY Graduates of the 2013 Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District’s adult education class celebrate a milestone achievement on May 30. This year’s class had 84 adults graduating with their GED certificates, and 29 graduating with a high school diploma. According program director Laura Stefanski, 12 scholarships were awarded. This year’s class had two brothers, two sisters and a husband and wife all receiving their GED diplomas together. COURTESY LAURA STEFANSKI

Board of Trustees Discussion: June 6, 7:00 p.m., at Crittenden MS MUR 1701 Rock Street, MV Community members are also welcome to attend.

Community Meeting: June 12, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Theuerkauf ES MUR 1625 San Luis Avenue, MV Site plans, preliminary schedules, and cost estimates will be presented.



Board of Trustees Action: June 20, 7 p.m., at MVWSD Board Room 750-A San Pierre Way, MV

MVWSD invites parents and community members to provide input and share suggestions during meetings on the site plans for Crittenden and Graham Middle Schools.

The board will hear additional community comments and consider approval of the site plans. Community members are also welcome to attend.

For more information on Measure G, visit For more information on the District’s Master Plan (Student Facilities Improvement Plan), visit

Spanish interpretation will be provided at all meetings


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Section 1 of the June 07.2013 edition of the Mountain View Voice

2013 06 07 mvv section1  

Section 1 of the June 07.2013 edition of the Mountain View Voice