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West Nile fogging commences today

West Nile fogging commences today


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Comment

Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Special Sections

Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Simplify the back-to-school experience


Courtesy of Ana Homayoun
Streamlining supplies while back-to-school shopping and developing strategies for success are key to heading off potential problems in the classroom.

Every fall, usually in October, parents call my office because their children are struggling with organization, time management or specific school subjects.

These children often start the school year off with grand plans, shiny pencils and multiple Trapper Keepers (they’re back!), but somewhere within the first six weeks of school, the best-laid plans go awry. It could start off with a missing homework assignment or a forgotten test or quiz, and suddenly, people start to panic – and by people, I mean both parents and children.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Following are some simple strategies for back-to-school shopping and preparation that can contribute to a successful school year.

• Streamline supplies. Many students buy too many school supplies without really thinking about how they will be used on a day-to-day basis. Ideally, students should keep all of the needed supplies for each class in one place. We find the most success with simple hardback binders, five tab dividers and reinforced binder paper. Accordion folders offer too much opportunity for things to get lost by being placed in the wrong compartment, and bulky multiple subject binders promote co-mingling, with the English homework ending up in the History section, causing unnecessary scrambling.

• Tracking all activities is essential. How is your child going to keep track of homework, tests, long-term assignments, sports practice, music lessons and family commitments? Figuring out a way to keep track of everything reduces stress and increases productivity. We’ve found that many of the online apps and options for managing homework aren’t effective in helping students remember all of their different activities and assignments. Typically we suggest written planners, even for students who attend schools that have tablet or laptop programs.

• Develop a routine and track progress on a regular basis. Taking even 30 minutes as a family to think through daily routines around homework, socializing and chores once school starts can be a helpful way for everyone to listen to one another’s goals, hopes and plans. Every week, devote a few minutes to helping children look at what worked well over the past week and what they would like to do differently in the upcoming week. Tracking progress on a weekly basis allows enough room for growth and improvement without too much time passing by if a problem needs addressing.

• Create space for success. Where is your child doing his or her homework? For many students, it is helpful to get out of their bedrooms and do the work in a public living space. This is particularly true for students who primarily use a tablet or computer – they can also be their biggest distraction.

• Focus on wellness. It is easy for children to become overscheduled, but they are still growing and need time to rest, relax, be bored and chill out. Sleep and food choices affect every aspect of their school experience, and they must be prioritized in back-to-school planning. What will lunches look like? What is the sleep routine?

• Seek support if needed. If your child needs outside support to find and achieve his or her own version of success, don’t let too much time pass before identifying potential resources.

Ana Homayoun is founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, 302 Main St., Suite 201, Los Altos. For more information, visit greenivyed.com or anahomayoun.com.

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