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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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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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