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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Blach named a California Distinguished School


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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reported that Blach Intermediate School in Los Altos ranked among the 218 public middle and high schools named California Distinguished Schools for their commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.

Only 21 middle and high schools in Santa Clara County earned the award this year. Ele-mentary schools and middle schools are recognized in alternating years.

Blach Principal Sandra Mc-Gonagle said being recognized as a Distinguished School for the teaching and learning that happens at Blach every day is “great validation for the work we all do.”

“It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of a school, district and community where student learning and success are a priority,” she said. “At Blach, we are incredibly proud of the work we do and are thrilled to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.”

The Distinguished Schools program focuses on the right of the state’s students to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap. The application process comprises a written section that includes a comprehensive description of two of the school’s signature practices and a county-led site validation review process to certify the implementation of those practices.

Doug Smith, president of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, said the district was “proud to see recognition of the success” of Blach.

“The unique learning environment created by our faculty, parents and students is a gem within the wider community,” he said. “Thriving neighborhood schools are at the core of what makes this such a wonderful place to live, and we are thrilled that outside experts have once again recognized an LASD school for the special contribution it makes to the quality of life in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.”

District Superintendent Jeff Baier said Blach is an “outstanding example” of the education provided to the community and thanked the “tireless efforts” of teachers, students, staff members, parents and administrators.

“Blach is focused on the academic, social and emotional needs of each and every student and works diligently to ensure their success,” he said. “This is the hallmark of each of our LASD schools. The school culture is one of total commitment to its students, leading to student success at Blach, in high school and beyond.”

McGonagle and representatives from the school will be honored in May during regional award ceremonies, where Torlakson will present each school with a 2013 Distinguished School plaque and flag.

“These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college,” Torlakson said. “Given the enormous challenges schools have faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so many schools. Our future depends on meeting the needs of every student no matter where they come from or where they live.”

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