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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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Bullis Charter School adds two new administrators as school grows

Bullis Charter School has hired a new principal and assistant principal to meet its increasing enrollment demand.

Incoming Principal Jocelyn Lee and Assistant Principal Alison Schwartzbaum will assist with campus leadership and innovation. They step into their positions immediately in preparation for the 2013-2014 academic year, with an estimated 600-student enrollment.

“After a nationwide search and screening of 180 highly qualified applicants, I am extremely excited to welcome two outstanding administrators to the BCS community,” said Wanny Hersey, superintendent/principal at Bullis Charter School. “Ms. Lee and Ms. Schwartzbaum bring a combined wealth of past experiences that demonstrates their commitments to educating the whole child – in complete alignment with the BCS vision. Their unique skills and talents will be of great benefit as BCS continues to innovate into the future.”

Lee has nearly 20 years’ experience as an educator, most recently as an elementary and middle school principal in the Ravenswood City School District, which draws students from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. In her previous positions, Lee worked on expanding enrichment activities, building partnerships with community-based organizations, implementing service learning programs and expanding technology use among students and teachers. She secured 30 laptops for each classroom and spearheaded staff training on technology integration to increase student engagement and outcomes.

Her administrative experience, including the implementation of a full-inclusion model for educating special-education students, required her to restructure school systems to better meet the needs of every student.

Lee also worked in the Fremont Unified School District, the Sunnyvale School District, the Santa Clara Unified School District and the Sequoia Union High School District.

During her tenure in Santa Clara, Lee focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She initiated partnerships with companies such as Juniper Networks to facilitate student visits to high-tech enterprises and founded GAINS (Girls Achieving in Non-traditional Subjects) to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Lee earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her master’s through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She was an Educator in Residence at the Stanford School Redesign Network and has trained educators locally and statewide, including providing professional development for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Schwartzbaum previously worked in the Boston Public Schools system, where she served as principal intern. Her duties included designing professional development systems and building stronger family and community partnerships for the school.

Prior to her time in Boston, Schwartzbaum taught at Miami Country Day School, where she developed a humanities curriculum that offered a diverse selection of interdisciplinary courses, promoting individual students’ success through differentiated instruction. As an English teacher at North Miami Middle School, she helped develop and implement a districtwide writing plan.

Schwartzbaum earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, where she led an effort to create the university’s first education major, and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program.

“The programs Lee and Schwartzbaum have championed in prior positions are aligned with what BCS embraces – innovating curricula that integrates the use of new technologies and STEM education with a focus on 21st-century skills and student outcomes,” Hersey said. “These instructional leaders will greatly complement BCS’ commitment to developing every student and teacher’s full potential, and creating local ties to partner with the community in education.”

Ken Moore, chairman of the charter school’s board of directors, welcomed Lee and Schwartzbaum on behalf of the Bullis Charter School community.

“Wanny Hersey has designed and developed our nationally recognized program and demonstrated what’s possible in public education,” he said. “The addition of Jocelyn and Alison’s tremendous experience and expertise to the already strong BCS leadership team enhances our ability to focus on every detail of delivering a 21st-century public education.”

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