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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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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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