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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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High school AP assessment scores continue to improve

College Board results from the 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) program tests report that students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District continue to score higher than state and national standards in all test areas.

Thirty-one different AP examinations are available to high school students for college-level courses taught in high schools with strong college preparatory curricula.

Scores of three, four and five on an exam typically qualify the student for credit in that subject upon entering college. A score of four or five on an AP exam is equivalent to an A grade in an introductory college course at many institutions of higher learning. A score of three is equivalent to a B grade at the college level.

This year’s performance by MVLA students marked improvement in all areas of the curriculum.

Of the 3,600 students enrolled in district high schools, 1,196 took at least one test during the 2013 AP administration period. The results of the 2,264 submitted exams reported that 86 percent of the students received a score of three or better, qualifying them for college credit.

The 2013 results show an increase of 159 exams completed at that level, a 7 percent improvement over the 2012 results. 

A few highlights from the 2013 AP administration:

• 277 district high school students took an AP Calculus exam, with 89 percent receiving a passing score of three or above.

• Of the 345 students who took an AP English exam, 83 percent received a passing score.

• In History and Government, 567 students, 80 percent, earned a passing score.

The national average for passing the AP exams with a score of three or better is approximately 60 percent.

For more information, email Associate Superintendent Brigitte Sarraf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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