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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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Comment

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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Foothill sponsors two-day tech conference

Foothill College is scheduled to host the second Innovative Educators Technology Conference, “Leveraging Technology to Support Students, Faculty & Staff,” noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the college’s Smithwick Theatre, Room 1001, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

According to Denise Swett, Ed.D., Foothill’s vice president of student services, the two-day conference is designed for faculty, staff and administrators from K-12 schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Attendees can learn how inventive technology-based solutions can reduce staff overload, engage students, support innovative instruction, promote career opportunities and supplement services impacted by budgetary reductions. Presenters will focus on how to use technology to improve student support and staff development so that educators do more with less.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by Alexis Ringwald, LearnUp co-founder and CEO; Candace Thiele, Stanford University Graduate School of Education assistant professor; Andrew Maguire, InternMatch founder and CEO; Chuck Geiger, chief technology officer at Chegg; and Elizabeth Slavitt of Khan Academy.

Workshop topics include using a flipped classroom, leveraging analytics, building mobile apps for higher education and increasing online student retention.

“With increasingly limited resources and high demands from students, faculty and staff, institutions are finding it difficult to provide effective support services,” Swett said. “We want educators from our community to come explore a wide range of technology solutions that are focused on supporting student success, such as teaching and learning, learning analytics, mobile applications, Massive Open Online Courses and professional development. There will also be a special strand on using technology for communicating about campus safety.”

The conference is underwritten by sponsors and exhibitors, and does not expend any college or public funds.

Admission is free and includes registration, parking, exhibit-hall access, giveaways and a continental breakfast and lunch Oct. 25. Register in advance for free conference admission.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide the best access to the theater.

To register, for a conference schedule and for more information, call Swett at 949-7524, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit innovativeeducators.org.

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