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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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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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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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LASD hosts Edcamp for Bay Area teachers


Courtesy of Alyssa Gallagher
Bay Area teachers collaborate during Los Altos School District’s EdCamp last month.

A group of local teachers sacrificed their Saturday mornings last month to attend the Los Altos School District’s Edcamp, a gathering of Bay Area teachers designed to share practices and ideas for professional development.

Approximately 50 teachers participated in the camp, half from schools in the Los Altos School District. The conference was participant-driven, with no predetermined agenda, according to Alyssa Gallagher, the district’s director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships.

Teachers listed on a whiteboard the topics they were interested in and those they wouldn’t mind facilitating. The list of topics resulted in nine different sessions, including Khan Academy, Design Thinking/Class Redesign, Global Read Aloud, Genius Hour, Inquiry-Based Learning/Performance-Based Assessment, Online Tools, iPad Management, Robotics/Game Design and Graphic Organizers.

Teachers took notes in the different sessions and posted the information online for anyone, especially elementary school teachers, to reference.

“Everyone left on a high,” Gallagher said. “People asked when we would host the next one.”

Blach Intermediate School instructor Jason Dewberry said he enjoyed the experience.

“I met teachers, parents and educational entrepreneurs from around the Bay Area,” Dewberry wrote in an email to the Town Crier. “It was fun to be a part of the process as it organically unfolded. Pretty inspiring.”

Dewberry said a session on flipping the classroom (or reverse instruction) was particularly motivating. The technique includes using the Internet to access video lectures before class, then doing what used to be the homework in class with the teacher’s guidance, instruction and discussions.

“There were newbies and experts sharing ideas, advice and examples,” he said. “Honestly, I have been hesitant to begin the process, but I walked away ready to take on the challenge.”

Gallagher said she thinks the district will host the Edcamp on an annual basis and plans to use the same format at an internal staff development day.

For more information, visit sites.google.com/a/lasdk8.org/edcamplosaltos.

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