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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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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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