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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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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.

Those interested ...

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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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LASD counters charter school's enrollment forecast

The Los Altos School District countered Bullis Charter School’s projected enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year last week, calculating 73 fewer students than the charter school’s estimation.

The district’s response is part of the annual facilities allocation process, in which the district is required to provide Bullis Charter School “reasonably equivalent” facilities as outlined in Proposition 30 for all in-district students enrolled at the charter school.

Bullis Charter School officials submitted their facilities request Nov. 1, projecting an enrollment of 711 students next year, 678 in-district. The growth would require additional kindergarten, fourth- and seventh-grade classes.

In a letter sent to the charter school last week, the school district asserted that the charter school’s projected enrollment is “overly aggressive.” It stated that for the current school year, the charter school anticipated 140 additional in-district students but registered only 108, a difference of 32 students. The letter also pointed out that the charter school’s figures assume no attrition in any cohort of students returning and project an increase of 16 students in the fourth grade.

The district supported its decision to counter the numbers with a lower rate because of “historical negative variance” at the middle-school level, overprojection for seventh and eighth grades (58 percent and 25 percent, respectively) and historical overprojection.

The letter also stated that the charter school has not provided sufficient information to support the increase in incoming kindergartners and additional fourth-graders.

District officials requested additional information substantiating the increases, stating that they may use the information to re-evaluate the counter projection, including:

• A list of applicants, identified by student number and district of residence, for the current school year.

• Final disposition of each applicant’s status (offered enrollment via lottery, offered enrollment from waitlist, date on which enrollment was offered or enrollment declined).

• Indication whether applicant enrolled and remains enrolled.

• Documents reflecting the admission of students from the waitlist for the past three school years.

• Copies of all documentation related to action taken by the charter school board to increase the size of grade cohorts to 80, and in the case of kindergarten to 100.

“In providing its counter projections, the district has evaluated Bullis Charter School’s historical projections and attrition rates, as well as the veracity of the district’s own counter projections,” the letter stated. “The district’s counter projections are reasonable and supported by substantial evidence.”

The charter school has until Jan. 2 to respond to the district’s assertions.

For a complete copy of the letter, visit losaltosonline.com.

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