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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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Be an "upstander" and fight bullying

Kylie Akiyama is a sixth-grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills. Kylie’s teacher, Niki Mitchell, submitted the following sample of Kylie’s work.

Recently I read a short story, written by Ray Bradbury, titled “All Summer in a Day.” This short story began when a young, depressed girl named Margot and the rest of her class sat, staring out of their classroom window, waiting for the sun to come out after seven years of severe and crushing rain.

Margot warmly remembers the sun from five years ago on earth, but a jealous classmate shoves and taunts her while the rest of the class stands by, watching. In the spur of the moment, they all pick her up and shove her into a closet, just as the deafening rain stops, and the sun shines once more on Venus. The students play outside in the sunshine for two hours without a thought toward Margot, until it starts raining again and they suddenly remember her in the closet, missing out on a one-in-a-seven-years’ chance because of their cruelty. In the end, they let Margot out, all of them ashamed and not able to make eye contact with one another.

I think that there should not be such a thing as bullying, and that there should be more upstanders to defy the bullies of this world.

The terms “upstander,” “bystander” and “bully” are used to describe the positions of the people when an occasion like a fight happens.

The upstanders are the people who stand up for someone being bullied. An upstander could defend the person in a conversation or somehow prevent a fight about to happen.

The bystanders are the people who watch as the bullying unfolds. Bystanders don’t intervene – unlike an upstander, they don’t even try to get help from a person of authority like teachers and adults.

Bullies are the people who usually start the fight and do the physical or mental bullying. Bullies can physically hurt someone or taunt and tease them. More often with girls, the bullying they do is mental. Boys are usually more physical, while girls talk behind others’ backs and judge others based on looks and clothes.

In “All Summer in a Day,” there are many instances of obvious bullying. For example, near the beginning of the story, William, the main bully, tells Margot: “Speak when you’re spoken to.” William then rudely shoves her. In that instance, an upstander could have told William that Margot didn’t need to talk to him, or that he was being mean. Plus, the bully accused Margot of lying about the sun coming out, saying, “It was all a joke, wasn’t it? Nothing’s happening today. Is it?”

As he taunts her, the other students are being bystanders and reply to him by laughing and shaking their heads, but not intervening. At this point, an upstander could have stepped up and said he/she believed what Margot said. William continues bullying because no one is standing up for Margot.

William says, “All a joke!” After roughly taking hold of her, he says, “Hey, everyone, let’s put her in a closet before the teacher comes!” An upstander would have stepped in between William and Margot before he had a chance to pick her up.

Another choice for an upstander would be to go and get the teacher so that she could stop the boy from throwing Margot into the closet. After they lock her in a closet, the teacher comes back and asks if everyone is there. The class says “yes” and walks out into the sunlight. If an upstander did not want to get involved when they put Margot in the closet because he or she were scared of being harmed, then he or she could say to the teacher that the rest of the class pushed her into the closet. This way, an upstander would not be in any physical danger but would still notify the teacher about the bullying.

I think that bullies everywhere should realize that what they are doing is wrong. I believe that bullying is horrible and cruel, and everyone should have someone to stand up for them.

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