Almond community packs meals for those in need

Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables for those in need.

The Almond School Community Services Committee recently hosted an event that included packing 15,000 meals for families in need.

Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, assembled meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables.


Blach student transitions to adulthood with bat mitzvah project

Photos courtesy of Sandra Mahlmeister
Blach seventh-grader Drew Mahlmeister, center, works with students in Theuerkauf Elementary School’s Beyond the Bell program on an art lesson she developed.

Drew Mahlmeister, a seventh-grader at Blach Intermediate School, marked her bat mitzvah last week with not only the traditional party, but also by giving back to the community.

In the Jewish culture, “bat mitzvah” means “person of responsibility.” Under Jewish law, a person is counted as a full member of the community at age 13, passing into adulthood.


St. Nicholas celebrates retirement of two longtime staff members

Photos courtesy of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Catholic School eighth-grade teacher Kevin Kannengeiser, left, and librarian/reading resource teacher Mary O’Shea, right, are retiring at the end of the school year. The St. Nicholas community has scheduled a party to commemorate the service of the longtime educators.

As the school year comes to a close at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills, the school community will bid farewell to two longtime staff members – school librarian and reading resource teacher Mary O’Shea and eighth-grade teacher Kevin Kannengeiser.


How to make the most of a study abroad program

This is the second in a two-part series on college study abroad programs. Part 1 appeared in the April 20 Town Crier.


Tech Challenge competitors design gliders for air-drop relief

Courtesy of Annie Nijhawan
Blach Intermediate’s “Time Flies” team, right, notched a second-place finish at this year’s Tech Challenge. Pictured, are, from left, front row: Noelle Crawford, Kayla Blalack, Vikki Xu, Olivia Byun and Mika Nijhawan. Back: Advisers Tallis Blalack, Brian Byun and Sandeep Nijhawan.


Flying supplies to a remote location presented the problem – and opportunity – at this year’s Tech Challenge competition at San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, held April 23-24.


LAHS student to begin college early

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Devika Kumar will skip her senior year and attend USC in the fall.

A high-achieving Los Altos High School student will be a high school dropout at the end of the school year – but it’s a distinction she can wear with pride.

Devika Kumar, currently a junior at Los Altos High, has been accepted to a resident honors program at USC. The program invites gifted juniors to skip their senior year in high school and enter college after their junior year. She also received a dean’s scholarship for the program.


Schools Briefs

Egan Jr. High seeks Portfolio Day volunteers

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Portfolio Day June 2. Through personal interviews with adult community members and parents, students will showcase their academic achievements. Each student shares his or her most personally valuable work in a 10-minute presentation.

The role of the adult participants is to provide positive feedback, ask pertinent questions and help students celebrate their achievements.


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