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FHDA officials visit the White House



Foothill- De Anza Community College District officials traveled to Washington, D.C., this month to meet with Second Lady Jill Biden at the White House. Pictured, from left, are Chancellor Judy Miner, Board of Trustees President Joan Barram, Biden and Trustee Pearl Cheng. Courtesy of FHDA

Officials from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District visited the White House March 16 to discuss how to implement President Barack Obama’s College Promise program in California.

Chancellor Judy Miner, Board of Trustees President Joan Barram and Trustee Pearl Cheng met with Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden, Ed.D., a community college professor and honorary chairwoman of the College Promise Campaign.

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S&P, Moody's upgrade MVLA to top rating

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District recently received a bond rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s and now has the highest possible rating from both agencies. Only one other district in California shares the distinction.

  The bond rating agencies cited the district’s strong financial management and sound local property-tax base as reasons for the upgrade.

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City-schools subcommittee will continue to meet as scheduled


 

Although last week’s agenda was light, the Los Altos City-Schools Subcommittee will continue to meet three times a year as scheduled.

The subcommittee comprises two members of the Los Altos City Council (Jan Pepper and Mary Prochnow) and two Los Altos School District trustees (Tammy Logan and Pablo Luther), who meet to discuss traffic, safety and construction matters that impact both entities.

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St. Nicholas breaks ground on memorial flagpole


Lars Eng/Special to the Town Crier
St. Nicholas Principal Matt Komar receives a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol from Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre- Manoukian, the late Capt. Matt Manoukian’s mother.

St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Capt. Matt Manoukian Memorial Flagpole. Manoukian, a 1997 graduate of St. Nicholas and a U.S. Marine, was on his fourth combat tour when he was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.

St. Nicholas was in need of a permanent flagpole in the quad area, where the students say the Pledge of Allegiance every day.Parents and staff thought a new, dedicated flagpole memorial would be a good way to honor Manoukian’s life and service.

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Cupertino Union seeks to build teacher housing project

In an effort to make housing more affordable for staff and teachers, the Cupertino Union School District, which includes Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos, plans to build more than 200 housing units for employees.

According to district officials, the region’s housing supply can’t keep up with demand because of the influx of high-tech workers, an employee base that has dramatically increased rental rates and made it difficult for the region’s public service sector to remain in the area.

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Mary Mason: 'Fun and feisty' leader loved, respected by many


Doer, leader, loving mother, loyal friend. Mary Helen Glenn Mason excelled at all of these roles throughout her productive and impactful life. The straight-A student out of Vale High School and Oregon State University was smart, focused and known for making good decisions. Mrs. Mason used her gifts to raise a family and contribute as a community volunteer.

Mrs. Mason, a longtime resident of Los Altos and member of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees, died Nov. 19 after a five-year battle with cancer. Mrs. Mason was 79. Services were held last week at Christ Episcopal Church, where Mrs. Mason was a 40-year parishioner.

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Medical expert emphasizes importance of sleep for teens

Students at Mountain View High School need more sleep. At least that’s what an informal survey of students revealed Nov. 18 during a school presentation on the importance of sleep for adolescents.

Before Dr. Rafael Pelayo, a pediatric sleep specialist at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic, began his talk, he polled the audience of students from several psychology and health classes. The results were eye-opening: 93 percent of the students said they’ve spotted someone fall asleep in class; 61 percent admitted to nodding off while doing homework; and 91 percent wanted more sleep.

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