Los Altos High students take issue with state history standards

Members of Los Altos High School’s The Left Guild club may soon meet with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to express their concerns with the state’s history standards.

The Left Guild claims that current standards fail to incorporate a diverse range of historical perspectives and that many textbooks portray subjective historical viewpoints as facts. Earlier this week, club members communicated with a representative from Torlakson’s office to schedule an appointment.


Egan principal retires after 24 years of leadership

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Retiring Principal Brenda Dyckman, second from right, celebrates the debut of Egan Junior High School’s new mural. Local artist Morgan Bricca created the mural with input from Dyckman and students. For more on the mural and Bricca’s work at local schools, see next week’s Town Crier.

In her 24 years as principal of Egan Junior High School, Brenda Dyckman created a family.

“I just found my home here,” Dyckman said through tears. “This is my place, where I was meant to be.”


Curtain call: BCS wraps up year with final drama presentation

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Bullis Charter School teacher Jocelyn Pickett coaches students as they prepare for the all-school assembly, left.

As Bullis Charter School wrapped up its school year earlier this month, seven students performed for their peers in an all-school assembly.

The performers took on the school’s drama-related co-curriculars – Shakespeare for Fun and Broadway Scene Study. Co-curriculars are elective classes that students select.


Look out, world: Class of 2015 moves onward & upward

 Photo by Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier Staff

Young people gathered across the region last week to end their high school careers with words, tears and cheers in praise of a job well done. They saluted hard work, activism, kindness and the belief that the world needs their contributions.

The Town Crier staff spread out to celebrate students at commencement ceremonies across Los Altos and Mountain View.


MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud

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Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District use laptops daily as tools of learning.

Funds from the MVLA High School Foundation and matching grants from Google Inc. have provided students access to classroom laptops. At Los Altos High, students either bring their own computers to class or check out a Google Chromebook for the year. Mountain View High uses Chromebooks in English and Social Studies classes.


Budding authors at Montclaire Elementary School receive recognition

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A young author from Montclaire Elementary School presents her story to an audience during the school’s Young Author’s Book Faire May 14.

Montclaire Elementary School recognized 12 students for their original books at the annual Young Authors’ Book Faire May 14.

Cupertino Union School District School Board President Phyllis Vogel read each of the books beforehand and honored the students at a ceremony during Montclaire’s Open House. The students discussed their stories and received gold seals to place on their books.


Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

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Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but supportive parents and teachers can help them navigate their adolescence, according to a panel of four teens hosted by the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) earlier this month.

The panel, part of CHAC’s Leadership and Empowerment Program Speaker Series, focused on “Teen Pressure in Silicon Valley.” Four students – a freshman, a sophomore, a junior and a senior representing Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools and the Foothill Middle College Program – offered personal accounts of how they face pressure and how they cope.


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