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LASD introduces extended-day kindergarten program


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Santa Rita School kindergarten teacher Kiwi Capriles, left, engages her students in small-group instruction last week.

Local kindergartners recently had their school day lengthened as a part of the Los Altos School District’s extended-day kindergarten program rollout.

For the first four weeks of the school year, kindergarteners attended half days of instruction and then took the leap to extended days Sept. 15, adding two hours and 15 minutes to each day.

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Los Altos High School clubs partner for fundraiser

Two of Los Altos High School’s largest clubs are collaborating on a fundraising drive for The Eliminate Project.

Since early September, the school’s One Dollar For Life (ODFL) and Key Club have participated in a global campaign to raise $110 million, led by Kiwanis International – Key Club’s parent organization – and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide by 2015.

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St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


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St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos launched the school year with a new learning management system designed to organize course materials and boost collaboration among students, teachers and parents.

Schoology, implemented over the summer, is a cloud-based system that enables teachers to deliver assignments, documents, videos and photos to students and administer online tests and quizzes.

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Los Altos Art Docents launch new school year


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Betty Latta is the longest-serving volunteer with Los Altos Art Docents, with 38 years under her belt. The organization brings art lessons to Los Altos School District classrooms.

The Los Altos Art Docents held their Fall Seminar Sept. 17, a motivational call to action to ramp up the year of volunteer-led art lessons at local elementary schools.

Keynote speakers Gonan and Johan Premfors and Carla Brooke discussed how therapies and techniques in mindfulness could help educators focus on students’ well-being and lead them to develop successful learning experiences.

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New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


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Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy to be working in such a “supportive environment.”

Woolfolk, who most recently served in the same capacity at San Mateo High, completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Stanford University. She graduated with Distinction and as a member of Stanford’s Cap & Gown Honor Society.

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Organ donation mobilizes local Los Altos High students


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The Maeso sisters – Allegra, left, and Skyler – lead the Pink Dot ORGANization at Los Altos High, which promotes organ donation.

It might seem unlikely for an aspiring forensic pathologist to also discover a passion for prolonging life, but that’s just what Los Altos teenager Allegra Maeso did after her grandmother died of Type 2 diabetes.

When Maeso learned that her grandmother was ineligible for a life-saving organ transplant, she rallied her family and friends to create the Pink Dot ORGANization – a club to raise awareness of organ donation. With the demand for organs far outpacing the supply from living and deceased donors, 18 people in the U.S. die each day because of the shortage, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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BCS teacher works with online lesson plan resource


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Bullis Charter School seventh-grade teacher Lisa Stone, right, worked on LearnZillion’s Dream Team this summer to develop online Common Core-aligned lesson plans, left.

Bullis Charter School has a new tool in its arsenal this year as it tackles the implementation of Common Core curriculum standards.

Seventh-grade teacher Lisa Stone was one of 200 chosen from among 4,000 applicants for the “Dream Team” assembled by the educational startup LearnZillion. Stone and the other members of the Dream Team worked to create online lesson plans for teachers that are Common Core-aligned.

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