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Foothill hosts free SOAR enrollment workshops for new students

Foothill College is hosting its one-stop student orientation, assessment and registration (SOAR) event for first-time college students Aug. 30, at the campus in Los Altos Hills. Two SOAR sessions are scheduled from 3-5:30 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Students need only attend one session. Admission is free; advance sign-up is required.

“Foothill College presents convenient SOAR enrollment workshops so that new students can complete required assessment, orientation and education plan development well before fall classes get under way,” said Denise Swett, Foothill College Vice President of Student Services. “The thoughtful planning that you do now will ensure that your Foothill experience is streamlined and successful.”

Los Altos High musicians embark on Australian tour

Courtesy of Julie McAfee
The Los Altos High School Festival Ensemble rehearses for its Australian tour.

Los Altos High School’s Festival Ensemble is scheduled to embark on a 13-day performance tour of Australia later this month.

The instrumentalists will perform in a variety of venues and concert halls in Melbourne and Sydney. The feature event is a performance at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 27th annual Australian International Music Festival, which includes groups from Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. There are approximately 1,000 participants at the festival each year.

Movement Method helps local special-needs student: Free event sheds light on new learning technique

Courtesy of Anne Johnston
Los Altos mother Anne Johnston hired Los Altos School District teacher Ashley Schmitz, center, to work with her son Axel, right, over the summer using the Movement Method.

For Los Altos resident Anne Johnston, discovering the Movement Method proved life-changing for her family.

Johnston is the mother of Axel, 11, who has moderate to severe autism. Three years ago, she was losing sleep over Axel’s lack of progress in the classroom.

BCS hosts Invitational Olympics at Foothill

Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School students Shelby Jennet and Katherine Nasif celebrate their silver and gold medals, respectively, with fellow athlete Destiny Torres of Voices College-Bound Language Academy.

Bullis Charter School hosted the fifth biennial Invitational Junior Olympics at Foothill College May 22, with nearly 1,000 student athletes from 12 local charter schools cheered on by former Olympians and spectators from across the Bay Area.

The daylong event included traditional track and field events as well as an egg and spoon race, a bean bag toss, a soccer kick-off and a basketball shootout. Five local Olympians handed out medals to the event winners, including Keshia Baker Kirtz, who won a gold medal in the 4x400m relay in the 2012 Summer Games.

St. Nicholas celebrates retirement of two longtime staff members

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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.

LASD students show their athletic prowess at Junior Olympics Saturday

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Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders clear the hurdles in a previous Junior Olympics. This year’s event is scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders will showcase their athletic abilities at the district’s 56th annual Junior Olympics, scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

The interschool track and field meet spotlights the district’s physical education program. The event typically draws a crowd of more than 3,500 students, families, friends and neighbors cheering on the young athletes.

K-Kids still collecting eyeglasses

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Loyola K-Kids members sort the eyeglasses they collected before sending them to Direct Relief International for distribution.

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, continues to collect eyeglasses for their “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students hope to collect more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses during this year’s campaign.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 8,000 pairs of glasses in nine years with help from the public and local store- owners who have offered space for collection buckets.

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