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Hannemann retires from MVLA board after 33 years


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While serving as trustee on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board for 33 years, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann fulfilled a number of duties, including presenting diplomas to graduates in 2012.

After 33 years of service on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann is set to retire this month.

The high school board recognized Hannemann’s tenure at its Nov. 24 meeting and placed a bench named in her honor outside the district offices.

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St. Nicholas students collect pajamas


Courtesy of Julie Eng
St. Nicholas Catholic School sixth-graders, from left, Kate Forsman, Samantha Roos, Mia Puentes and Meghan Surdey advertise their pajama drive.

St. Nicholas Catholic School second- and sixth-graders paired up earlier this month to collect pajamas for those in need.

As families arrived at school for drop-off in the mornings, students waved signs advertising their efforts to collect the pajamas so that other children can stay warm during winter.

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Local Courtyard by Marriott recognizes Los Altos teachers

The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 13 local teachers at the inaugural Cares and Shares Award celebration Oct. 16.

The Cares and Shares program recognizes teachers for their hard work, creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in curriculum creation. The teachers each received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.

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Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


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Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools earned National Blue Ribbon Schools honors last week.

The three Los Altos schools were among 24 California schools recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

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LACS accepts Ice Bucket Challenge


Courtesy of Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt
Los Altos Christian School teachers and staff recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by a parent. Parents and middle-school students enthusiastically drenched the participants.

It’s been a cultural phenomenon – famous coaches, business tycoons and rock stars have joined college students, middle-aged moms and neighborhood friends in taking the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge, which has spread like wildfire on social media sites and reportedly raised more than $88 million since the end of July for the ALS Association.

Teachers and staff at Los Altos Christian School took it up a notch recently, when, meeting the challenge from Parent-Teacher Fellowship President Jennifer Walker, a team of 16 teachers and staff sat on lunch benches, in front of nearly 200 elementary and middle-school students, awaiting their ceremonial ice-water bath.

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Local high schools earn Newsweek rankings

Of the more than 25,000 public high schools nationwide recently reviewed by Newsweek magazine, Los Altos High School ranked 71st and Mountain View High School ranked 189th.

Last year Los Altos High came in at 132nd and Mountain View High at 229th.

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MVLA Foundation's $1.3 million grant sets record

What a difference a decimal point makes.

In 1982, when the Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation was founded, the parent-organized group raised $13,000. This year, the foundation awarded the Mountain View Los Altos High Union High School District a $1.3 million grant, the largest in the 32-year history of the nonprofit organization that raises money to fund academic programs. The grant represents a 40-fold increase in contributions since the foundation’s inception.

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