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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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Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch invites families


Courtesy of Candice Stark
A child gets her face painted at last year’s Family Day at Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch. This year’s event is scheduled Oct. 12.

The Living Classroom program has scheduled its annual Family Day at Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12.

The event will feature a host of activities for children, including pumpkin painting, a “Compost Critters” lesson, hands-on gardening and a balloon artist.

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Mtn. View preschool organizes Fun Run for school relocation

Megan Hanken has loved to run since she was a preschooler attending the Mountain View Parent Nursery School and Parent Observation programs back in the late 1970s with her mother, Pat Campbell, a Los Altos resident.

Now Hanken is back at the nursery school with her own daughter, Emily, and helping to organize the “Down by the Bay 5K” fun run 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11 at Shoreline Park to raise funds for the schools’ relocation.

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Schools Briefs

Loyola K-Kids host toiletries drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club is collecting new toiletries for the Community Services Agency of Mountain View through Dec. 14.

The club seeks donations of items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, hand sanitizer and shampoo.

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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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