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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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Mathnasium hosts TriMathlon student contest

Local students are preparing to test their math skills while raising funds for schools during Mathnasium’s TriMathlon contest, scheduled 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Mathnasium of Mountain View-Los Altos, 2510 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

Children in second to fifth grades at all levels of math ability are invited to enter the contest. Students who participate can earn medals as well as money for local schools, with a donation for each student participating in the event. The winner at each grade level will be entered in the Grand Prize TriMathlon.

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Gunn hosts College Fair for local students

Gunn High School has scheduled a College Fair for students from all local high schools 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Bow and Titan gyms at Gunn, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

Representatives from more than 140 public and private colleges and 11 international universities will be available to talk with students and parents.

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St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
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


Courtesy of Art Docents
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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