LASD honors Teachers of the Year

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The Los Altos School District honored 10 instructors as Teachers of the Year at a ceremony March 31. Honorees included, from left, John Beeman, Linda Mooers, Pearl Garvin, Andrea Powers, Leslie Rainforth, Kim Nero, Amy Bayani, Can Huynh, Noirin Foy and Samantha Nguyen.

The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year last week, recognizing one teacher from each of its nine schools and an additional recipient who will earn Teacher of the Year designation from the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Superintendent Jeff Baier revealed the award recipients at a ceremony March 31.


Junior Manners Cotillion teaches etiquette to youth

Courtesy of Janine Gerzanics
The Junior Manners Cotillion offers classes that promote proper manners and social skills. The program hosts activities like the Spring Ball, above.

Sunday evening is a time to rest, prepare for the upcoming week and spend time with friends and family. For 30 local teens enrolled in the Junior Manners Cotillion classes, however, it is also a time to practice their social skills and dining manners at Ristorante Don Giovanni in Mountain View.

The Burlingame-based Junior Manners Cotillion offers classes in etiquette and social skills for youth in third to ninth grades, and a College Readiness class for high-schoolers. Janine Gerzanics, a full-time college professor and business owner, acquired the company when she saw how her own children struggled in balancing new technologies with more traditional social skills.


Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last weekend to compete in the state Destination Imagination competition.

Destination Imagination, a creative problem-solving competition, encourages students to select one of several types of challenges in areas ranging from science and engineering to fine arts and improvisation. Oak is the first school in the district to participate.


Local high schools compete in robotics tourney this weekend

Courtesy of Wyn Schuh
The Mountain View High School Robotics Team refines its robot at a competition earlier this year.

Los Altos, Mountain View, Pinewood and St. Francis high schools are scheduled to compete in a regional robotics competition at San Jose State University this weekend.

Student-designed robots will go head-to-head in the Silicon Valley Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) tournament.


Schools Briefs April 8

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Students and families view student artwork at Springer School during last year’s Los Altos School District Art Docent Art Show.

Los Altos Art Docents display student artwork

The Los Altos Art Docents are scheduled to display the artwork of students in the Los Altos School District 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Covington and Loyola schools.

Art Docents volunteers teach approximately 800 appreciation and practical art lessons at seven district schools annually.


Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

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Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals turn a love for writing into a career during the school’s 30th annual Writers Week.

Writers Week is the only high school program in the country that annually invites more than 30 authors to speak to students in every English class. Writers from all genres – fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, songs and blogs – brought diversity in themes as they revealed their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the techniques of their writing processes.


Egan wins MathCounts competition, advances to statewide contest

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Egan Junior High School students celebrate their first-place win in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter competition Feb. 28. Team members include, from left, Shawn Huang, Daniel Hu, Tristan Cooper and Henry Ying.

For the first time in school history, Egan Junior High School’s math team placed first in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter finals Feb. 28.

Egan outpaced private and public schools on their way to victory. Blach Intermediate School’s team placed eighth.


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