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).


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.


Parents sponsor teacher and staff appreciation luncheon

Courtesy of Vivi Chan
Parents host a back-to-school luncheon for teachers and staff at Los Altos High.

Parents at Los Altos High School welcomed teachers and staff back to school with a sustainable lunch.

Parents designed and prepared a six-course meal and transformed the student cafeteria into a fine-dining room with tablecloths, flowers and preprinted menus.


LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

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The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded 28-member Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week to prioritize the $300 million in projects on the district’s Facilities Master Plan.

The district has placed Measure N on the November ballot, which could net $150 million if the measure receives 55 percent voter approval.


BCS teacher works with online lesson plan resource

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Bullis Charter School seventh-grade teacher Lisa Stone, right, worked on LearnZillion’s Dream Team this summer to develop online Common Core-aligned lesson plans, left.

Bullis Charter School has a new tool in its arsenal this year as it tackles the implementation of Common Core curriculum standards.

Seventh-grade teacher Lisa Stone was one of 200 chosen from among 4,000 applicants for the “Dream Team” assembled by the educational startup LearnZillion. Stone and the other members of the Dream Team worked to create online lesson plans for teachers that are Common Core-aligned.


Schools Brief

Community Scholars seeks volunteers

MVLA Community Scholars seeks volunteer mentors for its College Prep Program.

The nonprofit organization pairs underserved students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools with local residents willing to guide them through the college and scholarship application process during Advancement During Individual Determination (AVID) class periods.


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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