KCI celebrates 15 years of educational impact

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Teachers attend the Krause Center for Innovation’s MERIT program last summer. The center, which has been operating since 2001, has provided professional development for more than 16,000 teachers.

During its 15 years of making educators learners again, the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) has touched millions of lives.

KCI officials estimate that through all of their programs over a decade and a half of operations, they have trained approximately 16,000 teachers, impacting more than 5 million students.


FHDA officials visit the White House

Foothill- De Anza Community College District officials traveled to Washington, D.C., this month to meet with Second Lady Jill Biden at the White House. Pictured, from left, are Chancellor Judy Miner, Board of Trustees President Joan Barram, Biden and Trustee Pearl Cheng. Courtesy of FHDA

Officials from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District visited the White House March 16 to discuss how to implement President Barack Obama’s College Promise program in California.

Chancellor Judy Miner, Board of Trustees President Joan Barram and Trustee Pearl Cheng met with Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden, Ed.D., a community college professor and honorary chairwoman of the College Promise Campaign.


Los Altos High students hone their skills during Writers Week

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Young-adult author Caragh O’Brien led an after school workshop for budding authors to work on their craft during Los Altos High School’s 31st Writers Week last week

Los Altos High School Writers Week activities usually involve interacting with authors who write for a living, but for a small group of students, the annual event was about putting pen to paper.

Approximately 20 students gathered in the school’s College and Career Center after school last week for a workshop hosted by young-adult author Caragh O’Brien. O’Brien began the workshop by reading a selection from her book “The Vault of Dreamers” (Roaring Book Press, 2014).


Visit to Intuitive Surgical provides 'amazing' field trip

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St. Nicholas students Kira Gross, Hannah Lesti and Kayla Piper practice with the instruments during a class visit to Intuitive Surgical to view robotic surgery equipment.


Devon Montgomery-Eder is an eighth-grader at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos. Following is his recap of a recent field trip.


LAHS hosts Color Fun Run

Los Altos High School is scheduled to host the 5K Color Fun Run Saturday to raise funds for the school’s athletic programs.

The fundraiser will include three different events – the 5K Community Run, the 5K Costume Run for students and a festival on the quad with children’s games.


MVHS band jams with local preschoolers

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Preschoolers from the Mountain View Parent Nursery School observe Mountain View High senior AJ Pelayo beat a drum, left.

A group of Mountain View preschoolers March 1 joined the high school band – for an hour, at least.

Mountain View High instrumental music director Jason Kneebone, who leads alongside Dana McDonnell, said the Spartans host 10 different preschool groups throughout each school year.


LAYT joins with SF Shakespeare on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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The cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” includes, from left, Elise Cording (as Puck), Rosie Asmar (Bottom) and Fiona McMahon (Titania).

Los Altos Youth Theatre and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival are collaborating on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with performances scheduled through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater.

The William Shakespeare play chronicles the complex events connected to Theseus’s marriage to Hippolyta. It features four confused lovers – Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius – and several fairies.


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