Retired teachers continue to volunteer

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Retired teachers Dave Struthers and Sandy Speier sort and price donated books as volunteers of Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community.

The California Retired Teachers Association marks Retired Teachers Week the first week of November by saluting outstanding volunteers who are retired teachers.

Among the organization’s most active local volunteers is longtime Los Altos Hills resident David Struthers, who joined the Retired Teachers Association in 1993 following his retirement from the Palo Alto Unified School District. Often bicycling to his volunteer stints, Struthers is an avid environmentalist and educator even in retirement. Since retirement, his community service has included administering and reading AP exams and tutoring at Los Altos High School and Eastside College Preparatory for eight years.


BCS wins Crayola grant

Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals recently selected Bullis Charter School as one of 20 elementary and middle schools to receive a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant.

The organizations also recognized Wanny Hersey, superintendent and founding principal of Bullis Charter School, for fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills at the school.


Professionals showcase real-life STEM applications at LAHS

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Los Altos High School students examine a bionic limb during a STEM Week presentation on the technology behind rehabilitation. During the 10th annual event, students heard from a variety of experts in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.

Los Altos High School students explored space travel, examined robotic limbs and discovered the mathematical complexities used in animation during last week’s 10th annual STEM Week.

The annual event drew more than 30 experts from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, who visited classes to discuss their fields of expertise and expose students to how what they are learning in the classroom applies to future job opportunities.


Schools Brief

Mentor Tutor Connection seeks volunteers

Mentor Tutor Connection, a nonprofit organization that has provided mentors and tutors for local students for 18 years, has scheduled a volunteer open house and luncheon noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

The organization seeks mentors for high school students and tutors for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.


New principal takes reins at Egan Junior High

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New Egan Junior High Principal Keith Rocha engages with students on campus. He said he likes being able to build relationships with students and influence what they are learning.

Shocked by his youthful appearance, many parents thought new Egan Junior High School Principal Keith Rocha was a teacher upon first meeting him.

Rocha, who laughed off the misunderstanding, said the school’s orientation in August was a “fun” introduction to the community. At one parent coffee event, he attributed his youthful looks to good eating habits and a devotion to CrossFit.


Courtyard by Marriott Cares & Shares honors local teachers

Courtesy of Courtyard Marriott
The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 11 local teachers last week. Honorees include, front row, from left, Laleh Rowhani, Elise Kuypers, Valerie Hu and Christine Boyles. Back: Donna Owens, Sarah NeSmith, Laura Wiley, Niki Mitchell, David Cercedes and David Belles. Not pictured: Danielle Sattler.

Sticking to its commitment to support education, the Courtyard by Marriott Cares and Shares program honored 11 local teachers last week.

Cares and Shares selected the teachers based on creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in developing curriculum. Each teacher recognized received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.


Los Altos High School hosts 10th annual STEM Week

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Los Altos High students will hear from professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers next week during the school’s annual STEM Week.

More than 25 Bay Area leaders from academia and industry are scheduled to address Los Altos High School students during the school’s 10th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Week Monday through Oct. 21.

The innovators will share their experiences in a wide range of professions, including astronomy, computer graphics, health care, robotics and the environment. Speakers aim to inspire the more than 1,800 students to pursue careers in math and science. Participants volunteer their time during the three-day program to emphasize how math and/or science helped them realize their dreams.


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