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Local muralist tells a story of young Los Altos at two schools


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Los Altos muralist Morgan Bricca, above, created a work at Covington School commissioned by the Class of 2015.

Just as school ended this year, new color bloomed on two Los Altos campuses – public art projects commissioned by school communities to mark ends and new beginnings.

At Covington School, the Class of 2015 sponsored a mural celebrating reading and the California landscape. At Egan Junior High, the PTA launched a mural to honor Principal Brenda Dyckman’s 23 years of service. Both murals stem from Los Altos resident Morgan Bricca, who has left her mark on schools, civic buildings, shops and local homes around the region. Through her business “Murals by Morgan,” she has created hundreds of site-specific works of art.

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LAEF increases grant for next school year


Courtesy of LAEF
The Los Altos Educational Foundation funds many enrichment programs in the Los Altos School District, including the district’s STEM Labs, left. The foundation plans to increase next year’s grant to fund additional PE and computer science instruction.

Officials from the Los Altos Educational Foundation reported earlier this month that they plan to raise a record-setting $3.5 million for the Los Altos School District next year.

The foundation raised $3.3 million last year to fund enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District. The foundation’s grant is built into the district budget annually to pay for targeted staff and programming.

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Los Altos High students take issue with state history standards

Members of Los Altos High School’s The Left Guild club may soon meet with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to express their concerns with the state’s history standards.

The Left Guild claims that current standards fail to incorporate a diverse range of historical perspectives and that many textbooks portray subjective historical viewpoints as facts. Earlier this week, club members communicated with a representative from Torlakson’s office to schedule an appointment.

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Egan principal retires after 24 years of leadership


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Retiring Principal Brenda Dyckman, second from right, celebrates the debut of Egan Junior High School’s new mural. Local artist Morgan Bricca created the mural with input from Dyckman and students. For more on the mural and Bricca’s work at local schools, see next week’s Town Crier.

In her 24 years as principal of Egan Junior High School, Brenda Dyckman created a family.

“I just found my home here,” Dyckman said through tears. “This is my place, where I was meant to be.”

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Curtain call: BCS wraps up year with final drama presentation


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School teacher Jocelyn Pickett coaches students as they prepare for the all-school assembly, left.

As Bullis Charter School wrapped up its school year earlier this month, seven students performed for their peers in an all-school assembly.

The performers took on the school’s drama-related co-curriculars – Shakespeare for Fun and Broadway Scene Study. Co-curriculars are elective classes that students select.

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Look out, world: Class of 2015 moves onward & upward


 Photo by Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier Staff

Young people gathered across the region last week to end their high school careers with words, tears and cheers in praise of a job well done. They saluted hard work, activism, kindness and the belief that the world needs their contributions.

The Town Crier staff spread out to celebrate students at commencement ceremonies across Los Altos and Mountain View.

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Los Altos High School Class of 2015


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