Sat04192014

Schools

LAHS named 2013 Honor Roll school

The California Business for Education Excellence 2013 Honor Roll included Los Altos High School on its list of high-performing public schools.

After analyzing student achievement data for every public school in California, the organization recognized Los Altos High for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness.

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Blach and Egan schools receive National Blue Ribbon nominations

The California Department of Education nominated two Los Altos School District schools – Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools – for the National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Only 35 of the more than 12,000 public, charter and private schools in California received nominations for the award, which recognizes sustained exemplary achievement of students and school communities.

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Youth Drama for All performs "Charlie" Saturday at Gardner Bullis

Youth Drama for All’s cast of students, ranging from kindergartners through high-schoolers, is scheduled to perform “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills.

This year’s production marks Youth Drama for All’s seventh season. Youth Drama for All is an inclusive drama group open to students in special and general education classes.

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Loyola K-Kids launches annual eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, a group of second- through sixth-graders sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, has set a goal to collect 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses by the end of May.

The donated eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and their prescriptions identified by Direct Relief International in Santa Barbara. They are then distributed to those who can’t afford glasses in the U.S. and around the world.

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International visit highlights LASD's New Teacher Project


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Representatives from the Ministry of Education in Singapore, left, listen as Los Altos School District officials discuss the benefits of their teacher support programs.

Two representatives from the Singapore Ministry of Education visited the Los Altos School District recently to observe the district’s New Teacher Project.

The Singapore Ministry of Education, which is scheduled to adopt the district’s two-year mentor program for new teachers, assigned the representatives to visit local schools and shadow new-teacher mentors to experience the program firsthand.

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Governor appoints Foothill-De Anza chancellor to higher-education body


Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Linda M. Thor to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Pending confirmation, she will begin service as one of three California commissioners on the nonprofit consortium.

WICHE promotes sound public policy, innovation, cooperation and resource sharing in higher education. It was founded in the 1950s to increase access to higher education for residents in the West and now includes 15 states and U.S. Pacific Island territories.

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Schools Briefs

Parent network hosts learning events

The Parents Education Network Silicon Valley is scheduled to stream a live lecture by clinical psychologist Devora Depper 9-11 a.m. Friday at Palo Alto Preparatory School, 2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View.

Depper will discuss how the challenges of growing up with learning differences and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can negatively impact a child and his or her family. She will examine how to foster resilience in children and families through optimism, humor and self-esteem.

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