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Hannemann retires from MVLA board after 33 years


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While serving as trustee on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board for 33 years, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann fulfilled a number of duties, including presenting diplomas to graduates in 2012.

After 33 years of service on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann is set to retire this month.

The high school board recognized Hannemann’s tenure at its Nov. 24 meeting and placed a bench named in her honor outside the district offices.

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MVHS students raise money for scientific journey


Courtesy of Mala Krishna
A group of Mountain View High School students – with their teacher, Mala Krishna, center – aim to expand their knowledge of biology by raising money for a trip to Honduras, where they will conduct research.

A group of Mountain View High School students interested in biology is raising funds for a trip to Honduras next summer, where they will receive hands-on experience through Operation Wallacea, a company that pairs students with scientists and grad students working on scientific studies in the field.

“It is a different aspect of science,” said Mala Krishna, the Mountain View High biology teacher who introduced Operation Wallacea to students. “Most people think about bio-tech and high-tech stuff, but a lot of science is done very simply. Observation is huge in science, so (this experience would encourage) kids to actually look at things and see organisms in their natural habitats guided by people who are experts in the field.”

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Schools Briefs

Egan and Blach host Holiday Faires

Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools have scheduled their annual Holiday Faires.

Blach’s faire is slated 12:30-4 p.m. Friday at the school, 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos. Egan’s Holiday Faire is set for 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the school, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

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Students gather at MVHS to attempt Guinness World Record


Eric Soderberg/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship bracelets Nov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 local students gathered around tables in the Mountain View High School gym Nov. 9 to attempt a Guinness World Record with heart – tying colorful strings to form friendship bracelets.

Their goal to make more than 500 bracelets in four hours would not only set a new record, but also provide trinkets a local family could slip into their backpacks and hand deliver to orphans around the world.

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Waldorf sponsors annual Holiday Faire


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Children decorate cookies at Waldorf School of the Peninsula’s Holiday Faire last year.

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has scheduled it 29th annual Holiday Faire 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at its Los Altos campus, 11311 Mora Drive.

The event will feature a variety of hands-on activities for the entire family, including dipping beeswax candles, making wreaths with fresh greenery and handcrafting small gifts and holiday decorations from natural materials. Returning this year is the Russian Tea Room, where guests can enjoy tea, treats and quiet music.

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St. Nicholas students collect pajamas


Courtesy of Julie Eng
St. Nicholas Catholic School sixth-graders, from left, Kate Forsman, Samantha Roos, Mia Puentes and Meghan Surdey advertise their pajama drive.

St. Nicholas Catholic School second- and sixth-graders paired up earlier this month to collect pajamas for those in need.

As families arrived at school for drop-off in the mornings, students waved signs advertising their efforts to collect the pajamas so that other children can stay warm during winter.

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Schools Brief

Foundations seek funds on Giving Tuesday

Local educational foundations are recognizing Giving Tuesday – a national campaign scheduled Tuesday – as an opportunity to raise funds for school programs.

Giving Tuesday is a movement that provides incentives to give in the wake of Black Friday and holiday consumerism. The campaign aims to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and give back to charities and causes they support.

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