Schools community welcomes new faces

Following is a roundup of new hires at local schools for the next school year.


Council takes Hillview off the table as school site

The new Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee is scheduled to meet today to mull over sharing public lands – but Hillview Community Center and Park is off the table.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed May 11 the formation of the shared-lands ad hoc committee, but opinion was split among Los Altos City Councilmembers. The council voted 4-1 May 12 to participate in the subcommittee, with the caveat that Hillview is no longer an option.


Preschool matriarch steps down

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Children’s Center Preschool Director Non Mead sits beside her granddaughter, Greta Germack, during Greta’s birthday celebration.

Non Mead is the quintessential grandmother. Wise and warm, she ties shoelaces with a song, teaches life lessons with a smile and leads Children’s Center Preschool with panache.

The vibrant director, who has been something of a grandmother to the 300 students who annually attend the preschool at Los Altos United Methodist Church, is scheduled to retire this spring to spend more time with her seven grandchildren.


Freestyle's Florendo named Teacher of the Year

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District named Leo Florendo of Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology its 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Florendo is scheduled to be honored at the annual Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Teacher Recognition Celebration Oct. 1 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell.


Local schools earn California Gold Ribbon status

Los Altos High, Mountain View High and Blach Intermediate schools recently earned designation as California Gold Ribbon Schools.

Out of more than 2,600 middle and high schools statewide, the program selected 373 schools for the award. The Gold Ribbon Schools Program honors outstanding public schools that demonstrate exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority areas.


Schools Briefs

Freestyle presents student art exhibition

Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology has scheduled its annual End of the Year Student Exhibition 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 29 at the Freestyle campus, behind the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., Mountain View.

The exhibition will feature students’ work, including documentary, conceptual and narrative productions and the senior portfolio showcase.


BCS archery instruction hits target

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Archery, a new physical education offering at Bullis Charter School, has piqued the interest of many students, including Skyler Rosenberg, above, who placed third overall at a regional competition.

When Athletic Director Joseph Stark introduced his love of archery to students at Bullis Charter School this year, he hit the bull’s-eye.

“It was a passion of mine,” said Stark, who joined the staff in the fall. “It is something I learned and love, and I know it is accessible to a lot of students, so I thought I should bring it to Bullis.”


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