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Local high schools earn Newsweek rankings

Of the more than 25,000 public high schools nationwide recently reviewed by Newsweek magazine, Los Altos High School ranked 71st and Mountain View High School ranked 189th.

Last year Los Altos High came in at 132nd and Mountain View High at 229th.

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New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


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Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said he still pinches himself that he is working for the Los Altos School District.

Clark, who officially began his job July 1, said he is happy to be in a district that matches so well with his own philosophy of education.

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Local youth designers showcase fashions


Courtesy of Kathy Bonte
Young local designers from the DezignKidz program met with their models in preperation for Bay Area Fashion Week, where their creations will be shown.

DezignKidz, a Mountain View-based organization that has trained more than 1,000 local students, 7 to 14, how to design and create clothing and accessories, has been invited to participate in the upcoming Bay Area Fashion Week (BAFW), Sept. 18-27.

The annual weeklong event encompasses a series of fashion shows and events across the Peninsula designed to raise money for various charities. It features a mix of upcoming and established design talent. The DezignKidz students will be the youngest designers showcasing their work.

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Los Altos School District hosts educational conference

In an effort to expand connections in the education world, Los Altos School District officials are hosting an educational conference this month.

EdSummit LASD is a three-day event open to educators in the Bay Area. It includes a keynote event, followed by a full-day conference of more than 70 educational sessions and an Edcamp collaboration event.

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Gunn High School celebrates 50 years

Current and former Henry M. Gunn High School Titans, together with the entire Gunn community, will celebrate 50 years of successful academic, athletic, artistic and technical endeavors Friday through Sunday.

Activities scheduled for the weekend include an Alumni barbecue, special halftime show at Gunn’s football game against Carlmont High School, a formal ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday morning followed by campus tours, a panel of current and former faculty members and an alumni art show. A Golden Gala at the Palo Alto Sheraton 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday will include faculty as well as alumni.

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Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Living Classroom environmental education program seeks volunteer docents interested in connecting children with the outdoors.

Docents and their assistants provide hands-on math, science and social studies lessons to all grades in the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman school districts. All training and materials are provided.

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Program turns parents into school-day advocates


Courtesy of Sonia Maiello.
Project Cornerstone parent reader Sonia Maiello regales a Montclaire classroom.

Parent volunteers at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos are gearing up for the seventh year of Project Cornerstone, a countywide YMCA initiative that encourages students to become champions for themselves and others.

The program draws on a national study that connected developmental assets such as family support, adult role models and reading for pleasure to reduced risky behavior. The assets help children feel empowered, valued, respected and safe. The program theorizes that the more resources children perceive within their community, the less likely they are to engage in high-risk behavior.

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