Foothill registration opens July 16

Registration for fall quarter at Foothill College opens July 16 and runs through Sept. 20.

Foothill offers students courses that enable them to complete the general education requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university. Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as private colleges and universities.


Almond fifth-graders set sail at Shoreline

Courtesy of Corinne Finegan Machatzke
Fifth- graders at Almond School launched the boats they designed and built at Shoreline Lake last month.

Almond School fifth-graders boarded their handmade boats at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View last month to learn firsthand whether the vessels they designed and built proved seaworthy.

The event was part of a project-based learning unit, “To Sail, or Not to Sail? … It’s an Exploration!” The unit – focused on the role boats played in early exploration – encouraged students to design and build boats using money they raised through capital ventures.


Springer Scribes publish literary magazine

Courtesy of Laurie Pasmooij
Springer School’s Fun!visors Program sponsors activities at lunch, including the Springer Scribes club, which encourages students to write and publishes their work in a literary journal.

Three dozen student writers at Springer School are now published authors in the Springer Scribes Literary Journal.

The newly published authors are among the 100 students who participated in the Springer Scribes club, which met once a month at lunchtime throughout the school year.


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

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
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.


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.


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.


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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