Schools Briefs

Foothill hosts discussion on mental illness

Foothill College has scheduled a presentation on mental illness, “Psychology of Depression and Suicide,” noon to 2 p.m. April 30 in the Hearthside Lounge at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

In response to the Germanwings crash, in which the plane’s co-pilot reportedly killed 150 passengers and crew, Paul Marcille, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, will dispel myths about mental illness and violence.


Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

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Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to reveal herself as the author of a book that spotlights living with autism.

Lyon authored “How to be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” (Creston Books, 2013) under the pseudonym Florida Frenz, while just starting high school at Pinewood. The book features drawings from Lyon’s childhood, specifically artwork she created with her therapist to work through some of her difficulties living with autism.


Local students partner for Jazz Festival

Robin Iwai/Special to the Town Crier
Local music students perform for the community at the annual Jazz Festival event last year.

Music students from Los Altos High, Mountain View High, Blach Intermediate and Graham Middle schools are scheduled to perform at their annual Jazz Festival 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Mountain View High quad, 3535 Truman Ave.

Local residents are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for the musical performances by each school’s Jazz Band. This year’s event also features performances by local band FourLee and student band 37th Parallel.


Schools Briefs April 15

MVLA foundation hosts parent education event

The Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series has scheduled Ryan McKelley, Ph.D., to discuss “Unmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men” 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

McKelley, associate professor of clinical counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, will explore the impact of societal norms that cause boys to mask their emotions of joy, compassion, sympathy, fear and vulnerability. To counter the trend, McKelley encourages parents to teach boys about the richness and importance of social connection.


Almond School volunteers organize Family Science Night

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Almond School hosted Family Science Night March 11. Students participate in hands-on science activities.

Almond School’s Family Science Night March 11 featured more than 25 stations hosted by students and parent volunteers.

Almond sixth-graders and their parents, assisted by Los Altos High School students, organized a number of hands-on activities for the event, including constructing a large-scale trebuchet, using a chopstick to poke through a heart and building a hovercraft.


LASD honors Teachers of the Year

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The Los Altos School District honored 10 instructors as Teachers of the Year at a ceremony March 31. Honorees included, from left, John Beeman, Linda Mooers, Pearl Garvin, Andrea Powers, Leslie Rainforth, Kim Nero, Amy Bayani, Can Huynh, Noirin Foy and Samantha Nguyen.

The Los Altos School District honored its Teachers of the Year last week, recognizing one teacher from each of its nine schools and an additional recipient who will earn Teacher of the Year designation from the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Superintendent Jeff Baier revealed the award recipients at a ceremony March 31.


Junior Manners Cotillion teaches etiquette to youth

Courtesy of Janine Gerzanics
The Junior Manners Cotillion offers classes that promote proper manners and social skills. The program hosts activities like the Spring Ball, above.

Sunday evening is a time to rest, prepare for the upcoming week and spend time with friends and family. For 30 local teens enrolled in the Junior Manners Cotillion classes, however, it is also a time to practice their social skills and dining manners at Ristorante Don Giovanni in Mountain View.

The Burlingame-based Junior Manners Cotillion offers classes in etiquette and social skills for youth in third to ninth grades, and a College Readiness class for high-schoolers. Janine Gerzanics, a full-time college professor and business owner, acquired the company when she saw how her own children struggled in balancing new technologies with more traditional social skills.


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