Sat12202014

Schools

Parents sponsor teacher and staff appreciation luncheon


Courtesy of Vivi Chan
Parents host a back-to-school luncheon for teachers and staff at Los Altos High.

Parents at Los Altos High School welcomed teachers and staff back to school with a sustainable lunch.

Parents designed and prepared a six-course meal and transformed the student cafeteria into a fine-dining room with tablecloths, flowers and preprinted menus.

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LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded 28-member Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week to prioritize the $300 million in projects on the district’s Facilities Master Plan.

The district has placed Measure N on the November ballot, which could net $150 million if the measure receives 55 percent voter approval.

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BCS teacher works with online lesson plan resource


Photos Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School seventh-grade teacher Lisa Stone, right, worked on LearnZillion’s Dream Team this summer to develop online Common Core-aligned lesson plans, left.

Bullis Charter School has a new tool in its arsenal this year as it tackles the implementation of Common Core curriculum standards.

Seventh-grade teacher Lisa Stone was one of 200 chosen from among 4,000 applicants for the “Dream Team” assembled by the educational startup LearnZillion. Stone and the other members of the Dream Team worked to create online lesson plans for teachers that are Common Core-aligned.

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Schools Brief

Community Scholars seeks volunteers

MVLA Community Scholars seeks volunteer mentors for its College Prep Program.

The nonprofit organization pairs underserved students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools with local residents willing to guide them through the college and scholarship application process during Advancement During Individual Determination (AVID) class periods.

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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


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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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