Local high schools awarded 'Gold Ribbon'

The Mountain View Los Altos High School District received notice today that both Mountain View High School and Los Altos High School have been selected as Gold Ribbon Schools.

Three-hundred seventy-three schools out of more than 2,600 middle and high schools statewide were selected for this award.

The Gold Ribbon Schools Program is a new program for 2015-2016 which honors California's outstanding public schools. Schools that are selected demonstrate exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority areas. 

“These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," said State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate. … This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of your school’s educational community.”

A complete list of 2015 Middle and High California Gold Ribbon Schools is posted on the California Department of Education’s home page at under “What’s New.”

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems

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Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer approaches, hope for more rainfall to relieve the drought dwindles and the effects of climate change become glaringly obvious – and students in Homestead High School’s AP Environmental Science (APES) classes aim to do something about it.

For the sixth consecutive year, students in Homestead’s APES classes are conducting a four-month project titled “Your World,” which requires them to identify an environmental problem in their community and take action to propose a solution.


Final Call for Almonds production of Peter Pan

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Almond students Elizabeth Barnett (as Wendy), Charles Sirey (Captain Hook), Jack Carter (Peter Pan) and Rachel Mesel (Tinker Bell) star in the school’s production of “Peter Pan.”

Students in Almond School’s Drama Program are scheduled to fly to “Neverland” as they stage “Peter Pan” 6 p.m. May 7-9 and 14-16 at the school, 550 Almond Ave., Los Altos.

The 115-student cast will perform Leonard Bernstein numbers – with some musical twists on the classic tale, including Sesame Street’s “Rubber Duckie” and a snippet of “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid.” A stage crew rigged the theater to enable Peter Pan and the Darling children to fly.


Schools Briefs

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The Loyola K-Kids Club sorts through eyeglasses they collected. The community service club continues to accept donations of used glasses through the end of May.

CHAC sponsors teen forum

The Community Health Awareness Council has scheduled a forum with local high school students sharing what it’s like to be a teenager in Silicon Valley 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7 in the CHAC office, 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

The forum will offer an opportunity for students from high schools in Los Altos and Mountain View to express to their parents, grandparents, friends and school staff their frustrations, struggles and dreams for the future.


LASD Junior Olympics scheduled Saturday

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The Los Altos School District Junior Olympics are slated Saturday at Mountain View High School. District officials say the opening ceremonies, above, are always memorable.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders will showcase their athletic abilities at the district’s 55th annual Junior Olympics, scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

The interschool track and field meet spotlights the district’s PE program. The event typically draws a crowd of more than 3,500 students, families, friends and neighbors cheering on the young athletes.


Local teens promote organ donation to new drivers

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Los Altos High students Skylar and Allegra Maeso, right, show fellow students the Pink Dot ORGANization’s Facebook page at Starbucks Friday. The students have another event scheduled Friday.

To commemorate National Organ Donation Month, the Pink Dot ORGANization at Los Altos High School has scheduled a promotional event 4-5 p.m. Friday at Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins in downtown Los Altos.

Sisters Allegra and Skylar Maeso, students at Los Altos High, co-founded the Pink Dot ORGANization after their grandmother died while waiting for a kidney donation that never came.


Living Classroom hosts Spring Garden Party

Rosalind Creasy, founder of the edible landscaping movement, is scheduled to attend the Living Classroom’s Spring Garden Party 5-8 p.m. May 3 at John and Marva Warnock’s historical garden estate near downtown Los Altos.

Creasy, a Los Altos resident, is the award-winning author of 18 books on gardening and cooking and a member of the Garden Writer’s Hall of Fame. She is currently designing demonstration gardens at the Los Angeles Arboretum and the U.S. Arboretum in Washington, D.C. She coined the term “edible landscaping.”


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