Courtyard by Marriott Cares & Shares honors local teachers

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The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 11 local teachers last week. Honorees include, front row, from left, Laleh Rowhani, Elise Kuypers, Valerie Hu and Christine Boyles. Back: Donna Owens, Sarah NeSmith, Laura Wiley, Niki Mitchell, David Cercedes and David Belles. Not pictured: Danielle Sattler.

Sticking to its commitment to support education, the Courtyard by Marriott Cares and Shares program honored 11 local teachers last week.

Cares and Shares selected the teachers based on creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in developing curriculum. Each teacher recognized received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.


Los Altos High School hosts 10th annual STEM Week

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Los Altos High students will hear from professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers next week during the school’s annual STEM Week.

More than 25 Bay Area leaders from academia and industry are scheduled to address Los Altos High School students during the school’s 10th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Week Monday through Oct. 21.

The innovators will share their experiences in a wide range of professions, including astronomy, computer graphics, health care, robotics and the environment. Speakers aim to inspire the more than 1,800 students to pursue careers in math and science. Participants volunteer their time during the three-day program to emphasize how math and/or science helped them realize their dreams.


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BCS shares best practices with other schools

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Administrators from Santa Clara County schools interact with Bullis Charter School students as part of the yearlong educator development program charter school officials initiated this year.

Bullis Charter School has been recognized many times for its ingenuity and signature programs for students. Now school officials are using some of that creativity to design a yearlong program to share their best practices with other educators.

Superintendent Wanny Hersey said the school has attracted several visitors – educators from the area and around the world – to observe its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum at work, but they are usually only there for a day or less.


Students from Chinese sister school visit Loyola

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Students from the Yucai Education Group in China demonstrate their kung fu moves at Loyola School last week. Loyola families hosted the 11 Chinese students, their principal and two teachers last week.

The Loyola School community received a lesson in culture last week when students from its sister school in Hangzhou, China, visited Los Altos.

Loyola formed a relationship with the Yucai Education Group two years ago, after Principal Kimberly Attell visited the Chinese school for Loyola’s Mandarin program.


Town Crier intern provides advice to peers

Town Crier intern and local teen “Cocoa” invites youth to submit questions about problems they need help with. Below are some questions that Cocoa has answered in the past as an advice columnist at her high school.


New Blach principal finds school 'welcoming'

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New Blach Intermediate School Principal Bhavna Narula, above, meets with parents at the school’s orientation event in August.

Although Blach Intermediate School’s new principal has a wide range of teaching and leadership experience – from preschool to graduate school – junior high students hold a special place in her heart.

“I have a passion for junior high education,” Bhavna Narula said. “I love the stage in life where they are getting a sense of who they are becoming. I love being a part of that journey with them.”


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