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Los Altos main library displays preschoolers' mural

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Los Altos Parent Preschool’s mural is on display at the Los Altos main library through the end of April.

A garden mural that students from Los Altos Parent Preschool created to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary is on display for the month of April at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The mural depicts colorful creatures, flowers and kites. According to school representatives, the artwork captures the spirit of the school, featuring “individuals joyfully expressing themselves and learning in the process.” Each of the preschool’s three classes contributed to the project.


Schools Briefs

MVLA and MVPD host drug education event

Mountain View High School and the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District have joined forces to present “High in Plain Sight” 7 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View High’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

School Resource Officer Ron Cooper is slated to present information on drugs, alcohol and the dangers local students face.


Loyola presents program on online safety

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Los Altos School Resource Officer Katie Krauss and Detective Abe Velasco address a group of parents and community members at Loyola School about online safety earlier this month.

It hits closer to home than some might think.

Many have read about Audrie Pott, the 15-year-old Saratoga High School student who took her life in 2012, a week after inappropriate photographs of her were posted online. What some may not know, according to Los Altos School Resource Officer Katie Krauss, is that she died at her mother’s home in Los Altos, after posting suicidal messages that no one reported.


Loyola students celebrate Project Cornerstone Spirit Week

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Loyola School students participate in character-building activities at lunch earlier this month.

The Loyola School community launched its first Project Cornerstone Spirit Week earlier this month.

The event aimed to help students build character by reaching both outward to the community and by strengthening bonds within the school.


Mtn. View High hires new assistant principal

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Carmen Gomez as assistant principal of Mountain View High School, effective July 1.

Gomez will replace Mike Mathiesen, recently appointed chief business officer for the district.


Schools Briefs

Loyola K-Kids launch annual eyeglass drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, a group of second- through sixth-graders sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, has set a goal to collect 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses by the end of May.

The donated eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and their prescriptions identified by Direct Relief International in Santa Barbara. They are then distributed to those who can’t afford glasses in the U.S. and around the world. Over the past six years, the club has collected approximately 1,000 pairs each year.


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