Budding authors at Montclaire Elementary School receive recognition

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A young author from Montclaire Elementary School presents her story to an audience during the school’s Young Author’s Book Faire May 14.

Montclaire Elementary School recognized 12 students for their original books at the annual Young Authors’ Book Faire May 14.

Cupertino Union School District School Board President Phyllis Vogel read each of the books beforehand and honored the students at a ceremony during Montclaire’s Open House. The students discussed their stories and received gold seals to place on their books.


MVLA appoints new associate superintendent

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees appointed Eric Goddard as its new associate superintendent of human resources, effective July 1.

Goddard replaces Laura Stefanski, scheduled to retire at the end of the school year after 33 years as an educator and two years as associate superintendent.


Schools Briefs

Children’s Center honors retiring director

Children’s Center Preschool has scheduled a Community Retirement Celebration for Director Non Mead 2-5 p.m. Sunday at The University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave.

Local residents are invited to attend. Lemonade and cookies will be served.


Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

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Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but supportive parents and teachers can help them navigate their adolescence, according to a panel of four teens hosted by the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) earlier this month.

The panel, part of CHAC’s Leadership and Empowerment Program Speaker Series, focused on “Teen Pressure in Silicon Valley.” Four students – a freshman, a sophomore, a junior and a senior representing Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools and the Foothill Middle College Program – offered personal accounts of how they face pressure and how they cope.


Schools community welcomes new faces

Following is a roundup of new hires at local schools for the next school year.


Council takes Hillview off the table as school site

The new Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee is scheduled to meet today to mull over sharing public lands – but Hillview Community Center and Park is off the table.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed May 11 the formation of the shared-lands ad hoc committee, but opinion was split among Los Altos City Councilmembers. The council voted 4-1 May 12 to participate in the subcommittee, with the caveat that Hillview is no longer an option.


Preschool matriarch steps down

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Children’s Center Preschool Director Non Mead sits beside her granddaughter, Greta Germack, during Greta’s birthday celebration.

Non Mead is the quintessential grandmother. Wise and warm, she ties shoelaces with a song, teaches life lessons with a smile and leads Children’s Center Preschool with panache.

The vibrant director, who has been something of a grandmother to the 300 students who annually attend the preschool at Los Altos United Methodist Church, is scheduled to retire this spring to spend more time with her seven grandchildren.


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