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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.


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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.”


Bullis Charter School Family Picnic aims to make the world a better place

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Bullis Charter School hosted a Family Picnic with the theme of making the world a better place. The event hosted a number of activities such as a giant conversation Scrabble game.

Bullis Charter School hosted the Fall Family Picnic this month with the goal of making the community more world conscious.

The theme of the September 18 event was “Together We Can Make the World a Better Place.” Students engaged in old-fashioned activities such as four square with balls that had the seven continents printed on them, jump rope, world puzzles to assemble and a giant conservation Scrabble game.


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