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FAA report

FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught


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Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

The Federal Aviation...

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Schools

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Almond community packs meals for those in need


Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and...

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Community

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at T...

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Comment

Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also note...

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Special Sections

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Melissa and Nick French, right with son Grayson, pooled their talents to design their dream home. Melissa designed the living room sofa and table.

Melissa and Nick French took “do it yourself” to a new dimens...

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Business

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

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People

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristal...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the perfo...

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Spiritual Life

Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests...

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College Board redesigns elements of SAT

The College Board recently laid out major changes to the SAT, scheduled to take effect in spring 2016.

As a component of the organization’s initiatives to deliver equal opportunity, the College Board is redesigning the SAT to focus on the few things that evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness.

“We will honor the qualities which have made the SAT excellent,” said College Board President David Coleman. “We will build on the remarkable care and expertise which statisticians have used to make the exam valid and predictive. While we build on the best of the past, we commit today that the redesigned SAT will be more focused and useful, more clear and open than ever before.”

The redesigned exam will have three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math and the Essay; return to the 1600-point scale, with the essay providing a separate score; be approximately three hours in length, with an additional 50 minutes for the essay; and be administered both in print and by computer in 2016.

The College Board is scheduled to release the full specifications of the exam along with extensive sample items for each section April 16.

Major changes

Major changes to the SAT include the following.

• Relevant words in context. SAT words will no longer be vocabulary students may not have heard before and are likely not to hear again. Instead, the SAT will focus on words that students would use consistently in college and beyond.

• Evidence-based reading and writing. Students will be asked to support answers with evidence, including questions that require them to cite a specific part of a passage to support their answer.

• Essay analyzing a source. The essay will measure students’ ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds an argument to persuade an audience. Responses will be evaluated based on the strength of the analysis and the coherence of the writing. The essay portion of the writing section will no longer be required.

• Math focused on three key areas. The math section will focus on three areas: problem solving and data analysis; the heart of algebra; and passport to advanced math.

• Source documents originate from a wide range of academic disciplines, including science and social studies. The reading section will enable students to analyze a wide range of sources, including literature and literary nonfiction, science, history and social studies.

• Analyzing data and texts in real-world context. Students will be asked to analyze both text and data in real-world contexts, including identifying and correcting inconsistencies between the two.

• Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation. Each exam will include a passage drawn from the Founding Documents of America or the Great Global Conversation they inspire – texts like the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.

• Scoring does not deduct points for incorrect answers (rights-only scoring). The College Board will remove the penalty for wrong answers.

Partnership with Khan Academy

Coleman said the College Board is partnering with the Mountain View-based Khan Academy to provide free test preparation materials for the redesigned SAT, slated to launch in spring 2015.

The partnership enables students who want to take the SAT to prepare free of charge.

“For too long, there’s been a well-known imbalance between students who could afford test-prep courses and those who couldn’t,” said Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy. “We’re thrilled to collaborate closely with the College Board to level the playing field by making truly world-class test-prep materials freely available to all students.”

For more information, visit collegeboard.org.

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