Organization collects scientific equipment to donate to local teachers


Courtesy of Abizar Lakdawalla
A teacher picks up free Erlenmeyer flasks at Bio-Link Depot.

Bio-Link Depot collects, cleans and stows scientific equipment for teachers to repurpose in the classroom. The nonprofit organization stores equipment at Foothill College and at another warehouse in Oakland.

Abizar Lakdawalla, Bio-Link Depot volunteer, said the group primarily collects used equipment from biotech companies in the area. Bio-Link Depot has distributed incubators, ovens, centrifuges, tissue culture cabinets, biosafety cabinets, automatic pipettes, reagent models and calorimeters over the years.


Welcome-to-school books calm preschool jitters

An entire genre of books explores the start of a young person’s life at school with the idea that if Maisy the Mouse or the unvanquishable Molly Lou Melon made it through a first week at a new school, so can you.

Preparing a young person for the start of school – whether they’re 2, 5 or 15 years old – requires preparation founded in fun. Playing with the idea of what we do at school, and how we get ready, in books and at home, can help first-timers imagine their way through a disorientingly new first day – especially if they’re not so wild about the idea of leaving home, and family, for the first time.

Q&A: Loyola School's new principal returns to LASD


Rich Julian

Rich Julian is set to take the reins as Loyola School’s new principal for the 2018-2019 school year. Julian returns to the Los Altos School District following a six-year stint as principal in the Milpitas Unified School District.

An educator for nearly 30 years, Julian spent one of those years teaching fifth grade at Covington School. Former Loyola Principal Kimberly Attell is moving to Oak Avenue School.

Bullis Boosters Camp keeps growing


Adanya Lustig/Town Crier
Campers make pretzels one morning at Bullis Boosters Camp.

Fewer than 10 of Bullis Charter School’s 825 students came from families with incomes low enough to qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch at school in 2017, according to the state’s educational database. But for one week in August, the demographics shifted: 70 students from low-income families attended Bullis Boosters Camp at the school’s Egan Junior High campus.

The camp isn’t technically connected to the school – organizers rent the facilities from the Los Altos School District – but Bullis Charter School parents founded it six years ago as a way to give back to an underserved community and fight the summer slide.

Local school calendar for 2018-2019

The Town Crier compiled a list of noteworthy 2018-2019 dates for local public schools.


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