Local teacher's stories evolve into book

 Devik Schreiner
Courtesy of Devik Schreiner
Devik Schreiner signs copies of “The Oregon Story,” his latest novel, at his book launch at Gardner Bullis School Dec. 1.

Gardner Bullis School teacher Devik Schreiner’s penchant for making up stories has led to a second career as an author.

Schreiner started telling stories to students in his social studies and language arts classes early in his career, prompted by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Los Altos Hills teen reflects on time in Morocco, cultural values

While most local teens stayed around town over the summer – perhaps working a summer job or taking a class – one ventured halfway across the globe to Morocco to learn her sixth language.

Anjani Ramanathan
Courtesy of Anjali Ramanathan
Anjali Ramanathan spent two months in Morocco learning Arabic.

Los Altos Hills resident Anjali Ramanathan received a selective scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth to travel to Morocco and learn Arabic last June and July. The program encourages applicants from all walks of life and language ability but focuses solely on learning languages to increase international conversation.

Community robotics team celebrates rookie year with wins

Courtesy of Brian Wilcove
Members of the DeepVision robotics team fix the lift of their robot between matches at the Oct. 5 competition.

Before last year, 17-year-old Reilly Dennedy had never held a drill. Within the year, she not only held a drill, but also helped her team put together a working robot, complete with computer vision and an autonomous mode, that won two awards at its second competition.

“I had no idea what I was doing, at all, but people helped me out,” Dennedy said.

Friday is sundae for Loyola students

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Sophia Cieslicki, a fifth-grader at Loyola School, above, decorates school principal Richard Julian with whipped cream Friday during morning assembly. Students earned the honor of turning Julian into a “human ice cream sundae” – complete with chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream and gummy bears, right – by raising $13,199.52 during a campus-wide walkathon, far surpassing their original $10,000 goal. “I’ve done this before at my former school, so I’m a real pro at this,” Julian said.

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MVLA hires new director of special education

Students attending schools in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District may see a new face around campus: special-education director Kristen Hardy.

Fourth-grade teachers rethink California missions curriculum

Courtesy of Los Altos School District
Fourth-graders at Covington and Santa Rita schools create missions in Minecraft as part of the unit on the Spanish colonial period of California.

Teachers throughout the state, and in Los Altos, are revisiting California’s history and reconsidering how to tell the thorny story of the missions.

The missions, religious settlements built by Spanish colonizers at the end of the 18th century, are both a central part of the state’s history and a human-rights violation, as indigenous people were forced to abandon their ways and embrace the Spanish Catholic way of life.

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