Schools Briefs: Wildfire Aid, Principal retirement

courtesy of STefi Ganesan
Santa Rita School student Sofia Coburn makes a blanket for victims of the North Bay wildfires.

Santa Rita students help wildfire victims

Second- and fourth-graders at Santa Rita School made “bundles of joy” last week for North Bay children who lost their homes in October’s wildfires.

The school plans to deliver the bundles Monday to Hidden Valley Elementary School in Santa Rosa and the Anova campus for children with autism in Sonoma.

Wrapped with a fleece blanket handmade by a student, each bundle contains at least one donated item, such as school supplies, a board game or a stuffed animal. Some of the bundles include a dental kit as well.

Initiated by Santa Rita parents who are YMCA Project Cornerstone volunteers, the project goal was to assemble 160 bundles for donation; Santa Rita students contributed 100 of them. After the YMCA spread the word, two other schools in Silicon Valley have joined the effort.

Project Cornerstone is a YMCA initiative that aims to help children and teens in Santa Clara County grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults.

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MVLA Adult School director set to retire this month

Keith Moody, director of the Mountain View Los Altos Adult School, celebrated his schools career at the Dec. 4 meeting of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees. He announced his intent to retire in May.

Moody, who will retire at month’s end, served as principal of Mountain View High School for eight years before switching to adult education. Prior to joining the district, the former Oakland Raider directed the National Football League counseling program for migrant youth on a national level.

A good-bye chocolate cake was served at the meeting.

The district has selected Brenda Harris to serve as its new Adult School director. Harris, who earned a doctorate in education administration, has been assistant director of the Adult School for 13 years.

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MVLA recognizes Student of the Month

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District honored Zitlaly Ramirez as Student of the Month at its Dec. 4 board meeting.

According to district officials, Ramirez has displayed professionalism and has a perfect attendance record since starting the MVLA Adult School’s medical assisting program as a scholarship recipient in August. They described Ramirez as a “quick learner” who “always helps her classmates pick up the skills she has acquired.”

Ramirez is scheduled to begin her medical assisting externship at a nearby clinic in March.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Living Classroom program is recruiting volunteer docents to help deliver hands-on garden-based lessons to students in the Los Altos School District.

Training sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Jan. 8 and 22 in the district’s iLearn Studio, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.

Apprentice-style training is available for people who can’t make the training sessions.

No experience is necessary.

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