Hunger program seeks donations

The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto seeks donations for the coming school year.

Items needed include backpacks, school supplies, toiletries and gift cards.

Despite Supreme Court ruling, local teachers unions undeterred


After the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected but critical blow to public labor unions, local teachers unions are expected to remain strong because of high membership rates and union support.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 June 27 that employees who are not union members will no longer have to pay the union’s agency fees in states where they were previously required.

Let's combat global warming

Global warming is a big problem. Here is how it affects the Earth and people. Do you think it is a big problem?

Why is climate change happening? One of the reasons for the greenhouse effect is coal being burned. Another reason is chemical gases getting trapped in the atmosphere, heating Earth up. Also, when people burn fossil fuels to make electricity, the chemicals and heat get trapped in the atmosphere. All of the debris at once is too hard for the atmosphere to push out. It is like giving you years’ worth of homework all at once.

Teens talk mental health in 'Just a Thought'

Courtesy of Children’s Health Council
Members of the Children’s Health Council’s Teen Wellness Committee display copies of the book they compiled, “Just a Thought,” which addresses mental health challenges teens face. Pictured are, front, from left: Emily Snelling, Maya Chawla, Hazel Lam and Hamsa Jambulapati. Back: Danny Howell, Meghna Singh, Niklas Goodman, Ethan Du and Renee Remsberg.

When it comes to teenage mental health, there may not be a better authority than teens themselves. That’s why Stanford University’s Children’s Health Council reached out to Bay Area high school students to form the Teen Wellness Committee.

That was two years ago. Last month, members of the committee – which includes students from Los Altos, Mountain View, St. Francis and Gunn highs – released “Just a Thought,” a book comprising stories and anecdotes from Bay Area teens, unfiltered and candid about the struggles of mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression.

Schools Briefs: Art, college prep volunteers needed

Los Altos Art Docents recruits volunteers

The Los Altos Art Docents program seeks volunteers to help teach art in local classrooms.

In the past year, docents taught 799 lessons, trained 10 new docents, produced four art shows, participated in several community outreach events, created six new lessons and made major revisions to three lessons and minor tweaks to four.

Santa Clara County honors teachers from local schools

Santa Clara County honored its 2018 Teachers of the Year last month, including Egan Junior High teaching assistant principal Coni Cullimore, Mountain View High teacher Sarah Block and Homestead High teacher Andrea Westgate.

Focus on achievement

Named Teacher of the Year for the Los Altos School District, Cullimore has taught math in the past but now teaches leadership classes. She also supports students and teachers in the work of learning and teaching.

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