LASD housing program seeks to match teachers with local rental units

To address problems teachers have finding affordable housing, the Los Altos School District collaborates with Los Altos Community Foundation on an electronic bulletin board that matches both new and veteran teachers with residents offering housing.

LASD assembling 10th Site Task Force, online platform

The Los Altos School District plans to form a 10th Site Advisory Task Force and launch an online forum in May to solicit community input on the district’s future acquisition of a 10th school site, according to district Superintendent Jeff Baier.

“We are assembling a Site Advisory Task Force to engage key individuals from our school district and the city of Mountain View to explore all community feedback to date within this new context of a site located in Mountain View and renewed interest in a neighborhood school,” Baier said. “We are also initiating an online forum, whereby the greater community may share its opinions, which will commence in May.”

Bullis Charter School students design museum as 'Revolutionary' project

American Revolution Museum
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Bullis Charter School fifth-grader Anthony MacDonald, with crown, and teacher Sara Fernandez dress up for the American Revolution Museum Thursday, a project designed by their class.

Students transformed two classrooms at Bullis Charter School into a museum Thursday, with fifth-graders serving as docents who explained the history of the American Revolution to visitors.

Fifth-grader Sebastien Burk- hardt informed visitors, including parents and students in the lower grades, that U.S. soldiers were not as well equipped as their British enemies.

Gardner Bullis honored by state superintendent as Distinguished School

Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills has been named a 2018 California Distinguished School.

According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, 287 of California’s elementary schools received Distinguished School status, including Gardner Bullis, under a program returning this year after a three-year hiatus.

St. Nicholas showcases Writer's Workshop

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St. Nicholas Catholic School students share their writing with visiting teachers March 21.

More than 40 teachers throughout the Diocese of San Jose visited St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills to witness its Writer’s Workshop in action March 21.

Visiting teachers observed a 50-minute class period of writing, noting the structure of the workshop and the positive and engaged responses from students.

BCS students use design thinking to solve real-world challenges

Bullis Charter School students Naomi Ichiriu, from left, Noah Kaufman, Caleb Chen and Andy Nilson collaboratively developed a hydroponics system under the guidance of teacher Mick Coleman to grow plants without soil. Courtesy of Stacey Walter

As seventh-graders at Bullis Charter School, we recently completed a three-week Engineering & Design Intersession (EDI) to solve real-world problems.

Our group chose to solve a problem presented by Bullis Charter School MakerSpace teacher Mick Coleman, which was to develop a hydroponics system to grow plants in a space-efficient manner in his classroom.

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