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MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation

MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation


In light of an ongoing federal investigation of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District for Title IX violations, district officials are emphasizing communication with parents regarding off-campus incidents.

Last June, a former distr...

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Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group


Courtesy of Sandesh Mouli
Los Altos children, clockwise from left, Zara Shah, Kayden Shah, Logan Mouli and Shreya Mouli trick-or-treat together. The children and their parents are members of Cradle to Covington, a social network for parents whose y...

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Director: ECH mental health services expanding

Director: ECH mental health services expanding


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The subject of mental health is being taken more seriously these days.

“More and more people are coming out of their shells and talking about their mental health,” said Michael Fitzgerald, director of El Camino Hospital’s Beh...

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Where’s coverage of Women’s March?

I am writing regarding the Town Crier’s Feb. 1 article, “LAH resident attends Trump inauguration.”

I find it disappointing in a community where I expect many more people marched as pa...

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YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages

YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Students in the El Camino YMCA EnhanceFitness class undergo their exercise regimen.

In the El Camino YMCA’s EnhanceFitness classes, students ages 60 and up get their exercise whether they use a wheelchair or not. On...

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Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/town crier
Charlotte Nix, manager of Revelation in Fit, introduces the bra library.

At Revelation in Fit, the new lingerie store that opened last week at 386 State St. in Los Altos, the bras in the showroom – seasona...

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MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation

MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation

In light of an ongoing federal investigation of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District for Title IX violations, district officials are emphasizing communication with parents regarding off-campus incidents.

Last June, a former district student initiated a Title IX investigation wit...

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Business

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/town crier
Charlotte Nix, manager of Revelation in Fit, introduces the bra library.

At Revelation in Fit, the new lingerie store that opened last week at 386 State St. in Los Altos, the bras in the showroom – seasonal and, in some cases, rather fashion forward ̵...

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Pinewood falters in 4th quarter

Pinewood falters in 4th quarter

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pinewood School’s Jaeden Bailey drives to the basket, defended by Woodside Priory’s Matt Boyle, a Los Altos resident.

Once the momentum swayed Woodside Priory’s way, it seemed there was nothing the Pinewood School boys basketball team could do to stop i...

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Community

Director: ECH mental health services expanding

Director: ECH mental health services expanding

Fitzgerald
 

The subject of mental health is being taken more seriously these days.

“More and more people are coming out of their shells and talking about their mental health,” said Michael Fitzgerald, director of El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services.

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Where’s coverage of Women’s March?

I am writing regarding the Town Crier’s Feb. 1 article, “LAH resident attends Trump inauguration.”

I find it disappointing in a community where I expect many more people marched as part of the Women’s March the following day th...

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Spiritual Life

Longtime Foothills Congregational Church pastor retires

Longtime Foothills Congregational Church pastor retires

Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos bid farewell last month to the Rev. Matt Broadbent, who retired after 17 years of service.

Broadbent and his wife, Barbara, are retiring to a condominium in Aptos. Barbara has served as spiritual director for the Northern California Nevada Conference U...

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Schools

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group

Courtesy of Sandesh Mouli
Los Altos children, clockwise from left, Zara Shah, Kayden Shah, Logan Mouli and Shreya Mouli trick-or-treat together. The children and their parents are members of Cradle to Covington, a social network for parents whose young children will eventually attend Covington Sch...

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YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages

YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Students in the El Camino YMCA EnhanceFitness class undergo their exercise regimen.

In the El Camino YMCA’s EnhanceFitness classes, students ages 60 and up get their exercise whether they use a wheelchair or not. On one recent Tuesday, a handful of students braved ...

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Showtime to premiere ‘Disgraced’ sports doc

Showtime next month is scheduled to premiere a documentary on the 2003 murder of Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy, a St. Francis High graduate. “Disgraced” tells the story of Dennehy being killed by Baylor teamm...

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Art for superfans: Classical skills find new subjects in the modern art class

Art for superfans: Classical skills find new subjects in the modern art class

From Hermione Granger to "Avatar: The Last Airbender," unconventional subjects are making classical portraits for today’s young painters.

Fan art - drawings inspired by popular characters from books, movies and graphic novels - have long languished in the margins of school notebooks. But student...

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Encourage children to read

Photo Town Crier File Photo Encouraging a love of reading in children helps in all areas of study, including critical thinking and vocabulary.

 

One of the most frequent comments I hear from parents is that their children, for whatever reason, do not like to read. With so many technological innovations and distractions at their children’s fingertips, these parents often resign themselves to believing that there is little that can be done to change their children’s aversion to reading.

Not so! Over the past decade, I have seen numerous students – from sixth-graders to high school seniors – discover a new appreciation for reading. There is no doubt that increased reading helps them develop vocabulary, critical-thinking skills, language development and processing abilities. Reading actively and critically not only helps students with writing papers, taking standardized tests and feeling academically confident, but also it enables young adults to develop the thinking and communication skills necessary to feel personally and professionally confident in college and beyond.

Suggestions for encouraging more reading in your home follow.

 

Be subject sensitive

A few years ago, I worked with a student who loved basketball and hated to read – in fact, his parents openly thought I was crazy to suggest that he read for 20 minutes a day. Because I knew about his passion for basketball, I got him a copy of Darcy Frey’s “The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams” (Mariner Books, 2004). Exceptionally well written, the book is engaging and engrossing – and the young man was quickly hooked.

Many students who don’t enjoy reading have never had the experience of reading a book on a subject they are personally interested in. There are wonderfully written books out there on almost every subject.

 

Make it a family affair

For high school students preparing to take standardized tests, I generally recommend that reading an article a day in one of several magazines like Scientific American or The New Yorker (or other newspapers or magazines, depending on the student’s age and reading level) can be helpful in developing critical reading skills. I know families that read the same designated article three nights a week and discuss it over dinner – a great way to start an interesting dinner conversation and work on everyone’s debating skills (though some teenagers clearly need little help in developing debating techniques).

 

Use technology

Many educators, myself included, worry about the increased technological distractions available today. Using technology, however, can also encourage children to read more. A recent New York Times article revealed the growing number of young-adult titles sold for the Kindle and iPad. More and more young readers, it seems, are enticed to read books via e-readers.

While e-readers linked to the Internet may prove distracting, they also may be a worthwhile way to encourage reading. Most e-readers have functions to turn off technological distractions. For students with processing challenges and learning differences, audiobooks are among the numerous technological innovations that make reading more pleasurable and less overwhelming.

 

Seek outside resources

A few years ago, a high school student with ADHD came into our office with the seemingly impossible task of having to read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” as part of his school’s summer reading list. He didn’t like to read but was willing to give it a shot, especially after we read the first five chapters aloud together and he started to understand the witty dialogue and multiple meanings throughout the book. He quickly became engrossed. Sometimes, using an outside resource such as a tutor or a summer reading group can be an effective way to motivate students.

 

Carve out time

Many students and parents lament that between school assignments, sports schedules and extracurricular activities, the idea of increased reading falls by the wayside. Simply setting aside 20 minutes three times a week for everyone to read can make an enormous impact in less time than they devote to watching a television sitcom.

With summer just around the corner, using a few of these tips may help your children expand their literary horizons – both in and out of the classroom.

Ana Homayoun is founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting (www.greenivyed.com) and the author of “That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life” (Penguin, 2010).

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