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Local education foundations support Stand UP for Public Schools Day

The Los Altos Educational Foundation joined forces with the Mountain View Educational Foundation to declare May 10 “Stand UP For Public Schools” Day.

The two foundations, which serve 19 elementary and middle schools in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, will partner with seven nearby foundations and districts to give local residents and businesses the opportunity to support public schools.

Student wins scholarship for fashion design


Left Photo Courtesy of National League of American Pen Women
Art Chairwoman Patricia J. Dennis, left, awards Isabella Baynard the Felicia Pollock Memorial Scholarship on behalf of the National League of American Pen Women. Baynard’s designs include a reversible kimono patterned with a print of Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.”

Los Altos High senior Isabella Baynard last month received the Felicia Pollock Memorial Scholarship from the Santa Clara County branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

The organization, whose Santa Clara branch was established in 1922, comprises professional woman artists, composers and writers. Its mission is to promote the creation of artistic work that meets a high professional standard, and to provide support to community members in artistic fields.

New club launches LAHS students to high-tech leading edge


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Los Altos High students Maxwell Liu, left, and Ravi Krishna show off the autonomous “ShadowCart.”

A new machine-learning club at Los Altos High School has propelled local students into the still budding world of self-driving cars.

Since forming the Electric Dreams club in March, freshmen Ravi Krishna and Maxwell Liu have led more than 30 peers in building an autonomous model car.

Almond panel discusses gender beyond the binary


Courtesy of Dr. Jill Hagenkord
Dr. Jill Hagenkord speaks at Almond School with her sons, Almond fourth-grader Mark Tanner, left, and Egan seventh-grader Cade Maw.

Local families, along with Los Altos School District faculty and staff, attended a panel at Almond School last week addressing how adults can support transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

Much of the discussion centered on transgender children, who identify with a gender different from the sex they were assigned at birth. But Almond’s school psychologist Kristi Clouser also emphasized that creating a safe, supportive environment benefits a wide range of kids – from the boy who wants to grow his hair out to the girl who prefers sports gear to pink frills.

School Briefs

LASD solicits teacher housing

The Los Altos School District, in partnership with Los Altos Community Foundation, is compiling an electronic bulletin board connecting district teachers to local residents with available rental housing. The bulletin board will serve both veteran teachers and new hires searching for affordable housing near district schools.

The search for housing will include apartments, in-law units and suites with their own entrances that are available beginning in July or August.

Mtn. View voters face parcel-tax decision

Nearly $3 million in funding is on the line for the Mountain View Whisman School District May 2 as district residents vote on whether to continue an expiring parcel tax.

If approved, Measure B would maintain current levels of school funding while raising the average homeowner’s tax by $64 .


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