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.

MVLA principals present annual reviews to district board

Sharing the findings of data collected this year, the principals of Los Altos and Mountain View high schools presented their annual review Dec. 4 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Los Altos High Principal Wynne Satterwhite and Mountain View High Principal David Grissom brought their administrative teams with them for the nearly one-hour presentation.

Caring cousins: Local teens give back to community with free coding classes


Courtesy of Robert Beliveau
Robert Beliveau, standing, teaches a coding class for kids. The 15-year-old leads the free classes with his cousin, Nicholas Verzic, 13. Both Los Altos residents attend Khan Lab School in Mountain View.

Los Altos teens Robert Beliveau and Nicholas Verzic seem to embody the clich√© “Think globally, act locally.”

The cousins have worked together for several years to give back to their community, using their website Childrengiving.com as a means to publicize their service and inspire others.

This race is no turkey


Photos Courtesy of Corrine Palacios
Five-year-old Liesl Nelson, with her stuffed-animal goat, races in the Spartan Turkey Trot’s 60-yard dash on Thanksgiving morning at Mountain View High.

Record attendance at this year’s Spartan Turkey Trot led to record revenue, which means more money for Mountain View High athletics.

Organizer Corrine Palacios said 1,352 people registered for the eighth annual event, held Thanksgiving morning at the school and on surrounding streets. That brought in $34,555 in registration fees, she noted. Add $585 in donations and $1,000 in sponsorships, and the turkey trot generated a record $36,140 in gross revenue, according to Palacios. The net proceeds will go to the Mountain View High Sports Boosters, earmarked for team equipment and field/facility improvements.

Los Altos music teacher Sherman makes album for kids and with kids


Courtesy of Kathy Sherman
Kathy Sherman, a longtime music teacher and musician from Los Altos, performs for a class. Sherman’s new album, “Let’s Sing,” features 16 kids as background singers.

The latest album by local music teacher and multi-instrumentalist Kathy Sherman isn’t just for kids – it features some of them as background singers as well.

“I have kids singing on it that I have been teaching for many years, and my hopes are that when a child listens to this album and hears the kids, they will be able to imagine themselves on there someday,” the Los Altos resident said.

Schools Briefs: Holiday crafts and living classroom

Egan Junior High hosts Holiday Craft Faire

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Craft Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday at the school, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

More than 300 students will host 170 booths featuring original homemade crafts, gift items and food.


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