Pinewood Middle Campus Bids a Fond Farewell to YK Pao Students!

Chinese visitors learned English, Photoshop and much more in the popular summer program.


Twenty students from the YK Pao School in Shanghai attended 2012 Summer Festival of Learning at their Middle Campus on Fremont Avenue.

Both schools pride themselves on the quality of their whole-person approach to education, building a foundation of values, attitudes, knowledge, and habits that lead to personal achievement.

During the four-week program, Chinese students participated in a variety of classes including English grammar, writing, phonics, science, math, music, Photoshop, art, musical theater, and athletics. Students enjoyed attending classes with their American counterparts, immersing themselves in Pinewood’s popular summer program.

Both YK Pao and Pinewood look forward to continuing their relationship, planning towork together academically throughout the year.

The relationship is in alignment withthe National Association of Independent Schools Global Initiatives' Objective, which encourages schools to nurture the skills and perspectives that help students become global citizens and global leaders, and to assist schools and their students in making contributions across borders.


































LifeFlight Helicopter Conducts Drills at Foothill 

Foothill-DeAnza Police Chief Ron Levine, captured the arrival of Stanford's helicopter at Parking Lot 7, for training drills with local agencies.


Foothill-De Anza Police Department Chief Ronald J. Levine took some nifty pictures of the Stanford Hospital's LifeFlight helicopter that landed at Foothill College's Parking Lot 7 Wednesday.

The helicopter took part in coopertive agency training drills at the college July 11 and 18. The helicopter was on the ground for about 90 minutes, according to Lori Thomas of Foothill.

The latest visit was to support Santa Clara County Fire's volunteer firefighter training. Last week, the helcopter visited to help with Los Altos Hills Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member training. 

 If you have questions or for more information, call or e-mail the chief at (650) 949-7514 or LevineRonald@fhda.edu


Talent Fair at Loyola Elementary School, June 1

Inspired by the Bay Area Maker Faire, students at Loyola School put on a showcase of their own talents, explaining the 'how to' of what they do.

Students at Loyola Elementary School organized and participated in a "How-to...Talent Fair" on June 1. 

Inspired by the Bay Area Maker Faire just two weeks prior, the kids wanted to showcase and share their own talents with the other students at their school.  Their teacher, Mrs. Ellen Kraska, along with Ms. Shelby Biddy and Ms. Jayme Mitchell, guided the enthusiastic idea and helped the 5th graders to create display boards, business cards, and presentations on topics such as baking, water skiing, knitting, acting, working with clay, and making video games. 

The students invited parents and other Loyola classes to "visit exhibits and get inspired!" They shared their knowledge, demonstrated their talents, and allowed visitors to try for themselves.

- Audrey Crowley

Loyola School 



PHOTOS: Charter School Olympics, May 19

The Third Annual Charter School Olympics was a show of 'great sportsmanship and camaraderie was tremendously inspiring for all involved.'


More than 900 K-8 students from six Bay Area charter schools participated in the Third Charter School Invitational Junior Olympics, hosted by Bullis Charter School (BCS) at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

BCS started the event four years ago to bring the area’s charter schools together to celebrate community and build closer relationships.  Participating schools this year included Charter School of Morgan Hill, Livermore Valley Charter School, Magnolia Science Academy, Rocketship Discovery and Rocketship Sí Se Puede Academy.

The day’s events included running relays (100m), individual track events (50m, 100m, 400m, 800m and 1600m) and field events (broad jump, shot put, and javelin) as well as non-traditional activities such as soccer and football kicks, egg-and-spoon relays, and basketball throws so that as many students as possible could be included.  Students of all ages have been preparing for the events since fall.

“Watching the students strive to achieve their personal best, and witnessing their great sportsmanship and camaraderie was tremendously inspiring for all involved,” said Anne Marie Gallagher, a BCS board member. 



The Terraces Breaks Ground on $100 Million Project: The retirement community once known at Pilgrim Haven kicks off the beginning of its new self, celebrating the March 22 ground breaking with lunch and some speeches.

The Terraces held its ground-breaking March 22, complete with several ceremonial shovels and a celebratory lunch.

The residence formerly known as Pilgrim's Haven, is located at 373 Pine Street in North Los Altos. The first phase is 30 skilled nursing nursing suites called The Village, and a smaller set of suites for Alzheimer's and memory care called The Grove. 

Once that is complete, Phase 2 will consist of The Lodge, an 30 assisted living facility, and Phase 3 will have 81 residential living apartments, a fitness center, restaurant-style dining venues, and a movie theater. 


New at the Top

The Mountain View High School Girls Soccer won the CCS Championship this past weekend March 3, 2011) the first time in school history.  

Ann Benett shares a photo of the triumphant Spartans, the MVHS Girls Soccer, who won the CCS Championship! (and if you have photos or videos, you can share those with our community, too). Photo by Peter Higa.


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