Mountain ViewSchoolsUncategorized December 15, 2019

LASD Closes Escrow on New School Site

After years of collaboration with the City of Mountain View, the Los Altos School District (LASD) has closed escrow for 11.65 acres of land in Mountain View to accommodate a new school site and a community park. The process also included input from the Los Altos and Mountain View communities to resolve the current and future student enrollment issues. Click on the link below for more details:
Schools April 24, 2015

LASD Junior Olympics scheduled Saturday

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders will showcase their athletic abilities at the district’s 55th annual Junior Olympics, scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

The interschool track and field meet spotlights the district’s PE program. The event typically draws a crowd of more than 3,500 students, families, friends and neighbors cheering on the young athletes.

The annual Olympic games feature fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from the district’s seven elementary schools competing in an array of events. More than 1,600 students from Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools are slated to participate.

Events include the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, the standing long jump, chin-ups, jump rope, the softball throw and the basketball free throw. Athletes may enter up to three events, some of which require tryouts.

Early in the day, students gather on the track for an opening ceremony that features a parade of mascots, athletes and district officials. It’s a must-see portion of the day, according to Superintendent Jeff Baier.

“My favorite part of the event each year is watching the students enter the stadium, faces beaming with pride as they represent their schools,” he said. “It’s quite an amazing sight.”

Board of Trustees President Steve Taglio agreed.

“There is something about the opening ceremony that gets me every time,” he said. “It is the only opportunity we have to get all the schools together in one place, celebrating the same thing – the potential of what is to come. The kids and their families’ excitement about the day is so real, it would be hard not to get caught up in it.”

District PE instructors prepare students for the Junior Olympics in the weeks leading up to the meet. Students try all the different events and then select the ones in which they want to compete.

“(The students) do not have to be the fastest or strongest, and each PE teacher encourages a ‘Personal Best,’” said Pearl Garvin, PE instructor at Santa Rita. “The joy and sheer determination that I witness in each child’s face during the weeks of training is absolutely wonderful.”

The Junior Olympics are designed to emphasize good sportsmanship, stress the importance of healthy competition and encourage participants to do their best.

Taglio said he enjoys the goodwill and sportsmanship the games promote.

“During the long-distance run there, I’ve watched kids who have finished circle back to cheer on those who are still trying to finish – kids slow down on the track so that no one person is the last to finish,” he said. “It’s those moments that stay with you as well.”

No overall score is tallied per school, but scores are kept for each event by division and student. The top six finishers in each event/division receive awards. The Junior Olympics Committee has a list of student records dating back to as early as 1979. In 2014, student-athletes set 12 new records.

The committee that plans the Junior Olympics and helps run the events includes volunteer representatives from each school and a district PE specialist. The district provides personnel to help with deliveries, equipment and maintenance needs. The Los Altos Educational Foundation and school PTAs fund the event.

The first track event – the 1,320-yard run – is scheduled 8 a.m. on the track at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. The opening ceremony will follow at approximately 9 a.m.

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Mountain ViewSchools April 21, 2015

Mountain View High Hosts Annual Jazz Festival

Music students from Los Altos High, Mountain View High, Blach Intermediate and Graham Middle schools are scheduled to perform at their annual Jazz Festival 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, on the Mountain View High quad, 3535 Truman Ave.

Local residents are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for the musical performances by each school’s Jazz Band. This year’s event also features performances by local band FourLee and student band 37th Parallel.

Food – including Baskin-Robbins ice cream – and drinks will be available for purchase.

The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors. Proceeds support the Mountain View High Music Department. No dogs are allowed.

Community April 16, 2015

Intero Foundation Continues to Grow the Business of Giving

The Intero Foundation issued their first round of grants for the year directed towards the California communities of Los Altos, San Carlos and San Mateo. In 2002, the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., founded the Intero Foundation to be a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in the communities surrounding Intero locations.

Over a decade later, the Foundation empowers a diversity of organizations that positively impact the education and personal development of children. Through Intero’s agents, employees and fundraising events, the Foundation has generated over $3 million with an endowment of more than $1 million and gave $225,000 in 2014 alone.

In order to sustain its commitment to giving back to the community, each quarter, the Intero Foundation presents grants to non-profits that have been approved by the Foundation Committee. This third quarter round of grants were brought to the foundation by Intero’s offices located in Los Altos, San Carlos, and San Mateo.  A total of $41,000 split amongst the following organizations:

  1. Inn Vision Shelter– Dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals regain permanent housing and self-sufficiency through a variety of supportive services including interim housing. A grant of $8,000 will go towards their STEM Summer Adventure Camp.
  2. In Their Own Words(anti-bullying project) – Affiliated with the AACHAC of Mills Peninsula Health Services, this youth-led marketing campaign and peer support service addresses teen bullying among at risk youth. A grant of $8,000 will go directly to supporting this program.
  3. PARCA Raji House– An out-of-home respite care program for children and teens with developmental disabilities. The home provides a safe environment where the kids engage in games, sports, field trips, and the development of learning skills in a schedule of activities specially designed to meet their needs. A grant of $7,500 will go towards funding the home’s annual operational costs.
  4. Grateful Garment– Reduces any further negative impact on victims of sexual violence and human sex trafficking. The Intero Los Altos Office presented $7,500 for the purchase of clothing, food, and toiletries to minor victims of sexual assault; prevention education and training; and administrative expenses (supplies, storage, telephone, mileage, etc.) within the Santa Clara County.
  5. Scholastic Interest Group– Helps at risk young men residing in low income communities of San Francisco reach their full potential by offering a variety of programs that promote the importance of staying in school, the value of high education, and the critical need of personal character development.  A grant of $10,000 will support educational “field trips” and weekly personal development workshops.

To find out more about the Intero Foundation, visit the website at

Mountain View March 31, 2015

2015 Spring and Summer Events in Los Altos

The end of the school year brings a lull to the hustle and bustle of daily life for parents and students alike as they have more time on their hands. What better way to spend it than outdoors. Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View offer a wide variety of family-friendly events, some of which are long-standing traditions. Listed below are upcoming events scheduled in Los Altos:

Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m. to noon March 28

Main and State streets The Los Altos Village Association-sponsored event for children ages 1-10 features crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and the Easter Bunny. Attendees should bring their own baskets.

Egg Hunt & Teen Egg Launch

9:30 a.m. April 4

Hillview Soccer Field 97 Hillview Ave.

The Los Altos Recreation Department’s Egg Hunt is open to children up to age 10. There are different start times depending on age group. Attendees should bring their own baskets.

The Teen Egg Launch is open to youth 11-17. The challenge is to build a container that protects an egg from breaking when launched onto the soccer field. Admission is free. Register by April 1.

For more information, visit

Los Altos Live! talent show

7:30 p.m. April 25

Eagle Theater, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave.

Local residents unveil their musical, theatrical and dance skills at the annual community talent show, sponsored by the Los Altos Cultural Association.

For more information, visit

Los Altos Farmers’ Market

4-8 p.m. Thursdays May 7 through Sept. 24

State Street, between Second and Fourth streets

Local farmers offer fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants and cut flowers. A host of vendors sell a variety of specialty foods, including cheeses and dairy products, meats, breads and baked goods. The weekly events feature family-friendly entertainment and food trucks.

For more information, visit

Kiwanis Pet Parade

10-11 a.m. May 16

Main and State streets

A community tradition since 1948, the Kiwanis Pet Parade attracts thousands of spectators. Children walk, pull wagons and ride bicycles in downtown Los Altos, showcasing their pets. Youth groups, marching bands and local dignitaries in vintage cars travel the route.

For more information, call 988-9900 or email

Fine Art in the Park

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 16 and 17

Lincoln Park, University Avenue

Attendees can browse the fine art, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and unique gifts from more than 180 artists in the juried open-air art show, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Altos. The annual event features live entertainment, food and beverages. Proceeds support the Rotary Club’s local and international service projects.

For more information, visit

Arts & Wine Festival

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 11 and 12


The Arts & Wine Festival, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, showcases the work of artisans from more than 12 states. The 36th annual event will feature a select group of vintage wines and a variety of cuisines from Thai to Mexican in addition to all-American choices like sausage and roasted corn. The festival includes booths to browse, wine to sample and free concerts.

For more information visit

Friday Movie Nights

8:30-10:30 p.m.

Intersection of Main and Third streets

The Los Altos Village Association is scheduled to host family-friendly outdoor movie nights Fridays Aug. 7-28. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should bring chairs, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and picnics.

For more information, visit

Mountain ViewPalo Alto March 18, 2015

Family Fun in Los Altos and Mountain View

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Altos, Mountain View and surrounding cities. From concerts to plays, following are some of the options.

‘Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale’

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production, directed by Ken Boswell, follows Pecos Bill and partner Slue-Foot Sue as they protect the town.

Performances are scheduled 9:30 and 11 a.m. March 20 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 21 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit

Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra,
 Concert III

Featuring internationally known piano soloist Sandra Wright Shen, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 for Piano and a variety of other pieces, including Lee Actor’s “Divertimento for Small Orchestra” and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7.

The concert is scheduled 8 p.m. Feb. 27, with a pre-concert talk set for 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $24 adult, $20 senior and $12 student.

For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit

‘Carnival of the Animals by
 Camille Saint-Saëns’

The visually illustrated concert and ballet features a string ensemble and two grand pianos conducted by Derek Tam, accompanied by a dance performance by Bay Pointe Ballet. In addition to the concert, an animal-mask-making workshop and an instrument petting zoo – an opportunity to see, hear and touch instruments – are slated before and after the concert.

Concerts are scheduled 10 a.m. and noon March 1 at the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall on the campus of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Advance tickets are $18 general admission, $15 members and children 3-12; all tickets are $20 at the door.

For tickets and more information, call 223-8664 or visit

‘Les Misérables’

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel follows Jean Valjean as he struggles to redeem his past sins, with the ruthless Inspector Javert in hot pursuit.

Shows are scheduled 2 p.m. March 7 and 14; 7:30 p.m. March 7, 13 and 14; 1 p.m. March 8 and 15; 6:30 p.m. March 8; and 9:30 a.m. March 12 and 13 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Tickets are $22 adult, $18 senior and children 12 and under.

For tickets and more information call 903-6000 or visit

Easter Egg Hunt

Children ages 1-10 are invited to participate in the Los Altos Village Association’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in downtown Los Altos.

Participants should bring their own baskets. Activities include an appearance by the Easter Bunny, crafts, a balloon artist, face painting and games.

The hunt is scheduled 10 a.m. to noon March 28 at Main and State streets.

For more information, visit

Firebird Dance Theatre Benefit Performance

Join the Firebird Dance Theatre troupe for a performance highlighting a multitude of dance styles – from traditional folk dances to ballet and ballroom. Choreographed by Lotta Lysaya Burton, the performance features students from ages 4 to 25.

The performance is scheduled 5 p.m. March 29 at the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall on the campus of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Tickets are $20 general, $15 members and $25 at the door.

For tickets and more information, call 223-8664 or visit

Big Bunny 5K

People of all fitness levels are invited to participate in the 5K run. Children can join in the Kids Fun Run, where everyone is a winner. Awards and raffle prizes will be distributed at the end of the event.

The run is slated 9 a.m. April 4 at the Cupertino Civic Center, 10300 Torre Ave. Preregistration is required by April 3.

To register, visit

For more information, call (408) 777-1305. ✦

Community March 10, 2015

Los Altos History Museum Hosts Family Day March 14

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled Family Day/Young Minds @ the Museum noon to 4 p.m. March 14 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Family Day, designed for children in grades K-8, will feature the Tech Museum of Innovation’s Social Robot, a demonstration of the Los Altos Library’s 3D printer and hands-on learning activities that teach how motion works, the characteristics of living organisms and the principles of gravity. Docents, including former teachers, will be on hand to assist with activities.

Activities include:

• 1 and 2:30 p.m.: Multicoptor demonstrations. Paul Sterbentz and David Jackson will display mulitcopters and discuss their history, the technology behind them and future commercial uses.

Sterbentz is a builder of custom quadcopters with camera attachments. Jackson designs, builds and flies multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles.

Weather permitting, they will fly their drones on the Los Altos Museum patio.

• 3 p.m.: “Advice for Young Entrepreneurs.” The segment will feature two-time startup CEO Jamie Kurtzig. The 10-year-old is the granddaughter of serial high-tech entrepreneur Sandra Kurtzig.

Jamie’s grandmother will interview her on the topic “What It Means To Be a 10-Year-Old Enterpreneur Starting and Managing a Business.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

Family Day complements the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” on display through April 19.

For more information, visit

Community February 10, 2015

Los Altos “Celebrating Love” at First Friday Event

Downtown Los Altos will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at it’s First Friday event on February 13, 6-8pm. There will be valentine-themed activities, refreshments and live entertainment stationed at various downtown locations. Several shops will offer “First Friday” discounts and restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special”. Look for the red and white balloons outside their doors.

Programs will be available at the First Friday Headquarters outside Village Stationers at 222 Main St.

Community January 14, 2015

New French Inspired Hotel Opening in Downtown Los Altos

Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff – Town Crier Staff Report

Developer Abby Ahrens’ quest to bring a hotel to downtown Los Altos will soon become reality.

Ahrens has scheduled an open house 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday at her recently completed Enchanté Boutique Hotel at 1 Main St.

The news comes more than two years after breaking ground on the French-inspired hotel – which sits on the former site of a corner gas station. The Los Altos City Council approved the project in September 2010.

“I am delighted to have made a 107-year-old promise happen downtown, where when first founded, future residents were to have a bank, a mercantile and a hotel,” Ahrens said in a prepared statement. “I love this community. It’s been so supportive, and I’m so happy to be able to pour my heart in to give back and honor it.”

The 12,000-square-foot hotel features 19 rooms, a canine concierge service, an outdoor plaza at the corner of San Antonio Road and Main Street, and a bistro that will serve guests breakfast and light afternoon fare – as well as various beer and wine selections.

For more information, visit

Community January 13, 2015

Los Altos’ Sweet Spot

by Elena Kadvany / Mountain View Voice

Stacy Sullivan has fond memories of visiting a now-defunct neighborhood market during her years as a student at Terman Middle School and Gunn High School in the 1960s. During lunch or after school, she’d hop on the bike path and ride a couple of miles to grab some candy or a drink at Foodland, which was just a few steps up the road from the path’s Los Altos entrance.

Foodland shut down around 2000 and stood vacant for years in the sleepy North Los Altos neighborhood. Sullivan, now a married mother of two who lives two streets away, was walking by one day with her family and thought, “‘We should just redo this, do a whole revamp and open this as something really cool for the community, something that could be a hangout.'”

And thus, Sweet Shop — a quaint, wood-shingled cottage whose interior walls are lined with candy and painted sayings like, “Life is sweet!” — was born. Sullivan, a longtime Googler who is now the company’s “chief culture officer” (CCO), opened the shop in 2009 hoping it would become a true community gathering space, rather than simply a popular cafe that she would reap the profits from. All Sweet Shop proceeds go to local public schools, including Sullivan’s alma maters in Palo Alto and the Los Altos schools her sons attend. The shop makes donations a few times a year, often putting the money toward technology-focused educational efforts.

“It’s a nominal amount, but what’s nice is it’s kind of a big deal for the schools,” Sullivan said. “It’s more just the philosophy — we’re not doing this to make more money; we’re doing it because it’s a really fun, really great and really rewarding way to appreciate the community, which we really love.”

Traces of that attitude are everywhere in the rustic, whimsical shop. The employees who ring you up or make your Verve Coffee Roasters latte are often Gunn or Los Altos High students and are on a first-name basis with some customers. A note on the tip jar at the front counter reminds you that all tips will go straight to local schools. A “Little Free Library” sits out front; customers and passersby are encouraged to swap out the books with their own.

But back to the sweets. One large wall is dedicated to candies by the pound, with rows of teal-colored shelves stocked with glass jars full of with traditional confections: M&Ms, peach rings and sour gummies. All candy is $8.99 per pound. There’s even a gumball machine and Dippin Dots ice cream case.

Sprinkled throughout the shop are more high-end, carefully curated goodies: San Francisco’s TCHO and Poco Dolce chocolates, Lindt Lindor truffles and Twenty-Four Blackbirds chocolate (handmade in Santa Barbara).

The shop also serves frozen yogurt, breakfast sandwiches and panini. A small selection of baked goods are delivered daily from local bakeries including Icing on the Cake in Los Gatos and Kelly’s French Bakery in Santa Cruz. On a recent morning, there were buttery scones, cinnamon morning buns, mini pecan pies and perfectly latticed strawberry rhubarb tartelettes. Breakfast is served all day and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast comes in the form of a “croissantwich” (fresh croissant with two organic eggs and melted cheddar cheese, $4.50) and an egg white “skinny” bowl (two fluffy organic egg whites, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and generous dollops of goat cheese and warm, flavorful pesto on top; $4.25). Lunch is slightly more extensive, with six types of panini ($4 to $5.50) and organic tomato soup ($3.75 for a bowl). The panini are both kid- and adult-friendly. The “classic 1920” comes with grilled cheddar cheese on country-style wheat bread, while the “fondue” features brie, sliced apples and a drizzle of honey on sourdough bread. Indulge with the “dolce panini”: challah bread with nutella and fresh strawberries, sprinkled with powdered sugar and chocolate chips.

“It’s a combination of something for everyone,” said Sullivan, who loves ice cream and frozen yogurt, but whose husband is a health freak.

Sweet Shop shows its commitment to the environment with solar panels on the roof and skylights to cut down on electricity use. The shop also uses all biodegradable or recyclable cups, plates, bowls and even plastic bags for the candy. But the real focus here is building community. In addition to supporting schools, Sullivan said the shop participates in local book drives and has been used by neighbors as a stop on treasure hunts.

“A lot of people ask, ‘Is it what hoped it would be?’ If you go there on a given day, it’s usually buzzing with kids coming on bikes and families doing their daily walks over to the Sweet Shop. It’s become a local destination, which is exactly what we wanted.”

Sweet Shop

994 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos



Closed Mondays

Tuesday — Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 11a.m. to 5 p.m.