LASD Haps About Campus

Each week LAH resident Laura Orella will post 'LASD Haps About Campus,' letting readers know what's going on in our elementary and middle schools.

Each week Los Altos Hills resident Laura Orella will post "LASD Haps About Campus," letting readers know what's going on in our elementary and middle schools. Today's post includes photos from Santa Rita and Loyola.

Los Altos School District opened its doors to a new school year Wednesday morning and the elementary and middle school PTAs were ready with Back-to-School Coffees that could not be missed—literally!

Reports from around the campuses boasted standing-room only events as parents poured coffee, noshed on bagels and perused all the school-wide programs their children can choose from this year.

Most of the schools this year are offering language—Mandarin, Spanish, French—programs, a host of sports activities, curriculum-based after school courses such as "mathletes," creative writing and geography, as well as Lego Robotics, chess, yoga, chorus and theater and arts.

Last year, the LASD PTAs volunteered over 200,000 hours in district schools and this year will be more of the same. Meanwhile, teachers spent part of their summer in staff development, perfecting innovative ways to help students find success both inside and outside the classroom.

Here's some photos from Santa Rita and Loyola to enjoy.

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Heather Rose August 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Hi Christy, Laura has volunteered to run a blog for all the LASD schools to highlight what our children are doing. If you have any news you wish to share about Gardner Bullis, you can send it to me as PTA Communications and I will make sure it gets posted. Regards, Heather
Christy Lin August 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM
So, L.A. Chung, if this is going to be a weekly column, does that mean if you get a volunteer from BCS (or Pinewood, or St. Nicholas, etc.) that volunteers to do a weekly blog that will be published as well?
L.A. Chung August 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM
@Christy Lin: We've run, from time to time, "fetchers" asking for blog contributors, that is articles saying, Patch wants to encourage local voices through blogging, about events that you think are of interest to your community, your neighborhood (or, frankly, just of interest to you —see Kyle Walden's posts!). Often people don't pay much attention to these exhortations—until they see what someone else has done, and realize they, too, might want to blog about a topic. We had a Patch staff member attend a national PTA convention in San Jose, and she was encouraging attendees to go back to their communities and blog about their PTA doings, their schools, and the like. At the bottom of most Los Altos Patch stories, I've had a standard tagline that has links, including one encouraging people to blog ("Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Get our daily newsletter| Blog for us"). In this particular case, the blogger herself has written that she is committing to posting once a week on her topic. We don't control the frequency of posting or anything else, except following our Terms of Use.
Christy Lin August 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM
@L.A. Chung, that's great. I hope that someone from BCS will step up to posting once a week and someone from Pinewood, and from other schools as well. I think that would be a great addition to Patch. Glad to hear you are open to that.
Claudia Cruz August 24, 2012 at 06:35 AM
I think this is a great idea ... we want more local voices on Patch! :-)


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