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December 8, 2023
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Supervisor tours Los Gatos’ transitional kindergarten ‘hub’

transitional kindergarten
Transitional kindergarten teacher Kajsa Byrne had the children in her Lexington Elementary class gathered around a circular table, engrossed in a literacy assignment. They scarcely noticed some of the region’s most powerful educational figures enter the room. Michael Stock, a science, technology, engineering, art and math...

Battle-hardened robotics team drops by Kiwanis luncheon

Robotics team presents to Kiwanis
Members of the Los Gatos High School Robotics Team 972, who were finalists at the Silicon Valley Regional, and won the Archimedes Division at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, presented to the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos, April 27. "This was a huge accomplishment...

Los Gatos High students perform at Carnegie Hall

orchestra at Carnegie Hall
It’s featured the Beatles, John Philip Sousa, Led Zeppelin and Booker T. Washington, and on April 14, around 185 Los Gatos High School students joined the ranks of people who have graced the stage at Carnegie Hall, during the 2023 Harmonic Convergence Concert. The Italian...

Board of Education appoints Area 3 trustee

pencil crayons
On Nov. 28, the Santa Clara County Board of Education unanimously approved the selection of Donald Rocha as the provisionally appointed trustee for Area 3.  Trustee Area 3 includes the Cambrian, Campbell Union, Luther Burbank, Moreland, Union and Campbell Union High School districts and a...

Town creating calendar recognizing Native American Heritage Month

Native American issue in Los Gatos composite
During its regularly scheduled meeting, Dec. 6, Mayor Rob Rennie asked Town Manager Laurel Prevetti for an update on the process to officially acknowledge Los Gatos’ earliest residents. But her response—while delighting some First Nations advocates—left one group in particular feeling a little left out. “We...

Los Gatos High principal recalls helpless moments cradling student overdosing on opioid

narcan and principal
Los Gatos High School Principal Kevin Buchanan felt helpless on the third day of the 2021 school year. It wasn't the typical first-week-back chaos. Instead, Buchanan was sitting on the ground, cradling the body of a student—watching their face turn white, their body clammy,...

Residents get crash-course on what to do during an earthquake

Arn Andrews debrief
Local residents went through a dry-run of how to react to a natural disaster, Saturday, when they were hit with a 7.2 magnitude “earthquake.” The imaginary calamity was organized by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team. The participants were dealing with a faux-quake...

Participants of Community Police Academy reach finish line

grad shakes chief's hand
It was the day after retired Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Sgt. Tam McCarthy helped lay a long-time cop, John Pernick, to rest. So on Oct. 27, as he gave an address at a much more celebratory gathering—the inaugural Los Gatos Community Police Academy graduation—he...

Children lead environmental project in Plaza Park

camp clean-up
A few months back, neighbors Maggie Contro, an 8-year-old third-grader at Daves Avenue Elementary, and Arlo Britz, a 7-year-old boy a grade below, were sweeping her home’s porch, when they realized they were doing something worth scaling. Contro had been wanting to start some kind...

Los Gatos’ elementary school district to pay $5.1 million in child sex abuse case

Joseph Brian Hour
Updated: 11:58 am, Oct. 21, 2022 Los Gatos' public elementary school system has agreed to pay a total of $5.1 million to two men who were sexually abused as children by Blossom Hill Elementary School teacher Joseph Brian Houg, the lawyers for the victims said...