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Class notes
August 20, 2013, 05:00 AM

United Educators Association for Affordable Housing is hosting an event at the Golden Gate Park on Sept. 7 to raise awareness and engage with the Bay Area community. The nonprofit group advocates for policies and creates programs that contribute to stable and affordable housing for teachers working in public schools.


Teacher Katherine Ward from San Mateo’s Aragon High School has been named one of 29 California All-Star Teachers by StudentsFirst, an education reform group.

Ward teaches AP biology and biotechnology for grades 10-12.

One of her nominators included former student Krysten Hogg, who graduated in 2008.

Ward received her teaching credential in life sciences in 1996 from San Francisco State University. She established the biotechnology course at Aragon, mentors Aragon’s robotics team and is senior class advisor.


Chris Wilson, from San Mateo, was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State.

The merit-based scholarship are offered to high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas programs. Through the scholarship, Wilson will study Russian in Russia for a year.


The Rotary Club of Menlo Park held its 27th annual Scholastic Achievement Awards Ceremony May 20 at

Menlo-Atherton High School. The evening featured live music from the Menlo-Atherton Jazz Band, hosted the motivational speaker Michael Pritchard as the featured speaker, distributed scholastic award achievement honors, and gave out scholarship awards to 24 students, totaling $87,000. The Scholastic Achievement Awards Ceremony is the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s annual key event. Fundraisers throughout the year, as well as club member donations, fund the scholarships. High school students from Menlo-Atherton High School, Eastside Preparatory, Sacred Heart Preparatory and Menlo School were chosen based on academic achievements, need and their essays for the scholarships. Additionally, 110 students from all four schools were honored for academic achievement in various subject matters. For more information on the Rotary Club of Menlo Park visit Tax-deductible donations can be made to the scholarship fund by contacting the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation at

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Angela Swartz. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at



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