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Hannah Kim (continued from page 26) “Running is also really stressrelieving. I like to run in the mornings — it kind of wakes me up — around the Stanford campus, Lake Lagunita.” Kim uses Facebook to keep up with friends and listens to music to help her concentrate and block out other noise — sometimes even the noise of her siblings playing the oboe or clarinet. Kim’s advice to new students is to learn to manage their time. “It’s possible to balance things out if you use your time wisely — being efficient, finishing all your homework, then hanging out with friends,” she said. “Junior year I will not have as much time to spend with friends, but it’s still really important to have that social part of your life.” Band she’s currently listening to: Bruno Mars Favorite YouTube video/channel: LonelyLosers Tech gadget she can’t live without: cell phone Motto she lives by: “Carpe Diem.”


ix of 19 campuses have new leadership, with major construction at Gunn, Paly and Ohlone Palo Alto students and their families will be greeted by new principals on six campuses when they go back to school Tuesday. In addition, thousands of students — particularly those at Gunn, Paly and Ohlone — will return to campuses that have become major construction sites. Principals new in their roles this fall are: Katya Villalobos replacing Noreen Likins at Gunn High; Phil Winston replacing Jacquie McEvoy at Palo Alto High; Katherine Baker replacing the retiring Carmen Giedt at Terman Middle; Jocelyn Garcia-Thorne replacing John Lents at Addison Elementary; John Lents replacing Kathleen Meagher at Duveneck Elementary; and Anne Brown replacing Lupe Garcia at Palo Verde Elementary. In addition, a spate of retirements left many shoes to fill in the district office: Superintendent Kevin Skelly promoted Duveneck’s Meagher to be district-wide director of elementary education. Holly Wade comes from the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District to be director of special education. Debbra Lindo, former CEO of College Track, becomes director of secondary education and Amy Dro-

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Palo Alto Weekly 08.20.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 20, 2010 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 08.20.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 20, 2010 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly