Los Altos High School counselor Ariel Rojas will receive the 2014 H.B. McDaniel Excellence in Counseling and Guidance Award on June 7 at an awards ceremony at Stanford University.
Award recipients must demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, significant contributions in guidance and counseling and have created an effective guidance program.
Rojas focuses his work on helping at-risk students, and has improved their retention and graduation rates, academic performance, attendance and discipline. For these students, he developed special academic skill-building classes, according to a press release. In the afternoons, he volunteers to tutor struggling students.
He also developed a program called "LUCHA and El Caficito" that provides outreach to Latino parents and families. The program includes skill-building and educational workshops, as well as community outreach and parent-student involvement. It won the 2012 Glenn Hoffman Program Award.
He is also involved in teh school's home visit program, which is used to reach out to incoming Latino eighth grade students and their families. He is the adviser of LAHS's Latino Student Union. It has become the largest club on campus, hosting events like Latino Summit Day and Cinco de Mayo.
Master gardener workshops
Master Gardeners from the University of California Cooperative Extension are hosting free talks and workshops in Mountain View and Los Altos.
Marianne Mueller will give a talk called "Adding Arboretum All-Stars to Your Garden," about the UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars plants, at the Mountain View Public Library on Saturday, June 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Mountain View Public Library is located at 585 Franklin St.
The UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars are a collection of over 100 water-wise plants recommend for the Bay Area. They are suited to the local climate and require low amounts of water. Many are native to California.
Mueller will discuss different categories of plants, like shrubs and vines, and explain how to plant and maintain them, as well as provide tips for plant groupings.
The full list of Arobertum All-Stars can be found online at arboretum.ucdavis.edu/arboretum. The last 30 minutes of the talk are scheduled for a question-and-answer session about the plants and how to garden in times of drought.
The Los Altos event, "Hot Topics for Gardening in June... and Debunking Garden Myths," will be held at the Los Altos Public Library on Wednesday, June 25, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Los Altos Public Library can be found at 13 South San Antonio Road. Common gardening myths, like putting rocks and shards at the bottoms of containers to help drainage, will be debunked.
For more information or answers to any gardening questions, contact the UCCE Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105 or mastergardeners.org/email.