Sunnyvale community briefs for the week of June 17 – The Mercury News

Principled flash mobs

After 21 years with the Sunnyvale School District, Ellis Elementary School principal Eric Panosian got a special send-off on June 3. During a special assembly, the students and staff performed a surprise flash mob dance, and Panosian was invited to sign a steel beam that will be incorporated into the construction of a new two-story classroom building at Ellis Elementary. School staff members and students were also able to sign the beam. Ellis is the second school in the district to have a two-story classroom, and is currently undergoing an entire campus modernization.

Panosian had served as Ellis’ principal since 2012, and as principal at Bishop Elementary School for seven years before that. Prior to that assignment, he served as assistant principal at Bishop and as interim principal at Fairwood Elementary School. He has been with Sunnyvale School District since 2001.

Barnyard Jamboree

The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and the Clover Foundation are holding a Barnyard Jamboree & BBQ fundraiser June 25 to support youth agriculture programs. The family-oriented event will feature silent and live auctions, kids’ carnival games and old-time contests like pig calling, blindfold wheelbarrow races and sack races. Adults can participate in the ever-popular Cow Plop.

The event is set for 2-7 pm. at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. Tickets are $10-$35 at

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