Tue01272015

Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Mountain View High hosts second STEM Day


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High School students mix chemicals to create polyurethane “foam gnomes” during hands-on experiments during the school’s second STEM Day last week.

Mountain View High School sponsored its second Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Day last week, hosting technologists from Silicon Valley’s research institutions and corporations.

STEM Day invited scientists, mathematicians and technologists from local companies and universities to share their personal and professional experiences with students.

“We hope not only to inspire the high-achieving students, but also those who could use additional motivation to visualize themselves attending college and pursuing science and math in a variety of careers,” said a representative from the school’s STEM Day committee.

Instead of the regularly scheduled math, science, engineering or computer science classes Nov. 26, students attended STEM Day presentations that covered topics such as Aerospace engineering, physics and animation, global climate change, nutrition science and regenerative medicine.

At lunchtime, students participated in additional activities centered around STEM, including hands-on demonstrations in computer programming, ice cream chemistry and robotics.

STEM Day presenters included Kurt Long, aerodynamic research engineer and lab manager at AerospaceComputing Inc. (NASA); Frank Cascarano, physics instructor at Foothill College; Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at Stanford University; Ryan McCarthy, science and technology policy adviser for the California Air Resources Board; Jill Helms, Ph.D., professor at Stanford University; and Alej Garcia, professor at San Jose State University.

For more information, visit sites.google.com/site/mvhsstem.


Mountain View High School STEM Week - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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