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Schools

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participated in national Hour of Code activities last week, aiming to spread the desire not just to consume technology, but to help build it.

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Local high school students stage peaceful protest


Ellie Van HOutte/ Town Crier
Los Altos High School students marched down San Antonio Road and El Camino Real last week in a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism. Tess Seltzer, one of the student organizers, addresses the crowd.

Local high school students staged a peaceful protest on International Human Rights Day Dec. 10 in solidarity with nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. The Town Crier invited Los Altos High School senior Tess Seltzer to share the reasons for their protest.

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Los Altos High Green Team hosts conference for Bay Area students


Courtesy of Margie Suozzo
Members of the Los Altos High School Green Team leadership celebrate the success of their conference. Pictured are, from left, Bianca Champenois, Tatiana Gibson, Katia Gibson, Meredith Soward, Sruthi Jayakumar and Roya Samani.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green Team created a Bay Area-wide conference for students to discuss best practices for ensuring that their schools are as green as can be.

“By high-schoolers, for high-schoolers” was the motto of the Students for Green High Schools Conference held Nov. 17.

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Schools Briefs

Green Ivy hosts holiday book drive

Green Ivy Educational Consulting is holding their annual book drive.

The company collects books to benefit the Children’s Book Project, a Bay Area nonprofit that distributes books to homeless shelters.

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Hannemann retires from MVLA board after 33 years


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While serving as trustee on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board for 33 years, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann fulfilled a number of duties, including presenting diplomas to graduates in 2012.

After 33 years of service on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Los Altos resident Judy Hannemann is set to retire this month.

The high school board recognized Hannemann’s tenure at its Nov. 24 meeting and placed a bench named in her honor outside the district offices.

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MVHS students raise money for scientific journey


Courtesy of Mala Krishna
A group of Mountain View High School students – with their teacher, Mala Krishna, center – aim to expand their knowledge of biology by raising money for a trip to Honduras, where they will conduct research.

A group of Mountain View High School students interested in biology is raising funds for a trip to Honduras next summer, where they will receive hands-on experience through Operation Wallacea, a company that pairs students with scientists and grad students working on scientific studies in the field.

“It is a different aspect of science,” said Mala Krishna, the Mountain View High biology teacher who introduced Operation Wallacea to students. “Most people think about bio-tech and high-tech stuff, but a lot of science is done very simply. Observation is huge in science, so (this experience would encourage) kids to actually look at things and see organisms in their natural habitats guided by people who are experts in the field.”

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Egan and Blach host Holiday Faires

Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools have scheduled their annual Holiday Faires.

Blach’s faire is slated 12:30-4 p.m. Friday at the school, 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos. Egan’s Holiday Faire is set for 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the school, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

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