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Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments with scientists each month in their own classrooms, with help from Science is Elementary, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve science education.

“Science education should not be something that we only give people who can pay,” said Tzipor Ulman, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Science is Elementary. “Science is part of our everyday life, so it needs to be part of our everyday education.”

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LASD Briefs

Facilities committee continues discussion

The Los Altos School District Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee continues to formulate plans for the $150 million Measure N bond, which passed by a narrow margin in the Nov. 4 election.

The committee met last week to discuss options moving forward. Committee member Vaishali Sirkay reported that the meeting began with a short introduction on the process of purchasing a new school site. Sirkay said the facilitator, Tom Hodges, explained that if the district were to purchase a new site with the approval of the California Department of Education (CDE), escrow could take up to one year. If the district were to purchase a new site, then seek CDE approval, escrow should take only approximately six months. Despite the shorter time frame, the latter option carries more risk.

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Schools Briefs

LAHS Marching Band schedules performance

The Los Altos High School Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard are scheduled to perform their 2014 competition show, “House of Cards,” at their annual Fall Finale 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The Los Altos High Music Department joined a regional group to commission “House of Cards,” an original work written by composers and drill designers John Mapes and Ian Grom. The seven-minute show opens with a magic trick and moves on to depict different moods through marching and music using the metaphor of a deck of cards. The music features flute solos and percussion rhythms. Large props and colorful flags add visual interest.

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Savvy students organize Tech Team at Santa Rita


ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Santa Rita School Tech Team member Kirsten Peterson, in blue, helps a student during the Lunch Lab. The Tech Team helps run the Lunch Lab, a program popular with students.

A group of technologically literate students banded together at Santa Rita School this year to help teachers and students troubleshoot computer problems.

At the beginning of the school year, three sixth-graders approached the school’s technology specialist, Diane Hutchinson, with the idea of forming a group to help resolve technological problems at school – and the Tech Team was born.

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LAHS band performs in Fall Finale


Joan Yee/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard perform their 2014 competition show, “House of Cards.” They are scheduled to stage the show at their Fall Finale Nov. 22.

The Los Altos High School Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard are scheduled to perform their 2014 competition show, “House of Cards,” at their annual Fall Finale 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22 on the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The marching band and color guard have won a number of awards for “House of Cards”: They placed first in the AAA division, earned high scores in their first three Western Band Association competitions and swept all category awards, including Best General Effect, Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Auxiliary.

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MVHS presents 'Skin of Our Teeth'

The Mountain View High School Theatre Department is scheduled to perform Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Ave.

The play introduces George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, N.J., a suburban commuter-town couple married for 5,000 years – who bear more than a casual resemblance to the first husband and wife, Adam and Eve – and their children Gladys and Henry. The play also features the family’s garrulous maid, Sabina, the eternal seductress who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity.

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Schools Brief

MVLA Speaker Series features parent event

The Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Speaker Series has scheduled college expert Lynn O’Shaughnessy to discuss “The College Solution: Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” 7 p.m. Thursday at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

O’Shaughnessy – author of “The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” (FT Press, 2012) – is a higher-education journalist, consultant and speaker. Her presentation is designed to help families with teenagers, high school counselors and college and financial consultants become smart college shoppers as they search for schools.

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