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Egan, BCS parents join forces for safety


Courtesy of Corinne Machatzke
Representatives from Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools – from left, Buffy Poon, Karen Schuster, Grace Yang and Corinne Machatzke – collaborate to present a joint bike and safety resolution to the Los Altos City Council.

Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools parent leaders presented a joint Bike and Pedestrian Safety Resolution at the Los Altos City Council meeting last week.

Karen Schuster and Corinne Machatzke, co-presidents of the Egan PTA, and Bullis Charter School Booster Club Chairwoman Grace Yang and former Chairwoman Buffy Poon shared their respective school communities’ concerns for student safety while biking and walking to and from school.

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Santa Rita visits The Terraces


Susie Greenwald’s third-grade class at Santa Rita School has a special relationship with The Terraces at Los Altos, a senior retirement community. The class visits the center once a month to share quality time with the residents, above. The students braved the downpour Dec. 11, left, to visit with the seniors. The residents shared stories with the children of their Christmas traditions, and the students presented seniors with holiday cards featuring heartfelt sentiments. The seniors and the students joined together to sing “Jingle Bells.”

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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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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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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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Students gather at MVHS to attempt Guinness World Record


Eric Soderberg/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship bracelets Nov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 local students gathered around tables in the Mountain View High School gym Nov. 9 to attempt a Guinness World Record with heart – tying colorful strings to form friendship bracelets.

Their goal to make more than 500 bracelets in four hours would not only set a new record, but also provide trinkets a local family could slip into their backpacks and hand deliver to orphans around the world.

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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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