BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

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The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local underserved children who didn’t have the opportunity to attend preschool are preparing for their transition to kindergarten this summer at Bullis Charter School.

Charter school officials partnered with the Family Engagement Institute (FEI) at Foothill College to offer Stretch to Kindergarten – a six-week, tuition-free program designed to help children from low-income families adapt to an academic setting.


Foothill STEM camps offer resources for low-income students

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Students use software connected to a 3D printer, left, to create a miniature San Francisco, including the Ferry Building, below, at Foothill’s STEM Summer Camps.

Expanding efforts to spark and inspire students’ interest in Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Math, STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College more than doubled in size this summer.

From serving 480 students last year to 1,250 this year, the program offers hands-on and experiential lessons in STEM topics.


Local camp promotes speech and debate

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Students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools sponsored a speech and debate camp for middle schoolers, above, last month to encourage interest at an early age. Camp participants spend a week practicing their public-speaking skills and refining their debate strategies, below.

After a successful launch last year, the Mountain View Los Altos High School Speech and Debate Team held their second summer camp for middle schoolers last month.

Co-founded by James Naumovski from Los Altos High and Moira Huang from Mountain View High, the camp is designed to foster middle-school students’ interest in public speaking and debate and provide an introduction to the high schools’ debate program.


KCI hosts annual cohort of teachers

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The Krause Center for Innovation is hosting a group of 49 local teachers during its annual MERIT program at Foothill College. Participating teachers, above and below, listen as MERIT alumni and education experts share strategies for using technology to transform their classrooms.

Teachers became students once again during a two-week intensive training program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College that wraps up Friday.

The teachers are part of the MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program, a research-based educator development initiative that focuses on using technology tools to transform how students learn.


Empoder: Changing Silicon Valley, one girl at a time

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Grace Gao, left, an incoming junior at Los Altos High School, helps a student from the Mountain View Whisman School District with computer code during Empoder’s summer program.

Los Altos Hills resident Marissa Yanez is on a mission to empower the low-income communities of Silicon Valley, home to the largest income gap in the United States.

Yanez is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Empoder, an organization focused on exposing underserved students to engineering and computer science. Motivated by the wealth disparity in the Bay Area, Yanez characterized the tech industry as the “greatest creation of wealth” in the nation.


Almond fifth-graders set sail at Shoreline

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Fifth- graders at Almond School launched the boats they designed and built at Shoreline Lake last month.

Almond School fifth-graders boarded their handmade boats at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View last month to learn firsthand whether the vessels they designed and built proved seaworthy.

The event was part of a project-based learning unit, “To Sail, or Not to Sail? … It’s an Exploration!” The unit – focused on the role boats played in early exploration – encouraged students to design and build boats using money they raised through capital ventures.


Springer Scribes publish literary magazine

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Springer School’s Fun!visors Program sponsors activities at lunch, including the Springer Scribes club, which encourages students to write and publishes their work in a literary journal.

Three dozen student writers at Springer School are now published authors in the Springer Scribes Literary Journal.

The newly published authors are among the 100 students who participated in the Springer Scribes club, which met once a month at lunchtime throughout the school year.


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