Tue09302014

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BCS hosts Junior Olympics for area charter schools


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students cheer on classmates and other charter school athletes during a race at the Bullis Charter School Invitational Junior Olympics June 1.

The fourth biennial Bullis Charter School Invitational Junior Olympics drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 student-athletes and spectators June 1 at Foothill College.

The event is the only athletic competition of its kind in the area for students who attend charter schools. In addition to Bullis Charter School, participating schools included Charter School of Morgan Hill, Livermore Valley Charter School, Voices College-Bound Language Academy, Rocketship Discovery Prep and Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School.

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BCS celebrates 10 years, state recognition


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School families mingle at the school’s 10th-anniversary celebration May 22. Alumni, current families and incoming families visited the school’s campus at Egan Junior High School to mark its achievements.

More than 1,000 supporters gathered at Bullis Charter School May 22 to mark the school’s 10th anniversary.

Guests included alumni, founding families, current families, incoming families, charter school board members, representatives from the California Charter School Association and local elected officials.

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Local sixth-graders learn to code and create computer games


Courtesy of Corinne Machatzke
Kindergartners give the computer game Maze a try at the Los Altos School District CSTEM Showcase earlier this month as co-creator Sabina Davis looks on.

More than 500 sixth-graders from the seven Los Altos School District elementary schools participated in the second Los Altos School District CSTEM Showcase May 1.

Students presented computer games and interactive devices they developed with programs like Arduino, JavaScript and Processing on Khan Academy, MIT’s Scratch and LEGO’s WeDo.

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LACS teachers eat crickets to raise funds for leukemia research


Courtesy of Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt
Fourth-grade teacher Marilyn Bryant, Principal Susan Goff and fifth-grade teacher Abby Eldridge amused Los Altos Christian Schools students by participating in a cricket-eating contest to celebrate a successful fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Eldridge won the contest by downing a dozen crickets in under 10 seconds. The crickets were locally sourced from Don Bugito, a San Francisco company.

Those who have ever wondered what crickets taste like can ask Los Altos Christian Schools Principal Susan Goff. Or fourth-grade teacher Marilyn Bryant. Or fifth-grade teacher Abby Eldridge.

The three educators recently participated in a cricket-eating contest as a celebration for elementary students, who raised more than $2,400 in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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