Sat10252014

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Local parents organize summer camp experience for those in need


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A Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp counselor, left, helps a student with her story about the camp’s field trip to Dear Hollow Farm.

A group of Bullis Charter School parents established the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp to provide a summer camp experience for underserved local students.

The camp, in its second year, offers a free, weeklong program for second- through fourth-graders from the Los Altos and Mountain View Whisman school districts.

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Longtime downtown learning center under new ownership


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Carol Taylor recently sold Pacific Learning Center after running the tutoring business for 32 years.

A longtime downtown Los Altos business dedicated to tutoring the city’s youth has changed hands.

Pacific Learning Center owner and founder Carol Taylor recently sold her 32-year-old tutoring business at 365 First St. to Ali and Adam Meyers, owners of Cupertino-based Meyers Learning Center. The business officially changed ownership Friday.

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Sporty Students

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Students reach for the ball during a game of flag football during the Spartans Sports Camp this month.

More than 150 campers have flocked to Spartans Sports Camp this summer.  The camp, held at Mountain View High School, offers weeklong multisport sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-6 and sport-specific sessions for grades 5-9.

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Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


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Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an introduction to an array of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College.

The camps, featuring hands-on and experiential lessons, concluded last week on the Los Altos Hills campus.

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Los Altos High graduate releases EP


Courtesy of Mary Gospe
Los Altos High School graduates Riley Soward, left, and Zach Gospe, right, celebrate the release of Gospe’s “New Horizons” EP with producer Mark Mazzetti, center.

Friends, family and fans of musician Zach Gospe gathered June 29 to celebrate the soft release of the recent Los Altos High School graduate’s album.

After raising $10,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall, Gospe and his music manager, friend and fellow Los Altos High alumnus Riley Soward spent the past few months putting the final touches on Gospe’s “New Horizons” EP (extended play – a recording that’s more than a single but not a full album).

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Mtn. View Parent Nursery School delays move


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Parent Observation students create musical instruments as parents assist and observe. The school recently postponed for a year plans to relocate.

The Mountain View Parent Nursery School and Parent Observation programs put their plan to relocate on hold for a year to allow suitable time to prepare the new site.

The programs, administered by the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Adult School, will use the time to ready the schools’ new site at Foothill Covenant Church, across the street from Mountain View High School. The program currently is housed between the Mountain View and Alta Vista high school campuses.

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BCS hosts Junior Olympics for area charter schools


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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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