Foothill Dental Hygiene students travel to Vietnam for mission

Courtesy of Ken Horowitz
Foothill College Dental Hygiene program students, above, prepare supplies to take on their trip to Vietnam. Students will donate the products, below, and offer dental health education at orphanages in the Saigon area over the holidays.

Foothill College Dental Hygiene program students are traveling to Vietnam over the holidays to work with underprivileged children in orphanages.

Sixteen of the program’s 24 students will spend a week in the villages around Saigon, educating children on proper dental care and giving them the supplies they need for follow-up care.


Voter survey shows support for LASD parcel-tax renewal

If polling is any indication, the Los Altos School District should be able to renew its $193 parcel tax next year. But the most recent polling data – presented at the Dec. 7 board of trustees meeting – also shows that likely voters won’t support a parcel-tax increase.

The tax is set to expire in the 2017-2018 school year. The district currently collects taxes of $597 and $193 per parcel, totalling $790 annually.


Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard ends season on high note

Joan Yee/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard performs during the Bands of America Championship last month. The group ended the season placing eighth among 38 bands from five western states.

While the work is long and hard, students in the Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard said the commitment is worth the effort.

“It’s like any other sport,” said junior tuba player Neville Taraporevala. “You are coming as an individual and you come together as a team to create something you are really proud of, and it’s really special.”


Trustees approve keeping LAH crosswalk

Los Altos School District trustees voted 4-0 to maintain the crosswalk near the entrance of Gardner Bullis School.

The Los Altos Hills City Council asked district trustees to weigh in on the proposed removal of the crosswalk, located on the east side of Fremont Pines Lane in front of the school.


Local schools promote coding during Computer Science Education Week

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos School District STEM education includes students working with blocks and Bee-Bot robots, above, to build their problem-solving skills..

Local students joined the international education community last week in participating in Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week.

Hour of Code – a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries – is dedicated to reinforcing the importance of computer science education.


LASD staff prepares for public lands meeting

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to prepare additional information for the January meeting of the Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee.

Superintendent Jeff Baier reported at the Dec. 7 board meeting that staff has been collaborating with the district’s architect to develop designs for housing two schools – at Covington and Egan Junior High schools – and sharing the civic center property (minus Hillview Community Center acreage) with city services.


Teens launch program that teaches coding to kids

Courtesy of Math and Coding Academy
High school students help younger students learn to code during an event at the Los Altos main library in September.

Coding may not be an easy skill to learn, but some high school students are determined to teach it to as many youngsters as possible.

Two upperclassmen have created a nonprofit organization called Math and Coding Academy that teaches local elementary and middle school students the basics of computer programming. Monta Vista High School junior Nikhil Cheerla and Harker School senior Vineet Kosaraju launched the program a year and a half ago at the Mountain View Public Library. With help from more than 30 volunteer teen teachers, the academy has spread to nearly 20 libraries – including the Los Altos Library – and has surpassed 1,000 students, according to the organization’s website. And the classes are free.


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