Tech Challenge competitors design gliders for air-drop relief

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Blach Intermediate’s “Time Flies” team, right, notched a second-place finish at this year’s Tech Challenge. Pictured, are, from left, front row: Noelle Crawford, Kayla Blalack, Vikki Xu, Olivia Byun and Mika Nijhawan. Back: Advisers Tallis Blalack, Brian Byun and Sandeep Nijhawan.


Flying supplies to a remote location presented the problem – and opportunity – at this year’s Tech Challenge competition at San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, held April 23-24.


LAHS student to begin college early

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Los Altos High’s Devika Kumar will skip her senior year and attend USC in the fall.

A high-achieving Los Altos High School student will be a high school dropout at the end of the school year – but it’s a distinction she can wear with pride.

Devika Kumar, currently a junior at Los Altos High, has been accepted to a resident honors program at USC. The program invites gifted juniors to skip their senior year in high school and enter college after their junior year. She also received a dean’s scholarship for the program.


BCS students showcase Mandarin-speaking prowess in competition

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Bullis Charter School students cleaned up at the recent Mandarin Speech Contest in San Francisco. Winners include, front row, from left: Audrey Yee, Linnea Forslin and Philip Oberhart. Back: Kelly Yang, Jennifer Cruden, Ava McClatchie and Elizabeth Cruden.

Bullis Charter School students, who have the option of taking Mandarin beginning in kindergarten, recently won a slew of awards at a state Chinese contest.

Approximately 500 K-12 and college/university students from the state competed in the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California’s 41st Mandarin Speech Contest April 23 at Lowell High School in San Francisco.


MVHS Chamber Orchestra wins at Carnegie Hall

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The Mountain View High School Chamber Orchestra earned a Gold rating for its performance at Carnegie Hall earlier this month.

The Mountain View High School Chamber Orchestra received a Gold rating earlier this month for its performance at the 2016 New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall.

The orchestra was one of eight ensembles participating in the festival. World Projects, which presents music events for instrumental and choral ensembles, hosted the five-day performance tour.


Bullis Charter School recognized as '21st Century Learning Exemplar'

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) recently named Bullis Charter School a “21st Century Learning Exemplar.”

The charter school was among 16 schools and three districts in the U.S. to receive the designation, which recognizes the work the school has done to engage its students in 21st-century learning, preparing them to be the entrepreneurs, innovators and collaborators of tomorrow.


MVHS Science Olympiad team qualifies for state championship

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The Mountain View High School Science Olympiad team placed second at the Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad.

The Mountain View High School Science Olympiad team placed second overall in the Santa Clara Regional Science Olympiad March 19, advancing to the state finals.

Overall, the team won 19 medals in the competition’s 23 events.


BCS superintendent wins Digital Early Learning Award


Wanny Hersey, founding superintendent/principal of Bullis Charter School, recently won the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ Digital Early Learning Award.

The award acknowledges Hersey for the school’s emphasis on creating and implementing digital tools and offering blended-learning, early-education services that are scientific, holistic, experiential, accountable and relevant to the personalized needs of each student.


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