BCS alumni advance to international competition with school project

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Bullis Charter School alumni, from left, Ninnad Raman, Maddie Young and Sophia Lufkin received “Highest Excellence” on their SchoolsNEXT project, which was a design for a school of the future.

Bullis Charter School alumni Sophia Lufkin, Ninnad Raman and Maddie Young recently competed in the final round of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International’s SchoolsNEXT project and received “Highest Excellence” on their project.

The Los Altos students designed a “school of the future” as part of Bullis Charter School’s spring eighth-grade Intersession, devoting three full weeks to an assigned study area. After winning the schoolwide, regional and national competitions, they competed in the international round in San Diego in October.


BCS student places first in Chinese Star Contest

Bullis Charter School students performed well at the second Chinese Star Contest, a competition designed to promote interest in the Chinese language, cultivate an appreciation of Chinese culture, help students develop global awareness and enhance U.S.-China relations.

Bullis Charter School second-grader Alexa Zhang won first place in the first- and second-grade Drawing/Painting contest, and second-grader Linnea Forslin earned an honorable mention in the Chinese Poetry Recital contest.


MVLA Foundation awards grants for innovative teacher projects

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Los Altos High School chemistry teacher Danielle Paige, left, demonstrates for students how to pickle cucumbers and carrots, above, with equipment she received from her MVLA Foundation grant money.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation is on a mission to encourage innovation in the classroom by awarding $75,000 in grants to individual teacher projects.

The foundation last month awarded 21 Innovative Learning Grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, to teachers and teaching teams.


LAHS sophomore starts a 'Revolution' and finishes it

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Los Altos High School sophomore Trinity Suh, above, wrote and published “The Revolution,” a novel about a teen assassin.

Like many high school students, Trinity Suh participates in sports, attends classes and enjoys spending time with friends. Unlike most of her peers, however, the Los Altos resident is also a published author.

Her first book, “The Revolution,” released over the summer, has transformed the Los Altos High School sophomore into a full-fledged novelist.


BCS wins Crayola grant

Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals recently selected Bullis Charter School as one of 20 elementary and middle schools to receive a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant.

The organizations also recognized Wanny Hersey, superintendent and founding principal of Bullis Charter School, for fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills at the school.


Courtyard by Marriott Cares & Shares honors local teachers

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The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 11 local teachers last week. Honorees include, front row, from left, Laleh Rowhani, Elise Kuypers, Valerie Hu and Christine Boyles. Back: Donna Owens, Sarah NeSmith, Laura Wiley, Niki Mitchell, David Cercedes and David Belles. Not pictured: Danielle Sattler.

Sticking to its commitment to support education, the Courtyard by Marriott Cares and Shares program honored 11 local teachers last week.

Cares and Shares selected the teachers based on creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in developing curriculum. Each teacher recognized received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.


Cal Water awards scholarship

California Water Service Co. recently awarded a college scholarship to Mountain View High School graduate Michelle Frees of Los Altos.

Cal Water selected Frees, now a biology major at UC Davis, for the scholarship based on her academic achievement and community involvement. She received numerous scholastic awards while at Mountain View High, including the World Language Award of Excellence, and was named a 4.0 Scholar and an AP Scholar. She was an active member of the school’s orchestra and enjoys dancing to lyrical jazz.


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