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Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge


Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissman and Nick Mumm pose with their creation, which won third place for Best Engineering Design Process.

Los Altos students competed in the Tech Challenge April 12 and 13, with several teams earning awards.

The annual engineering design challenge, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, invites students in grades 5-12 to compete in a team design exercise to solve a real-world problem. Although all teams tackle the same challenge, they compete in separate grade divisions: fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth or ninth through 12th.

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Foothill Commission fundraiser supports Theatre Arts program


David Alley/Special to the Town Crier
Foothill Commissioners Steve Acers and Carla Stevenson get up close and personal with “Audrey II” from “Little Shop of Horrors,” recently staged by Foothill Theatre Arts.

A bloodthirsty plant and the cast of the Foothill College production of “Little Shop of Horrors” performed in Lohman Theatre March 7, raising $16,500 for the Foothill Commission. Proceeds will benefit the award-winning Foothill Music Theatre.

Foothill Theatre Arts Department instructors Milissa Carey and Tom Gough said they were thrilled with the sold-out performance as well as the commission’s continued support of the department’s programs.

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St. Simon encourages STEM learning via science fair


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St. Simon School Assistant Principal Michelle Nealon observes Distinguished Award Winner Mitchell Lai’s science fair project.

St. Simon School aims to boost student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields through its annual science fair.

Preparations at St. Simon began in October, with students selecting a topic from a number of STEM categories: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Botany/Psychology, Engineering and Technology, Consumer Science or Specialized Sciences.

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BCS nominated for Blue Ribbon designation

The California Department of Education recently nominated Bullis Charter School for National Blue Ribbon School distinction, recognition bestowed on only 35 of the nearly 11,000 schools in the state.

The nomination comes as the charter school celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since its founding a decade ago, the school has consistently ranked as the highest-performing public school in Los Altos, and among the top three elementary charter schools in the state.

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St. Francis recognized as Apple Distinguished School


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St. Francis High School students use iPads in the classroom daily to enhance their learning experience.

Apple Inc. named St. Francis High School an Apple Distinguished School in recognition of its success in implementing technology that enhances teaching and learning via the school’s 1:1 iPad program.

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LAHS named 2013 Honor Roll school

The California Business for Education Excellence 2013 Honor Roll included Los Altos High School on its list of high-performing public schools.

After analyzing student achievement data for every public school in California, the organization recognized Los Altos High for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness.

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Bullis Charter eighth-graders display their architectural skills


Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School students showcase their 3-D architectural design for a school of the future.

Eighth-grade students at Bullis Charter School presented 3-D architectural designs to a panel of judges Jan. 31 for the nationwide 2014 School of the Future Design Competition.

The Council of Educational Facility Planners International, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Institute of Architects and more than 20 additional organizations co-sponsor the annual competition, open to middle schoolers.

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