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College admissions professional headlines MVLA parent event

College admissions expert Lloyd Thacker is scheduled to discuss “Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process” 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

Thacker’s presentation is part of the Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series.

MVHS hosts marching band exhibition Saturday

Mountain View High School’s Spartan Marching Band has scheduled its annual “Community Thank You Day” 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday on the school’s football field, 3535 Truman Ave.

The event will feature the premiere performances of the season’s field shows by marching bands from Mountain View, Los Altos, St. Francis and Santa Clara high schools.

St. Nicholas Catholic School adds transitional kindergarten

Courtesy of St. Nicholas Catholic School
St. Nicholas Catholic School added its inaugural transitional kindergarten class this school year.

St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills began the school year with a new transitional kindergarten program at its Los Altos Hills campus. The program is the first step in a two-part kindergarten program established by the state’s Kindergarten Readiness Act.

Transitional kindergarten serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, providing students time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school.

Katie gives advice on making play dates

Courtesy of Katie Noble
Pinewood student Katie Noble eagerly awaits incoming letters.

Katie Noble, a fifth-grader at Pinewood School, writes for the student newspaper and recently placed second in the Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest. She wants to help her peers solve their problems.

To submit a question for “Ask Katie,” email Schools Editor Traci Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local Scout's Eagle project evolves into pilot program at Sunday Friends

Courtesy of Terence Lee
Los Altos High School students, from left, Terence Lee, Jane Zhao, Emma Kwan and David Ding are part of EqOpTech, a student-run nonprofit organization that works with Sunday Friends.

What began as an idea for a Boy Scout Eagle project – which earned Terence Lee a Congressional Award Gold Medal for social service – continues to evolve.

The Los Altos High School junior recently launched EqOpTech, a student-run nonprofit organization that promotes equal opportunity learning and STEM education through technology in underserved communities. The company, founded in May, partnered with Khan Academy to present education workshops at Sunday Friends of San Jose, a nonprofit agency that supports low-income families in the community.

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