Fri12192014

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Savvy students organize Tech Team at Santa Rita


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Santa Rita School Tech Team member Kirsten Peterson, in blue, helps a student during the Lunch Lab. The Tech Team helps run the Lunch Lab, a program popular with students.

A group of technologically literate students banded together at Santa Rita School this year to help teachers and students troubleshoot computer problems.

At the beginning of the school year, three sixth-graders approached the school’s technology specialist, Diane Hutchinson, with the idea of forming a group to help resolve technological problems at school – and the Tech Team was born.

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LAHS band performs in Fall Finale


Joan Yee/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard perform their 2014 competition show, “House of Cards.” They are scheduled to stage the show at their Fall Finale Nov. 22.

The Los Altos High School Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard are scheduled to perform their 2014 competition show, “House of Cards,” at their annual Fall Finale 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22 on the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The marching band and color guard have won a number of awards for “House of Cards”: They placed first in the AAA division, earned high scores in their first three Western Band Association competitions and swept all category awards, including Best General Effect, Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Auxiliary.

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MVHS presents 'Skin of Our Teeth'

The Mountain View High School Theatre Department is scheduled to perform Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Ave.

The play introduces George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, N.J., a suburban commuter-town couple married for 5,000 years – who bear more than a casual resemblance to the first husband and wife, Adam and Eve – and their children Gladys and Henry. The play also features the family’s garrulous maid, Sabina, the eternal seductress who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity.

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Schools Brief

MVLA Speaker Series features parent event

The Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Speaker Series has scheduled college expert Lynn O’Shaughnessy to discuss “The College Solution: Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” 7 p.m. Thursday at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

O’Shaughnessy – author of “The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” (FT Press, 2012) – is a higher-education journalist, consultant and speaker. Her presentation is designed to help families with teenagers, high school counselors and college and financial consultants become smart college shoppers as they search for schools.

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Tight races for Los Altos, Cupertino school boards

tammyClose races were a theme in races for local school boards.

In the Los Altos School District, incumbent Tammy Logan leads in the race for three seats on the five-member board with 25.66 percent (7,282 votes), followed by Sangeeth Peruri with 23.29 percent (6,612). The race for the third seat has seen a wild swing with the latest vote count. Vladimir Ivanovic has 18.02 percent of the vote (5,116), passing John Swan, who was previously in third. Swan currently has 4,743 votes, 16.71 percent.

In the race for three seats on the board of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District, Fiona Walter continues to be the leading vote-getter, followed by incumbents Debbie Torok and Joe Mitchner. Seven candidates ran in this race.

In the Cupertino Union School District, which serves south Los Altos, Kristen Pan Lyn was the top vote-getter, followed by Anjali Kausar and Soma McCandless. Four candidates ran for three open seats.

LAHS hosts Science and Tech Week


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student interacts with a virtual 3D beating heart using a zSpace unit during the school’s ninth annual Science and Technology Week.

Los Altos High School hosted professionals from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) last week as a part of its ninth annual Science and Technology Week.

Organizers designed the week to provide students with opportunities to hear from and interact with leading scientists and technologists.

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Local high school rock band raises funds to record album


Courtesy of Jason Guesman
37th Parallel, which includes local students Brad Guesman, left, and Eric Dyer, is raising money to record its first album.

What began as four junior high students getting together to play music for fun has transformed into a high school rock band that has performed many live shows, including an appearance at Live 105’s BFD concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Los Altos High junior Brad Guesman and Mountain View High juniors AJ Pelayo, Philip Chang and Eric Dyer formed 37th Parallel and are trying to drum up support for their first album. Working through a Kickstarter campaign, they are two-thirds of the way to reaching the $12,000 needed to record an album.

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