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Loyola K-Kids sponsors toiletries drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club is collecting new toiletries for the Community Services Agency of Mountain View through Dec. 14.

The club seeks donations of items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, hand sanitizer and shampoo.

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Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


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Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a learning space for student use.

The Grizzly Student Center – a multiuse modular building – features a nontraditional library combined with a media lab and interactive teaching and learning areas.

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Mountain View High School hosts STEM week activities


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Google X employee Adam Woodworth, above, from left, works with Mountain View High students Grace Pelella and Karina F-H on a STEM Week activity.

The quad at Mountain View High School buzzed with activity last week as students sampled a host of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities.

The activities highlighted the school’s annual STEM Week, which featured scientists, mathematicians and technologists from local companies and universities sharing their personal and professional experiences with students.

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MVHS grad runs SAT program for students in need


Courtesy of MVLA Community Scholars
Mountain View High School graduate Viet Nguyen, back row, left, offered a free SAT prep course over the summer for students.

Two Mountain View High School graduates piloted a free SAT preparation course, ASPIRE, over the summer break.

Viet Nguyen and Olivia Hawkins developed the course, which supported eight students as they prepared for their fall SAT exams, scheduled Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.

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Foothill hosts preschool performance fundraiser


Courtesy of Justin Roberts
Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are set to perform Sunday at Foothill College.

Award-winning children’s musician Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are scheduled to perform a benefit concert for the Mountain View Parent Nursery School 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The Grammy-nominated Roberts is a singer/songwriter who aims to entertain families with humorous and high-energy songs such as “Trick or Treat,” “Willy Was a Whale” and “Pop Fly.” He has appeared on Sprout TV and recently released a picture book, “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade” (Putnam Juvenile, 2014).

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Local Courtyard by Marriott recognizes Los Altos teachers

The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 13 local teachers at the inaugural Cares and Shares Award celebration Oct. 16.

The Cares and Shares program recognizes teachers for their hard work, creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in curriculum creation. The teachers each received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.

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Schools Briefs

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. Nov. 13 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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