LAHS students organize hackathon

Courtesy of Selynna Sun
Los Altos High School students engage in Hack Day activities. Students organized Los Altos Hacks, a 24-hour hackathon scheduled Jan. 30 and 31 to promote code-based projects.

It all began when a group of coders from Los Altos High School were struck with an idea to spread their love for computer science.

Students organized Los Altos Hacks, a 24-hour hackathon that encourages programmers, designers and engineers to form teams to create apps, websites and other code-based projects. The projects will be judged at the end of the event, with the winners receiving awards and prizes.


Mountain View High School hosts TEDx event for students

As Mountain View High School hosts its first TEDx event, scheduled today, students will not only gain knowledge – they will also be presenting as part of the program.

The independently organized TEDxMountainViewHighSchool, an event licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme “Next Generation: What Will It Look Like?”


Schools Brief

Gardner Bullis sponsors movie screening at Foothill

Gardner Bullis School has scheduled a screening of the documentary “Beyond Measure” 7-9 p.m. Jan. 14 in Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

“Beyond Measure,” produced by the same Reel Link Films team that made “Race to Nowhere,” shines a light on tenacious and cutting-edge alternatives to the stifling, high-pressure education system presented in its predecessor. Where many past documentaries have dwelled on the education crisis and the policies to blame for it, “Beyond Measure” follows public schools across the country as they take matters into their own hands, innovating from the inside. By spotlighting success stories, “Beyond Measure” aims to show that it is possible to rise above America’s achievement fixation and build a richer, deeper, more empowering and student-centered education culture from the ground up.


Foothill Dental Hygiene students travel to Vietnam for mission

Courtesy of Ken Horowitz
Foothill College Dental Hygiene program students, above, prepare supplies to take on their trip to Vietnam. Students will donate the products, below, and offer dental health education at orphanages in the Saigon area over the holidays.

Foothill College Dental Hygiene program students are traveling to Vietnam over the holidays to work with underprivileged children in orphanages.

Sixteen of the program’s 24 students will spend a week in the villages around Saigon, educating children on proper dental care and giving them the supplies they need for follow-up care.


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.


School Briefs

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and sharing about nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes education in science, math and social studies. The program also serves schools in the Mountain View Whisman and Palo Alto Unified school districts.


Year in Review: District undergoes change

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Among the many changes afoot in the Mountain View Whisman School District this year, the board recently voted to reopen the Slater Elementary School site.

I have to look at a calendar to believe that so much change has occurred in the Mountain View Whisman School District in one year.


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