Vargas promotes immigration dialogue with Documented film

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Mountain View High School alumnus and immigration-rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas, left, greets Los Altos High student and self-identified undocumented resident Kimberly Garcia.

The night before President Barack Obama heralded his continued commitment to immigration reform in his Jan. 28 State of the Union address, a young professional with roots in Mountain View brought the issue home. Jose Antonio Vargas shared stories of his life as an undocumented resident at an MVLA Community Scholars fundraiser.

Vargas’ journey is similar to that of the 170,000 undocumented immigrants that the Public Policy Institute of California estimates live in Santa Clara County. After being smuggled into the United States from the Philippines when he was 12 years old, Vargas navigated the halls of Mountain View High School and launched a career in journalism while carrying a secret: He didn’t have a visa or paperwork to reside legally in the U.S.


Los Altos High hosts second History Week

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Activist and folk singer Betsy Rose, above, leads Los Altos High School students in song last week during the school’s second History Week. Joining her on stage are, from left, student Zach Gospe and teacher Mike Messner.

Los Altos High School students could be heard clapping and singing along to some of history’s most famous protest songs last week during the school’s second History Week.

Framed as a multimedia and music session, students took a walk through history via songs used in various protests from the 1930s through the Civil Rights Movement to today.


MVLA appoints Mathiesen chief business officer

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Mike Mathiesen, right, replaces the retiring Joe White, left, as MVLA associate superintendent.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week unanimously appointed Mike Mathiesen associate superintendent of business services and technology, effective July 1.

Mathiesen will replace Joe White, scheduled to retire at the end of the school year after a 45-year career, including 11 years as associate superintendent of MVLA.


Schools Briefs

Freestyle Academy hosts exhibition

The Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, an enrichment program of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, has scheduled its Freestyle Exhibition 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The exhibition showcases the Best of Semester 1 projects from first- and second-year students in the program. The art exhibition, animation, music videos and websites will be on display 5:30-8:30 p.m., and the best of the Junior Narrative Films and Animations, Senior Music Videos and Profile Films are slated for screening 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Computer History Museum Theater.


St. Nicholas students give back through the Morgan Autism Center

SCH MAC Eric and Christian PangrazioAs a part of St. Nicholas School’s outreach program, seventh- and eighth-grade students visit and interact with students at the Morgan Autism Center throughout the year.


Pinewood School hosts Duncan Sheik in concert

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Pinewood students, from left, Annie Whitacre, Carolyn Ehrlich (on guitar), Justin Stangenes and Talmage Wise perform in “Whisper House” in the school’s November production. Duncan Sheik, who cowrote the musical, will visit the school next month to perform.

Thanks to a connection with the Pinewood School Performing Arts Department, the school’s Upper Campus is scheduled to host a concert featuring Duncan Sheik, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter and composer.

In November Pinewood produced the high school and regional premiere of the musical “Whisper House,” which Sheik co-wrote with Kyle Jarrow.


Pinewood opens regional premiere of "Whisper House"

Pinewood School’s Performing Arts Department is scheduled to stage the high school and regional premiere of “Whisper House,” opening Friday and running through Nov. 16 in the school’s theater, 26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Directed by theater teacher Doug Eivers, with musical direction by music teacher Shenelle Williams, “Whisper House” features book and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.


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