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Green Ivy hosts holiday book drive

Green Ivy Educational Consulting has scheduled its annual book drive through Thursday.

The company collects books to benefit the Children’s Book Project, a Bay Area nonprofit organization that distributes books to homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and students in need.

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Mary Mason: 'Fun and feisty' leader loved, respected by many


Doer, leader, loving mother, loyal friend. Mary Helen Glenn Mason excelled at all of these roles throughout her productive and impactful life. The straight-A student out of Vale High School and Oregon State University was smart, focused and known for making good decisions. Mrs. Mason used her gifts to raise a family and contribute as a community volunteer.

Mrs. Mason, a longtime resident of Los Altos and member of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees, died Nov. 19 after a five-year battle with cancer. Mrs. Mason was 79. Services were held last week at Christ Episcopal Church, where Mrs. Mason was a 40-year parishioner.

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Schools Briefs

Green Ivy hosts holiday book drive

Green Ivy Educational Consulting has scheduled its annual book drive through Dec. 17.

The company collects books to benefit the Children’s Book Project, a Bay Area nonprofit that distributes books to homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and homes in need.

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Medical expert emphasizes importance of sleep for teens

Students at Mountain View High School need more sleep. At least that’s what an informal survey of students revealed Nov. 18 during a school presentation on the importance of sleep for adolescents.

Before Dr. Rafael Pelayo, a pediatric sleep specialist at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic, began his talk, he polled the audience of students from several psychology and health classes. The results were eye-opening: 93 percent of the students said they’ve spotted someone fall asleep in class; 61 percent admitted to nodding off while doing homework; and 91 percent wanted more sleep.

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Teens launch program that teaches coding to kids


Courtesy of Math and Coding Academy
High school students help younger students learn to code during an event at the Los Altos main library in September.

Coding may not be an easy skill to learn, but some high school students are determined to teach it to as many youngsters as possible.

Two upperclassmen have created a nonprofit organization called Math and Coding Academy that teaches local elementary and middle school students the basics of computer programming. Monta Vista High School junior Nikhil Cheerla and Harker School senior Vineet Kosaraju launched the program a year and a half ago at the Mountain View Public Library. With help from more than 30 volunteer teen teachers, the academy has spread to nearly 20 libraries – including the Los Altos Library – and has surpassed 1,000 students, according to the organization’s website. And the classes are free.

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Egan hosts Holiday Faire

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the school, 100 W. Portola Avenue, Los Altos.

More than 300 students will host 170 booths with original handcrafted items, including hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies and wallets.

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St. Francis students explore world on virtual-reality trips

To introduce the concept of ecosystems, St. Francis High School biology teacher Roberta Chisam “whisked” her classes away to the coast of Tanzania, where she instructed students to scrutinize the wildlife and vegetation they see there.

After their excursion to Tanzania, Chisam and her students hopscotched around the world, exploring the Galapagos Islands, Yellowstone National Park and Australia. At each stop, she asked them what they could deduce from their observations.

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