BCS alumni advance to international competition with school project

Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Bullis Charter School alumni, from left, Ninnad Raman, Maddie Young and Sophia Lufkin received “Highest Excellence” on their SchoolsNEXT project, which was a design for a school of the future.

Bullis Charter School alumni Sophia Lufkin, Ninnad Raman and Maddie Young recently competed in the final round of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International’s SchoolsNEXT project and received “Highest Excellence” on their project.

The Los Altos students designed a “school of the future” as part of Bullis Charter School’s spring eighth-grade Intersession, devoting three full weeks to an assigned study area. After winning the schoolwide, regional and national competitions, they competed in the international round in San Diego in October.


S&P, Moody's upgrade MVLA to top rating

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District recently received a bond rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s and now has the highest possible rating from both agencies. Only one other district in California shares the distinction.

  The bond rating agencies cited the district’s strong financial management and sound local property-tax base as reasons for the upgrade.


Schools Briefs

Loyola families package meals for families

In partnership with Together We Can End Hunger, Loyola School families are scheduled to package meals for families in need Saturday.

The group invites local residents to join them in their efforts and offers two shifts: 10-11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Loyola School Multipurpose Room.


Foothill dental hygiene students travel to Vietnam to treat orphans

Courtesy of Ivan Ferrer
Foothill College dental hygiene students treat orphans in a makeshift clinic in Vietnam. The group of 16 students served more than 1,000 children over their holiday break.

Despite working in makeshift treatment rooms in sweltering heat, Foothill College dental hygiene students said they maintained “positive attitudes” while serving orphans in Vietnam over their holiday break.

Student Diana Ngo and her mother, Cindy, came up with the idea for last month’s trip, an opportunity to provide dental services in their home country. The 16 students treated children and adults who otherwise would not have had access to even the most basic levels of dental care – such as teeth cleaning.


City-schools subcommittee will continue to meet as scheduled


Although last week’s agenda was light, the Los Altos City-Schools Subcommittee will continue to meet three times a year as scheduled.

The subcommittee comprises two members of the Los Altos City Council (Jan Pepper and Mary Prochnow) and two Los Altos School District trustees (Tammy Logan and Pablo Luther), who meet to discuss traffic, safety and construction matters that impact both entities.


MVHS students teach coding to Blach students

Lauren Koong/Town Crier Junior Reporter
Mountain View High School students help Blach Intermediate School students with coding through the Girls Who Code club.

To help girls become more interested in coding, Blach Intermediate School recently launched a Girls Who Code Club. The Mountain View High School Computer Science Club and the Mountain View Girls Who Code Club co-lead the group.

“I really wanted to join this club because girls don’t really have an opportunity to code these days and I thought this would be a fabulous opportunity to learn something new and have some fun,” said club member Janya Sundar.


Foothill College sponsors Cash for College Workshop

Foothill College has scheduled its annual Cash for College Workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Building 8100, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The workshop, designed for current and future college students and their parents, provides one-stop help to complete financial aid applications. Foothill College financial aid professionals will offer line-by-line assistance in filling out the AB540/Dream Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event is ideal for high school and college students who currently attend or plan to attend a California community college, CSU or UC, private university or vocational/technical school.


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