Santa Rita adds new art enrichment program: Student artwork on display at Los Altos library

Photos Courtesy of Santa Rita School and Art4Schools
Santa Rita School recently added the Community School of Music and Arts’ Art4Schools program to its curriculum. The artwork of students in transitional kindergarten through third grade is on display at the Los Altos main library, above, through Feb. 2. The grand opening of the art show drew more than 100 people to the library last week.

With a mission to introduce more enrichment activities for students, Santa Rita School added the Community School of Music and Arts’ Art4Schools program to its arsenal this year.


Egan students tackle carbon paw prints

Juno Szalay/Special to the Town Crier
Egan Junior High School eighth-graders Lily Szalay, left, and Riana Sanjeevan are conducting a survey of local pet owners. Their school project aims to help people lower their dogs’ carbon paw prints through awareness of different pet care options.

Two local junior high school students are trying to teach dog owners a few new tricks as they set about to prove that what residents feed their dogs can have a lasting impact on the environment.

That is the message two Egan Junior High School students are hoping to spread through a public survey.


Student reflects on becoming coding teacher

Courtesy of Erik Zhang
Los Altos eighth-grader Erik Zhang teaches a class of students at CoderDojo.

I’m an eighth-grader at Blach Intermediate School, and I wrote about my CoderDojo learning experience in the Town Crier three years ago.


St. Nicholas breaks ground on memorial flagpole

Lars Eng/Special to the Town Crier
St. Nicholas Principal Matt Komar receives a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol from Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre- Manoukian, the late Capt. Matt Manoukian’s mother.

St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Capt. Matt Manoukian Memorial Flagpole. Manoukian, a 1997 graduate of St. Nicholas and a U.S. Marine, was on his fourth combat tour when he was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.

St. Nicholas was in need of a permanent flagpole in the quad area, where the students say the Pledge of Allegiance every day.Parents and staff thought a new, dedicated flagpole memorial would be a good way to honor Manoukian’s life and service.


Schools Brief

Gardner Bullis sponsors movie screening at Foothill

Gardner Bullis School has scheduled a public screening of the documentary “Beyond Measure” 7-9 p.m. Thursday 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.


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?”


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