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St. Simon places seventh in robotics tournament


Courtesy of Karen Carrie
St. Simon robotics team member Carolyn Jeung greets a robot at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim.

The recent addition of a robotics team to St. Simon School has already brought victory to campus – the school placed seventh at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim in April.

During the four-day competition, more than 15,000 participants from 27 countries competed in challenges that demonstrated their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills, going head-to-head with custom-built programmed robots.

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Springer, Blach win GreenTown Challenge


Courtesy of Azar Khansari
GreenTown Los Altos recognized Loyola School students as the “Most Improved” in the Drive Less/Greenest Schools Challenge.

Springer and Blach Junior High schools took top honors in GreenTown Los Altos’ 2014 Drive Less/Greenest Schools Challenge, which ended May 7, National Bike to School Day.

Springer Walk or Wheel (WoW) parent volunteer Kacey Fitzpatrick coordinated parent signups for the Drive Less Challenge. Springer, which had more than double the number of parent registrants as its nearest competitor, won the challenge with 65 percent of students walking or wheeling to school May 7.

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Local sixth-graders learn to code and create computer games


Courtesy of Corinne Machatzke
Kindergartners give the computer game Maze a try at the Los Altos School District CSTEM Showcase earlier this month as co-creator Sabina Davis looks on.

More than 500 sixth-graders from the seven Los Altos School District elementary schools participated in the second Los Altos School District CSTEM Showcase May 1.

Students presented computer games and interactive devices they developed with programs like Arduino, JavaScript and Processing on Khan Academy, MIT’s Scratch and LEGO’s WeDo.

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LACS teachers eat crickets to raise funds for leukemia research


Courtesy of Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt
Fourth-grade teacher Marilyn Bryant, Principal Susan Goff and fifth-grade teacher Abby Eldridge amused Los Altos Christian Schools students by participating in a cricket-eating contest to celebrate a successful fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Eldridge won the contest by downing a dozen crickets in under 10 seconds. The crickets were locally sourced from Don Bugito, a San Francisco company.

Those who have ever wondered what crickets taste like can ask Los Altos Christian Schools Principal Susan Goff. Or fourth-grade teacher Marilyn Bryant. Or fifth-grade teacher Abby Eldridge.

The three educators recently participated in a cricket-eating contest as a celebration for elementary students, who raised more than $2,400 in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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MVLA graduation rates exceed state average

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson last week reported graduation rates for all public high schools in California, with schools in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District scoring well above the state average of 80.2 percent.

Los Altos High School graduated 99 percent of its students, Mountain View High graduated 95.3 percent and Alta Vista High School graduated 94.5 percent.

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LAPP celebrates 60 years with anniversary gathering

Los Altos Parent Preschool alumni and current families are invited to attend the school’s 60th anniverary celebration 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the school, 201 Covington Road, on the Covington School campus next to Rosita Park.

According to organizers, the event will be a casual, family-friendly gathering with complimentary food and refreshments. Children can play on the playground and with bubbles.

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