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MVHS student shares his love of photography


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Zachary Dembner included this photo, titled “When You Least Expect It,” in his recent exhibition at Red Rock Coffee Co.

Serious photography is new to me, but my interest stems back to my early childhood. I remember my dad always taking photos and letting me play around with some of our family cameras. A little more than a year ago, I started taking photography more seriously and found myself incredibly taken by the art form.

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New CHAC program helps at-risk students stay in school

The Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) recently launched a new effort to identify students most at risk of dropping out and provide them with services and support to help them stay in school.

The School First program, championed by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian during the county’s budget process earlier this year, targets three local schools with higher-than-average dropout risk factors: Mariano Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle in Mountain View and Alta Vista High, the continuation school serving the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

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LASD introduces extended-day kindergarten program


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Santa Rita School kindergarten teacher Kiwi Capriles, left, engages her students in small-group instruction last week.

Local kindergartners recently had their school day lengthened as a part of the Los Altos School District’s extended-day kindergarten program rollout.

For the first four weeks of the school year, kindergarteners attended half days of instruction and then took the leap to extended days Sept. 15, adding two hours and 15 minutes to each day.

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Los Altos High School clubs partner for fundraiser

Two of Los Altos High School’s largest clubs are collaborating on a fundraising drive for The Eliminate Project.

Since early September, the school’s One Dollar For Life (ODFL) and Key Club have participated in a global campaign to raise $110 million, led by Kiwanis International – Key Club’s parent organization – and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide by 2015.

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Mathnasium hosts TriMathlon student contest

Local students are preparing to test their math skills while raising funds for schools during Mathnasium’s TriMathlon contest, scheduled 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Mathnasium of Mountain View-Los Altos, 2510 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

Children in second to fifth grades at all levels of math ability are invited to enter the contest. Students who participate can earn medals as well as money for local schools, with a donation for each student participating in the event. The winner at each grade level will be entered in the Grand Prize TriMathlon.

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Schools Briefs

Gunn hosts College Fair for local students

Gunn High School has scheduled a College Fair for students from all local high schools 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Bow and Titan gyms at Gunn, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

Representatives from more than 140 public and private colleges and 11 international universities will be available to talk with students and parents.

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St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


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St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos launched the school year with a new learning management system designed to organize course materials and boost collaboration among students, teachers and parents.

Schoology, implemented over the summer, is a cloud-based system that enables teachers to deliver assignments, documents, videos and photos to students and administer online tests and quizzes.

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