Study abroad programs come in different forms

I recently returned from a quick trip to Paris and Florence, where I studied, of all things, college students studying abroad.


MVHS robotics team advances to championship

Courtesy of Spartan Robotics
Mountain View High School’s Spartan Robotics team recently won the Sacramento Regional Competition. The team is now preparing for the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, slated April 27-30.

Members of the Mountain View High School Spartan Robotics team are busy fine-tuning their robot for the FIRST Championship at the end of the month.

The team recently placed first in the Sacramento Regional Competition, qualifying for the championship – scheduled April 27-30 in St. Louis, Mo. – for the sixth time in the past eight years.


BCS superintendent wins Digital Early Learning Award


Wanny Hersey, founding superintendent/principal of Bullis Charter School, recently won the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ Digital Early Learning Award.

The award acknowledges Hersey for the school’s emphasis on creating and implementing digital tools and offering blended-learning, early-education services that are scientific, holistic, experiential, accountable and relevant to the personalized needs of each student.


Music unites elementary and junior high schools in concert

Sarah Hong/special to the Town Crier
Choirs from Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High, Covington, Springer and Bullis Charter schools perform together during the fourth annual LASD Choral Showcase last week.

More than 200 students packed the Blach Intermediate School gym last week to unite the Los Altos School District community in song.

Blach hosted the fourth annual LASD Choral Showcase, featuring choral groups from Blach, Egan Junior High, Covington, Springer and Bullis Charter schools.


LAHS junior connects kids confronting cancer in the family

Courtesy of Hannah Klaassen
To earn her Girl Scouts Gold Award, Los Altos High junior Hannah Klaassen, center, is working with Kelly Spaulding, left, and Colleen Kleier of Bay Area Cancer Connections.

When Hannah Klaassen was in elementary school, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She felt alone.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t really understand what was happening,” said Klaassen, now a junior at Los Altos High School. “I didn’t have any friends who knew what I was going through.”


K-Kids still collecting eyeglasses

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Loyola K-Kids members sort the eyeglasses they collected before sending them to Direct Relief International for distribution.

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, continues to collect eyeglasses for their “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students hope to collect more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses during this year’s campaign.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 8,000 pairs of glasses in nine years with help from the public and local store- owners who have offered space for collection buckets.


New elective expands coding experience for junior high students

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Egan eighth-graders Sarah Yung and Steven Tang watch as their coding comes to life and generates a graphic in their Computer Science elective last week.

Coding is getting more advanced for two classes of junior high students in the Los Altos School District.

In January, Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools began offering an elective computer science course.


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