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Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes education in science, math and social studies. The program also serves schools in the Mountain View Whisman and Palo Alto Unified school districts.

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Local students fundraise for clean water for those in need


Photos Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members held their first club meeting Friday at Los Altos High, left.

It’s one thing to help those in need, but it’s an added bonus to empower youth. Los Altos High School sophomore Lia Evard aims to do both.

After successful fundraising efforts as a student at Egan Junior High, Evard sought to continue raising money while encouraging others to change the world with their efforts as well.

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Foothill College offers 3-D printing services


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Foothill College engineering instructor Oxana Pantchenko demonstrates the capabilities of the college’s 3-D printer, now available for community use.

Foothill College in Los Altos Hills now offers a 3-D printing service for students and local residents aiming to bring their computer-generated ideas to life.

The service is designed to appeal to artists, engineers, educators, working professionals, hobbyists and youth groups.

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St. Francis High opens new Event Center


Courtesy of St. Francis High School
Guests gather outside the Kevin Makley Event Center at St. Francis High prior to the dedication ceremony.

More than 200 members of the St. Francis High School community gathered in August to dedicate the Kevin Makley Event Center, the newest facility constructed on campus.

The building is named in honor of President Emeritus Makley, who retired in June after 30 years at St. Francis, 19 as school president.

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School Briefs

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes education in science, math and social studies. The program also serves schools in the Mountain View Whisman and Palo Alto Unified school districts.

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Local schools perform well on new state tests


Source: California Department of Education
Local schools met or exceeded standards on the state’s new assessment tests. The results show the students’ performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as well as the number of students tested at each school.

Local schools ranked high on the California Department of Education’s new state standardized tests, according to results released last week.

The new assessment system – California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) – was administered in the spring to gauge students’ progress in learning new, more rigorous academic Common Core standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century.

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CSMA receives grant for Arts4Schools initiative

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View received a $10,200 grant from the California Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program.

The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources – artists and professional art organizations – into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for students.

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