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Green Ivy hosts holiday book drive

Green Ivy Educational Consulting has scheduled its annual book drive through Dec. 17.

The company collects books to benefit the Children’s Book Project, a Bay Area nonprofit that distributes books to homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and homes in need.


Medical expert emphasizes importance of sleep for teens

Students at Mountain View High School need more sleep. At least that’s what an informal survey of students revealed Nov. 18 during a school presentation on the importance of sleep for adolescents.

Before Dr. Rafael Pelayo, a pediatric sleep specialist at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic, began his talk, he polled the audience of students from several psychology and health classes. The results were eye-opening: 93 percent of the students said they’ve spotted someone fall asleep in class; 61 percent admitted to nodding off while doing homework; and 91 percent wanted more sleep.


Teens launch program that teaches coding to kids

Courtesy of Math and Coding Academy
High school students help younger students learn to code during an event at the Los Altos main library in September.

Coding may not be an easy skill to learn, but some high school students are determined to teach it to as many youngsters as possible.

Two upperclassmen have created a nonprofit organization called Math and Coding Academy that teaches local elementary and middle school students the basics of computer programming. Monta Vista High School junior Nikhil Cheerla and Harker School senior Vineet Kosaraju launched the program a year and a half ago at the Mountain View Public Library. With help from more than 30 volunteer teen teachers, the academy has spread to nearly 20 libraries – including the Los Altos Library – and has surpassed 1,000 students, according to the organization’s website. And the classes are free.


School Briefs

Egan hosts Holiday Faire

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the school, 100 W. Portola Avenue, Los Altos.

More than 300 students will host 170 booths with original handcrafted items, including hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies and wallets.


St. Francis students explore world on virtual-reality trips

To introduce the concept of ecosystems, St. Francis High School biology teacher Roberta Chisam “whisked” her classes away to the coast of Tanzania, where she instructed students to scrutinize the wildlife and vegetation they see there.

After their excursion to Tanzania, Chisam and her students hopscotched around the world, exploring the Galapagos Islands, Yellowstone National Park and Australia. At each stop, she asked them what they could deduce from their observations.


CSMA talk focuses on college applications

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled the presentation “Successful College Applications: Showcase Your Achievements in the Arts” 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at CSMA’s Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The event, the first in CSMA’s new Parent Education series, will feature Harriet Katz of Creative Kid College Coach. Katz will address how parents can learn the benefits of an arts education and how students can position the arts for competitive advantage when applying to college. The talk will focus on highlighting the arts experience for students applying to any college, as well as those with special arts programs. Topics will include applying to visual and performing arts programs, the mechanics of a college application, how to use special skills to augment a college application and career opportunities for students who have studied the arts.


St. Francis High hosts annual holiday fundraiser

St. Francis High School is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary and host its 27th annual fundraiser, “Christmas at Our House,” next month.

Proceeds from “Christmas at Our House” support financial aid programs at the school. This year’s home tours – with the theme “I’ll be Home For Christmas” – are scheduled in Woodside and Portola Valley.


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