Two local students selected as finalists in national Intel Science Talent Search

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Local Harker School seniors Steven Wang, left, and Rohith Kuditipudi earned finalist honors in the Intel Science Talent Search. The pair will join 40 other finalists in Washington, D.C., next month to compete for more than $1 million in prizes.

Two Harker School seniors, Rohith Kuditipudi of Los Altos and Steven Wang of Los Altos Hills, last month reached the finalist stage of the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search.

Kuditipudi and Wang join 40 other high school students from across the United States who will gather in Washington, D.C., in March for the final phase of the competition, with more than $1 million in cash prizes at stake.


Foothill hosts Cash for College workshop

Foothill College has scheduled a Cash for College workshop for current and future college students and their parents 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Foothill College Middlefield Campus, Building I, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The annual event provides one-stop service for those completing financial aid applications. Financial aid professionals will offer line-by-line assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The workshop is designed for high school and college students who currently attend or plan to attend a California community college, CSU or UC campus, private university or vocational/technical school.


MVLA seeks community input on superintendent selection

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees seeks community input as it searches for a new superintendent to replace Barry Groves, who plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Trustees are soliciting feedback on the characteristics desired in a new superintendent as they identify, recruit and select candidates. To promote the process, trustees issued a prompt for local residents to consider: “What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the MVLA School District?”


Freestyle hosts exhibition at Computer Science Museum

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Mountain View High junior and Freestyle Academy student Radika Gupta, right, works with a fellow student during a WebAudio course this month.

For three periods a day, a small subset of students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools participate in a project-driven, design-based curriculum at Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology.

More than 140 juniors and seniors break from the traditional comprehensive model of high school to attend Freestyle, where curriculum centers on four projects a year.


Bullis Charter School students attend Turtle Camp to learn conservation

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Bullis Charter School fourth- and fifth-graders guide younger students through activity centers that aim to educate about leatherback turtle conservation efforts.

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Bullis Charter School stepped into the role of teacher last week when they taught kindergarten and first-grade students how they can help save leatherback sea turtles.

The school developed the event, called Turtle Camp, after receiving a $4,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean (NOAA) Guardian Grant awarded to schools that demonstrate a commitment to protect and conserve local and global waterways.


Schools Briefs

Loyola K-Kids continue eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, will attempt to set a club record during its ninth annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students have set a goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 10,000 pairs of glasses over the years with the help of the public and local storeowners who offer space for collection buckets.


MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mountain View High School, above.

At the direction of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Superintendent Barry Groves is researching options for a potential freshman physical education exemption.


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