MVLA declares construction will have insignificant environmental effect

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Traffic backs up on Fremont Avenue at the corner of Truman Avenue in the afternoon as students leave Mountain View High, congestion that could be exacerbated by upcoming construction.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees has declared that the upcoming construction at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools will have an effect on the environment that can be diminished to an acceptable level.

Elephant fundraiser surpasses goal

Uma Chirotarrab’s fourth annual elephant fundraiser surpassed its goal this year and raised $2,650.26 in one day for Tusk, an organization that supports conservation in Africa.

Uma, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High School, and her friends typically hold their fundraiser in Los Altos the day before Thanksgiving but postponed it because of the smoky air from the wildfires.

JustREAD: Nonprofit tutoring organization seeks volunteers

JustREAD, a local nonprofit organization, is recruiting volunteers to work with students for one-on-one literacy and math tutoring on campus during the school day.

There are tutoring opportunities at Mountain View High School, as well as at elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Budding artist uses vivid imagination as force for change

Courtesy of Aria Luna
Aria Luna’s exhibition “Fusion Tide” takes a fantastical look at a real issue, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Her monster creation, Bogo Mogo, above, has a hunger for plastic and must be stopped by the mythical protectors of the sea.

In the middle of a cafe on a late Saturday morning, Aria Luna is plopped on a white cushioned chair, doodling. She has a lavender-colored meringue cookie in one hand, green marker in the other. Her hazel eyes are fixated on her notebook, and her wispy brown curls gravitate toward the paper.

Aria, an 8-year-old Los Altos resident, has a penchant for art. But she is a package deal, also a lover of sweets, video games, math and making sense of the world and its flaws.

Film screening details stress of social media

Special to the Town Crier
The documentary “Like” chronicles the potential perils of social media and technology use among teens.

St. Nicholas Catholic School has scheduled a free public screening of a documentary about the perils of social media and technology for teens 7 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 22) on campus, 12816 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The film, “Like,” will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts on teen mental health and technology.

Silicon Valley schools reject tech

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Canterbury Christian School students do not use computers or tablets in the classroom until sixth grade.

At most elementary schools, iPads and laptops abound. Children create PowerPoint presentations to showcase their work, and they search for sources online for research papers. But at Canterbury Christian School in Los Altos, laptops, tablets and cellphones are not welcome in the classroom.

The small elementary school of 90 students is distinctly religious: Each school day starts with a service, and each student memorizes a Bible verse each week. But what draws some Silicon Valley families to the school is that computers are left out of the classroom.

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