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Katja Diekgers of Los Altos and Kelsey Fenger of Los Altos Hills made the spring semester dean’s list at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Local teachers attend coding bootcamp


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Elise Kuypers, front left, a STEM teacher at Oak Avenue School, and Alison Mort, a sixth-grade teacher at Springer School, power through a coding challenge at Foothill College’s Computer Science Crash Course for educators last month.

Far from the carefree poolside summer break one might imagine for teachers, local educators this month signed up in droves for Foothill College’s intensive Computer Science Crash Course. The workshop, offered at the Krause Center for Innovation, filled both the June and July sessions within days and overflowed to a waitlist.

Funded by a CS4HS award from Google Inc. supporting the teaching of computer science in high school, the four-day bootcamp bolstered teachers’ own coding skills while focusing on how to implement computer science content in the classroom.

Hooked on books: Teen tutors boost children's literacy


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Gialon Kasha, right, a Los Altos High junior and member of the Teen Tutors club, dives into the joy of reading with Mustafa Kadiroglu at the Los Altos main library.

A service project launched by a Los Altos High School student has grown bigger than any one student this summer, as high schoolers from across the district come together to help elementary-age students discover the joy of reading.

Los Altos High’s Teen Tutors club, founded by rising senior Javin Pombra, has brought its school-year mission to the Los Altos Library with the Read To Me initiative, founded by senior Jodie Bhattacharya, with local teens providing summer reading practice to kids from across the district, from kindergartners to second-graders.

Community through the eyes of kids


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Los Altos History Museum Co-President Linda Eckols, left, leads students on a tour of their peers’ art at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House last week.

The artists, working in summer school, crafted visual responses to the Los Altos community, creating art that reflects the environment in which they live and study. The Smith House gallery is the first collaboration between the Los Altos Art Docents and the Los Altos History Museum.

Youth Drama For All wins grant, boosts accessibility


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Youth Drama For All founders Sue Voiss and Stacy Rademacher, from left, accept a grant on behalf of the inclusive theater group from Brad Elman, center, of Million Dollar Round Table. Also pictured are Spencer Elman and Julia Elman.

Youth Drama For All plans to use new technology to help young special-needs performers express themselves, leveraging a $3,000 grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation to expand the organization’s resources.

While new teleprompters may aid actors who can’t memorize lines, iPads will enable performers to work with the latest version of scripts, which are updated frequently to respond to individual actors’ passions and abilities.

Teens and seniors bridge the tech gap



Daniel Hong, a sophomore at Mountain View High, helps a local senior master a technology problem. Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier

Local high schoolers and seniors shared their knowledge last week at an Intergenerational Tech Tutors workshop offered through the Los Altos Senior Program at Hillview Community Center. Teen volunteers from both Los Altos and Mountain View High schools developed the four-week workshop’s curriculum and walked seniors through learning new technical skills, from performing a web search to navigating the wilds of social media.

“You don’t think about it because it seems so natural, but it’s really jargon-heavy,” said city recreation specialist Brandon Council. “(You might say), ‘Go to the search bar,’ but what’s a search bar?”


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