School Briefs for the week of Aug. 15

Living Classroom recruits docents

Volunteer docents are needed for the Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom program, which delivers hands-on, garden-based lessons to students throughout the school year.

An information meeting is scheduled 10-11 a.m. Aug. 27 in the iLearn Studio at 201 Covington Road. Docent training is slated Monday mornings in the iLearn Studio.

Women in technology: Where are they?

In August 2017, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, was asked a question by her daughter after she read the news: “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?”

She asked her mom that question because around that time, a controversial memo written by James Damore, a former software engineer at Google, was made public. According to an analysis by journalist Catherine Clifford, Damore argued in the memo that women are less represented in technology due to biological limitations. Assertions like this create an impetus to examine the lack of women at technology companies, especially in computer science roles, where female representation is only 25 percent, according to research by the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

When less is more in college apps

During the next few months, high school seniors all over the country will be finalizing their college lists and preparing applications. They’ve worked hard over the past year to research and select colleges that reflect their goals for the future, or they have assembled lists based on the recommendations of family and friends.

Local school board races heat up

The Nov. 6 board of trustees elections for local school districts are on track for a competitive year, with more candidates than seats for nearly every race, with the exception of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

Potential candidates obtained nomination forms from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. The deadline for interested candidates to return their completed paperwork is today, which was extended from the original Aug. 10 deadline in all of the local districts after at least one incumbent did not file his or her paperwork by that date.

Y Full STEAM Ahead inspires teens


Courtesy of Rachel Basso
Mountain View High senior Ashwin Hingwe, left, works with Y Full STEAM Ahead participants.

Despite an abundance of cutting-edge technology a stone’s throw away, many Silicon Valley youth from low-income families have limited exposure to the inner workings of high-tech companies.

Underserved students may lack access to technology learning experiences and exposure to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career opportunities. The absence of technology in the lives of underprivileged youth can hinder their exploration of their true potential.

Let there be light? Debate illuminates stadium controversy


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High School running back Jai Austin runs downfield during the Spartans’ 2016 homecoming game against Hillsdale. The game took place in the evening, under temporary lights.

Lighting is on the table for Monday’s Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Trustees will listen to a presentation, then discuss whether to install permanent lighting at the stadiums of Los Altos and Mountain View high schools, followed by public comments on the topic. The idea arose last year, when representatives from both schools’ Athletic Boosters circulated an online petition in support of stadium lights, a move that would enable night games. Within 10 days, they had 1,500 signatures.


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