LAHS students, staff march in defense of DACA

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Los Altos High School students gather to be seen and heard as they protest the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Students and staff from Los Altos High School took to the streets Sept. 26 in response to the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects some undocumented students.

While not an official campus event, the Latino Student Union, the Black Student Union, Students for Haiti Solidarity and the newly formed Teachers in Solidarity participated in the rally and march.

Los Altos High players take a knee

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Los Altos High football players Axel Rodriguez, Mohamed Fofanah, Jonathan Sanabria and Nemin Htet kneel for the anthem.

Los Altos High School football players Nemin Htet and Mohamed Fofanah took a knee during the national anthem before their team’s game against Wilcox High Sept. 23 at Levi’s Stadium.

It happened on the same field that Colin Kaepernick – who last season kneeled during the anthem to protest violence against minorities – formerly played on as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

Foothill-De Anza district launches College Promise programs

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College Promise supporters include, from left, De Anza College President Brian Murphy, former Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Martha J. Kanter, State Sen. Jim Beall, Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen and Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Judy C. Miner.

Supporters of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s College Promise programs gathered at Foothill’s Sunnyvale Center last week to celebrate the launch of the initiatives, which offer financial assistance and support services that encourage students to attend and complete college.

While the two colleges offer slightly different programs, both are geared toward helping bridge the gap between high school and college.

LASD board moves forward with five-year plan

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees affirmed the efficacy of the district’s five-year agreement with Bullis Charter School at last week’s board meeting, an accord now entering its fourth year.

After a decade of contentious – and expensive – battling over facilities, the agreement put a five-year hold on litigation and laid out how facilities would be split between the charter school and district schools. It also called for both parties to meet at the beginning of the fourth year to develop a successor to the existing agreement.

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series takes on life beyond Earth

Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute is slated to deliver the presentation “Will the 21st Century Be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?” 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The illustrated, nontechnical talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill, now in its 18th year.

MVLA discusses homework limits

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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District trustees are reviewing the district’s new homework policy, weighing whether it balances academic rigor while easing students’ workload.

A spirited discussion on homework anchored last week’s meeting of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees.

The board discussed the role of homework in maintaining balance between academic rigor and easing the workload on stressed-out students.

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