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MVLA students named semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program’s list of semifinalists includes 25 students from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, 26 from St. Francis High School, two from Pinewood School and four local students from Homestead High School.

Only the top 1 percent of applicants in the nation receive National Merit semifinalist recognition. Each year, approximately 1.5 million entrants participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a program co-sponsored by the College Board. The standardized test measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills.

Local student earns accolades for science project

Courtesy of Maya Shukla
Los Altos student Maya Shukla, right, and her Harker School classmate Aarzu Gupta present their science project on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

After placing first at the Santa Clara County Synopsys Championship and earning several awards at the California State Science Fair, a Los Altos student’s science project reached the semifinal round of the Broadcom MASTERS national science competition last month.

Los Altos resident Maya Shukla, a freshman at The Harker School in San Jose, partnered with classmate Aarzu Gupta on the project “A Test of the Mutagenic and Carcinogenic Potential of Nicotine-Free Electronic Cigarette Additives.”

St. Nicholas Catholic School adds transitional kindergarten

Courtesy of St. Nicholas Catholic School
St. Nicholas Catholic School added its inaugural transitional kindergarten class this school year.

St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills began the school year with a new transitional kindergarten program at its Los Altos Hills campus. The program is the first step in a two-part kindergarten program established by the state’s Kindergarten Readiness Act.

Transitional kindergarten serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, providing students time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school.

CSMA provides music scholarships

Courtesy of CSMA
The Community School of Music and Arts recently provided 64 scholarships to student musicians for its Summer Honor Band and Strings programs.

The Community School of Music and Arts recently awarded scholarships to 64 student musicians to participate in CSMA’s Summer Honor Band and Strings programs.

Scholarships for the top-performing fifth-grade instrumental music students, including 38 strings and 28 band students, were determined based on talent, dedication and focus during their weekly Instrumental Music classes. Students were selected from eight elementary schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District, where CSMA provides its Music4Schools program, which brings music teachers onsite during the school day to teach music.

CSMA receives Artists in Schools grant

The Mountain View-based Community School of Music and Arts received an $8,400 grant from the California Arts Council as part of the state agency’s Artists in Schools program.

The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources – artists and professional art organizations – into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for California’s students. This year, the program will enable 144 arts organizations to hire 580 teaching artists who serve a total of more than 43,000 students in 323 schools across the state.

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