PTA Council honors volunteers

The Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council presented this year’s Honorary Service Awards at its annual luncheon May 14.

The council honored the following volunteers for their long-term and varied service.

Doctor offers advice on student wellness

As the mental health of students becomes an increasingly widespread concern for parents, the Town Crier asked Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatrician Dr. Kellen Glinder to share advice on how to help children maintain their emotional stability and concentrate on their studies.

Glinder attributed many of children’s mental and even physical health problems to excessive use of electronic devices. In the aftermath of concussion after a sports accident, for example, it can take weeks longer for today’s children to recuperate because they use their cellphones all the time and don’t give their brains a break, he said.

Local group Synica wins Battle of Bands


Courtesy of Owen Winkler
Battle of the Bands winner Synica includes members, from left, Matthew Baum, Arjun Srivastava, Colin Jaeger and Simon Burdick.

Synica, a local teen band, won first place at the third annual Battle of the Bands Jan. 20.

Hosted by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, the competition featured nine Bay Area bands. Synica’s members include Los Altos High students Matthew Baum and Simon Burdick and Gunn High’s Arjun Srivastava and Colin Jaeger.

LAHS students host parent tech workshop

TechBridgers, a Los Altos High School student club, hosted a parent technology workshop at Monta Loma Elementary School in Mountain View before the holiday break.

The high school students had previously taught coding at Monta Loma as members of another club, Computer Engineers of the Next Generation. Club members said they realized that many of the elementary school students’ parents didn’t know how to use email and were unable to keep up with school updates online. That led the students to form TechBridgers and sponsor the smartphone and communications workshop for the parents.

LAH teen offers free coding classes for all

Angeline Chen wanted to learn about computer programming, but the Los Altos Hills resident didn’t know where to start.

LAHS computer club receives grant & raises funds


Courtesy of Alice Lee
Computer Engineers of the Next Generation President Anyka Chan, from left, Monta Loma Elementary School PTA President Shanna Bengston, Monta Loma Principal Gloria Higgins and CENG Co-President Daniel Lim celebrate the donation of two new Chromebooks purchased with funds the Los Altos High club raised.

Los Altos High School’s Computer Engineers of the Next Generation club received a community impact grant of $1,000 in December from AI4ALL, a nonprofit group whose mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence.

AI4ALL gave CENG the grant for offering a variety of coding courses and impacting traditionally underrepresented students, according to Nicole Halmi, project manager at AI4ALL.


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