St. Simon students fill holiday grocery bags for families in need


Courtesy of Sally Prout
St. Simon students gather in the school’s gym to assemble holiday grocery bags.

More than 500 students from St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos assembled holiday grocery bags Nov. 29 that will be distributed to families in need as part of a schoolwide service project.

First- through eighth-graders decorated the bags with Santa Claus faces and Christmas trees before stuffing them with holiday cards, nonperishable food and seasonal treats.

LAHS students advance in Siemens competition

Los Altos High School students Arthi Vaidyanathan and Justin Yu advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Siemens Competition.

Vaidyanathan’s project, “Mining for Galaxy Properties with MaNGA,” explores the evolution of galaxies by analyzing their characteristics and determining any trends. The project used data collected by Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory (MaNGA) to analyze approximately 4,000 galaxies.

Caring cousins: Local teens give back to community with free coding classes


Courtesy of Robert Beliveau
Robert Beliveau, standing, teaches a coding class for kids. The 15-year-old leads the free classes with his cousin, Nicholas Verzic, 13. Both Los Altos residents attend Khan Lab School in Mountain View.

Los Altos teens Robert Beliveau and Nicholas Verzic seem to embody the cliché “Think globally, act locally.”

The cousins have worked together for several years to give back to their community, using their website Childrengiving.com as a means to publicize their service and inspire others.

BCS fourth-graders chat with Chelsea Clinton


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Bullis Charter School fourth-grader Aidan Free introduces Chelsea Clinton to classmates.

Fourth-graders at Bullis Charter School had the opportunity to Skype with author, activist and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton Nov. 16.

Fourth-grader Aidan Free was looking for ways to support victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, so he gave a speech about fundraising at a school assembly and researched disaster relief with his family. Through the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, they discovered that Clinton was willing to donate a 30-minute Skype call and a personalized copy of her book “She Persisted” to the winning bidder.

Longtime MVLA administrator receives Athena Award

Brigitte Sarraf, associate superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union School District, received the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Athena Award Nov. 2.

Presented by Chambers of Commerce worldwide, the award honors women who have attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in business and the community.

Mtn. View school raises money for hurricane victims


Courtesy of Yew Chung International School
A student-organized bake sale at Yew Chung International School generated more than $1,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Students at Yew Chung International School in Mountain View raised more than $1,000 for Hurricane Harvey survivors by mobilizing their classmates to host a bake sale at school.

The Yew Chung fourth-graders wondered what they could do to help hurricane victims, proposing fundraisers such as a bake sale or a lemonade stand.


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