Local students named National Merit semifinalists

The 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program named more than 50 local students semifinalists in the annual scholarship competition.

This year’s program recognizes the top scorers on the 2018 PSAT. More than 1.5 million juniors from approximately 21,000 high schools took the test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The pool of semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

Schools Briefs: Science nonprofit joins national group, e-waste drop off, moon festival

Local science program joins national network

Science is Elementary, a nonprofit group founded by Los Altos resident Tzipor Ulman, is joining a nationwide education network, aiming to combat the shortage of STEM teachers.

100Kin10, a national organization working to train 100,000 new science, technology, engineering and math teachers by 2021, announced Sept. 5 that Science is Elementary would join 40 other new partners this year.

Schools Briefs

Foothill College fall quarter course registration opens

Foothill College fall registration is open, with classes beginning Sept. 23.

First-time, full-time students (12 units or more) are eligible for two years of free tuition, fees and textbooks through the Foothill College Promise program.

Schools Briefs: Free e-waste event, tutoring info session

Montclaire hosts e-waste drop-off site

Montclaire Elementary School’s annual free fall e-waste collection event is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the school, 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos.

Accepted items include electronics, phones, wires, cables, TVs, laptops, desktops, CDs, DVDs, printers, monitors, batteries and small household appliances. Scrap metal and large appliances are not permitted.

Schools Briefs: Docents and volunteers sought, open house scheduled

Living Classroom holds event for potential docents

Living Classroom is set to host an informational meeting and garden tour for potential volunteers 10-11:30 a.m. Monday at the Los Altos School District iLearn Studio, 201 Covington Road.

Living Classroom is a group of trained volunteers who teach hands-on garden-based lessons to elementary school students in the Los Altos School District.

Schools Briefs

LA Police Department runs school supply drive

The Los Altos Police Department is slated to host its inaugural “Pack the Patrol Car” event Aug. 14 on the Downtown Green, located on Third Street between Main and State streets in Los Altos.

As the school year approaches, the department will collect new school supplies for low-income kindergarten through eighth-grade students. The Los Altos School District will identify students in need and take the lead in distributing donated supplies.

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