Schools Briefs: BCS Exchange Students & More

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Bullis Charter School physical education teacher Joseph Stark, left, teaches archery to exchange students from China last week.

St. Francis president submits resignation

St. Francis High School President Simon Chiu recently resigned.

The school’s board of directors has launched a search to find Chiu’s successor. In the meantime, Father Tony Mancuso will serve as interim president.

In his resignation letter to the board, Chiu stated, “St. Francis is a wonderful school that I have come to love over the last three years. I am grateful for my association with the finest faculty and the most supportive parent community of any Catholic school. However, now is the right time for me to pursue other opportunities. I will miss St. Francis, and I wish the entire community well.”

St. Francis is also in the process of hiring a new principal, as current principal Patricia Tennant is retiring at the end of the school year.

BCS hosts Chinese exchange students

Bullis Charter School hosted 25 students and several teachers from its sister school in Dujiangyan, China, Feb. 4-9. Bullis eighth-graders had visited the sister school for 10 days last October.

The student exchange aligned with the charter school’s World Language program, with Mandarin instruction beginning in kindergarten. While in China, Bullis students visited the Dujiangyan Foreign Language Experimental School and participated in classroom activities.

When Bullis Charter School returned the favor last week, it offered drama, archery, Scratch programming and music classes to the Chinese students. The charter school also arranged for the Chinese students to visit the California Academy of Sciences, Stanford University and Palo Alto High School. In addition, Bullis Charter School students took their Chinese peers to a Sharks hockey game. Charter school families provided four nights of housing for the guests.

CSMA presents Russian art

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled “ArtWorlds: Russia,” an evening of art, music, wine and cuisine, 5-8 p.m. March 2 in CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall and Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

“ArtWorlds: Russia” will feature paintings and prints by artist Tatiana Lyskova, inspired by Russian fairy tales, as well as live music by CSMA Merit Scholars celebrating Russian composers.

Lyskova worked primarily in an etching technique called “a la poupée,” which does not allow for corrections on the zinc plate and therefore requires spontaneity.

CSMA’s “ArtWorlds” series highlights art from around the globe. Held regularly throughout the year, each “ArtWorlds” event features a different country, culture or geographic region, and engages the senses with music, visual arts, food, wine, education and conversation.

The program in Tateuchi Hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit arts-

MVLA honors Students of the Month

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District honored Aashna Desai of Los Altos High School and Rachel Ostrowski of Mountain View High School as Students of the Month at the Feb. 5 district board meeting.

Desai received recognition for her participation in various extracurricular activities on and off campus. An officer for the One Dollar For Life service club, she once traveled to South Africa to help build a school for the disabled and is helping fundraise for a library in Nicaragua this year. She also is a youth volunteer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Desai has an interest in parliamentary debate and appeared on “America’s Got Talent” last year with her Bollywood hip-hop dance studio.

Ostrowski is an outstanding AP student, treasurer of the Environmental Club, president of the UNIDOS club and co-coordinator of Mountain View High’s TEDx event. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Ambassadors Club and the Madrigals Choir. Ostrowski is a member of the band Ana and the MRI, which performs around the Bay Area.

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