Schools briefs for the week of Feb. 27

Los Altos High seeks STEAM Week volunteers

Los Altos High School’s STEAM Week Committee seeks a speaker coordinator and other volunteers. The committee organizes STEAM Week each fall, which brings science, technology, engineering, art and math speakers to the school.

The speaker coordinator communicates with all speakers to gather and relay information – including logistics, biography and technology needs – and to answer any speaker questions. The coordinator is also responsible for coordinating between the STEAM Speaker Committee and individual speakers to craft talk titles and abstracts. The majority of work occurs six weeks prior through the end of STEAM Week, at a rate of approximately three to five hours per week.

To volunteer and for information, email Laura Teksler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MVLA presents lecture on self-compassion

Psychology professor Kristin Neff is scheduled to discuss “Self-Compassion: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive” 7 p.m. March 7 in the Eagle Theater at Los Altos High, 201 Almond Ave.

Neff will detail how self-compassion is a better way of relating to oneself than self-esteem. “Self-compassion” means treating yourself kindly, she said, as you would a close friend you care about, rather than making global evaluations of yourself as “good” or “bad,” and more.

The presentation is part of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Parent Education Speaker Series.

Admission is free and open to the public. Spanish translation is available on request.

For more information, visit

Preschool hosts reading lecture

Children’s Center Preschool has scheduled a parent education presentation, “The Reading Breakthrough,” 7 p.m. March 14 in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Danny Brassell, a nationally recognized educator and motivator, will teach how to instill a lifelong passion for reading in children. Brassell has authored more than 50 articles, and his work has been featured in publications ranging from USA Today to the Los Angeles Times. Infusing humor, inspiration and simple techniques to initiate positive change, Brassell has been dubbed “Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.” for his high-energy keynote addresses.

Admission is free and open to all.

To register and for more in- formation, visit childrenscenter-

Los Altos High holds art auction

The Los Altos High School National Art Honor Society has scheduled an art auction 6 p.m. Saturday in the Los Altos High School cafeteria, 201 Almond Ave.

The event will feature sales of students’ artwork, food and music performed by student musicians.

All proceeds will support future art projects. Only cash and checks will be accepted for payment.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

Volunteer docents lead interactive, hands-on lessons to teach students the interconnectedness of the world. The program reaches all grade levels in the Los Altos School District and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies.

Training is available to acquaint docents with the lesson content. All materials are provided, and no teaching experience is required. A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

Training sessions are slated 9 a.m. to noon Monday and March 11 and 18 in the Los Altos School District iLearn Studio, 201 Covington Road. Apprentice-style training is available for those who are unable to make the scheduled training sessions.

To volunteer and for more information, call 947-1103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FLEX College Prep hosts admissions expo

FLEX College Prep is scheduled to host a college admissions expo 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Speakers will include the founder and CEO of FLEX College Prep and former undergraduate admissions officers from Yale University, USC, UCLA and Santa Clara University. The event will feature a variety of workshops for students, including one on how to write a standout personal essay.

Admission is free.

To register and for more information, visit

Mentor Tutor Connection sponsors info session

Mentor Tutor Connection has scheduled an open house for potential volunteers 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the MVLA District Office, 1299 Bryant Ave., Mountain View.

The nonprofit organization is recruiting volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.

For more information, visit

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