Schools Briefs: Refugees, trustees and more

Courtesy of Lucy Lee
Terence Lee, left, received a Jefferson Awards medal from the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s Jack Russi earlier this month.

LAHS senior receives Jefferson Awards medal

Terence Lee, a senior at Los Altos High School, received a Jefferson Awards medal Jan. 17, recognizing his public service.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation honored Lee for turning what began as his Eagle Scout Project into a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge the digital divide by offering refurbished computers, workshops and mentoring services to underserved students.

Schools Briefs: Robotics, art and more

BCS sixth-graders compete in robotics

The Yomibots, Bullis Charter School’s five-member robotics team, are scheduled to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League championships Sunday, after a first-place finish at a competition in November.

Sixth-graders Gabriel Ancajas, Nikash Gupta, Sean Herby, Chase Omura and Alex Zaretzki invented the Greymobile, a bike that can deliver greywater (recycled water without much contamination) to water plants.

MV's Youth Drama For All launches new programs


Youth Drama For All, the Mountain View-based nonprofit theater group comprising students with disabilities, plans to launch two new programs this spring, using the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos grant it received. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time, with its first branch established in Los Altos in 1947.

Schools Briefs

LASD trustees hold office hours

Los Altos School District trustees Jessica Speiser and Bryan Johnson have scheduled office hours to answer questions and listen to parents’ concerns.

Speiser’s office hours are slated 9-11 a.m. Feb. 14, March 8 and April 4 at Starbucks at Rancho Shopping Center, 654 Fremont Ave., Los Altos.

Schools Briefs: Transfer deadline, volunteers sought

MVLA extends deadline for transfers

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has extended the deadline for applying for an intra-district transfer from Los Altos High to Mountain View High for the 2018-2019 school year to 4 p.m. Monday.

The open enrollment transfer capacity for intra-district transfers at Mountain View High will be no more than 78 students. No intra-district transfers will be accepted for students requesting to transfer from Mountain View High to Los Altos High at this point, according to district officials.

Bullis Charter students hit a high note

Courtesy of Kenny CHung
Bullis Charter School students sing at the Winter Choral Concert at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.


Bullis Charter School students in grades K-8 and across five different choir ensembles performed at various concerts and festivals over the holiday season.

The fourth- and fifth-grade advanced choir, Sonore, performed John Williams’ “Somewhere in My Memory” at the downtown Los Altos Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 1. The following week, 270 students from the school’s elective choirs sang at the Winter Choral Concert at  First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. In addition to Sonore, Treble Voices (first- through third-graders), G Clef (fourth- and fifth-graders), Cambiata (sixth- through eighth-graders) and Melodia (the sixth- through eighth-grade advanced choir) performed a variety of winter choral music with the theme “What Sweeter Music.”

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