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Foothill College hosts astronomy talk on the search for new planets

Astrophysicist Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Kepler Project is scheduled to deliver an illustrated, nontechnical presentation, “A Planet for Goldilocks: Searching for Earth 2.0 Among the Stars,” 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies around the world. NASA’s Kepler Mission launched in 2009 with the objective of finding “Goldilocks” planets – “not too hot, not too cold” – orbiting other stars like the sun. Batalha will offer an overview of the science legacy of the Kepler Mission and other key planet discoveries and will preview what’s to come by highlighting the missions soon to launch and those on the drawing board.

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LAHS seeks STEAM volunteers

Los Altos High School teachers are recruiting volunteers to participate in the new STEAM Academy, aimed at creating a pathway for students to engage in a four-year course of study in science, technology, engineering, art and math that enables them to gain career technical experience and skills needed to be successful in college.

Teachers seek professionals from local industries, universities and the community to participate on an advisory board supporting the development and direction of the academy.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks Student of the Year applicants

Applications are open for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year program, which emphasizes youth empowerment, leadership development and philanthropy.

The program engages local high school students in a seven-week fundraising competition to support the fight against cancer.

MVLA students show improvement in statewide test scores

Students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District showed marked improvement on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test, conducted by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system.

At Los Altos High, the percentage of all tested students who met or exceeded English standards totaled 81 percent, up from 70 percent last year. Math scores also showed improvement, rising from 67 percent to 69 percent.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks Student of Year applicants

Applications are open for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year program, which emphasizes youth empowerment, leadership development and philanthropy.

The program engages local high school students in a seven-week fundraising competition to support the fight against cancer.

Mentor Tutor Connection to hold informational open house

Mentor Tutor Connection has scheduled an informational open house for potential volunteers 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 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.


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