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Spirit Week Wildfire Relief Drive brings rival schools together

Spirit Week at Los Altos and Mountain View High schools usually builds to a battle on the football field between the Eagles and the Spartans. While the two teams will still be facing off Saturday, they will be using the game to collaborate as well as compete.

The rival schools will be joined by students from Alta Vista High School – the first time leadership classes from the three schools have worked together – to collect donations for victims of the North Bay fires.

MVHS String Quartet joins touring company of 'Beatles vs. Stones' show

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Mountain View High musicians Coral Chen, Cecilia Jing, Hannah Spray and Nathan Horowitz are set to play in “Beatles vs. Stones.”

When the touring show “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” premieres at Campbell’s Heritage Theatre Sunday, the Mountain View High School String Quartet will join the professional musicians to add orchestral texture to the evening.

The producers of “Beatles vs. Stones” approached Mountain View High orchestra director Jason Kneebone in search of a talented ensemble that could hold its own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly hires a local quartet to augment the production while on tour.

LAHS students empower the next generation of computer engineers

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Monta Loma junior mentor Deven Merced, right, shares his computer science knowledge with classmate Angel Marshal.

Truly mastering a skill means being able to turn around and teach what you’ve been taught. That’s the case for members of Los Altos High School’s Computer Engineers of the Next Generation club, who have done their job so well that they been replaced by sixth-graders they trained.

CENG, which teaches after-school coding classes at local elementary schools, returned to Monta Loma Elementary School this fall after teaching a program on the Mountain View campus last March.

LAEF names new executive director

After a summerlong search, the Los Altos Educational Foundation Board of Trustees named Heather Macdonald the organization’s new executive director.

Macdonald has lived in Palo Alto for 23 years, volunteering for local organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the Palo Verde Elementary School PTA and the Sequoia Adult School Scholars. While she originally worked in the corporate world, Macdonald said she felt drawn elsewhere.

Foothill-De Anza trustee elected to national policy board

Gilbert Wong, Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustee, has been elected to an at-large seat on the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors.

ACCT represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees at 1,100-plus community colleges and serves as their voice to the White House, U.S. Congress and Cabinet-level agencies such as the departments of Education and Labor.

Author headlines MVLA speaker series

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “Real American: A Memoir,” is scheduled to speak as part of the MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

Lythcott-Haims, the only child of an African-American father and a white British mother, will discuss what it means to be a “real American,” her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what parents can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in a racially and culturally diverse community. She will share her journey toward self-acceptance and the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other.”

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