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Los Altos High players take a knee

Courtesy of Jayme Albritton
Los Altos High football players Axel Rodriguez, Mohamed Fofanah, Jonathan Sanabria and Nemin Htet kneel for the anthem.

Los Altos High School football players Nemin Htet and Mohamed Fofanah took a knee during the national anthem before their team’s game against Wilcox High Sept. 23 at Levi’s Stadium.

It happened on the same field that Colin Kaepernick – who last season kneeled during the anthem to protest violence against minorities – formerly played on as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

Foothill-De Anza district launches College Promise programs

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College Promise supporters include, from left, De Anza College President Brian Murphy, former Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Martha J. Kanter, State Sen. Jim Beall, Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen and Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Judy C. Miner.

Supporters of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s College Promise programs gathered at Foothill’s Sunnyvale Center last week to celebrate the launch of the initiatives, which offer financial assistance and support services that encourage students to attend and complete college.

While the two colleges offer slightly different programs, both are geared toward helping bridge the gap between high school and college.

LASD board moves forward with five-year plan

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees affirmed the efficacy of the district’s five-year agreement with Bullis Charter School at last week’s board meeting, an accord now entering its fourth year.

After a decade of contentious – and expensive – battling over facilities, the agreement put a five-year hold on litigation and laid out how facilities would be split between the charter school and district schools. It also called for both parties to meet at the beginning of the fourth year to develop a successor to the existing agreement.

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.

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series takes on life beyond Earth

Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute is slated to deliver the presentation “Will the 21st Century Be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?” 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The illustrated, nontechnical talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill, now in its 18th year.

Local schools participate in green commutes

Courtesy of Doug Hahn
Mountain View High School’s bicycle racks filled up quickly Thursday morning, thanks in part to its first Carbon-Free Commute of the school year. Nearly 500 students participated in the event.

If your drive to work last week seemed a little smoother, you can thank students at Loyola School and Mountain View High School.

Loyola held its annual Walk to School Day Sept. 20, and Mountain View High participated in its first Carbon-Free Commute of the year Thursday.

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