LAHS students empower the next generation of computer engineers

Courtesy of CENG
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of Los Altos High School’s Computer Engineers of the Next Generation club, who have done their job so well that they been replaced by sixth-graders they trained.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.

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.

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.

LAHS hosts Science & Tech Week

Entrepreneur and investor Ali Partovi is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for Los Altos High School’s 12th annual Science & Technology Week 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the school’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Partovi, CEO of Neo and co-founder of, which sponsors the Hour of Code, has invested in some of high-tech’s most revolutionary companies, including Airbnb, Facebook, Uber and Zappos. His presentation will address computer science as a foundational field and discuss the merits of offering it in the mainstream curriculum of U.S. schools.

Study session examines MV-LASD partnership as school-site search continues

Representatives from the Los Altos School District and the Mountain View City Council last week participated in a study session that explored using a zoning strategy to facilitate acquiring land in the San Antonio shopping center area for a 10th school site.

A transfer of development rights (TDR) is used to exchange the right to develop one parcel of land to another. Uses of TDRs include preserving farmland and historical neighborhoods.

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.

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