MVHS student groups triumph at state science and music contests

Courtesy of MVHS Instrumental Music Parents Association
Members of Mountain View High’s Winter Percussion ensemble – including, from left, Talia Joffe, Calvin Reed, Sasha Heye and Josh Stukenborg – celebrate their win at the Northern California Percussion Alliance championship.

Mountain View High School students returned victorious from two state-level competitions this month.

Local school districts welcome county's $6 million for teacher housing

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted April 17 to allocate $6 million for affordable housing in Palo Alto for teachers in the north county, including those teaching in the Los Altos and Mountain View Los Altos Union High school districts, both of which responded enthusiastically.

Supervisor Joe Simitian in January proposed building teacher housing on a 1.5-acre plot of county-owned land at 231 Grant Ave., across from the Santa Clara County Courthouse.

Bullis Charter 6th-grade girls compete at FIRST Championship in Houston

Courtesy of Anjuli Mehrotra
Members of Bullis Charter School’s #PandaPower robotics team and their parents celebrate the team’s success at a recent tournament. Pictured are, front row, from left: Anika Mehrotra, Kaya Rammohan, Gabrielle Chen and Aarthi Venkatraman. Back: Shishir Mehrotra, Sonali Rammohan, Stef Lau-Chen and Suresh Venkatraman.

We are #PandaPower, a robotics team of four Bullis Charter School sixth-grade girls who compete in the FIRST LEGO League. The team includes Aarthi Venkatraman, Anika Mehrotra, Gabrielle Chen and Kaya Rammohan. We recently qualified and will be competing in the FIRST Championship for three days in Houston, Texas, starting today (yea!).

St. Francis hires alumna as principal

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Katie Teekell, hired last month as St. Francis High School’s next principal, is slated to begin her new job July 1.

St. Francis High School has hired alumna Katie Teekell as its next principal, effective July 1.

School officials described Teekell as a “St. Francis graduate who embraces and embodies the Holy Cross charism” and a “distinguished educational leader” who shares the school’s mission and values.”

LAHS students advance as MathWorks finalists

Courtesy of Gail Bergman
Los Altos High School students Ryan Huang, from left, Michael Vronsky, Daniel Wang, Justin Yu and Joanne Yuan are headed to New York to compete in a national math competition final.

Los Altos High School seniors Joanne Yuan, Michael Vronsky, Justin Yu, Ryan Huang and Daniel Wang are headed to New York City April 30 as the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge finalists.

This year’s competition drew more than 4,175 juniors and seniors from around the country.

Blach musicians place first at National Festival of Gold

Courtesy of Brittany Gray
Katherine Healzer, center, plays Handel’s Harp Concerto along with other members of the Blach Intermediate School Orchesta over spring break at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the National Festival of Gold.

The Blach Intermediate School Orchestra won first place at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the National Festival of Gold.

Under the guidance of conductor Vincent Lewis, the orchestra played three pieces: Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat major, with soloist Katherine Healzer, center; Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, with soloists Carolyn Smith and Austin Wang; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 16 in C Major.

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