Schools Briefs February 15 2017

Foothill College hosts astronomy lecture

Astronomer Chris Impey is scheduled to discuss “Beyond: Our Future in Space” 7 p.m. today in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Part of the 17th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Impey’s illustrated, nontechnical talk will review the history and landmarks of the international space program, give a snapshot of the current situation and plot the trajectory of the future of space travel.

Harp playing resonates with MVHS student

Courtesy of Jason Kneebone
Mountain View High School sophomore Danielle Nam has been playing the harp since she was 6 years old.

After short stints playing the violin and piano, Los Altos resident Danielle Nam found the ideal instrument at age 6 – the harp.

The Mountain View High School sophomore said what makes the harp so special to her is the “relative physicality of it.”

Los Altos High Water by Youth club hosts 'Gallon Gala'

Courtesy of Lia Evard
The Water by Youth club at Los Altos High School sponsors the “5 Gallon Gala” to raise money for the nonprofit Charity: Water, which aims to provide clean-water solutions to the developing world.

Supporting their mission to raise money and awareness of the world’s water crisis, members of Los Altos High School’s Water by Youth have scheduled their second “5 Gallon Gala” 7-10 p.m. March 11 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge.

Water by Youth encourages students to fundraise in support of efforts aimed at bringing clean water to Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. To date, the group has raised more than $31,000 and contributed to the construction of six wells in Uganda, Malawi and Rwanda.

Bullis Charter welcomes new principal

Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Cynthia Brictson, new Bullis Charter School principal, greets a student at the start of school earlier this month.

Bullis Charter School recently hired Cynthia Brictson as its new principal/director of instructional services.

She replaces Jocelyn Lee, who resigned to become director of the Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool, which her children attend.

CSMA hosts student art show in MV

Courtesy of CSMA
Montclaire Elementary School students – from left, Petros K., Libby F., Tyler L., Mabel T. and Thalia O. – display their Arts4All creations featured in the CSMA show in Mountain View this month.

The Community School of Music and Arts and the city of Mountain recently unveiled a new exhibition – “A Line Runs Through It!” – featuring artwork created by faculty and students in CSMA’s Art4Schools program in local elementary and middle schools.

The display is scheduled to run through Feb. 28 in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St. City hall hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Schools Briefs February 8 2017

Loyola K-Kids launch eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, is collecting eyeglasses for its annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. Students hope to collect more than 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses during this year’s campaign.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses each year with help from the public and local storeowners, who offer space for collection buckets.

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