Schools Briefs

MVHS parents host dinner concert

The Mountain View High School Instrumental Music Parents Association has scheduled its third annual “Spaghetti and Strings” dinner concert 6-8:30 p.m. March 22 at Mountain View High School in the small gym, 3535 Truman Ave.

General admission will include a three-course Italian dinner catered by The Pasta Market at 6:30 p.m. Performances by orchestra ensemble students will follow at 7 p.m.

Work begins on Foothill-De Anza Community District offices


Courtesy of Alten Construction
The new Foothill-De Anza Community College District office building on the Foothill College campus will house 70 district administration employees and feature a single-story, connected elliptical boardroom.

Construction recently broke ground on the Foothill College campus for a new two-story office building for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Designed by Ratcliff Architects, the 24,000-square-foot facility will house office space for approximately 70 district administration employees, including the chancellor of the college district and employees in human resources, business services, purchasing and the district’s charitable foundation.

LAHS students teach coding to elementary students


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Los Altos High junior Anyka Chan, center, helps fifth-graders at Santa Rita School during a Computer Engineers of the Next Generation after-school class last week. The organization, run by Los Altos High students, provides free computer science courses in local schools.

With the goal to offer free computer science courses to kids at a young age, a group of Los Altos High School students launched Computer Engineers of the Next Generation.

The group of nine students offers the after-school classes to local fifth-graders with the aim of creating a diverse workforce of computer engineers for the next generation.

Noteworthies March 8 2017

Blach seventh-grader receives music scholarship

Foothill Symphonic Winds recently honored Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Eligh Collier as recipient of the 2017 Nick Stumbaugh Memorial Music Award.

Eligh, who plays string bass, will receive a scholarship for 18 weeks of private lessons at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. Eligh’s name will be added to the plaque in the Blach band room commemorating Stumbaugh and the other students who have won the award.

Schools Briefs March 8 2017

Foothill talk focuses on search for life

UC Berkeley scientist Dan Werthimer is scheduled to discuss “Is Anyone Out There Among the Stars? The Hundred-Million-Dollar Breakthrough Listen Project” 7 p.m. March 15 at Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Part of the 17th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, the illustrated, nontechnical presentation will cover the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe. Werthimer will address whether researchers can detect radio, infrared or light signals from alien civilizations and whether current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100 million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project, may provide an answer.

STEM star: Los Altos teen wins national computing award


Courtesy of Sally Li
Menlo School senior Lauren Yang, left, works on her school’s Botball robotics team, which she founded when she was a freshman. The Los Altos resident recently received national recognition for excelling in computer science.

When Lauren Yang submitted her application for a national award honoring high school girls who excel in computer science, the Los Altos resident said she “had no expectations whatsoever.”

So months later, when she received a congratulatory email, Yang was ecstatic.


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