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Mentor Tutor Connection welcomes new hires

Los Altos moms Ann Wolff and Christy Flahavan have dedicated much of their time to helping students. Now they are furthering their involvement with the educational system by working for Mentor Tutor Connection, a local nonprofit organization that supports area schools.

Local students to share tech camp, leadership experiences at AAUW kickoff meeting

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to kick off its membership year with a meeting focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math 3 p.m. Sunday at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Local middle school girls who attended the Grace Hopper Science Camp at Stanford University this summer – on scholarships provided by AAUW and the Los Altos Rotary and Kiwanis clubs – will discuss what they learned at camp.

BCS middle school hosts Back to School Night

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Bullis Charter School parents participate in hands-on activities at Back to School Night.

Bullis Charter School parents who attended the middle school Back to School Night Sept. 5 participated in a new format designed to engage them as partners in their students’ learning.

Teachers Ted Grinewich-Yonashiro, Alli Kustin and Liem Tran-Zwijsen worked through the summer to reimagine the event, which provided a hands-on learning experience for parents. According to Grinewich-Yonashiro, their goals were “to give the parents an opportunity to experience some of the unique activities that their children engage in on a typical day at BCS, develop a way to make the information presented at Back to School Night available to parents throughout the year and make sure the night highlighted what is special about the BCS middle school.”

LASD trustees schedule office hours

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees has scheduled open office hours 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market on State Street and noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

One trustee will be available at each session to answer questions, receive input and discuss topics of interest to district residents.

Politics as sport: Fight night, every night

I’m not a boxing fan by any stretch of the imagination, but in the last month, I watched hours of advertisements for the money-grabbing pay-per-view showdown between champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA fighter Conor McGregor.

Every time I was forced to sit through another one of these ads as I waited to watch the next episode of my comedy-drama, I had a strange sense of deja vu. I tried to put my finger on it, and eventually I realized that the familiarity I felt while watching these ads came from watching the CNN advertisements for election night last fall.

Los Altos teen earns $25,000 scholarship

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Manan Shah of Los Altos enters Stanford University this month, with plans to study computer science and mathematics.

Los Altos resident Manan Shah had to read the email twice before he believed that it was true: His research project on breast cancer earned him a $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship.

The scholarship is sponsored by the nonprofit Davidson Institute, whose mission is “to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference,” according to the organization’s website.

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