Krause Center sponsors tech training for women

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Clelia Villalta is studying computer science at Foothill College and works in the Krause Center for Innovation’s makerspace on the side. She said her favorite machine is the Carvey, which carves 3-D shapes based on a computer program.

Women will flood Foothill College’s Krause Center for Innovation this month for the center’s first makerspace coordinator certification program.

A makerspace is a place to make something new, a place to be an inventor. But the center’s Innovator in Residence Lisa DeLapo noticed that the people running makerspaces usually all look the same.

LASD's new camp aims to improve reading skills for kids who fell behind during the school year

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Teacher Vanessa Jordan works with two students on reading instruction. The Los Altos School District’s new Challenger Camp aims to reduce the summer slide.

The Los Altos School District’s new Challenger Camp comes to a close this week, and the eight-week program to help children improve their reading skills has been a success.

LASD's 10th site acquisition rolls forward

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The Los Altos School District is in the process of acquiring a 10th site, located in The Village at San Antonio Center.

The Los Altos School District is aiming to finalize its acquisition of land for a 10th campus – contracts signed – by the end of 2018, according to Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services.

The district targeted the site at the corner of California Street and Showers Drive in The Village at San Antonio Center in June for purchase.

Money isn't happiness

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Allyson Levy, rising sophomore at Pinewood School, volunteered at a school in Ecuador this summer.

Here we are. The heart of Silicon Valley. A city run on money. We live in our $3 million houses and drive our Teslas. However, there is a question we have to ask ourselves: Does money make us happy?

This summer I traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador, on a mission trip. I volunteered at a school, St. Vincent de Paul, which is in a very rough part of town. The students have different backgrounds and home lives yet have one thing in common: School is a getaway, a safe place, a sanctuary. A sanctuary protected like a fortress, with tall concrete walls and barbed-wire fences. It looks dark on the outside, but on the inside, the walls are painted with an assortment of colors, and kids are running around with big smiles from ear to ear. I spent five days teaching kids how to make art. It was an amazing experience resulting in a major takeaway: how happy they are.

Schools Briefs for the week of Aug. 1

LAHS issues call for volunteers

The Los Altos High School Parent, Teacher and Student Association seeks volunteers for the week of Aug. 13.

Two-hour shifts are available throughout the week to help with textbook and laptop distribution, freshmen orientation day and the staff appreciation breakfast, among other activities.

High schoolers at LA History Museum celebrate Briones

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Volunteer John Grafton, left, hacks dried grass with a machete as Perlita Dicochea, co-curator of the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming Juana Briones exhibition, watches.

Adobe-brick making, medicinal-herb planting, archival research and videography were all tools of the trade for the 22 high schoolers who created exhibits for the Los Altos History Museum.

The museum this month hosted a two-week workshop during which the students, including several from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools, learned about Juana Briones and developed displays that tell the story of her life. Their work will be featured in the exhibition “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” scheduled to open Oct. 18 and run through April 20.

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