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Mentor Tutor Connection hosts open house for new volunteers

Mentor Tutor Connection has scheduled an open house and lunch for potential volunteers noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The nonprofit organization needs mentors for students at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools and tutors for elementary and middle school students in Los Altos and Mountain View public schools.

Local grad wins PAMF scholarship

Los Altos High School graduate Jebgy Vargas was watching a soccer game with friends when he got the call that he was one of four students this year to receive a $25,000 scholarship from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

The scholarship, funded by foundation physicians and community donors, is awarded to a high school student bound for a four-year university with plans to become a doctor.

LAHS hosts gerrymandering lecture

Stanford University professor Jonathan Rodden is scheduled to discuss “Political Geography and Minority Rule” 7:30 p.m. today at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

“This lecture is unique, because it is intended for a high school audience to stimulate interest among students and get them talking and interested about the issue of voting rights,” said organizer Steve Matthews, a member of the National Voter Corps steering committee. “They play a very critical role in elections, and we want to increase participation from younger people in the voting process.”

MVLA board opens year by honoring newly tenured teachers

Courtesy of MVLA
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District honored newly certificated teachers and staff Aug. 21.

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house at last week’s meeting of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Board of Trustees.

Several seats at the Aug. 21 meeting – the first of the new school year – were reserved for the 19 teachers and other district staff who recently completed the two-year process of reviews and evaluations to become permanent, certificated staff.

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3-D printing brings science with a vision to local schools

Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier
Young campers at Olimpico Learning’s summer STEAM program show off their new eyeglass frames, hot off the three-dimensional presses.

As a large 3-D printer hummed away in the background, crafting name tags for an array of visitors from local schools and tech companies, the kids’ brainstorming was fast and furious: We could 3-D print a new fin for an injured dolphin! A shell for a turtle! A prosthetic leg for a puppy! A horn for a narwhal!

Thoughts roaming further, they considered how to help humans: a hand with articulated fingers; a cast for a broken arm; custom-fitted shoes that mold perfectly to the wearer’s feet.

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