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Bats and books help local kids beat the heat at the library

Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A Big Brown bat chows down on a mealworm snack beneath the bright lights of a magnifying video projector.

Outside, it may have been a sweltering California afternoon, but inside a darkened room at the Los Altos main library last week, local kids gave their rapt attention to a softer, muted scene.

In serene nighttime sepia tones, a slow-motion video showed a bat curving its body balletically as it hunted a moth, quietly chittering. The packed room of parents and kids, from toddlers in laps to older elementary students, oohed and aahed at the animal’s graceful flight, and a chorus of disappointed groans filled the room when the bat’s prey escaped.


Qi Xiao of Los Altos earned a master’s degree in computer science from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

LAEF begins search for new executive director

The Los Altos Educational Foundation recently launched its search for a new executive director, replacing Amy Peabody, who stepped down at the end of the 2016-2017 school year after three years in the role.

According to Laura Teksler, chairwoman of the Transition Committee, LAEF is seeking a collaborative leader and self-directed manager who will bring to the organization enthusiasm and experience as a relationship builder, volunteer leader and strategic thinker.

County names local educators Teachers of the Year

Courtesy of Cynthia Greaves
The Santa Clara County Office of Education honors Betty Yamasaki – left, with Los Altos High principal Wynne Satterwhite – at last month’s Teacher Appreciation breakfast.

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has named two Los Altos educators, selected by their districts, as 2017 Teachers of the Year.

Diane Wharton of the Los Altos School District and Betty Yamasaki of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District will be among those honored at the 48th annual Teacher Recognition Celebration Sept. 14 in Campbell.

CSMA presents 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

Courtesy of CSMA
Chin-Fei Chan and Meng-Hua Lin, both faculty at the Community School of Music and Arts, are set to perform an evening of music written for flute and piano.

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a concert, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Featuring Chin-Fei Chan on the flute and Meng-Hua Lin on piano, the evening’s program will include “Fantaisie” by French composer Philippe Gaubert and “Fantasia” by Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao.

Schools Briefs

MVLA Foundation breaks fundraising record

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation raised nearly $1.6 million for local schools this year, the largest grant in the foundation’s 35-year history.

Funds raised go to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, where past MVLA grants have been used to reduce class sizes and fund Tutorial Centers, Innovative Learning grants, the AVID college readiness program for underserved students, wellness initiatives and enhancements to the College and Career Centers.

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