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Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade


Photo by Jim Zumsteg/ Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High’s marching band performs at the Rose Parade Jan. 1.

The 216 members of the Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band had a 3:30 a.m. wake-up call for the Jan. 1 Rose Parade, but they were up even earlier. They had to evacuate their Pasadena hotel three times for false fire alarms the night before.

The sleep-deprived band members were too excited to feel tired as they departed at 6:15 a.m. for the staging areas of the parade, according to Connor Chow, a freshman who is part of the drum line.

MV's wellness week promotes stress relief


Photos Courtesy of Laura Norris
Students at Mountain View High School make bubbles to relieve stress before finals last month.

The Spartans PAUSE program at Mountain View High School features a week of activities aimed at helping students de-stress before finals. Before the recent holiday break, the school promoted a different theme each day of the biannual wellness week.

During the week, parent volunteers arrived on campus early each morning to greet students and pass out nutritious snacks as they headed to class. At lunch, students participated in a variety of stress-relieving activities.

Student raises funds for no-kill shelter


Courtesy of Mckayla Kao
Bullis Charter School fifth-grader Mckayla Kao hopes to raise $1,000 for Pets In Need.

Mckayla Kao, a fifth-grader at Bullis Charter School, has a goal of raising $1,000 for the no-kill animal shelter Pets In Need in Redwood City.

A no-kill shelter doesn’t kill the animals it takes in unless they pose a threat to public health, Mckayla said.

Los Altos High launches inaugural intersession


Photos by Crystal Tai/Town Crier
Los Altos High students participate in a premed workshop during last week’s intersession, performing surgery on raw chicken.

A group of students performed surgery on poultry as part of Los Altos High School’s intersession, a series of workshops held last week.

The intersession ran Wednesday through Friday. It not only informed students of classes available at the school, but also went beyond the regular curriculum, including workshops that gave students hands-on experience in various fields – like medicine. Students in the premed workshop learned about surgery by incising and suturing a piece of raw chicken.

LAHS computer club receives grant & raises funds


Courtesy of Alice Lee
Computer Engineers of the Next Generation President Anyka Chan, from left, Monta Loma Elementary School PTA President Shanna Bengston, Monta Loma Principal Gloria Higgins and CENG Co-President Daniel Lim celebrate the donation of two new Chromebooks purchased with funds the Los Altos High club raised.

Los Altos High School’s Computer Engineers of the Next Generation club received a community impact grant of $1,000 in December from AI4ALL, a nonprofit group whose mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence.

AI4ALL gave CENG the grant for offering a variety of coding courses and impacting traditionally underrepresented students, according to Nicole Halmi, project manager at AI4ALL.

Schools Briefs: Transfer deadline, volunteers sought

MVLA extends deadline for transfers

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has extended the deadline for applying for an intra-district transfer from Los Altos High to Mountain View High for the 2018-2019 school year to 4 p.m. Monday.

The open enrollment transfer capacity for intra-district transfers at Mountain View High will be no more than 78 students. No intra-district transfers will be accepted for students requesting to transfer from Mountain View High to Los Altos High at this point, according to district officials.


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