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MVLA trustees amend intra-district transfers

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees Oct. 23 authorized an annual open enrollment period for intra-district transfer requests made by the parents/guardians of any student who resides within district boundaries.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the district will approve up to 78 intra-district transfers to Mountain View High School from Los Altos High School.

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Los Altos High seeks STEAM volunteers

Los Altos High School teachers are recruiting volunteers to participate in the new STEAM Academy, aimed at creating a pathway for students to engage in a four-year course of study in science, technology, engineering, arts and math that enables them to gain career technical experience and skills needed to be successful in college.

Teachers seek professionals from local industries, universities and the community to participate on an advisory board supporting the development and direction of the academy.

Quidditch takes off at Santa Rita


Courtesy of Pearl Garvin
A Santa Rita student speeds down the pitch – quaffle and broom in hand – to make a goal while beaters take aim with bludgers to try and stop him. Mountain View’s quidditch team, the Silicon Valley Skrewts, taught students to play the Harry Potter-inspired game Oct. 26.

Mountain View’s Silicon Valley Skrewts quidditch team – a sport inspired by the Harry Potter books – visited Santa Rita School last week to lead a lunchtime scrimmage in which every grade could participate.

“Traditionally, the fourth- through sixth-grade students play quidditch for PE class every year around Halloween time,” said Pearl Garvin, the PE teacher at Santa Rita.

Foothill College hosts astronomy talk on the search for new planets

Astrophysicist Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Kepler Project is scheduled to deliver an illustrated, nontechnical presentation, “A Planet for Goldilocks: Searching for Earth 2.0 Among the Stars,” 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies around the world. NASA’s Kepler Mission launched in 2009 with the objective of finding “Goldilocks” planets – “not too hot, not too cold” – orbiting other stars like the sun. Batalha will offer an overview of the science legacy of the Kepler Mission and other key planet discoveries and will preview what’s to come by highlighting the missions soon to launch and those on the drawing board.

Schools Briefs

LAHS seeks STEAM volunteers

Los Altos High School teachers are recruiting volunteers to participate in the new STEAM Academy, aimed at creating a pathway for students to engage in a four-year course of study in science, technology, engineering, art and math that enables them to gain career technical experience and skills needed to be successful in college.

Teachers seek professionals from local industries, universities and the community to participate on an advisory board supporting the development and direction of the academy.

LAHS Marching Band & Color Guard performs new competition show


Courtesy of LAHS Marching Band
The Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard performs its field show, “Vertigo,” Oct. 7 at Mountain View High.

The Los Altos High School Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled its annual Fall Finale on Nov. 4 at the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The band will perform its 2017 competition field show, “Vertigo,” at the event, a fundraiser for the Instrumental Music Boosters organization, with proceeds supporting all instrumental music programs at Los Altos High. The event, which begins at 2:15 p.m., will include a marketplace, silent auction and bake sale. After the band’s performance at 3 p.m., audience members will be invited to join the students on the field for a firsthand marching band and color guard experience.


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