'LIKE' film explores impact of social media

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents two screenings of "LIKE," an IndieFlix original film, scheduled 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 30) at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.

"'LIKE' explores the impact of social media on people's lives," according to a statement promoting the film. "By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives, and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.  The goal of this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate their use of technology. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other."

To register for this free event, visit  https://mvla2018-19-like.eventbrite.com.

Following each screening, therapists from the Community Health Awareness Council will be available to share resources and to answer individual and small group questions.

The screenings are sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

BCS board backs agreement to occupy Egan site

The Bullis Charter School Board of Directors (BCS) unanimously voted April 22 in favor of a proposed 10-year agreement that would place the charter school exclusively at the Egan Junior High School campus at Portola Avenue and San Antonio Road in Los Altos.

The agreement essentially moves the Egan student body to a newly built 9.6-acre campus in the San Antonio neighborhood of Mountain View, north of El Camino Real.

In the agreement, yet to ratified by the Los Altos School District (LASD) Board of Trustees, the K-8 BCS would occupy 16 of the 18.8-acre Egan campus, with the remaining 2.8 acres set aside for teacher housing. The deal caps BCS enrollment at 1,111 students. 

The transition would take place no sooner than 2023. The new Mountain View campus is projected to open during the 2023-24 school year at the earliest. 

"Until the new Egan Junior High is constructed, Bullis Charter School would stay at its current locations at Egan Junior High and Black Intermediate, and would not expand to ... any additional LASD campuses," according to an April 3 statement by the school district.

"Over the past year, members of both BCS and LASD's boards have worked together to identify a facilities solution that benefits our students, our schools, and our community," according to a statement issued from the charter school board. "We've heard the repeated calls for a long-term agreement between BCS and LASD, and we believe that this proposed facilities agreement will provide 10 years of peace that our community wants and needs. 

"The agreement reached represents an examination of all available options and a solution that best fits everyone's needs. No agreement will be perfect, and compromises have been made on all sides. BCS voted for this agreement feeling confident that it was the best option, and we hope the LASD board agrees."

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposed agreement at their Monday (April 29) board meeting.

Look for additional coverage in the online and print editions of the Town Crier.

LAHS students refurbish laptops to help students in need access tech

Courtesy of Lucy Lee
EqOpTech held a laptop refurbishing workshop at the Bay Club. Pictured, from left, are Eric Che, Kevin Gao, Daniel Lim, Nate Latif, Trevor Smith and Cedric Chan.

I’ve always wondered how people live without technology. How could I do my homework or study or organize events with my friends? In my life, technology is a necessity.

In fifth grade, I met a classmate who did not have access to a computer. He was assigned to our group to work on a Prezi presentation. My group would have daily Skype meetings at 7 p.m. to discuss the project and fine-tune the details, but he never joined us. He missed a big part of the discussion and couldn’t complete the project because he didn’t have a computer.


Courtesy of Santa Clara County Office of Education
Covington School student Kai Etkin’s drawing “Goal!” won a countywide competition.

Local college students make OSU honor roll

Five local students made the winter-term scholastic honor roll at Oregon State University.

• Adrien L. Costa, a junior from Los Altos who majors in psychology, earned a 4.0 GPA.

Schools Briefs

Local students perform at MVHS jazz festival

Music students from local schools are scheduled to perform at the annual Mountain View High School Jazz Festival 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the campus quad, 3535 Truman Ave.

Students from Mountain View High, Los Altos High, Graham Middle School, Blach Intermediate School and more will play. Guest artist John Worley will be featured at the festival.

Best-selling author Choo tells her story at Los Altos High School's Writers Week

James Cham/Special To The Town Crier
Yangsze Choo spoke at Los Altos High’s Writers Week about her 2019 novel “The Night Tiger.”

Without the push from her husband, Yangsze Choo may not have become the successful author she is today.

“My husband is actually the reason why my books are in the public,” Choo told an English class during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week in March. “He sent my novel out to a couple of friends without me even knowing, and I was sent messages to publish my story. I was very surprised. I did not expect so many people to connect with my novel.”

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