Student wins national essay contest

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Ishana Wokhlu reads her award-winning essay to more than 3,000 people in Washington, D.C., earlier this summer.

After reading her award-winning essay in front of 3,000 people early this summer in Washington, D.C., Ishana Wokhlu said she has “grown more confident.”

“I am still in shock. I feel very honored to have received such a prestigious award from this wonderful organization,” Ishana said. “I was a little nervous to read my essay in front of such a large group of people, but everyone there was so kind and supportive.”

Construction to cause traffic troubles

The horseshoe in front of Homestead High School is one location where parents can drop off their students. However, the staff parking lot is now closed to the public due to construction.

Monday marks the start of a new school year at Homestead High School, and with it, a sharp increase in morning traffic on and near the campus. This year, drop-offs are expected to be even more difficult than usual, as the staff parking lot – one of three school-sanctioned drop-off locations – will be closed to the public because of construction.

To accommodate the change, Homestead’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) committee – through a flier handed out at orientation last week – recommends parents drop off students at the Valley Church parking lot, located a few blocks from school at the intersection of Homestead and North Stelling roads in Cupertino.

Berman addresses student homelessness at Foothill-De Anza board meeting

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Assemblyman Marc Berman, with microphone, fields questions from residents about his proposed legislation to combat student homelessness, AB 302, at a July 16 Los Altos Hills Town Hall meeting. On Monday, Berman attended the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board meeting to speak about the bill.

State Assemblyman Marc Berman attended Monday’s Foothill-De Anza Community College District board meeting to discuss Assembly Bill 302, legislation he authored that would require community colleges to allow homeless students sleep in their cars overnight on campus. 

Schools Briefs

LA Police Department runs school supply drive

The Los Altos Police Department is slated to host its inaugural “Pack the Patrol Car” event Aug. 14 on the Downtown Green, located on Third Street between Main and State streets in Los Altos.

As the school year approaches, the department will collect new school supplies for low-income kindergarten through eighth-grade students. The Los Altos School District will identify students in need and take the lead in distributing donated supplies.

SFHS grads receive SCU's Humanitarian Award for designing bike-powered purification system

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A local resident in Patzun, Guatemala, tests out the Pedal 4 Purification, a device designed by a team including former St. Francis High graduates.

Since he was young, St. Francis High School graduate Matt LoGrasso said he enjoyed math and science, and decided he wanted to pursue a career in engineering.

His friend Jonathan Keyes, another St. Francis alumnus, said he wasn’t always so sure of his career path and was initially interested in other fields of study. However, after attending an engineering fair, Keyes said he was convinced that pursuing engineering would give him the tools he needed “to help make a change in this world.”

CUSD parcel tax headed to November ballot

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In November, Voters will get to weigh in on a $125 parcel tax that would benefit the Cupertino Union School District. The tax would raise $4.3 million annually for five years.

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees voted last week to place a parcel tax on the November ballot, aiming to help alleviate a tight budget.

The $125 tax would raise approximately $4.3 million annually for five years and would take effect July 1, 2020. The measure needs two-thirds approval from voters to pass.

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