MVHS hosts swing dance fundraiser Saturday

A swing dance fundraiser for the Mountain View High School instrumental music program is scheduled 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The school’s jazz bands are set to perform big band music and jazz dance tunes. Free swing dance lessons will be offered before the music starts.

County project aims to alleviate local teacher housing problems

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Supervisor Joe Simitian last week aimed at developing teacher housing on county-owned land in Palo Alto.

The project is designed to reach beyond Palo Alto and include school districts in Los Altos and Mountain View, as well as the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Springer's older students help younger ones in the school's second-year Mentor Program

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mentor Trevi Noel, above in green shirt, watches a younger child play “Gaga Ball” at Springer School. Mentor Nicola Barcelona, right, helps second-grader Nora Pearl complete a handstand.

During the lunch hour at Springer School, the playground is dotted with the eye-catching neon-green T-shirts on fifth- and sixth-graders who guide younger children through various activities.

One of the sixth-graders, Nicola Barcelona, helped second-grader Nora Pearl learn how to do a handstand.

ALearn merges with SV Educational Foundation to provide college readiness programs

The Los Altos-founded nonprofit ALearn and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation are merging their efforts to offer math and college readiness programs to underserved students.

            Los Altos resident Kathryn Hanson, CEO and founder of ALearn, announced the merger in a Jan. 26 letter to supporters. The 10-year-old organization is a recipient of the Town Crier Holiday Fund.

            Hanson said the boards of both agencies approved the merger and are awaiting regulatory approvals.

            “This (merger) will create a new, stronger education nonprofit with the potential to drive even deeper impact in Silicon Valley and beyond,” Hanson said. “The missions and values of ALearn and Silicon Valley Education Foundation are aligned: both focus on preparing all students, especially those from underserved communities, to be college and career ready by supporting STEM education.”

            Collectively, ALearn and Silicon Valley Education Foundation serve more than 5,000 students and 52 school districts annually.

            Hanson said benefits of the merger include the ability to serve more students, elimination of program redundancies, increased scale and leverage to secure larger state and federal grants, and better focus on retaining quality programming.

            Both organizations’ core programs will continue to be offered. ALearn’s Catalyst to High School and Math Acceleration Program and Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Elevate mat program will run in parallel through the summer.

            According to Hanson, the merger is expected to be legally effective by mid-February, and the organization will operate under the name ALearn Silicon Valley Education Foundation – until the new board decides on a permanent name and branding.

            Following the merger, Manny Barbara, Silicon Valley Education Foundation interim CEO, will continue as interim CEO of the new organization until a new leader is hired. Hanson will continue to serve on the board and has been nominated as vice chairwoman of the new organization.

Members of Bullis robotics team invent Greymobile to save water

Courtesy of Tim Herby
Yomibots team members present their invention, the Greymobile, a bike that delivers recycled water to lawns. Pictured are, from left, Chase Omura, Nikash Gupta, Alex Zaretzki, Gabriel Ancajas and Sean Herby.

Water is a big part of our life; we use 80-100 gallons per day. Think of it as 28,800-36,000 gallons per year. Bottom line is, we use a lot of water. Not to mention that we have had way below average rainfall at the end of 2017 and in the beginning of 2018.

Conserving this precious resource is paramount. Luckily, the Yomibots – a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League robotics team – has been working on ways to save it by using greywater.

MV's Youth Drama For All launches new programs


Youth Drama For All, the Mountain View-based nonprofit theater group comprising students with disabilities, plans to launch two new programs this spring, using the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos grant it received. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time, with its first branch established in Los Altos in 1947.

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