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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.

LAEF hosts informational coffee Tuesday

The Los Altos Educational Foundation has scheduled an informational coffee meeting 8:45 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) in the Los Altos School District Office Board Room, 201 Covington Ave.

Participants will learn about the foundation and how volunteering a few hours a month could impact education in the district.
LAEF board members, district leaders and district Superintendent Jeff Baier will discuss the partnership between the district and LAEF and the curricula students are being taught.

LAEF seeks volunteers for either a one-time project or throughout the year, including help with social media, marketing, videos, events, office support, school site representation and identifying future board members.

The nonprofit LAEF raises funds to provide staff and programs at all district campuses.

For more information, visit laefonline.net.

Parents air concerns about 10th school site & intermediate-school English curriculum


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The Los Altos School District has targeted the Old Mill/Safeway property, which includes an office building, above, for a 10th school site. The property owners aren’t willing to sell, however.

Fifteen residents and an attorney spoke at the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 8, primarily expressing their opinions on the prospect of the district invoking eminent domain to acquire property for a 10th school site.

MVLA welcomes new associate superintendent, postpones Facilities Master Plan vote two weeks

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Leyla Benson as associate superintendent for personnel at its Jan. 8 meeting. Benson will begin in her new role Monday.

As associate superintendent, Benson will administer personnel responsibilities including the recruitment, selection, hiring and orientation of all new staff, and will ensure that the district conforms to its policies, relevant laws, contracts and agreements. She also will advise Superintendent Jeff Harding, district administrators, managers, principals and assistant principals on personnel-related matters.

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LASD trustees hold office hours

Los Altos School District trustees Jessica Speiser and Bryan Johnson have scheduled office hours to answer questions and listen to parents’ concerns.

Speiser’s office hours are slated 9-11 a.m. Feb. 14, March 8 and April 4 at Starbucks at Rancho Shopping Center, 654 Fremont Ave., Los Altos.

LAHS students host parent tech workshop

TechBridgers, a Los Altos High School student club, hosted a parent technology workshop at Monta Loma Elementary School in Mountain View before the holiday break.

The high school students had previously taught coding at Monta Loma as members of another club, Computer Engineers of the Next Generation. Club members said they realized that many of the elementary school students’ parents didn’t know how to use email and were unable to keep up with school updates online. That led the students to form TechBridgers and sponsor the smartphone and communications workshop for the parents.


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