MVLA board honors longtime trustee

Courtesy of MVLA
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian honors outgoing Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Trustee Susan Sweeley at the Nov. 21 MVLA board meeting.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees honored one of its own last week.

Susan Sweeley, who has served on the board for 16 years, plans to step down after Monday’s board meeting.

Local student competes against six for top science honors

Courtesy of Manan Shah
Manan Shah, Los Altos resident and senior at The Harker School, discusses his research at a Bay Area conference.

Los Altos resident Manan Shah, a senior at The Harker School, is scheduled to compete against six other students with individual science research projects for scholarship money from $10,000 to $100,000 this weekend.

Shah recently earned top individual honors in the Siemens Competition for the region, taking home a $3,000 scholarship for developing a computational model aimed at helping pathologists more rapidly and accurately assess the severity of breast cancer tumor growth and spread. He advanced to the national competition at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

MVHS welcomes teacher back after controversy


Many in the Spartans community are still upset after a Mountain View High School teacher was placed on paid administrative leave soon after the U.S. election, only to return to the classroom the next school day.

Frank Navarro, longtime Mountain View High history teacher, was suspended the afternoon of Nov. 10 while the high school investigated allegations of inappropriate behavior in class, including Navarro’s comparison of President-elect Donald Trump with Adolf Hitler. Navarro returned to the classroom Nov. 14, after the Veterans Day holiday and the weekend.

Schools Briefs

Nonprofit group seeks laptops for Egan students

Los Altos High School junior Terence Lee seeks donations of functioning laptops (Windows or Mac platform) with appropriate power adapters for students in need at Egan Junior High School.

Student seeks donations to save elephants

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Gardner Bullis School fifth-grader Uma Chirotarrab, above with a donation last year, is setting up shop downtown today to raise money for the Tusk Foundation to help preserve her favorite animal.

Uma Chirotarrab, a fifth-grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills, has loved elephants her entire life.

Her passion goes beyond collecting stuffed animals – Uma wants to protect and preserve the majestic creatures.

Schools Briefs

Kelly Sargent/ Special to the Town Crier
Woodside Priory students are slated to perform a modern-day version of William Shakepeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Several Los Altos students are featured in the cast.

LAHS marching band hosts community performance

Capping off a rigorous marching band season, the Los Altos High School Instrumental Music Boosters is scheduled to host the annual Fall Finale Saturday.

The Fall Finale is a celebration of the marching band season for students and staff, and a fundraising event for the Instrumental Music Boosters. The event includes a silent auction, holiday plant sale and baked-goods sale. The Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard will perform its 2016 competition show for the community. After the performance, audience members will be invited to join students on the field for a firsthand marching band and color guard experience.

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