LAHS computer club receives grant & raises funds

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Computer Engineers of the Next Generation President Anyka Chan, from left, Monta Loma Elementary School PTA President Shanna Bengston, Monta Loma Principal Gloria Higgins and CENG Co-President Daniel Lim celebrate the donation of two new Chromebooks purchased with funds the Los Altos High club raised.

Los Altos High School’s Computer Engineers of the Next Generation club received a community impact grant of $1,000 in December from AI4ALL, a nonprofit group whose mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence.

AI4ALL gave CENG the grant for offering a variety of coding courses and impacting traditionally underrepresented students, according to Nicole Halmi, project manager at AI4ALL.

Schools Briefs: Transfer deadline, volunteers sought

MVLA extends deadline for transfers

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has extended the deadline for applying for an intra-district transfer from Los Altos High to Mountain View High for the 2018-2019 school year to 4 p.m. Monday.

The open enrollment transfer capacity for intra-district transfers at Mountain View High will be no more than 78 students. No intra-district transfers will be accepted for students requesting to transfer from Mountain View High to Los Altos High at this point, according to district officials.

LAH teen offers free coding classes for all

Angeline Chen wanted to learn about computer programming, but the Los Altos Hills resident didn’t know where to start.

Language ambassadors serve new immigrants at Santa Rita School

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Blaine Dzwonczyk, right, Santa Rita School’s English Learner program specialist, holds a lottery during a recent lunchtime meeting of the language ambassador program.

Santa Rita School has a culturally diverse student body, with 32 languages spoken on campus. Newcomers who are not yet fluent in English can seek help through the school’s language ambassador program, which had an all-member meeting right before the winter break.

A so-called language ambassador at Santa Rita is a bilingual student who can serve as an interpreter between a new immigrant or foreign visitor and an English speaker who doesn’t know that language. The school currently has 75 language ambassadors, all fourth- through sixth-graders, who cover a total of 20 languages, according to Blaine Dzwonczyk, the school’s English Learner program specialist.

Bullis Charter students hit a high note

Courtesy of Kenny CHung
Bullis Charter School students sing at the Winter Choral Concert at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.


Bullis Charter School students in grades K-8 and across five different choir ensembles performed at various concerts and festivals over the holiday season.

The fourth- and fifth-grade advanced choir, Sonore, performed John Williams’ “Somewhere in My Memory” at the downtown Los Altos Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 1. The following week, 270 students from the school’s elective choirs sang at the Winter Choral Concert at  First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. In addition to Sonore, Treble Voices (first- through third-graders), G Clef (fourth- and fifth-graders), Cambiata (sixth- through eighth-graders) and Melodia (the sixth- through eighth-grade advanced choir) performed a variety of winter choral music with the theme “What Sweeter Music.”

Flu fighters: LASD nurse offers tip to avoid virus

Flu season is in full swing, and with it comes runny noses, fevers and sore throats. But for many school-aged children, it also means missing out on school and possibly falling behind.

To learn more about keeping children healthy and in school and off the couch, the Town Crier reached out to Monica Sidher, R.N., Los Altos School District nurse and health supervisor. Sidher offered the following tips for staying in top shape, as well as for knowing when it’s time to keep a child home from school.

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