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Schools Briefs March 29

Courtesy of Carla Razura
St. Nicholas Catholic School students are slated to perform in “Willy Wonka Jr.,” based on the work of children’s author Roald Dahl. Actors include, from left, Rayne Ryan (Willy Wonka), Danielle McDermott (Oompa Loompa), Caroline Koltek (Charlie Bucket) and John Frazier (Grandpa Joe).

St. Nicholas presents ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’

St. Nicholas Catholic School is scheduled to present “Willy Wonka Jr.” 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the school, 12816 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Students in grades 4-8 stage a spring musical every year. Meg Fischer-Venuti, St. Nicholas drama coach and director at Peninsula Youth Theatre, directs the production.

MVHS band to perform in London New Year's parade

Students in Mountain View High School’s Instrumental Music program have been invited to perform in the 2019 New Year’s Day parade and festival in London.

In a ceremony at the school March 25, the Lord Mayor of Westminster Steve Summers formally invited the Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard to participate in the parade, and the Wind Ensemble to perform in one of the festival’s concerts.

LAHS robotics team wins regionals, advances

Photos by Vadim Kutsyy/Special to the Town Crier
Members of Team 114 Eagle Strike from Los Altos High, above, celebrate after winning last month’s Ventura Regional FIRST robotics competition. The team, below, wheels its student-built robot into the competition area.

Los Altos High School’s robotics team, Team 114 Eagle Strike, celebrated a first-place finish at the Ventura Regional FIRST robotics competition last month and will advance to the national championships in Houston, scheduled April 19-22.

The Los Altos High competitors pitted their student-built robot against 42 other high school teams from across the globe in the steampunk-themed challenge. The nearly 120-pound robot, which took them six weeks to build, program and test, crossed obstacles, climbed a rope and catapulted balls across the competition pit to win.

Nonprofit teaches tech skills, fights inequity

Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier
Egan Junior High student volunteers refurbish old MacBooks at last week’s EqOpTech workshop.

Where some might have seen a pile of refuse, Terence Lee saw a treasure trove – and an opportunity to help others.

When Lee, a Los Altos High junior, learned that the Los Altos School District owned a collection of first- and second-generation MacBooks too old for the district to maintain, he started thinking.

Local student artists selected for museum exhibition

Artwork Courtesy of Madeleine Crow
Winning works in the “Art Now” exhibition include digital art by Mountain View High student Estelle De Zan, “No Ideas Too Wild or Dreams Too Big,” above.

The artwork of students from five local high schools has been selected for display in the sixth annual “Art Now” exhibition at New Museum Los Gatos. Their works will be on display Thursday through April 16.

A jury comprising art professionals from UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State University and Santa Clara University selected the winning artworks. The competition, open to all high school students in Santa Clara County, received 849 entries in 2016. This year’s entrants created work responding to the theme of “Choices.”

Schools Briefs: March 29 2017

Nonprofit group seeks laptops for students

EqOpTech, founded by Los Altos High School junior Terence Lee, seeks donations of functioning laptops (Windows or Mac) with appropriate power adapters for students in need at Almond School.

The nonprofit EqOpTech works to connect students with limited technology access to the resources they need to do schoolwork at home.

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