Homestead High band to perform Thursday for young patients on way to Rose Parade

Courtesy of Jim Zumsteg
The Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band rehearses Dec. 9 for its appearance at the Rose Parade in Pasadena Jan. 1. On the way to Pasadena, the band plans to perform at a children’s hospital.

The Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band will do more in Southern California than perform in the 2018 Rose Parade.

The band plans to leave for Pasadena Thursday and make a stop to entertain patients at Shriners for Children Medical Center.

LAHS students advance in Siemens competition

Los Altos High School students Arthi Vaidyanathan and Justin Yu advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Siemens Competition.

Vaidyanathan’s project, “Mining for Galaxy Properties with MaNGA,” explores the evolution of galaxies by analyzing their characteristics and determining any trends. The project used data collected by Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory (MaNGA) to analyze approximately 4,000 galaxies.

Schools Briefs: MVLA transfers and Foothill workplace honor

MVLA extends deadline for transfers

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has extended the deadline to 4 p.m. Jan. 8 to apply for an intra-district transfer from Los Altos High to Mountain View High for the 2018-2019 school year.

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.

St. Simon students fill holiday grocery bags for families in need

Courtesy of Sally Prout
St. Simon students gather in the school’s gym to assemble holiday grocery bags.

More than 500 students from St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos assembled holiday grocery bags Nov. 29 that will be distributed to families in need as part of a schoolwide service project.

First- through eighth-graders decorated the bags with Santa Claus faces and Christmas trees before stuffing them with holiday cards, nonperishable food and seasonal treats.

KCI keeps students, teachers tech-savvy with Makerspace

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Krause Center for Innovation supporters marking the Dec. 2 Undergound Makerspace opening include, from left, Martha Rubin, administrative assistant; Kyle Brumbaugh, director of the Professional Learning Network; Lisa DeLapo, innovator in residence; Clelia Villalta, student assistant; Elisabeth Sylvan, KCI maker in residence; County Supervisor Joe Simitian; Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen; and KCI Director Gay Krause.

Staff at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College held a Dec. 2 ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony for the new Underground Makerspace, which will serve K-14 teachers and students by providing hands-on learning programs using the latest technology.

“We had over 100 people visit the KCI Underground,” said KCI Executive Director Gay Krause of opening day. “Visitors created LED flashlights, paper circuit holiday cards and gift boxes using materials cut with our Cricut Maker. Additionally, we had three Dremel 3-D printers running, along with the new laser cutter, which created acrylic cut and etched keychains commemorating the event.”

MVLA principals present annual reviews to district board

Sharing the findings of data collected this year, the principals of Los Altos and Mountain View high schools presented their annual review Dec. 4 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Los Altos High Principal Wynne Satterwhite and Mountain View High Principal David Grissom brought their administrative teams with them for the nearly one-hour presentation.

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