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Schools Briefs

MVHS parents host dinner concert

The Mountain View High School Instrumental Music Parents Association has scheduled its third annual “Spaghetti and Strings” dinner concert 6-8:30 p.m. March 22 at Mountain View High School in the small gym, 3535 Truman Ave.

General admission will include a three-course Italian dinner catered by The Pasta Market at 6:30 p.m. Performances by orchestra ensemble students will follow at 7 p.m.

Pinewood students win drama recognition

Courtesy of iTheatrics
Pinewood students perform “Do You Love Me?” from “Fiddler on the Roof JR.”

Pinewood School’s Drama Club received recognition at the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival in Sacramento last month.

Kaanchana Parameswaran won the Freddie G Excellent Individual Performance by a Female award; Julian Gold was named to the Tech Theater All-Stars, a select group that worked side-by-side with seasoned professionals and served on the technical crew for the awards ceremony; and Michael Shtrom and Maryjane Osborne were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, which performed a song during the closing ceremony for the 1,500 festival attendees.

Mountain View High School students teach girls to code

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Samritha Nagesh, left, and Cathy Zhang, second from right, celebrate with graduates of CodeChic’s Scratch class – and one of their teachers – at Landels Elementary School in fall 2016.

Mountain View High School juniors Cathy Zhang and Samritha Nagesh are bringing computer science to local elementary schools with CodeChic.

The weekly afterschool program teaches young girls in Mountain View to code using programming languages such as Scratch and Python.

Gardner Bullis celebrates student authors

Photo Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Gardner Bullis School second-grader Jackie Chow, left, and kindergartner Soraya Kermani review Soraya’s ABCs book during the school’s BookQuest.

Students at Gardner Bullis School became published authors and saw their finished products for the first time at the school’s inaugural BookQuest March 2.

After learning of Almond School’s similar BookWave event last year, Gardner Bullis parents Anna Kermani and Elaine Wang were inspired to launch a program at their school.

Schools Briefs March 8 2017

Foothill talk focuses on search for life

UC Berkeley scientist Dan Werthimer is scheduled to discuss “Is Anyone Out There Among the Stars? The Hundred-Million-Dollar Breakthrough Listen Project” 7 p.m. March 15 at Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Part of the 17th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, the illustrated, nontechnical presentation will cover the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe. Werthimer will address whether researchers can detect radio, infrared or light signals from alien civilizations and whether current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100 million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project, may provide an answer.

Noteworthies March 8 2017

Blach seventh-grader receives music scholarship

Foothill Symphonic Winds recently honored Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Eligh Collier as recipient of the 2017 Nick Stumbaugh Memorial Music Award.

Eligh, who plays string bass, will receive a scholarship for 18 weeks of private lessons at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. Eligh’s name will be added to the plaque in the Blach band room commemorating Stumbaugh and the other students who have won the award.

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