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LAHS students teach coding to elementary students


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High junior Anyka Chan, center, helps fifth-graders at Santa Rita School during a Computer Engineers of the Next Generation after-school class last week. The organization, run by Los Altos High students, provides free computer science courses in local schools.

With the goal to offer free computer science courses to kids at a young age, a group of Los Altos High School students launched Computer Engineers of the Next Generation.

The group of nine students offers the after-school classes to local fifth-graders with the aim of creating a diverse workforce of computer engineers for the next generation.

Work begins on Foothill-De Anza Community District offices


Courtesy of Alten Construction
The new Foothill-De Anza Community College District office building on the Foothill College campus will house 70 district administration employees and feature a single-story, connected elliptical boardroom.

Construction recently broke ground on the Foothill College campus for a new two-story office building for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Designed by Ratcliff Architects, the 24,000-square-foot facility will house office space for approximately 70 district administration employees, including the chancellor of the college district and employees in human resources, business services, purchasing and the district’s charitable foundation.

Schools Briefs March 1 2017

Loyola K-Kids launch eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, is collecting eyeglasses for its annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. Students hope to collect more than 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses during this year’s campaign.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses each year with help from the public and local storeowners, who offer space for collection buckets.

CSMA hosts event highlighting art benefits for kids with autism

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled the presentation “Music and Children with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers” 7:30 p.m. Monday in CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Music educator Ryan Hourigan, director of the Ball State University School of Music, and licensed music therapist Amy Hourigan will offer insight into how the arts can assist parents and caregivers in connecting and engaging with their children.

Eliminating litter: The importance of keeping a clean ocean

It is important not to litter. Do not throw trash into the ocean – it can be dangerous.

Local students see music potential in joint performance with older peers


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos School District music teacher John Beeman, above, conducts a group of sixth- and seventh-graders performing “Malala’s Message,” a piece he composed for the “Strictly Strings” concert Feb. 16.

Los Altos School District elementary, junior high and high school students recently joined forces for the annual “Strictly Strings” concert, which offered the opportunity to envision their progress if they stick with their music instruction.

“‘Strictly Strings’ has been a big deal for about 20 years,” said John Beeman, music teacher for Los Altos School District schools. “It has made a huge difference. The elementary and junior high students get to see what they have to look forward to.”


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