The art of helping others: LAHS student creates website to raise funds for nonprofit groups

Courtesy of Nick Cosgrove
The Los Altos High Metallic Palette team – from left, Andrew Cho, Duncan Koblas, Arjun Singla and Mark Padaong – collaborates on an artistic fundraiser.

MVLA community to weigh in on facilities at meeting today

Parents, students and teachers in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District can weigh in on the district’s still-developing Facilities Master Plan at a public meeting scheduled 3:30 p.m. today at Los Altos High School, Room 507, 201 Almond Ave.

A second meeting is slated 3 p.m. May 24 in the College and Career Center at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave.

LASD to decide on solar project

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the possibility of entering a solar power purchase agreement that would culminate in the installation of photovoltaic systems at district schools. The hearing is slated 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.

At a March board meeting, trustees discussed the possibility of undertaking a solar project this year to take advantage of current PG&E rates, which are being phased out. A solar project built now would be grandfathered in under those rates for the next 10 years. Although trustees did not commit the district to a solar project at that time, they opted to move forward with a request for proposals.

Covington fair celebrates diverse cultures

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The Covington School choir colorfully costumed for its Multicultural Fair, treats listeners to an arrangement of a Justin Timberlake tune at the May 5 event.

Covington School students and their families snacked on samosas, collected stamps in specially made passports, learned about other cultures and watched a colorful array of musical and dance performances May 5 at the school’s bustling Multicultural Fair.

Flags fluttered above parent-manned booths representing countries from Indonesia to Moldova, and bright, multisensory displays helped students learn about other parts of the world.

LAHS students decode the mysteries of biodiversity

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Los Altos High student Devon Tompane, above, delicately transfers extracted DNA to an agarose gel for her class’s International Barcode for Life project.

From oak woodlands to lush riverbanks and dry chaparral shrublands, the Santa Clara Valley’s natural environment is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna – for now.

For scientists who study biodiversity, the effects of climate change and habitat destruction present an urgent problem, according to Los Altos High School science teacher Meghan Strazicich. Only a fraction of plant and animal species have been discovered, identified and scientifically classified. If only a handful of experts are doing this identification work, the rate of species extinction may outpace that of scientific discovery.

Los Altos Kiwanis Club names 2017 scholarship winners

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The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos awarded scholarships to six graduating seniors in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Jeff Harding, Yu Zhu, Judy Tutuvanu, Mike Hernandez-Martinez, Tiana Bolin, Kiwanis Club Scholarship Chairman Howard Bischoff, Valeria Castro-Chavez, Vanness Leung and Foothill President Thuy Thi Nguyen.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos recently awarded scholarships to six graduating seniors from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

At a celebratory luncheon last week, Kiwanis Club officials presented scholarships to Judy Tutuvanu and Mike Hernandez-Martinez of Alta Vista High School, Vanness Leung and Valeria Castro-Chavez of Los Altos High and Tiana Bolin and Yu Zhu of Mountain View High.

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