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Class notes
September 03, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

Michael Milliken, the new superintendent for the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, invites residents to meet him, hear about district updates and share thoughts on local schools on Sept 4. His top priority is to improve the district’s communication. The meeting will take place at Nesbit Elementary School at 500 Biddulph Way in Belmont from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


Chronic absence will be the topic of conversation at the San Mateo County Office of Education’s workshop called “Attendance Matters: Stopping Chronic Absence in its Tracks - Pre-K - Elementary.” It will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at 101 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City and it will focus on using a free data tool to track attendance data, informing families about the importance of early attendance and creating environments and incentives that encourage children to attend school daily.


At the recent International Russian Music Piano Competition (which draws contestants from all over the world and concluded in San Jose), a Menlo School student won many awards. Anna Boonyanit, who just graduated from Menlo’s Middle School and who will be in ninth grade at Menlo School in the fall, was the winner of the Junior Category, which had 27 entrants. In addition, Boonyanit was named the most promising young talent, best Bay Area contestant, best performance of a Beethoven Sonata and best performance of Russian music. In these last three, she was competing against all others in every age group, including 31 pros in their 20s and 30s. Her prizes include an invitation to perform at the opening concert at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, Conn. and a recital at Carnegie Hall.

To view her performance visit


Local Sequoia High School student, Matvari Maharaj, and San Mateo High School student, Samuel “Sam” Hayat, were selected as one of a select few of community-minded high school juniors and seniors from around the nation for Bank of America’s Student Leader program.

Due to their work in the community, they will receive a paid eight-week summer internships at a local nonprofit organization, Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The internship will culminate with a trip to Washington, D.C., in July at the Bank of America Student Leadership Summit.


The Burlingame School District will host a Centennial Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School, 701 Paloma Ave. There will be a building dedication, music, food, old-fashioned games, celebration cake and other entertainment.


On Friday, Aug. 30, high school students at Sequoia, Woodside, Carlmont and Menlo-Atherton high schools kicked off the three-week long Got Milk? Breakfast Challenge. The California Milk Processor Board partnered with the Sequoia Union High School District for the challenge. The Sequoia area high school with the greatest percentage increase of breakfast at school (as compared to same time period last year) will win $3,000 and be crowned “Breakfast Champs.” This is the district’s first year participating in the challenge.                    

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Angela Swartz. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at



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