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Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


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Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals turn a love for writing into a career during the school’s 30th annual Writers Week.

Writers Week is the only high school program in the country that annually invites more than 30 authors to speak to students in every English class. Writers from all genres – fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, songs and blogs – brought diversity in themes as they revealed their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the techniques of their writing processes.

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LAHS electron microscope opens new visual world for students


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Los Altos High Biology Honors instructor Meghan Straz assists student Zosia Stafford with the school’s new electron microscope last week.

Students at Los Altos High School can now examine objects in a completely new way with the addition of an electron microscope to the school’s science department.

The electron microscope is capable of much higher magnification compared with the typical science classroom’s light microscope. The new device can magnify an object 20,000 times, while the light microscope can only increase it 400 times.

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Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


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Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.

Few radio shows are geared toward children, but a group of Santa Rita School students is on a mission to change that.

Each week, students in the Kranky Kids Radio Club – with guidance from neighborhood volunteer and program producer Lishka DeVoss – host the Kranky Kids Radio Show on KZSU, Stanford University’s radio station.

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Local high school students to perform on NPR


Krishna and Stroud

Local high school students Ashwin Krishna and Alexander Stroud are scheduled to appear as part of a classical guitar quartet on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show next week.

The four teens, ranging in age from 13 to 18, will perform “Von der Jugend” from Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde,” arranged for guitar by Stephen Goss. The broadcast is slated to air locally 7 p.m. Monday on KDFC 104.9.

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Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


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Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former NFL tight end Eason Ramson now coaches local youth on healthful lifestyle choices, he once needed the helping hand of a mentor.

During an all-school assembly at Blach Intermediate School Feb. 13, Ramson, 58, shared with students what it was like to be a young athlete and how a split-second decision to use cocaine led to his dismissal from the football field. The fumbles and recoveries that followed in subsequent years, he said, made him the person he is today.

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Oak students' stories come to life


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The Imagination Machine actors bring an Oak Avenue School student's story to life during a special assembly last week, above.

Laughter filled the Oak Avenue School Multipurpose Room last week as students watched stories they wrote come to life right before their eyes.

Oak’s PTA invited The Imagination Machine, a professional children’s theater company, to perform the children’s works. Oak hosted two assemblies, one for the lower grades and another for the upper grades, during which the troupe acted out stories of a turkey, a brave boy, a pajama-wearing superhero, a zombie-protecting canine and others.

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Montclaire hosts Science Fair


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Montclaire Elementary School students share their Science Fair projects with fellow students, parents and judges.

Students at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos showcased their talents Jan. 28 at the school’s third annual Science Fair.

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