LASD students celebrate service learning

Courtesy of Sandra McGonagle
We Day, held March 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, exhorts students in the Los Altos School District to effect positive change.

More than 150 Los Altos School District student leaders joined 16,000 Bay Area students to celebrate their accomplishments in service learning March 26.

The students participated in We Day, an initiative of Free The Children, an international nonprofit with which district students partner for many of their community service projects.


Loyola School hosts STEM Expo

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Ari Garabedia, above right, demonstrates his team’s project for curious classmates at Loyola School’s STEM Expo.

Some local schools are taking a different twist on the traditional science fair this year.

As a pilot program, Loyola, Gardner Bullis and Santa Rita schools are scheduled to host STEM Expos that offer students opportunities to work on projects in several science, technology, engineering and mathematics categories.


MVHS robotics team requires more than just technical skills

Courtesy of Wyn Schuh
Mountain View High School’s Spartan Robotics team celebrates its victory at the Sacramento regional robotics competition.

A misconception students often hold about the Spartan Robotics Team is that members must possess technical skills to join.

Not so, said Wyn Schuh, a local parent who helps oversee the team of 38 Mountain View High School students.


Loyola presents program on online safety

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Los Altos School Resource Officer Katie Krauss and Detective Abe Velasco address a group of parents and community members at Loyola School about online safety earlier this month.

It hits closer to home than some might think.

Many have read about Audrie Pott, the 15-year-old Saratoga High School student who took her life in 2012, a week after inappropriate photographs of her were posted online. What some may not know, according to Los Altos School Resource Officer Katie Krauss, is that she died at her mother’s home in Los Altos, after posting suicidal messages that no one reported.


Loyola students celebrate Project Cornerstone Spirit Week

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Loyola School students participate in character-building activities at lunch earlier this month.

The Loyola School community launched its first Project Cornerstone Spirit Week earlier this month.

The event aimed to help students build character by reaching both outward to the community and by strengthening bonds within the school.


Drama production embraces all students

Courtesy of YOuth Drama for All
Youth Drama for All, which includes K-12 special-needs and general-education students, recently staged “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

When Sue Voiss’ fifth-grade daughter expressed her desire to be part of a drama production but was discouraged because her best friend, who had mobility problems, couldn’t participate, an idea was born.

“Let’s do something here, in our house, so everyone can be a part of it,” Voiss said.


Los Altos High hosts 29th Writers Week

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Professional writers such as Ellen Sussman, share their writing processes with students and explain how they got where they are today.

Los Altos High School hosted its 29th Writer’s Week last week, presenting a diverse lineup of professional writers who inspired and encouraged students.

Writers of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, scripts, songs and blogs met with English classes and shared their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the details of their writing processes.


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