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LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green Team celebrated Earth Week by hosting educational activities for students during lunch periods last week.

Club members highlighted a different theme each day.

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Los Altos moms organize STEM program for girls


Courtesy of girlSparc
Springer School sixth-grader Erin Gobry reacts with delight as her experiment succeeds during a girlSPARC workshop. The nonprofit organization, founded by two local mothers, has scheduled another workshop May 14.

Springer School’s Erin Gobry used to think science wasn’t for her, but now the sixth-grader sees science in everything.

“You can basically do everything with science,” she said.

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MVHS robotics team advances to championship


Courtesy of Spartan Robotics
Mountain View High School’s Spartan Robotics team recently won the Sacramento Regional Competition. The team is now preparing for the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, slated April 27-30.

Members of the Mountain View High School Spartan Robotics team are busy fine-tuning their robot for the FIRST Championship at the end of the month.

The team recently placed first in the Sacramento Regional Competition, qualifying for the championship – scheduled April 27-30 in St. Louis, Mo. – for the sixth time in the past eight years.

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Music unites elementary and junior high schools in concert


Sarah Hong/special to the Town Crier
Choirs from Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High, Covington, Springer and Bullis Charter schools perform together during the fourth annual LASD Choral Showcase last week.

More than 200 students packed the Blach Intermediate School gym last week to unite the Los Altos School District community in song.

Blach hosted the fourth annual LASD Choral Showcase, featuring choral groups from Blach, Egan Junior High, Covington, Springer and Bullis Charter schools.

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LAHS junior connects kids confronting cancer in the family


Courtesy of Hannah Klaassen
To earn her Girl Scouts Gold Award, Los Altos High junior Hannah Klaassen, center, is working with Kelly Spaulding, left, and Colleen Kleier of Bay Area Cancer Connections.

When Hannah Klaassen was in elementary school, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She felt alone.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t really understand what was happening,” said Klaassen, now a junior at Los Altos High School. “I didn’t have any friends who knew what I was going through.”

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New elective expands coding experience for junior high students


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Egan eighth-graders Sarah Yung and Steven Tang watch as their coding comes to life and generates a graphic in their Computer Science elective last week.

Coding is getting more advanced for two classes of junior high students in the Los Altos School District.

In January, Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools began offering an elective computer science course.

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KCI celebrates 15 years of educational impact


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Teachers attend the Krause Center for Innovation’s MERIT program last summer. The center, which has been operating since 2001, has provided professional development for more than 16,000 teachers.

During its 15 years of making educators learners again, the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) has touched millions of lives.

KCI officials estimate that through all of their programs over a decade and a half of operations, they have trained approximately 16,000 teachers, impacting more than 5 million students.

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