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PTSA asks students to PAUSE in final weeks

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Yoga instructor and Mountain View High parent Padma Ramaswamy donated her services to help students release stress during finals week. Ramaswamy’s yoga session was one of many highlights of the two-week, PTSA-sponsored Spartans PAUSE program.

The final two weeks of the school year can be a stressful time for high school students. With that in mind, Mountain View High School PTSA parents recently launched a two-week campaign filled with stress-relieving activities.

Concluding the year with extra funds in its coffers, the PTSA decided to put the money to good use by creating the Spartans PAUSE program, which features nine days of morning and lunchtime student support activities addressing the notion that students should “pause” a few minutes each day to take care of themselves during the exhausting weeks they spend studying for finals and preparing end-of-course projects.

Blach student transitions to adulthood with bat mitzvah project

Photos courtesy of Sandra Mahlmeister
Blach seventh-grader Drew Mahlmeister, center, works with students in Theuerkauf Elementary School’s Beyond the Bell program on an art lesson she developed.

Drew Mahlmeister, a seventh-grader at Blach Intermediate School, marked her bat mitzvah last week with not only the traditional party, but also by giving back to the community.

In the Jewish culture, “bat mitzvah” means “person of responsibility.” Under Jewish law, a person is counted as a full member of the community at age 13, passing into adulthood.

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables for those in need.

The Almond School Community Services Committee recently hosted an event that included packing 15,000 meals for families in need.

Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, assembled meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables.

Science classes collaborate on Mountain View High space project

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High School physics instructor Stephen Widmark works with students just before the launch of a stratospheric balloon students from three science classes collaborated to build.

One small stratospheric balloon launch at Mountain View High School, one giant leap for the birth of a space program for local high school students.

Last month students taking biology, earth science and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism classes collaborated on the release of a stratospheric balloon they built.

Loyola's 'Mary Poppins' teacher to retire this year

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier 
Shari Elmer

Loyola School might be a little less magical next year, as the school’s own Mary Poppins is set to retire in June.

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