MVHS band jams with local preschoolers

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Preschoolers from the Mountain View Parent Nursery School observe Mountain View High senior AJ Pelayo beat a drum, left.

A group of Mountain View preschoolers March 1 joined the high school band – for an hour, at least.

Mountain View High instrumental music director Jason Kneebone, who leads alongside Dana McDonnell, said the Spartans host 10 different preschool groups throughout each school year.


Montclaire celebrates Abilities Awareness

Courtesy of Debbie Crouse
AXIS Dance Company performs at Montclaire Elementary School last month during the school’s second Abilities Awareness Day. The troupe features dancers with and without physical disabilities.

Students at Montclaire Elementary School attended a special assembly Feb. 22, marking the school’s second Abilities Awareness Day. The assembly featured a performance by AXIS Dance Company, an inclusive dance troupe comprising dancers with and without physical disabilities.

In addition to watching the dancers and learning about their individual backgrounds and abilities, some of the Montclaire students participated in the assembly by performing onstage alongside the dancers. The students also provided suggestions for the dancers to use as they performed an improvised dance, and asked questions of the dancers during a question-and-answer session.


AVID students dream big after LinkedIn visit

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LinkedIn employee Katie Ferrick gives Los Altos High School AVID students a tour of the high-tech firm in Mountain View last week. The students heard from a number of LinkedIn employees who shared about their journeys from high school to the professional world.

Prospects for the future appear a bit brighter for a group of 77 Los Altos High School students after they visited the LinkedIn campus last week.

The freshmen and sophomores are in the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, which aims to prepare students, many first-generation college bound, for success at four-year universities.


Living Classroom brings Farm to Lunch program to Mountain View schools

Courtesy of Vicki Moore
Mountain View Whisman School District chef Bob Mencimer, center, serves a Crittenden Middle School student a kale salad and kale chips earlier this month.

While bok choy and Swiss chard might not be most children’s go-to snack, the Mountain View Whisman School District’s new Farm to Lunch program aims to up its nutritional game by serving students freshly harvested vegetables.

Not only are students able to taste different types of vegetables, they are also involved in the process, from planting to harvesting to eating.


Los Altos Hacks hands out hardware to students

Courtesy of Selynna Sun
Local students compete against one another at a hackathon held at Microsoft Corp.’s Mountain View campus last month.

High school students from throughout Silicon Valley built everything from a virtual-reality system to a virtual-coding assistant at the inaugural Los Altos Hacks, held last month in Mountain View.

The hackathon, organized by Los Altos High School students, was open to aspiring programmers of all levels. The goal of the event was not only to encourage students to build their own projects, according to Los Altos High senior Selynna Sun, but also to teach beginner coders basic programming skills.


Loyola emphasizes compassion during Spirit Week activities

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Loyola first-grader Elsa Sapojnikoff makes a Valentine’s Day card for a senior during the school’s Spirit Week activities.

The Loyola School community spent last week not just learning about compassion, but putting it into action.

Each year the school hosts a Spirit Week that highlights a pillar of Project Cornerstone, a community-based initiative that aims to build a web of support around students so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults.


Los Altos High student hopes to bring animal therapy to school

Courtesy of Christine Lenz
Los Altos High junior Riley Fujioka, left, works with Animal Assisted Happiness program manager Simone Haroush-van Dam.

Research affirms that the therapeutic effects of animals help reduce stress in humans, and one Los Altos High School student aims to harness such relationships to support her peers.

Junior Riley Fujioka hopes to bring animals to those in need (special needs, health or family challenges) by establishing a branch of an animal therapy charity – Animal Assisted Happiness – at Los Altos High. Her ultimate goal is to enable students to benefit from the calming effects of petting rabbits and guinea pigs during finals week.


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