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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.”

New elective expands coding experience for junior high students

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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.

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.

Los Altos High students hone their skills during Writers Week

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Young-adult author Caragh O’Brien led an after school workshop for budding authors to work on their craft during Los Altos High School’s 31st Writers Week last week

Los Altos High School Writers Week activities usually involve interacting with authors who write for a living, but for a small group of students, the annual event was about putting pen to paper.

Approximately 20 students gathered in the school’s College and Career Center after school last week for a workshop hosted by young-adult author Caragh O’Brien. O’Brien began the workshop by reading a selection from her book “The Vault of Dreamers” (Roaring Book Press, 2014).

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.

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