Budding authors at Montclaire Elementary School receive recognition

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A young author from Montclaire Elementary School presents her story to an audience during the school’s Young Author’s Book Faire May 14.

Montclaire Elementary School recognized 12 students for their original books at the annual Young Authors’ Book Faire May 14.

Cupertino Union School District School Board President Phyllis Vogel read each of the books beforehand and honored the students at a ceremony during Montclaire’s Open House. The students discussed their stories and received gold seals to place on their books.


Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

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Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but supportive parents and teachers can help them navigate their adolescence, according to a panel of four teens hosted by the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) earlier this month.

The panel, part of CHAC’s Leadership and Empowerment Program Speaker Series, focused on “Teen Pressure in Silicon Valley.” Four students – a freshman, a sophomore, a junior and a senior representing Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools and the Foothill Middle College Program – offered personal accounts of how they face pressure and how they cope.


Preschool matriarch steps down

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Children’s Center Preschool Director Non Mead sits beside her granddaughter, Greta Germack, during Greta’s birthday celebration.

Non Mead is the quintessential grandmother. Wise and warm, she ties shoelaces with a song, teaches life lessons with a smile and leads Children’s Center Preschool with panache.

The vibrant director, who has been something of a grandmother to the 300 students who annually attend the preschool at Los Altos United Methodist Church, is scheduled to retire this spring to spend more time with her seven grandchildren.


BCS archery instruction hits target

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Archery, a new physical education offering at Bullis Charter School, has piqued the interest of many students, including Skyler Rosenberg, above, who placed third overall at a regional competition.

When Athletic Director Joseph Stark introduced his love of archery to students at Bullis Charter School this year, he hit the bull’s-eye.

“It was a passion of mine,” said Stark, who joined the staff in the fall. “It is something I learned and love, and I know it is accessible to a lot of students, so I thought I should bring it to Bullis.”


Mental health expert dispels myths

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Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, conservative commentator Ann Coulter voiced a provocative spin on a familiar National Rifle Association saying.

“Guns don’t kill people – the mentally ill do,” Coulter said.


Loyola debuts new play structure

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Loyola School PTA Co-President Lillian Oliveri, above from left, Principal Kimberly Attell and Superintendent Jeff Baier were on hand to ring in the new upper-grade play structure.

Upper-grade students at Loyola School have a new play structure to enjoy at recess and lunch, thanks to donations from the school’s PTA.

The school held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new play structure on the upper-grade playground April 13.


Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems

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Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer approaches, hope for more rainfall to relieve the drought dwindles and the effects of climate change become glaringly obvious – and students in Homestead High School’s AP Environmental Science (APES) classes aim to do something about it.

For the sixth consecutive year, students in Homestead’s APES classes are conducting a four-month project titled “Your World,” which requires them to identify an environmental problem in their community and take action to propose a solution.


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