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Foothill's Physics Show spreads science enthusiasm

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Professor David Marasco, Foothill College physics instructor, demonstrates physics in action as he breaks a cinder block on top of fellow physics professor Frank Cascarano at The Physics Show last week.

After the lights dimmed in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College campus last week, approximately 950 third- and fourth-graders screamed with excitement as a fluorescent sign flickered “The Physics Show.”

The students, from schools with a high concentration of low-income families, were invited to campus to see The Physics Show, take a campus tour and have lunch.

Loyola School recognized for digital citizenship

Courtesy of Nicole Snedigar
Los Altos Police Officer Ryan Langone shares tips for navigating the internet safely with students at Loyola School. Loyola recently received recognition for promoting digital citizenship.

Common Sense Education, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, recently recognized Loyola School as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

Loyola is the first elementary school in the Los Altos School District to receive the certification.

High schools start the year with student wellness in mind

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The school year kicked off at Los Altos High School last week with students preparing for Back to School night. Clad in shirts exclaiming “Let Me Help You,” students served as guides for families.

With new positions added and a new homework policy this year, both Los Altos and Mountain View high schools plan to emphasize the importance of student wellness.

As the school year drew to a close in the spring, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a new homework policy designed by school site leadership groups.

LASD begins new year with new faces and new curriculum guides

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The Gardner Bullis School community welcomed new principal Nadia Oskolkoff, second from right, during the school’s back-to-school Popcorn Social Aug. 16.

The Los Altos School District kicked off the school year last week by introducing new curriculum guides for teachers and welcoming two new principals.

After a yearlong process that included input from teachers across all grade levels and from all district schools, officials published grade-level-specific curriculum guides to streamline instruction this year.

Bullis Boosters Camp adds leadership element

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Bullis Boosters Camp counselors-in-training, from left, Nicole Andrews, Elena Atluri and Amrita Sangani serve snacks to students at the summer bridge camp.

In addition to its tuition-free summer bridge camp for local underserved students, the Bullis Boosters Camp expanded to include a counselor-in-training leadership program this year.

In an attempt to add sustainability to the annual program for second- through fourth-graders, camp officials added the leadership element for junior high and high school students.

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