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Los Altos High librarian pens humorous YA novel

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Los Altos High librarian and author Gordon Jack introduces his young adult novel, “The Boomerang Effect,” to the community at an event Nov. 9.

Los Altos High School librarian Gordon Jack is debuting his first young adult novel to the community Nov. 9 with an author event that promises to be fresh and fun, like the book itself.

Jack’s novel, “The Boomerang Effect” (2016, HarperCollins), chronicles the story of high school junior Lawrence, who finds himself in a spot of trouble and connects with a freshman mentor, Spencer, who helps Lawrence find his authentic self.

BCS hosts Opera à la Carte

Courtesy of Stacey Walter
Bullis Charter School students perform with professionals during the Opera à la Carte program’s recent visit to the school.

There was music in the air last month when the San Francisco Opera traveled to Bullis Charter School to showcase the Opera à la Carte program.

Bullis Charter School was selected to host the special presentation, and the school’s sixth-graders performed. Sponsored by the Opera Guild, Opera à la Carte provides an immersive opera experience to schools across the Bay Area.

St. Francis students share stories of inspirational teens

Courtesy of Justin Duan
St. Francis High senior Sid Mani, left, rides a go-cart he made. Fellow St. Francis seniors Akash Singhal and Justin Duan recently launched a website spotlighting teens like Mani who are pursuing innovative interests.

St. Francis High School seniors Justin Duan and Akash Singhal joined forces to create HSCanvas, a website that shares the stories of inspiring Bay Area youth.

Last year, Duan said he noticed a number of “ordinary teenagers undeterred by their age independently exploring their interests through innovative projects.”

Los Altos High students protest Haitian election

Courtesy of Duncan Drewry
Los Altos High School students show their support for fair elections in Haiti Sept. 30 in Palo Alto.

Approximately 40 Los Altos High School students spent their afternoon protesting for a cause in Palo Alto Sept. 30.

With signs declaring “Don’t Steal Haiti’s Elections” and “Black Lives Matter from Haiti to the Bay,” the students were out in force to spread awareness of the interference in Haiti’s election process.

Foothill launches 4-year baccalaureate program

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Foothill College dental hygiene students, from left, Ha Thai, Tien Nguyen and Ashly Davis discuss patient medical history.

Foothill College dental hygiene students can smile brighter now that the college officially offers a Bachelor of Science degree in the discipline.

Foothill’s dental hygiene program last year was named one of 15 community college programs with the ability to award a four-year degree.

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