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PTSA asks students to PAUSE in final weeks

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Yoga instructor and Mountain View High parent Padma Ramaswamy donated her services to help students release stress during finals week. Ramaswamy’s yoga session was one of many highlights of the two-week, PTSA-sponsored Spartans PAUSE program.

The final two weeks of the school year can be a stressful time for high school students. With that in mind, Mountain View High School PTSA parents recently launched a two-week campaign filled with stress-relieving activities.

Concluding the year with extra funds in its coffers, the PTSA decided to put the money to good use by creating the Spartans PAUSE program, which features nine days of morning and lunchtime student support activities addressing the notion that students should “pause” a few minutes each day to take care of themselves during the exhausting weeks they spend studying for finals and preparing end-of-course projects.

MVHS Drama Club performs 'Star Wars'-themed musical

The Mountain View High School Drama Club performed the world premiere of its own student-written musical, “Solo,” earlier this month.

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables for those in need.

The Almond School Community Services Committee recently hosted an event that included packing 15,000 meals for families in need.

Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, assembled meals of rice, soy, vitamins and dried vegetables.

Blach student transitions to adulthood with bat mitzvah project

Photos courtesy of Sandra Mahlmeister
Blach seventh-grader Drew Mahlmeister, center, works with students in Theuerkauf Elementary School’s Beyond the Bell program on an art lesson she developed.

Drew Mahlmeister, a seventh-grader at Blach Intermediate School, marked her bat mitzvah last week with not only the traditional party, but also by giving back to the community.

In the Jewish culture, “bat mitzvah” means “person of responsibility.” Under Jewish law, a person is counted as a full member of the community at age 13, passing into adulthood.

Loyola's 'Mary Poppins' teacher to retire this year

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Shari Elmer

Loyola School might be a little less magical next year, as the school’s own Mary Poppins is set to retire in June.

Science classes collaborate on Mountain View High space project

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Mountain View High School physics instructor Stephen Widmark works with students just before the launch of a stratospheric balloon students from three science classes collaborated to build.

One small stratospheric balloon launch at Mountain View High School, one giant leap for the birth of a space program for local high school students.

Last month students taking biology, earth science and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism classes collaborated on the release of a stratospheric balloon they built.

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior high student writes an essay about induced pluripotent stem cells.

After Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell’s essay caught the eye of members of the Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women, the organization awarded her a scholarship to attend Tech Trek, a summer science program.

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