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Study abroad programs come in different forms

I recently returned from a quick trip to Paris and Florence, where I studied, of all things, college students studying abroad.

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Visit to Intuitive Surgical provides 'amazing' field trip


Courtesy of Sophia Thomas
St. Nicholas students Kira Gross, Hannah Lesti and Kayla Piper practice with the instruments during a class visit to Intuitive Surgical to view robotic surgery equipment.

 

Devon Montgomery-Eder is an eighth-grader at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos. Following is his recap of a recent field trip.

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Author visit to Blach captivates students


Lauren Koong/Town Crier
Caragh O’Brien shares her experiences as an author with Blach Intermediate School students.

Author Caragh O’Brien spoke at Blach Intermediate School Feb. 23. As a former teacher, she could relate easily to the junior-high students. However, instead of talking to students about her life, she chose to show students how to be creative – how to turn something like a reality TV show into a book.

O’Brien said she couldn’t understand why so many people watched reality TV shows such as “Survivor.” Although it was painful to watch people suffer, inevitably people were drawn to reality TV.

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Nobel Prize winner engages Blach students during speech


Lauren Koong/Town Crier Junior Reporter
Blach Intermediate School students ask Nobel Prize winner Professor William E. Moerner questions after his Feb. 1 speech.

The Blach Intermediate School auditorium filled with excitement at the prospect of meeting a Nobel Prize winner. Professor William E. Moerner of Stanford University visited Blach Feb. 1 to discuss his reserach work and his path to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Moerner was born in Pleasanton but grew up in Texas. He grew up loving to build things after his parents gave him a transistor radio kit in first grade. At his eighth-grade science fair, he won the grand prize for his project on various motor oils and their viscosity.

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Student reflects on becoming coding teacher


Courtesy of Erik Zhang
Los Altos eighth-grader Erik Zhang teaches a class of students at CoderDojo.

I’m an eighth-grader at Blach Intermediate School, and I wrote about my CoderDojo learning experience in the Town Crier three years ago.

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Year in Review: District undergoes change


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Among the many changes afoot in the Mountain View Whisman School District this year, the board recently voted to reopen the Slater Elementary School site.

I have to look at a calendar to believe that so much change has occurred in the Mountain View Whisman School District in one year.

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Understanding what AP credits mean after graduation

Following is the second in a two-part series on Advanced Placement classes. Part 2 explores what happens with AP credits once students matriculate to college.

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