Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

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Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former NFL tight end Eason Ramson now coaches local youth on healthful lifestyle choices, he once needed the helping hand of a mentor.

During an all-school assembly at Blach Intermediate School Feb. 13, Ramson, 58, shared with students what it was like to be a young athlete and how a split-second decision to use cocaine led to his dismissal from the football field. The fumbles and recoveries that followed in subsequent years, he said, made him the person he is today.


Los Altos High School History Week focuses on California

Courtesy of Marion Robertson
Louis Pare, chief engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp., discusses the history of California’s aerospace industry at Los Altos High’s third annual History Week.

Los Altos High School’s third annual History Week, with the theme “California on the World Stage,” drew a wide range of speakers to campus Feb. 9-12 to address the state’s impact on the nation’s history, economy, society and culture.


Water: Preserving a precious resource is important for all

Courtesy of Karina Halevy
Egan Junior High School eighth- grader Karina Halevy shows the location of her home’s water meter. Karina and fellow student Natsumi Hayashi encourage local residents to conserve water.

Karina Halevy and Natsumi Hayashi are Egan Junior High School eighth-graders who wrote the following article for their Personal Environment Action Plan project.


MVLA board approves ninth-grade student-athlete PE exemption

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Starting next year, MVLA ninth-graders who are also enrolled in six academic classes will be exempt from attending a PE class while participating in a school-sponsored sports team.

Responding to repeated pleas from district parents, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week approved a physical-education exemption for ninth-grade students who play on school sports teams.

The Feb. 9 board meeting was the fourth in a series in which trustees discussed and solicited public comment on the district’s policy of requiring all freshmen to take PE.


Oak students' stories come to life

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The Imagination Machine actors bring an Oak Avenue School student's story to life during a special assembly last week, above.

Laughter filled the Oak Avenue School Multipurpose Room last week as students watched stories they wrote come to life right before their eyes.

Oak’s PTA invited The Imagination Machine, a professional children’s theater company, to perform the children’s works. Oak hosted two assemblies, one for the lower grades and another for the upper grades, during which the troupe acted out stories of a turkey, a brave boy, a pajama-wearing superhero, a zombie-protecting canine and others.


Montclaire hosts Science Fair

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Montclaire Elementary School students share their Science Fair projects with fellow students, parents and judges.

Students at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos showcased their talents Jan. 28 at the school’s third annual Science Fair.


CSMA student artwork on display at Mountain View City Hall

Courtesy of CSMA
The Community School of Music and Arts is hosting an art exhibition featuring local students’ creations – such as the piece above by Springer School sixth-grader Megan Q. – at Mountain View City Hall through Feb. 20.

The Community School of Music and Arts and the city of Mountain View have scheduled “That’s Too Funny!” – a collaborative exhibition from faculty and students in the Art4Schools program in local elementary and middle schools – through Feb. 20 in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St.


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