Egan wins MathCounts competition, advances to statewide contest

Courtesy of Bin Hu
Egan Junior High School students celebrate their first-place win in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter competition Feb. 28. Team members include, from left, Shawn Huang, Daniel Hu, Tristan Cooper and Henry Ying.

For the first time in school history, Egan Junior High School’s math team placed first in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter finals Feb. 28.

Egan outpaced private and public schools on their way to victory. Blach Intermediate School’s team placed eighth.



Egan Junior High School eighth-grader Priya Dixit and Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader Trevor Lambertson qualified for the California State Geography Bee, scheduled Friday in Fresno.


Schools Briefs

Waldorf students host Open Mic Night

Waldorf School of the Peninsula’s senior class is scheduled to host an Open Mic Night 6-8 p.m. Friday at St. Athanasius Church, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

Open Mic Night will feature a diverse array of performances by students from Los Altos and surrounding cities. The event will include a silent art auction.


Egan students challenge national record for altruism

Courtesy of Robert Freeman
The Egan Junior High School Student Body officers, above, organized a fundraiser to help eliminate neonatal tetanus from the planet. The group raised $1,757.

Robert Freeman is a teacher at Los Altos High School and founded the nonprofit One Dollar For Life.


Loyola K-Kids Club continues to collect eyeglasses

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, will attempt to set a club record during its ninth annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students have set a goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 10,000 pairs of glasses over the years with the help of the public and local storeowners who offer space for collection buckets.


LAHS electron microscope opens new visual world for students

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High Biology Honors instructor Meghan Straz assists student Zosia Stafford with the school’s new electron microscope last week.

Students at Los Altos High School can now examine objects in a completely new way with the addition of an electron microscope to the school’s science department.

The electron microscope is capable of much higher magnification compared with the typical science classroom’s light microscope. The new device can magnify an object 20,000 times, while the light microscope can only increase it 400 times.


LAHS celebrates annual Writers Week

Los Altos High School’s 30th annual Writers Week, scheduled Monday through March 20, features a lineup of writers, poets and journalists.

Writers from all walks of life will bring diversity in themes and genres as they engage with English students. Writers of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, songs and blogs will meet with English classes and share their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the techniques of their writing processes.


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