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Drama production embraces all students


Courtesy of YOuth Drama for All
Youth Drama for All, which includes K-12 special-needs and general-education students, recently staged “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

When Sue Voiss’ fifth-grade daughter expressed her desire to be part of a drama production but was discouraged because her best friend, who had mobility problems, couldn’t participate, an idea was born.

“Let’s do something here, in our house, so everyone can be a part of it,” Voiss said.

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Los Altos High Jazz Band hosts college musicians


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos High Jazz Band, above, is scheduled to perform with the Cal State Long Beach Jazz Ensemble March 29.

The Los Altos High School Jazz Band is practicing for its annual guest artist concert with the award-winning Cal State Long Beach Jazz Ensemble, scheduled 7 p.m. March 29 in the Los Altos High’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

In prior years, the school has hosted jazz musicians including Grammy Award winners Randy Brecker, Aaron Lington, Denis DiBlasio and John Worley. Cal State Long Beach is home to one of the premier college jazz programs in the country. The ensemble will be in the Bay Area to compete in the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Competition, an event the group has won on several occasions.

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St. Simon encourages STEM learning via science fair


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St. Simon School Assistant Principal Michelle Nealon observes Distinguished Award Winner Mitchell Lai’s science fair project.

St. Simon School aims to boost student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields through its annual science fair.

Preparations at St. Simon began in October, with students selecting a topic from a number of STEM categories: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Botany/Psychology, Engineering and Technology, Consumer Science or Specialized Sciences.

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BCS nominated for Blue Ribbon designation

The California Department of Education recently nominated Bullis Charter School for National Blue Ribbon School distinction, recognition bestowed on only 35 of the nearly 11,000 schools in the state.

The nomination comes as the charter school celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since its founding a decade ago, the school has consistently ranked as the highest-performing public school in Los Altos, and among the top three elementary charter schools in the state.

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Los Altos High hosts 29th Writers Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Professional writers such as Ellen Sussman, share their writing processes with students and explain how they got where they are today.

Los Altos High School hosted its 29th Writer’s Week last week, presenting a diverse lineup of professional writers who inspired and encouraged students.

Writers of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, scripts, songs and blogs met with English classes and shared their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the details of their writing processes.

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St. Francis recognized as Apple Distinguished School


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St. Francis High School students use iPads in the classroom daily to enhance their learning experience.

Apple Inc. named St. Francis High School an Apple Distinguished School in recognition of its success in implementing technology that enhances teaching and learning via the school’s 1:1 iPad program.

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LAHS screening tackles stigma of mental health problems

erasestigmaThe LETS (Let’s Erase The Stigma) Club at Los Altos High School is scheduled to co-host a screening of “No Kidding? Me 2!” 7 p.m. today at the school’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Presented in partnership with Family and Children Services (FCS) of Silicon Valley, the screening aims to address the growing problem of mental illness.

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