Egan students clean up town for school project

Courtesy of Joyce Lim
Egan Junior High School students Klaire Li and Sua Kim collect litter in downtown Los Altos for a school project.

Two Egan Junior High School students recently spent more than 20 hours picking up 12 pounds of garbage in downtown Los Altos.


Montclaire celebrates Abilities Awareness

Courtesy of Debbie Crouse
AXIS Dance Company performs at Montclaire Elementary School last month during the school’s second Abilities Awareness Day. The troupe features dancers with and without physical disabilities.

Students at Montclaire Elementary School attended a special assembly Feb. 22, marking the school’s second Abilities Awareness Day. The assembly featured a performance by AXIS Dance Company, an inclusive dance troupe comprising dancers with and without physical disabilities.

In addition to watching the dancers and learning about their individual backgrounds and abilities, some of the Montclaire students participated in the assembly by performing onstage alongside the dancers. The students also provided suggestions for the dancers to use as they performed an improvised dance, and asked questions of the dancers during a question-and-answer session.


Schools Briefs

Mariko Tamaki, author of the graphic novel “This One Summer” (First Second, 2014), is slated to appear 7 p.m. March 17 in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Tamaki is the school’s Writers Week Community Read featured speaker. Her Caldecott Honor book, which she created with her artist sister Jillian, demonstrates the artistry and literary sophistication of the genre and should appeal to readers ages 14 and up.


AVID students dream big after LinkedIn visit

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LinkedIn employee Katie Ferrick gives Los Altos High School AVID students a tour of the high-tech firm in Mountain View last week. The students heard from a number of LinkedIn employees who shared about their journeys from high school to the professional world.

Prospects for the future appear a bit brighter for a group of 77 Los Altos High School students after they visited the LinkedIn campus last week.

The freshmen and sophomores are in the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, which aims to prepare students, many first-generation college bound, for success at four-year universities.


Gardner Bullis sponsors annual Fun Run

Courtesy of Christine Lenz
Students participate in the Gardner Bullis School Great Grizzly Fun Run last year. This year’s event is scheduled March 12.

The hills will come alive with the sound of running shoes, strollers and even wagons along the winding paths around Gardner Bullis School 9 a.m. March 12 as the school’s PTA hosts its third annual 5K Great Grizzly Fun Run.

Proceeds from the family-friendly event will support the Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF).


Los Altos High hosts 31st Writers Week

Los Altos High School has scheduled a lineup of writers, poets, journalists, bloggers and graphic novelists to headline its 31st annual Writers Week March 14-17.

The writers aim to bring new perspectives, ideas and advice to Los Altos High English students. Award-winning writers from diverse literary genres and backgrounds speak to every English class over the course of the week. The writers will share their stories, advice and their techniques.


Schools Brief

Loyola K-Kids launch eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, will attempt to set a club record during its 10th annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students hope to collect more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses.

The K-Kids Club, comprised of second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 8,000 pairs of glasses in nine years with the help of the public and local storeowners who offered space for collection buckets.


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