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LAHS electron microscope opens new visual world for students


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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.

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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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Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.

Few radio shows are geared toward children, but a group of Santa Rita School students is on a mission to change that.

Each week, students in the Kranky Kids Radio Club – with guidance from neighborhood volunteer and program producer Lishka DeVoss – host the Kranky Kids Radio Show on KZSU, Stanford University’s radio station.

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Local high school students to perform on NPR


Krishna and Stroud

Local high school students Ashwin Krishna and Alexander Stroud are scheduled to appear as part of a classical guitar quartet on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show next week.

The four teens, ranging in age from 13 to 18, will perform “Von der Jugend” from Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde,” arranged for guitar by Stephen Goss. The broadcast is slated to air locally 7 p.m. Monday on KDFC 104.9.

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Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
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.

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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.

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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.

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