Civic Engagement Week at MVHS encourages student participation

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Mountain View High students participate in the community fair during last week’s Civic Engagement Week.

Mountain View High School’s Associated Student Body and social studies department hosted Civic Engagement Week March 20-23 to encourage students to become active and ethical participants in the country’s discourse.

During the week, staff- and student-led activities within and beyond the classroom were held on campus to broaden and deepen all students’ understanding of U.S. democracy and civil society.

STEM career events inspire junior highers in LA School District

Courtesy of Sarah Stern-Benoit
Gokul Krishnan delivers a presentation at Los Altos School District’s STEM Career Night March 21.

The Los Altos School District hosted STEM Career Day events last week to encourage junior-high students to pursue opportunities in various science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

Seventh- and eighth-graders completed STEM projects and displayed them at Egan Junior High School March 19 and Blach Intermediate School March 20.

Loyola 3rd-graders ask for inclusive playground

Courtesy of Grace Choi
Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo, back row, center, visits Loyola School third-graders and their teacher Tracy Grinberg, back right, and student teacher Lauren Ewing, back left, March 14.

When Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo visited Loyola School March 14 to answer third-graders’ questions about public service, the students asked, “How can we get an inclusive playground on campus?”

An inclusive playground is designed as a safe place for children of all abilities and ages.

MVLA, LASD call for school safety legislation

In response to the recent spate of school shootings, trustees of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos School District unanimously passed resolutions at their respective meetings March 12 requesting that the U.S. Congress and the State Legislature introduce legislation promoting school safety.

The Los Altos School District’s Resolution 17/18-23 and MVLA’s Resolution 18-18 ask the federal government to take action to protect schools. Resolution 18-18 specifically urges the state and Congress to “implement common-sense measures that prioritize student safety,” and Congress to “pass specific legislation that reduces the risk and severity of gun violence on school campuses and repeals the prohibition against data collection and research on gun violence by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.”

Bullis Charter student speaks at conference on climate change

Courtesy of Stacey Walter
Bullis Charter School eighth-grader Keshav Shah attends the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Canada with teacher Michelle Sanfilippo in early March.

Bullis Charter School eighth-grader Keshav Shah and a group of fellow student representatives received a standing ovation for the paper they presented at the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, held March 5-7 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the conference was designed to assess academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change.

Local students walk out to 'do our part' and protest gun violence

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High students form a heart on the school’s football field, above, during the National School Walkout March 14, honoring the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings. Mountain View High students, right, join in the walkout on their campus, with some students holding protest signs calling for stricter gun laws.

Los Altos High School student Reilly Dennedy read the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings as hundreds of her fellow students stood in silence at 10 a.m. March 14 on the school’s football field.

They left their classes to participate in the National School Walkout, marking the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and demanding stricter gun control policies.

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