Kindergarten paleontologists dig for dinosaur bones

 Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
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Kindergartners from Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School dig for dinosaur bones in the sand at Varsity Park in Mountain View. Chicken and cow bones were used in lieu of the reptiles’ skeletons during the field trip last week. The kindergarten class is learning about the eating habits, defense mechanisms and eventual death of the dinosaurs.

 

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LAHS Bee Club generates buzz on seeds


Courtesy of LAHS Bee Club
The Los Altos High School Bee Club has started collecting seeds to start a seed library. Students will be able to “check out” seeds, grow plants and then return fresh seeds to the library.

Seeds are coming soon to the Los Altos High School library, thanks to the school’s Bee Club.

Founded last year by Jayde Meng, now a senior, the Bee Club is collecting seeds to create a seed library for students to access. While returns might take longer than the typical library book, Meng is hoping that once those seeds grow into plants, students will harvest some of the seeds and return them to the library to keep the inventory stocked.

LAHS sophomore combines her passion for elephants with her love of fashion


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Los Altos High School sophomore Angelina Lue created an online clothing business to support elephants.

It took Los Altos High School sophomore Angelina Lue only five minutes to become inspired to save elephants from the poaching crisis.

After a classmate at Khan Lab School, which Lue attended in 2016, delivered a five-minute presentation on how to save elephants by fostering them through a conservation organization, Lue was hooked.

MVLA Scholars supports first-gen college applicants

As the school year starts, seniors are beginning the process of applying to college. On top of all the essays students must write to apply, Mountain View High graduate Ana Sofía Garay said she remembers having to write scholarship applications as well.

But she didn’t do it alone. Now a sophomore at USC, Garay received help from Mountain View High’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which works closely with MVLA Scholars to provide college mentors, scholarship opportunities and internships to low-income, first-generation juniors and seniors in the district.

Swing Education aims to fill sub shortage


Courtesy of Swing
Swing Education aims to end the substitute teacher shortage out of a dog-friendly office in San Mateo.

Swing Education, a company founded by three Gunn High School graduates, is trying to end the substitute teacher shortage.

There’s been a nationwide teacher shortage over the past five years, and with it comes a substitute teacher shortage. So when teachers attend a conference or get sick – or their kids are sick – schools are scrambling to fill their positions. Enter Swing.

LA-rooted One Dollar For Life thrives


Courtesy of One Dollar for Life
Teens lay cinder blocks to build the walls of a classroom during a 2014 One Dollar For Life trip to Nicaragua.

Robert Freeman didn’t intend to start One Dollar For Life.

In 2007, he was a social studies teacher at Los Altos High School. He felt his students growing disenchanted – their parents were losing their jobs, their friends were losing their homes. Los Altos kids might have been well-off as a whole, but some students were really struggling, and the others were tuned in to the nationwide economic hardship.


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