LAHS student raises money for cause close to her heart

Courtesy of Megan Tsern
Los Altos High School junior Megan Tsern shows her contract to fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year campaign. Tsern hopes to raise $50,000 in memory of her brother, Matthew, who died of leukemia when she was 7 years old.

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Los Altos High School junior Megan Tsern is devoting her time and energy this month to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society isn’t just any nonprofit organization to Tsern. It holds a special place in her heart because the group’s research has helped triple the blood cancer survival rate.

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group

Courtesy of Sandesh Mouli
Los Altos children, clockwise from left, Zara Shah, Kayden Shah, Logan Mouli and Shreya Mouli trick-or-treat together. The children and their parents are members of Cradle to Covington, a social network for parents whose young children will eventually attend Covington School.

Many families in Los Altos include two working parents supporting a busy lifestyle, especially if young children are involved.

In an effort to connect parents with children ages 5 and under who will eventually attend Covington School, Sandesh Mouli posted an appeal on

Harp playing resonates with MVHS student

Courtesy of Jason Kneebone
Mountain View High School sophomore Danielle Nam has been playing the harp since she was 6 years old.

After short stints playing the violin and piano, Los Altos resident Danielle Nam found the ideal instrument at age 6 – the harp.

The Mountain View High School sophomore said what makes the harp so special to her is the “relative physicality of it.”

Student visitors share Chinese culture with Santa Rita School

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Visiting students from China perform a traditional sleeve dance for Santa Rita School students as part of a cultural assembly.

Despite not always being able to understand one another, students at Santa Rita School and their visiting Chinese peers found common ground in the international language of play last week.

Part of the Santa Clara County Young Cultural Ambassador program, 64 third- though sixth-graders from China visited Santa Rita Jan. 24 with an aim to build multicultural understanding and appreciation.

Bullis Charter School prepares new teachers for long careers

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Bullis Charter School associate teacher Elle Pan gives feedback on the shark-shaped plane a student drew in class. The school’s Associate Teacher Program prepares teachers to meet the demands of the 21st-century classroom.

Bullis Charter School doesn’t just hire new teachers – through its Associate Teacher Program, administrators ensure that every new instructor is properly prepared and the perfect fit.

“The Associate Teacher Program is a certified position, with the primary objective of helping reduce the teacher-student ratio in order to execute the personalized learning program we have at Bullis,” Superintendent Wanny Hersey said.

Local students perform in Rose Parade

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Mountain View High School students and alumni, from left, Thomas Hubel, Tanner Machala, Matt Costales, Kevin Iwai, Braydon Ross, Andrew Tey, Pearl Kaewpanya, Charles Ho, Lou Rosen and Dominic Hugyik performed in the Rose Parade Jan. 2.

Fourteen current and former students of Los Altos and Mountain View High schools marched in the Rose Parade Jan. 2 as members of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the corps made parade history by performing both for the opening ceremony and as the final marching unit to close the parade.

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