Santa Rita celebrates 60th anniversary with an international focus

International Week Dances
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Santa Rita Elementary students perform a traditional Mexican dance Friday as part of the school’s International Week celebration.

Santa Rita School celebrated its 60th anniversary last week with multicultural flair.

Every transitional kindergartner and kindergartner was issued a “passport” and received a visa stamp while visiting a “country.” The countries on their world tour were in fact classrooms, where a group of sixth-graders who serve as Santa Rita’s “cultural ambassadors” delivered presentations on various countries, cultures and customs March 21.

High-tech meets arts education for Freestyle Academy

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Freestyle Academy students Owen Daniels, left, and Ben Peterson review a mockumentary they created in teacher Matt Taylor’s film production class.

In a recording studio equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, a small group of Los Altos and Mountain View high school students played music they had composed without using musical instruments.

The young musicians used the digital audio workstation Reason 9.5, which they mastered at the Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, a Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District program for juniors and seniors that emphasizes cutting-edge technology.

Gardner Bullis celebrates Seuss' b-day, student authors

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LASD Superintendent Jeff Baier reads to students at Gardner Bullis School’s Read Across America event Friday, with Principal Nadia Oskolkoff in costume.

Students at Gardner Bullis School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday and shared their own published books Thursday as part of the school’s second BookQuest event.

Friday featured a Read Across America activity.

TheatreWorks' upcoming Oskar show opens its doors to entire community

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Jon Deline plays the title role in “Oskar and the Last Straw,” a TheatreWorks production aimed at helping students cope with stress from activity and academic overload.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's “Oskar” tour – featuring live school assemblies for students in grades K-5 – is set to premiere 2 p.m. March 31 at the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College. For the first time, the performance will be open to all local residents.

The Foothill production is the only one on the tour open to the general public – the other performances will take place at schools.

Fat Tuesday frivolities Blach celebrates Mardi Gras in French & Spanish

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French student Grace Kloeckl, right, and teammates add embellishments to a colorful mask Feb. 13 as part of a Mardi Gras-themed competition at Blach Intermediate School.

Envision Cinderella speaking French, Belle chatting with the Beast in Spanish and another fairy-tale princess complaining about “el guisante” (“the pea,” in Spanish) under her mattress.

The multilingual skits highlighted Blach Intermediate School’s Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 13, performed by eighth-graders who take French or Spanish.

Loyola Kind Club makes Valentine's lunch bags for Hope's Corner

Kind Club
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Loyola Elementary School’s Kind Club members, above, decorate Valentine’s lunch bags for Hope’s Corner lunch recipients.

Regan Pan and Olivia Spaulding are best friends in the transitional kindergarten at Loyola School and members of the school’s Kind Club.

“We do everything together,” Olivia said. “So we come to the Kind Club meetings together.”

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