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

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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.”

Los Altos High Green Team hosts conference at Google

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Sarah Chang, left, and Anya Gupta lead Los Altos High School’s Green Team at a conference held last month at Google Inc.

The Green Team is Los Altos High School’s environmental club. We hosted our fourth annual Students for Green High Schools Conference Jan. 27 in a room on Google Inc.’s Mountain View campus.

The mission of the conference was to bring environmentally minded students together to inspire and learn from each other to strengthen the culture of sustainability on our campuses.

KCI offers Tech Camp for teens over break

Students learn engineering and programming skills at the KCI Tech Camp in December at Foothill. Courtesy of KCI

Over winter break, students will have a new opportunity to flex their creativity at a camp hosted by the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College.

The KCI Tech Camp, open to students ages 12-16, will be taught by professional instructors with engineering experience. Students will have access to technology such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, microcontrollers, LED lights and PCs to create their own designs.

Los Altos High in 3-D: Students create art, glasses and frames on high-tech printer

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Los Altos High School senior Attila Delingat dons a pair of glasses he printed on the school’s 3-D printer.

Los Altos High School senior Attila Delingat produced three eyeglass frames in the school’s Rapid Prototyping Lab. The first one was too small, the second one too big, but the third one fit perfectly.

“It took about 45 minutes to design the frame,” Delingat said. “Then it took about an hour to print the front part and half an hour to print the side parts.”

Springer's older students help younger ones in the school's second-year Mentor Program

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Mentor Trevi Noel, above in green shirt, watches a younger child play “Gaga Ball” at Springer School. Mentor Nicola Barcelona, right, helps second-grader Nora Pearl complete a handstand.

During the lunch hour at Springer School, the playground is dotted with the eye-catching neon-green T-shirts on fifth- and sixth-graders who guide younger children through various activities.

One of the sixth-graders, Nicola Barcelona, helped second-grader Nora Pearl learn how to do a handstand.

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