High schoolers at LA History Museum celebrate Briones

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Volunteer John Grafton, left, hacks dried grass with a machete as Perlita Dicochea, co-curator of the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming Juana Briones exhibition, watches.

Adobe-brick making, medicinal-herb planting, archival research and videography were all tools of the trade for the 22 high schoolers who created exhibits for the Los Altos History Museum.

The museum this month hosted a two-week workshop during which the students, including several from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools, learned about Juana Briones and developed displays that tell the story of her life. Their work will be featured in the exhibition “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” scheduled to open Oct. 18 and run through April 20.

Foothill students search for affordable housing for their peers

Foothill College students are taking the housing crisis into their own hands.

Eoin O’Farrell, a student at Foothill, helped start Bay Area Students for Affordable Housing because he saw firsthand the desperate need for housing. The group’s mission is twofold: advocate for housing resources and connect homeless students with housing.

For soon-to-be high school seniors, summer might be the right time to start college apps

Illustration by Celeste Tran/Town Crier

Although months away, the deadlines for college applications are creeping up on rising seniors.

Due from November to January, most applications require essays and recommendations, along with a list of activities and accomplishments over their first three years of high school.

LASD teachers become students for summer writing workshop

Adanya Lustig/Town Crier
An instructor from Columbia University’s Teachers College describes how Los Altos teachers can encourage their students to develop ideas for writing that are both interesting and challenging.

Los Altos School District teachers and principals gathered last week for a writing workshop run by Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Teens talk mental health in 'Just a Thought'

Courtesy of Children’s Health Council
Members of the Children’s Health Council’s Teen Wellness Committee display copies of the book they compiled, “Just a Thought,” which addresses mental health challenges teens face. Pictured are, front, from left: Emily Snelling, Maya Chawla, Hazel Lam and Hamsa Jambulapati. Back: Danny Howell, Meghna Singh, Niklas Goodman, Ethan Du and Renee Remsberg.

When it comes to teenage mental health, there may not be a better authority than teens themselves. That’s why Stanford University’s Children’s Health Council reached out to Bay Area high school students to form the Teen Wellness Committee.

That was two years ago. Last month, members of the committee – which includes students from Los Altos, Mountain View, St. Francis and Gunn highs – released “Just a Thought,” a book comprising stories and anecdotes from Bay Area teens, unfiltered and candid about the struggles of mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression.

High school students launch free coding classes

Courtesy of Ananya Venkatraman
Students participate in the first day of Code Silicon Valley’s summer coding classes.

Sidd Iyer and his friends are so devoted to making coding more accessible to students that they’re not only teaching free classes this summer, they’re covering the expenses. Their program, Code Silicon Valley, launched last week at Los Altos High School.

The team of teen teachers and their families are paying all the costs, which include renting classrooms, according to Ananya Venkatraman, who handles public relations for the venture. In addition, they are providing computers for students unable to bring their own, she said.

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