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.”

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.


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