Urban farm takes root at Alta Vista High School


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Sophomore Alger Tovar treats Alta Vista High School’s resident goat to a garden-grown snack.

Horticulture, animal development, nutrition, sustainability: Science students at Alta Vista High School have learned a lot this year.

All that, and one more thing: When Oreo, Alta Vista’s resident goat, is mad? You get out of the way.

The art of helping others: LAHS student creates website to raise funds for nonprofit groups


Courtesy of Nick Cosgrove
The Los Altos High Metallic Palette team – from left, Andrew Cho, Duncan Koblas, Arjun Singla and Mark Padaong – collaborates on an artistic fundraiser.

LAHS students decode the mysteries of biodiversity


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Los Altos High student Devon Tompane, above, delicately transfers extracted DNA to an agarose gel for her class’s International Barcode for Life project.

From oak woodlands to lush riverbanks and dry chaparral shrublands, the Santa Clara Valley’s natural environment is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna – for now.

For scientists who study biodiversity, the effects of climate change and habitat destruction present an urgent problem, according to Los Altos High School science teacher Meghan Strazicich. Only a fraction of plant and animal species have been discovered, identified and scientifically classified. If only a handful of experts are doing this identification work, the rate of species extinction may outpace that of scientific discovery.

High school girls pair with Stanford at Coding Camp


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Local high school students join forces with Stanford University mentors to create original programs at a previous Girls Teaching Girls to Code event.

Stanford University’s Girls Teaching Girls to Code program sponsored its fifth annual Code Camp last week, inviting high school girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields to learn from Stanford women mentors.

Approximately 200 high school girls and 40 Stanford mentors attended this year’s Code Camp, including students from Los Altos, Mountain View, Homestead and St. Francis high schools. The event aims to help girls new to STEM subjects learn programming basics, and offers different tracks in computer science with topics ranging from web development to virtual reality.

BCS students share their voices at Mandarin Speech Contest


Courtesy of Stacey Walter
Bullis Charter School students take home top honors for their fluency in Mandarin Chinese at the state speech competition last month.

Bullis Charter School students participated in record numbers at the state Mandarin Speech Contest April 22, organized by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California.

Of the 31 Bullis Charter School students competing, eight placed first in their categories, with four placing second and 10 receiving honorable mentions. This was the school’s eighth year competing in the contest, which includes categories for students from first grade through college.

LASD students fly high and set records in Junior Olympics


Above and Bottom Right photos by Bill Witte/Special to the Town Crier; bottom left by Sharon Tan/Special to the Town CrierMarcus Ting, above, from left, Louis Tirache, Tomoya Ueda and Michael Vaisberg represent their schools (Springer, Santa Rita, Covington and Oak Avenue, respectively), during a hurdles event at the 57th annual Junior Olympics April 29. Springer students Megan Chung and Lance Kluge, below left, carry the torch for their school around the Mountain View High track. Santa Rita students Ainsley Witte and Jadyn Ye, below right, take flight as they run the hurdles.

With families cheering in the stands, flags waving and school colors painted across faces, Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders competed in the 57th annual Junior Olympics April 29 at Mountain View High School, surpassing records in multiple events.


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