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.

New club launches LAHS students to high-tech leading edge


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Los Altos High students Maxwell Liu, left, and Ravi Krishna show off the autonomous “ShadowCart.”

A new machine-learning club at Los Altos High School has propelled local students into the still budding world of self-driving cars.

Since forming the Electric Dreams club in March, freshmen Ravi Krishna and Maxwell Liu have led more than 30 peers in building an autonomous model car.

Almond panel discusses gender beyond the binary


Courtesy of Dr. Jill Hagenkord
Dr. Jill Hagenkord speaks at Almond School with her sons, Almond fourth-grader Mark Tanner, left, and Egan seventh-grader Cade Maw.

Local families, along with Los Altos School District faculty and staff, attended a panel at Almond School last week addressing how adults can support transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

Much of the discussion centered on transgender children, who identify with a gender different from the sex they were assigned at birth. But Almond’s school psychologist Kristi Clouser also emphasized that creating a safe, supportive environment benefits a wide range of kids – from the boy who wants to grow his hair out to the girl who prefers sports gear to pink frills.

Student supports Pinewood at games


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Pinewood School senior Alex Banning, center, revs up the crowd at a girls basketball game.

Many Pinewood School students know senior Alex Banning as an almost larger-than-life figure on the Los Altos Hills campus. He founded Pinewood’s cheer squad and leads school assemblies as student body president.

But when Banning is not in the spotlight, he’s often working behind the scenes to support Pinewood. He handles sound design for the theater department, website design for the school newspaper and does some IT work for teachers and students. Oh, and he has a side business as well.

Chelsea Clinton visits Blach students


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Blach Intermediate School students and staff welcome author and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, right, to their campus last week.

Blach Intermediate School greeted former first daughter Chelsea Clinton last week with a packed auditorium, applause and a brief attempt to start “the wave” in the audience.

Clinton, on tour publicizing her book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” spoke to students April 18 about the value of becoming civically engaged at an early age and urged them to advocate for the causes they believe in.

Mountain View High science squad works from underdog to top spot


Courtesy of Anita Wood
Mountain View High students participate in late-night study sessions for the Science Olympiad tournament.

Mountain View High School’s Science Olympiad team finished second in this month’s state championship, earning medals in 15 out of 22 events, including first-place medals in Ecology, Hydrogeology and Electric Vehicle events.

Just three years ago, according to head coach Anita Wood, the Science Olympiad club’s haphazard meeting schedule had the team regularly placing last or next-to-last. They had never won a medal, nor qualified for state.


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