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Local students see music potential in joint performance with older peers


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Los Altos School District music teacher John Beeman, above, conducts a group of sixth- and seventh-graders performing “Malala’s Message,” a piece he composed for the “Strictly Strings” concert Feb. 16.

Los Altos School District elementary, junior high and high school students recently joined forces for the annual “Strictly Strings” concert, which offered the opportunity to envision their progress if they stick with their music instruction.

“‘Strictly Strings’ has been a big deal for about 20 years,” said John Beeman, music teacher for Los Altos School District schools. “It has made a huge difference. The elementary and junior high students get to see what they have to look forward to.”

STEM star: Los Altos teen wins national computing award


Courtesy of Sally Li
Menlo School senior Lauren Yang, left, works on her school’s Botball robotics team, which she founded when she was a freshman. The Los Altos resident recently received national recognition for excelling in computer science.

When Lauren Yang submitted her application for a national award honoring high school girls who excel in computer science, the Los Altos resident said she “had no expectations whatsoever.”

So months later, when she received a congratulatory email, Yang was ecstatic.

LAHS student raises money for cause close to her heart


Courtesy of Megan Tsern
Los Altos High School junior Megan Tsern shows her contract to fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year campaign. Tsern hopes to raise $50,000 in memory of her brother, Matthew, who died of leukemia when she was 7 years old.

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Los Altos High School junior Megan Tsern is devoting her time and energy this month to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society isn’t just any nonprofit organization to Tsern. It holds a special place in her heart because the group’s research has helped triple the blood cancer survival rate.

Student 'letters home' uncover lingering tenderness of new adults

Letters Home
 

Longtime Los Altos resident Carol Stearns wrote letters to her mother nearly every day during the war years on Stanford University’s campus.

Stearns, who died in 2009, described being a new student at The Farm when she first drove up from Southern California in 1943. Chuffed to have been asked on a date her first day on campus, she also described a rough arrival the night before. After locating her residence hall, Roble, with some travail, Stearns found the upperclassmen lounging around within less than warm.

Families gather to create Cradle to Covington group


Courtesy of Sandesh Mouli
Los Altos children, clockwise from left, Zara Shah, Kayden Shah, Logan Mouli and Shreya Mouli trick-or-treat together. The children and their parents are members of Cradle to Covington, a social network for parents whose young children will eventually attend Covington School.

Many families in Los Altos include two working parents supporting a busy lifestyle, especially if young children are involved.

In an effort to connect parents with children ages 5 and under who will eventually attend Covington School, Sandesh Mouli posted an appeal on Nextdoor.com.

Harp playing resonates with MVHS student


Courtesy of Jason Kneebone
Mountain View High School sophomore Danielle Nam has been playing the harp since she was 6 years old.

After short stints playing the violin and piano, Los Altos resident Danielle Nam found the ideal instrument at age 6 – the harp.

The Mountain View High School sophomore said what makes the harp so special to her is the “relative physicality of it.”


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