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

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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'

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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.

Local teen receives Princeton Prize in Race Relations

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Sho Sho Leigh Ho speaks at Princeton, where she accepted an award for her work in race relations.

Los Altos Hills resident Sho Sho Leigh Ho is among the 28 recipients of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The rising senior at Castilleja School was recognized in the spring for contributing to her school and community in the field of race relations.

“I think the prize is really important because it is giving youth a much-needed affirmation that, ‘Yes, what you’re doing has a positive impact on the world,’” said Ho, a former Town Crier intern.

MVHS Wellness Week program focuses on year-round health

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Mountain View High student Rachel Blockhus, left, cuddles with a rabbit, and students play ball, above, during the Spartans PAUSE Wellness Week before the finals.

The Spartans PAUSE program at Mountain View High School aims to help students relax during the week before their finals.

Spartans PAUSE, whose motto is “PAUSE and Take Time for Yourself,” features a week of wellness activities designed to help students de-stress before taking their final exams. The program is funded by the PTSA and run by parent volunteers.

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