Gardner Bullis celebrates student authors


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Gardner Bullis School second-grader Jackie Chow, left, and kindergartner Soraya Kermani review Soraya’s ABCs book during the school’s BookQuest.

Students at Gardner Bullis School became published authors and saw their finished products for the first time at the school’s inaugural BookQuest March 2.

After learning of Almond School’s similar BookWave event last year, Gardner Bullis parents Anna Kermani and Elaine Wang were inspired to launch a program at their school.

Mountain View High School students teach girls to code


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Samritha Nagesh, left, and Cathy Zhang, second from right, celebrate with graduates of CodeChic’s Scratch class – and one of their teachers – at Landels Elementary School in fall 2016.

Mountain View High School juniors Cathy Zhang and Samritha Nagesh are bringing computer science to local elementary schools with CodeChic.

The weekly afterschool program teaches young girls in Mountain View to code using programming languages such as Scratch and Python.

LAHS students teach coding to elementary students


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Los Altos High junior Anyka Chan, center, helps fifth-graders at Santa Rita School during a Computer Engineers of the Next Generation after-school class last week. The organization, run by Los Altos High students, provides free computer science courses in local schools.

With the goal to offer free computer science courses to kids at a young age, a group of Los Altos High School students launched Computer Engineers of the Next Generation.

The group of nine students offers the after-school classes to local fifth-graders with the aim of creating a diverse workforce of computer engineers for the next generation.

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.

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.”

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.


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