High schoolers aim to promote civil political discourse

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Mountain View High School junior Dayana Sheinin, right, discusses the 2020 presidential election with a group of fellow teenagers at an event hosted by the school’s Conversation Club.

In the current era of high political polarization, many people avoid discussing politics entirely with those who disagree with them. A group of local high schoolers think that’s the wrong path to go down and recently held an event aimed at getting those with divergent political beliefs to have a respectful discussion about the 2020 presidential election.

Simulations aim to build empathy for students with dyslexia

Learning to read is a rite of passage for elementary school students, but for children with dyslexia it can pose a unique challenge.

A pair of Los Altos School District parents are working to raise awareness about the learning disability and help teachers build empathy for dyslexic students. Wendy McDowell and Nikki Emens are leading simulations with local teachers aimed at illustrating what school can be like for a dyslexic student.

TheatreWorks takes ‘Oskar’ on tour of local elementary schools

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Caitlyn Louchard, left, plays the brave knight and Davied Morales is the damsel in a previous production of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Oskar and the Countless Costume Changes.”

Members of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s education program are slated to take their “Oskar” tour to area elementary schools March 2 through April 10, performing plays that embrace acceptance and discourage bullying.

Students join GreenTown in tree-planting campaign

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Covington School students help plant a tree in the parking lot.

For Covington School sixth-grader Cooper Ebbitt, helping to plant a tree on campus last week was a fun way to aid the environment and improve his school.

Gardner Bullis students record language-learning ‘talking books’

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Ta-Da! founder Michelle Glorieux reads one of her company’s books to her son.

Students at Gardner Bullis School recently got the chance to help record a series of “talking books” aimed at assisting young children in learning another language.

Foothill Middle College expands to meet demand

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Foothill Middle College teacher Mike Wilson works with Emma Stayte, left, and Kimbal Williams on a project.

When Caroline Kemp was a sophomore at Mountain View High School, she felt unsatisfied socially and academically, longing for a more supportive environment and greater freedom to choose her classes. Then she found the Foothill Middle College program, which allows local high school juniors and seniors to take all of their classes on the Foothill College campus.


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