Cupertino Union preschool program plans continued expansion

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Teacher Lisa Golomeic works with a child in Montclaire Elementary School’s preschool program.

The Cupertino Union School District’s preschool program expanded to Montclaire Elementary School in south Los Altos this school year and is set to grow to two more schools in the fall.

Foothill 'Physics Show' stays in motion

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Foothill College physics instructor Frank Cascarano performs in a December 18 installment of "The Physics Show," which teaches children about topics such as inertia, pendulums and pressure through a variety of demonstrations.

Dozens of times each year, Foothill College physics instructor Frank Cascarano lays down on a bed of nails as hundreds of school children watch. Fellow physics teacher David Marasco then puts another plank of nails on top of Cascarano, followed by a cement block.

Oak students’ fundraiser for fire victims exceeds expectations

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Chase Nakayama, right, packs up toys, to donate to Northern California fire victims. Chase and a group of friends at Oak Avenue School delivered more than 1,000 gifts to the Healdsburg Free Store, which provides supplies to fire victims at no cost.

When Oak Avenue School student Chase Nakayama heard about the Kincade Fire, which burned more than 75,000 acres after igniting Oct. 23 in Sonoma County, he knew he wanted to do something to help.

Local psychologist receives grant to study stress in students

Quyen Tiet

Even psychology majors get stressed out sometimes. As the college students work toward their degrees, their stress levels increase – often leading to insomnia, anxiety or depression – according to Quyen Tiet, Ph.D., a psychologist with a practice in Los Altos.

Laptop giveaway supports students lacking computer access

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EqOpTech volunteer Karla Sanchez, left, works with a young student to help her set up a Chromebook at a Nov. 22 laptop distribution.

Hundreds of parents and students lined up outside the multipurpose room at Mariano Castro Elementary School in Mountain View on the evening of Nov. 22 to receive a free laptop.

Egan eighth-grader dedicates fundraiser to saving elephants

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Uma Chirotarrab, left, hosts a fundraiser in downtown Los Altos last year to help save elephants with her friend Emmi Ben Tovim. This year, she plans to hold the annual event Dec. 7.

For the fifth year in a row, eighth-grader Uma Chirotarrab is slated to hold a fundraiser in downtown Los Altos to help save elephants at risk of poaching in Africa.

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