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Start the school year with college readiness in mind

Fall offers a new beginning for every year of high school and a chance to boost your college readiness quotient. Following are the top three strategies by class.

How to avoid student distractions in a high-tech classroom culture

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Students who use technology in the classroom face a paradox: That same device they need to complete their work can present their greatest distraction, according to author Ana Homayoun.

A few years ago, I spoke to school administrators about why they chose to implement a one-to-one iPad program, where each student receives a sleek device to store all textbooks, notes, assignments and classwork.

While it seemed like an all-in-one solution, teachers and administrators quickly realized the root of my concerns.

Here I come, college visits: Tips for trouble-free trips

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Students grab lunch and head back to Columbia University’s campus, located in Manhattan.

After 11 long years of preparation, I have come to the point in my school life where the daunting thought of going to college is nearing reality: my junior year. Along with standardized tests, AP classes and college applications comes the exciting task of visiting schools I am interested in attending.

My best friend and I last month spent five days exploring the “Big Apple” and two of its prestigious colleges in Manhattan – New York University and Columbia University.

How to make the most of a study abroad program

This is the second in a two-part series on college study abroad programs. Part 1 appeared in the April 20 Town Crier.

St. Nicholas School eighth-graders contribute through community service

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St. Nicholas School eighth-graders serve lunch to those in need at St. Joseph Cathedral’s Loyola Hall in San Jose. The students also donated $1,000 to the church.

The eighth-grade class at St. Nicholas School gave back to the community by tending to the needs of the homeless last month.

Study abroad programs come in different forms

I recently returned from a quick trip to Paris and Florence, where I studied, of all things, college students studying abroad.

Visit to Intuitive Surgical provides 'amazing' field trip

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St. Nicholas students Kira Gross, Hannah Lesti and Kayla Piper practice with the instruments during a class visit to Intuitive Surgical to view robotic surgery equipment.


Devon Montgomery-Eder is an eighth-grader at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos. Following is his recap of a recent field trip.

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