St. Nicholas showcases Writer's Workshop

Courtesy of Mary Gallivan
St. Nicholas Catholic School students share their writing with visiting teachers March 21.

More than 40 teachers throughout the Diocese of San Jose visited St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills to witness its Writer’s Workshop in action March 21.

Visiting teachers observed a 50-minute class period of writing, noting the structure of the workshop and the positive and engaged responses from students.

BCS students use design thinking to solve real-world challenges

Bullis Charter School students Naomi Ichiriu, from left, Noah Kaufman, Caleb Chen and Andy Nilson collaboratively developed a hydroponics system under the guidance of teacher Mick Coleman to grow plants without soil. Courtesy of Stacey Walter

As seventh-graders at Bullis Charter School, we recently completed a three-week Engineering & Design Intersession (EDI) to solve real-world problems.

Our group chose to solve a problem presented by Bullis Charter School MakerSpace teacher Mick Coleman, which was to develop a hydroponics system to grow plants in a space-efficient manner in his classroom.

MVLA trustees honor distinguished students

Courtesy of Cynthia Greaves
Los Altos High School teacher Darren Dressen, from left, attends the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District board meeting March 26 with students Geoffrey Glass, Samira Sriram and Tanya Matthew, honored by MVLA trustees for earning finalist status at the Synopsys Championship.

Six students stepped into the spotlight at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting March 26 as trustees lauded their accomplishments.

Half of the students recognized achieved finalist status at the Synopsys Championship, an annual prize awarded to the Santa Clara County student whose project best exemplifies the next breakthrough in science and engineering.

Doctor offers advice on student wellness

As the mental health of students becomes an increasingly widespread concern for parents, the Town Crier asked Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatrician Dr. Kellen Glinder to share advice on how to help children maintain their emotional stability and concentrate on their studies.

Glinder attributed many of children’s mental and even physical health problems to excessive use of electronic devices. In the aftermath of concussion after a sports accident, for example, it can take weeks longer for today’s children to recuperate because they use their cellphones all the time and don’t give their brains a break, he said.

MVLA trustees discuss student wellness issues

Approximately 35 percent of juniors at Los Altos High School and more than 30 percent of their peers at Mountain View High expressed chronically sad or hopeless feelings on the 2017-2018 California Healthy Kids Survey.

The survey results were revealed in a report presented to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees March 26.

Millennials get a bum rap

They’re entitled. They’re self-centered. They’re lazy. They’re millennials. Born between 1980 and 2000, millennials are the young adults of today, and they come shrouded in negative stereotypes.

With harsh critics of the generation ranging from high-profile political figures to everyday citizens, millennials are viewed as entitled and selfish. This is perhaps because of the influx of technology in their daily lives that has created a rift between generations: those who can use them, and those who can’t. But human nature is to resist change, so are millennials really that bad?

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