Read all about it: Covington gets student-run newspaper

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Sixth-graders Shreya Goyalpatel, from left, Jordice Towne and Raghav Peruri meet during lunch to plan their next school newspaper meeting. The group created the Coyote Crier this fall.

The free press is alive and well at Covington School.

Sixth-graders Raghav Peruri, Shreya Goyalpatel and Jordice Towne started a newspaper, the Coyote Crier, this fall. The paper, scheduled for publication three times a year, covers the school’s important news – a field trip to a neuroscientist’s lab, popular recess games and lunch table cleanliness, to name a few stories.

Q&A: MVLA trustee Mitchner shares thoughts on leaving board

After 11 years on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School Board of Trustees, Joe Mitchner decided it was time for a change and opted not to run for re-election.

During his time on the board, Mitchner, a Mountain View resident, used his financial background to help shepherd a $275 million facilities bond, but he said he’s most proud of the work he’s done to advocate for students’ wellness.

Mountain View High's new Liberal Action club stumps for Dems

Waves of music blast from calls put on hold. As a “Hello?” emerges from the speakers, the collective laughter and casual dance moves are temporarily suspended, followed by “Hi, I’m calling you to discuss the upcoming midterm election.”

These political activists, calling on behalf of Democratic candidates days before the Nov. 6 election, are too young to vote. They call themselves Liberal Action, a second-year club at Mountain View High School.

Foothill endeavor aims to upend scientist stereotypes

Jeff Schinske
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Foothill College biology instructor Jeff Schinske, standing, teaches class. He has a developed a hypothesis that students need to see themselves as belonging in the field in order to succeed.

Jeff Schinske approaches problems like the scientist that he is. So when he noticed that even in his own biology classroom at Foothill College minorities were not doing as well as their more privileged peers, he wanted to find out why, and he wanted to fix it.

Schinske developed a hypothesis: Students need to see themselves as belonging in the field in order to succeed.

MVLA tiptoes toward stadium lights

Stadium lights are back on the table.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees took a cautious step toward illuminating the athletic fields at Los Altos High and Mountain View High at a study session last week.

Kids, parents take the spirit out of Halloween

I sat behind a Rubbermaid table in front of an old Palo Alto residence, holding a chocolate bar the size of my face.

The arm of an elementary-school-aged boy dressed as a dinosaur extended above his head to where I could see his hand, his palm facing up toward the night sky. He waited as I handed him the chocolate bar. Like a soldier, he marched to the next house. His parents trailed behind him.

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