Civic Engagement Week at MVHS encourages student participation

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Mountain View High students participate in the community fair during last week’s Civic Engagement Week.

Mountain View High School’s Associated Student Body and social studies department hosted Civic Engagement Week March 20-23 to encourage students to become active and ethical participants in the country’s discourse.

During the week, staff- and student-led activities within and beyond the classroom were held on campus to broaden and deepen all students’ understanding of U.S. democracy and civil society.

STEM career events inspire junior highers in LA School District

Courtesy of Sarah Stern-Benoit
Gokul Krishnan delivers a presentation at Los Altos School District’s STEM Career Night March 21.

The Los Altos School District hosted STEM Career Day events last week to encourage junior-high students to pursue opportunities in various science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

Seventh- and eighth-graders completed STEM projects and displayed them at Egan Junior High School March 19 and Blach Intermediate School March 20.

Santa Rita celebrates 60th anniversary with an international focus

International Week Dances
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Santa Rita Elementary students perform a traditional Mexican dance Friday as part of the school’s International Week celebration.

Santa Rita School celebrated its 60th anniversary last week with multicultural flair.

Every transitional kindergartner and kindergartner was issued a “passport” and received a visa stamp while visiting a “country.” The countries on their world tour were in fact classrooms, where a group of sixth-graders who serve as Santa Rita’s “cultural ambassadors” delivered presentations on various countries, cultures and customs March 21.

Enough is enough

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Los Altos High junior Brynna Mitchner, center, delivers a speech she wrote about gun violence beside senior Jia Seow, left, and junior Reilly Dennedy, right, during the National Student Walkout on the school’s football field.

Following is the speech Mitchner delivered at the March 14 National School Walkout at Los Altos High School.

Loyola 3rd-graders ask for inclusive playground

Courtesy of Grace Choi
Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo, back row, center, visits Loyola School third-graders and their teacher Tracy Grinberg, back right, and student teacher Lauren Ewing, back left, March 14.

When Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo visited Loyola School March 14 to answer third-graders’ questions about public service, the students asked, “How can we get an inclusive playground on campus?”

An inclusive playground is designed as a safe place for children of all abilities and ages.

MVLA, LASD call for school safety legislation

In response to the recent spate of school shootings, trustees of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos School District unanimously passed resolutions at their respective meetings March 12 requesting that the U.S. Congress and the State Legislature introduce legislation promoting school safety.

The Los Altos School District’s Resolution 17/18-23 and MVLA’s Resolution 18-18 ask the federal government to take action to protect schools. Resolution 18-18 specifically urges the state and Congress to “implement common-sense measures that prioritize student safety,” and Congress to “pass specific legislation that reduces the risk and severity of gun violence on school campuses and repeals the prohibition against data collection and research on gun violence by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.”

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