Bullis Charter student speaks at conference on climate change


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Bullis Charter School eighth-grader Keshav Shah attends the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Canada with teacher Michelle Sanfilippo in early March.

Bullis Charter School eighth-grader Keshav Shah and a group of fellow student representatives received a standing ovation for the paper they presented at the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, held March 5-7 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the conference was designed to assess academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change.

Local students walk out to 'do our part' and protest gun violence


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Los Altos High students form a heart on the school’s football field, above, during the National School Walkout March 14, honoring the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings. Mountain View High students, right, join in the walkout on their campus, with some students holding protest signs calling for stricter gun laws.

Los Altos High School student Reilly Dennedy read the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings as hundreds of her fellow students stood in silence at 10 a.m. March 14 on the school’s football field.

They left their classes to participate in the National School Walkout, marking the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and demanding stricter gun control policies.

Girl Scouts take stand for education worldwide


Courtesy of Kaci Freeman
Girl Scout Troop 60130, comprising fifth-graders from Los Altos, recently raised money for the Malala Fund, which helps girls around the world pursue equal educational opportunities.

Girl Scouts don’t just sell cookies. We also fight for rights, like girls’ education. This isn’t a problem in the U.S., but in other countries it is. That’s why our troop is taking action by raising money to help these girls who are less fortunate.

We have chosen to donate to the Malala Fund because it helps girls all over the world who don’t get to have the same education that we get. Malala is a role model for girls. People may remember her heroic story. In 2007, a group of people took control of her valley. Malala and her friends would have to sneak into school. Malala protested, even though she knew the dangers. As she became popular, the group started to target her.

High-tech meets arts education for Freestyle Academy


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Freestyle Academy students Owen Daniels, left, and Ben Peterson review a mockumentary they created in teacher Matt Taylor’s film production class.

In a recording studio equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, a small group of Los Altos and Mountain View high school students played music they had composed without using musical instruments.

The young musicians used the digital audio workstation Reason 9.5, which they mastered at the Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, a Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District program for juniors and seniors that emphasizes cutting-edge technology.

Almond parents clarify actions

Almond School parents who had problems with Principal Erika Benadom decried last week’s Town Crier article on Benadom’s resignation for being one-sided and implying that the principal was “bullied.”

Several of the parents, who requested anonymity, said there’s no connection between the principal’s resignation and teacher representative Elizabeth Leach’s separate comment to the Los Altos School District board about parents bullying teachers.

More security at MVLA schools during student walkout protests


Courtesy of Brynna Mitchner
Los Altos High School junior Brynna Mitchner, left, and fellow student Miyuki Ozawa make signs for today’s student walkout.

As local high school students participate in today’s National School Walkout in protest of gun violence, Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District officials have taken measures to keep them safe.

The walkout is scheduled 10-10:17 a.m. at Los Altos and Mountain View High schools, followed by brunch on both campuses.


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