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Los Altos High School debuts freshmen mentors


Courtesy of Sarika Sethi
The fledgling Student Community Leaders class at Los Altos High School returns this fall with a new initiative, Freshman Jumpstart, to ease the transition for students arriving fresh from middle school.

Incoming ninth-graders at Los Altos High School will have a little extra help navigating new and unfamiliar breezeways this year thanks to Freshman Jumpstart, a new peer mentoring program run by the school’s youth leadership class.

All new freshmen at Los Altos High this fall will be paired with a volunteer mentor, all of whom are older students whose grades meet a grade-point average cutoff and who have been recommended by a teacher. In an effort to ease the sometimes nerve-racking transition from smaller middle-school campuses, Jumpstart mentors aim to provide not only concrete advice on subjects such as course selection, but also a friendly face on campus.

Silicon Valley culture leads to stress in teens and adults

Many articles have been written about the state of mental illness in Silicon Valley. I’ve read my fair share of tirades by concerned adults, such as the famous Atlantic magazine article “The Silicon Valley Suicides.”

Despite these articles, awareness campaigns, speeches, discussions and forums by both teens and parents, no action of consequence is actually taking place. Well-intentioned initiatives such as mental health groups at schools, websites and apps such as Teenztalk.org, created by Silicon Valley teens, are not enough to counteract the mental health epidemic.

Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp settles into stability


Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier
Pulses race and hearts thump in a science class at last week’s Bullis Boosters summer camp, as campers learn to take their own vital signs.

It takes a village to put on the Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp.

Co-founded five years ago by a group of Bullis Charter School parents to battle “summer slide” in kids’ academic prowess, the camp has grown through collaboration as it pursues a permanent and sustainable future.

Let's promote active citizenship by lowering voting age to 16

 

Voting has always felt like a part of my life, even though I cannot yet vote. For as long as I can remember, I have accompanied my parents to polling places each November and marveled at the array of people gathered there. It was a tangible reminder of the importance of active citizenship.

Los Altos High teacher honored for science education

The Santa Clara County Office of Education recently named Darren Dressen, a chemistry teacher at Los Altos High School, one of the winners of the Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards.

Local Harker School students test engineering chops at national competition


Courtesy of Roxana Yang
Harker School’s nationally competitive engineering team prepares at home for the TEAMS event in Orlando.

Los Altos Hills teen Jackie Yang captained an engineering team all the way to Orlando, Fla., last month for the national TEAMS competition, challenging students’ prowess in tests of engineering aptitude, mathematics and science.


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