Local students see music potential in joint performance with older peers


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Los Altos School District music teacher John Beeman, above, conducts a group of sixth- and seventh-graders performing “Malala’s Message,” a piece he composed for the “Strictly Strings” concert Feb. 16.

Los Altos School District elementary, junior high and high school students recently joined forces for the annual “Strictly Strings” concert, which offered the opportunity to envision their progress if they stick with their music instruction.

“‘Strictly Strings’ has been a big deal for about 20 years,” said John Beeman, music teacher for Los Altos School District schools. “It has made a huge difference. The elementary and junior high students get to see what they have to look forward to.”

STEM star: Los Altos teen wins national computing award


Courtesy of Sally Li
Menlo School senior Lauren Yang, left, works on her school’s Botball robotics team, which she founded when she was a freshman. The Los Altos resident recently received national recognition for excelling in computer science.

When Lauren Yang submitted her application for a national award honoring high school girls who excel in computer science, the Los Altos resident said she “had no expectations whatsoever.”

So months later, when she received a congratulatory email, Yang was ecstatic.

Mentor Tutor Connection seeks volunteer tutors and mentors

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Mentor Tutor Connection has scheduled a volunteer open house and luncheon noon to 1 p.m. March 7 in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District boardroom, 1299 Bryant Ave., Mountain View.

LAHS student raises money for cause close to her heart


Courtesy of Megan Tsern
Los Altos High School junior Megan Tsern shows her contract to fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year campaign. Tsern hopes to raise $50,000 in memory of her brother, Matthew, who died of leukemia when she was 7 years old.

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Los Altos High School junior Megan Tsern is devoting her time and energy this month to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society isn’t just any nonprofit organization to Tsern. It holds a special place in her heart because the group’s research has helped triple the blood cancer survival rate.

Student 'letters home' uncover lingering tenderness of new adults

Letters Home
 

Longtime Los Altos resident Carol Stearns wrote letters to her mother nearly every day during the war years on Stanford University’s campus.

Stearns, who died in 2009, described being a new student at The Farm when she first drove up from Southern California in 1943. Chuffed to have been asked on a date her first day on campus, she also described a rough arrival the night before. After locating her residence hall, Roble, with some travail, Stearns found the upperclassmen lounging around within less than warm.

Schools Briefs February 15 2017

Foothill College hosts astronomy lecture

Astronomer Chris Impey is scheduled to discuss “Beyond: Our Future in Space” 7 p.m. today in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Part of the 17th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Impey’s illustrated, nontechnical talk will review the history and landmarks of the international space program, give a snapshot of the current situation and plot the trajectory of the future of space travel.


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