Los Altos High librarian pens humorous YA novel


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Los Altos High librarian and author Gordon Jack introduces his young adult novel, “The Boomerang Effect,” to the community at an event Nov. 9.

Los Altos High School librarian Gordon Jack is debuting his first young adult novel to the community Nov. 9 with an author event that promises to be fresh and fun, like the book itself.

Jack’s novel, “The Boomerang Effect” (2016, HarperCollins), chronicles the story of high school junior Lawrence, who finds himself in a spot of trouble and connects with a freshman mentor, Spencer, who helps Lawrence find his authentic self.

MVHS hosts marching band show


Courtesy of MVHS Instrumental Music Parents Association
The St. Francis High School Marching Band takes to the Mountain View High field at the Oct. 1 “Community Thank You” event.

Several high school marching bands performed their field shows for family, friends and local residents at Mountain View High School Oct. 1.

Billed as a “Community Thank You,” Mountain View High has hosted the annual event since the 1980s. This year’s performers received a rousing reception and enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

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Journalist and author Barbara Bradley Hagerty is slated to discuss “Life Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for Our Health, Relationships and Future” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9 in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Hagerty’s presentation is part of the Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series.

BCS hosts Opera à la Carte


Courtesy of Stacey Walter
Bullis Charter School students perform with professionals during the Opera à la Carte program’s recent visit to the school.

There was music in the air last month when the San Francisco Opera traveled to Bullis Charter School to showcase the Opera à la Carte program.

Bullis Charter School was selected to host the special presentation, and the school’s sixth-graders performed. Sponsored by the Opera Guild, Opera à la Carte provides an immersive opera experience to schools across the Bay Area.

St. Francis students share stories of inspirational teens


Courtesy of Justin Duan
St. Francis High senior Sid Mani, left, rides a go-cart he made. Fellow St. Francis seniors Akash Singhal and Justin Duan recently launched a website spotlighting teens like Mani who are pursuing innovative interests.

St. Francis High School seniors Justin Duan and Akash Singhal joined forces to create HSCanvas, a website that shares the stories of inspiring Bay Area youth.

Last year, Duan said he noticed a number of “ordinary teenagers undeterred by their age independently exploring their interests through innovative projects.”

LAHS hosts presentation on transportation alternatives


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During Los Altos High’s annual Science & Technology Week, the school invites an industry expert to give a keynote presentation open to the entire community.

Los Altos High School is scheduled to host a presentation by Robert Baertsch, vice president of software engineering at skyTran, 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the school’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

The presentation will serve as the keynote for the school’s 11th annual Science & Technology Week.


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