Student Art Displayed at SVACA

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Visiting Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) just got a little artsier, as the shelter is currently displaying student artwork of animals within the facility’s care on its walls. In a partnership with the Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS), the Adoptable Arts project features paintings by Anna Kogan’s advanced art students at Hillview Middle School in Menlo...

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Professional Storyteller Michael Katz Shares Life Lessons Through Stories at Peterson Middle School

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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“The cornerstones of good storytelling is to find a story you love, know it and don’t memorize it, see it as you tell it and share that love of the story with the audience,” said professional storyteller Michael Katz (www.storytellermichael.com). Katz demonstrated his passion for the stories he told during a Jan. 23 visit to Peterson Middle School. He performed at three assemblies, one...

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Washington Open Elementary School’s “The Delicious Secret” is Incredible, Simply Incredible

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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In Rupert Kingfisher’s children’s book, “Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles,” a young and talented chef named Madeline must live with her cruel uncle, who runs a restaurant in Paris. Madeline meets the kind shop owner Madame Pamplemousse, who sells her a jar of delicious pate. When this pate is a hit at the restaurant, the uncle orders the conflicted Madeline to steal the...

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Bracher Elementary School’s STEM Night Is Out of This World

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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At Bracher Elementary School’s Jan. 26 STEM Night, students experienced the hands-on side of science, technology, engineering and math. They touched Jungle James’s 11 ft. Burmese python, Slim Jim. They punched buttons on remote controls to race Lego trains and scored tickets to spin a prize wheel for science kits. They threw paper airplanes into a wind turbine, created by Ryan Hoagland, a...

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Rose Academies Reaches Deep into the Heart of Africa

  • Story by Diane Andrews
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Rose Academies, a Santa Clara-based nonprofit founded in 2014 by resident Susan Stasi who is also the organization’s CEO and President, reaches across two continents and an ocean to educate and teach life skills to impoverished girls and deaf students in the heart of Africa. It reaches as far as Cameroon on the west coast of Central Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and, recently, is...

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Peterson Middle School Students Get Opera-tunity to Meet Musicians from Opera San Jose

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“Is it possible for your voice to reach so high that it can shatter glass?” a Peterson Middle School student asked the opera singers visiting from Opera San Jose (www.operasj.org) for a Jan. 18 school presentation. The answer was “yes” although none of the opera singers present have ever accomplished this feat. During this hour-long presentation, students learned about opera, a story told...

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Mission College Student Engagement Center Opens with Fanfare

  • Story and Photos by Diane Andrews
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Jan. 24 was a blue ribbon day for Mission College in Santa Clara. The community college, established in 1975 and now serving 8,000 diverse students, marked the official opening of its new Student Engagement Center (SEC) with fanfare by the all-brass Santa Clara Vanguard band. "This [center] is the gateway to our entire campus and the heart of student services. It is part of a physical...

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The Theme of “Versus” is Shown at Sutter Elementary School’s 5th Annual Lego Show

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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At Sutter Elementary School on the morning of Jan. 16, the Multipurpose Room was set up for the school’s 5th annual Lego Show to be held that evening. Student-constructed Lego exhibits sat on the tables. Loose Lego bricks filled giant tubs. Lego prizes were ready for children who were purchasing raffle tickets for a dollar each. “The Lego Show is not only a great educational activity but a...

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Cabrillo Middle School’s “Haphazardly Ever After” Pours Laughing Potion Over Fairy Tales

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Imagine browsing through the Enchanted Depot to find customized magical solutions to all problems. Such is the world of Cabrillo Middle School’s “Haphazardly Ever After,” a Starting Arts production featuring the Magic and Spells casts that ran Jan. 18 and Jan. 19. During the Jan. 16 dress rehearsal featuring the Magic cast, the troubled Queen Mildred (Catalina Ramirez, 14)  viewed a...

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Agnews Campus Under Way

  • By Atoosa Savarnejad
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The Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) has completed the first step—schematic design of spaces—in the development of the upcoming multi-school and park project on the former Agnews Development Property. SCUSD is currently performing site demolition and clean-up for the upcoming project, an 81-acre lot located at 3500 Zanker Rd. in San Jose. The completed campus will consist of...

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