Pac-12 Honors Santa Clara Teachers Jennifer and Carl Erickson for Going the Extra Yard

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It came close to bedlam in Carl Erickson's science classroom at Buchser Middle School when 13 mascots from the Pac-12 Conference universities stormed the room on Nov. 30. His wife, Hughes Elementary School teacher Jennifer Erickson, and her third grade students had been bused to the campus to join his students and collaborate on a special class project. Or so they thought. Then the mascots...

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Santa Clara and SCUSD Partner to Give Students Safer Routes to School

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Walking to school just got a little bit safer and healthier for Santa Clara students. The City of Santa Clara in conjunction with Santa Clara Unified School District rolled out Phase Two of its Safe Routes to School Program on Nov. 29. The program, funded by a federal grant through the Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) program, encourages students to walk or ride their...

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Wilcox to Debut Girls Lacrosse This Spring

  • By Andrew Bensch
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For Korin Wheaton, playing with the boys will no longer be her only choice. The Wilcox sophomore has been playing travel lacrosse on a boys team, but this spring she will get the opportunity to lead her fellow Charger girls on the pitch. The new squad is the first Wilcox lacrosse team. Previously the school has never had a boys nor girls lacrosse team. These days lacrosse—a sport which shares a...

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Creativity Nurtured at Bracher Elementary School’s STEM Program

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Some of Santa Clara native Teresa Debbage’s most cherished childhood memories were working on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects with her father. In particular, Debbage recalled designing a solar powered Barbie car with her father when she was 10 years old. Today Debbage shares her passion for exploring how things work as the STEM Program Coordinator and Teacher for...

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Love, Loss and Everything in Between

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The Wilcox Stage Company (WSC) took audiences on a charming tale of love and loss in its fall dramatic production of Almost, Maine Nov. 17-18 at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts. From the former lovebirds who find each other at the local watering hole (“Sad and Glad”) to the woman camping out on someone’s lawn to say a final farewell to her deceased husband (“Her Heart”);...

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Reaching for the Stars

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The twelfth time he applied to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to become an astronaut was the charm for California native José M. Hernández. His written application had been rejected 11 previous times. Nonetheless, he persevered, applying yet one more time and was selected out of 14,000 applicants as one of 100 finalists to be interviewed. But this first acceptance...

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Don’t Rain on My Homecoming Parade

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A beloved Wilcox High School homecoming tradition became a flashpoint for environmental activism on Oct. 27 when Advanced Placement Environmental Studies students and their supporters physically blocked the passage of the student-made class floats at the annual homecoming parade. Roughly 20 students and one or two faculty members—some carrying protest signs—temporarily prevented the four...

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Wilcox Stage Company’s Production of Almost, Maine Almost Ready

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The countdown is on as the Wilcox Stage Company puts the final touches on its fall drama, Almost, Maine. The play, which opens on Thursday, Nov. 16, tells nine stories through a series of scenes that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical town. Although WSC is using simple stage elements and design, the stage and tech crew have been hard at work putting the pieces together and preparing...

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Buchser Middle School’s “Aladdin Jr.” Whisks Audiences A Million Miles Away

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Set in the East, the story of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” features Aladdin, a young man from humble roots, who tries to woo Princess Jasmine by asking the Genie to turn him into a prince. Presented by Santa Clara Musical Theater and the students of Buchser Middle School, the dual-cast story came to life on stage at the Santa Clara High School Performing Arts Center during the Oct. 18 Casbah Cast...

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Class Notes – Halloween History & Modern-Day Fun

Class Notes – Halloween History & Modern-Day Fun

  • By Margaret Lavin
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The sharing of sweet and scary treats has been around for a long time and is celebrated in many cultures. It is believed to have originated about 2,000 years ago. The Celts, who lived in parts of Ireland, Scotland, and France, would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the United States, we still wear costumes and ward off roaming ghosts and so do many people all around...

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