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Publication Date: Friday, September 06, 2002

Schools prepare for 9/11/2002 Schools prepare for 9/11/2002 (September 06, 2002)

By Candice Shih

From the dramatic to the subdued, schools in Mountain View are finding different ways to acknowledge the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Both middle schools, Crittenden and Graham, are devoting a full class period to a schoolwide assembly on Wednesday.

The Graham assembly will begin with the entrance of a color guard from Moffett Field and then continue with a choir performance and students' readings of original compositions about Sept. 11, said Principal Judy Crates.

Crittenden will also feature student readings and choir performances in their assembly, said Assistant Principal Sanndy Charette.

"We're going with the theme 'our strength is in our diversity,'" she said.

Crittenden students have been particularly affected in the aftermath of Sept. 11 because some of them lived on the military base and their parents became mobilized.

Charette said students now have a stronger sense of patriotism and more compassion for other people.

Bubb School has also planned an assembly centered on patriotism with singing. In addition, students will create an oversized American flag with their handprints.

Slater School is staging an evening event with color guard, bagpipes, and a potluck dinner.

"It's not so much for remembrance but building community," said Slater parent Elaine Spence. "You can't ignore 9/11, but they're not going to dwell on it."

Monta Loma students have decided to take note of the day by taking turns to plant flowers and vegetables. Principal Linda Haines said she wants the memorial to be low-key but still emphasize feelings of hope and renewal.

Landels School Principal Alicia Henderson said she received a lot of input from parents regarding Sept. 11 activities. Some didn't want a big deal made of it and others hoped for a celebration, she said.

Henderson preferred the conservative approach. Landels students will assemble on the grassy field, make a large circle, and have a moment of silence.

They will have the opportunity to have classroom discussions about the anniversary.

Castro School is also going with a minimalist approach. Principal Carla Tarazi said that Sept. 11 would be remembered in a personal way through classroom discussions.

Furthermore, all of the schools in the Mountain View-Whisman School District are each accepting a tree from the City of Mountain View to plant in remembrance of Sept. 11.

Mountain View and Los Altos High Schools had not planned events to observe the day at press time.
E-mail Candice Shih at cshih@mv-voice.com


 

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