Dr. Michael Gurian discusses importance of nature versus nurture in keynote

On Feb. 15, author and social philosopher, Dr. Michael Gurian, spoke to parents at the San Mateo High School theater about “The Minds of Boys and Girls.” Gurian released his new book, Saving Our Sons, just weeks prior to this keynote. His talk informed parents about the biological effects that account for the differences between boys and girls and their achievements, as well as how to treat them accordingly in order to succeed.

March 13, 2017
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Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting TRAPPIST-1 Show Signs of Habitual Land

Researchers announced on Feb. 22 the findings of seven exoplanets orbiting the dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope along with other telescopes based in Chile, Morocco and South Africa. This discovery marks the first time seven possible habitable planets have been found around the same star, offering a realistic opportunity to search for alien life outside of our solar system.

March 9, 2017
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District proposes subsidized employee housing at Mills

With skyrocketing housing prices in the Bay Area, teachers at Aragon face difficulty in the search for affordable housing near campus. The San Mateo Union High School District, at its January board meeting, shared a presentation about how they aim to alleviate this problem. It stated, “A teacher’s salary per year is $77,879 … as of December, an average one bedroom apartment in San Mateo rents for $30,984 annually.” A board meeting will be held in the next few months to discuss a plan to help teachers by building affordable employee housing near Mills High School.

March 9, 2017
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Students and staff tour Washington D.C. to witness inauguration

February 9, 2017

The Close Up Foundation, which takes students from around the country to Washington D.C. to learn about American democracy, took three Aragon staff members and 29 Aragon students to the city from Jan. 16 to 22. The trip allowed participants to witness President Trump’s inauguration, and to explore America’s culture and history through D.C.’s many monuments, museums and federal buildings. Joining Aragon with the Close Up Foundation were students from other California schools, as well as students from Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Montana, Puerto Rico and Texas.

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