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Election 2016: The Aftermath

Election 2016: The Aftermath

November 10
Filed under Editorial, Issue-3, Showcase

On January 20, Barack Obama will leave office. His successor for the next four years, the man who will become the 45th President of the United States, is Donald J. Trump. After making his money in real estate and his name on reality TV, Donald Trump as a presidential contender was hard to believe, and Secret...

Editorial: Bruins, Pepper, Fligor for Los Altos City Council

Editorial: Bruins, Pepper, Fligor for Los Altos City Council

October 25
Filed under Editorial, Showcase, Web Exclusive

By November 8, Los Altos voters will choose three candidates to fill the open seats on the Los Altos City Council. Of the six candidates running, The Talon endorses Jeannie Bruins, Jan Pepper and Neysa Fligor. Sustainable and appropriately planned development is imperative to the future of the ci...

School Should Offer College-prep Physics

School Should Offer College-prep Physics

October 18
Filed under Editorial, Issue-2

This year, the AP Physics I scores for Los Altos decreased significantly compared to past performances on AP tests. There are multiple explanations for the score decrease, but controversy surrounding the scores has raised another, more important issue. In order to promote access and course choices, the...

Editorial: New Structure of Homecoming Court is a Change for the Better

Editorial: New Structure of Homecoming Court is a Change for the Better

Editorial Board
October 7
Filed under Editorial, Issue-1

At The Talon, we’ve long believed that it’s time for Homecoming Court to change, and this year, it looks like it will get a much-needed makeover. Instead of picking 20 students paired into 10 male-female “couples,” ASB and the administration have made the welcome decision to pair students into...

Students are too quick to judge new speed limit

Students are too quick to judge new speed limit

The Editorial Board
May 24
Filed under Editorial, Issue-8

Recently, the city changed surrounding school speed limits from 25 to 15 mph for 500 feet in all directions from the center of the school. The city council instituted the change after years of resident complaints about the school traffic, in addition to a noticeable spike in pedestrian and bike accidents...

Management Software Raises Concerns

Management Software Raises Concerns

Editorial Board
April 5
Filed under Editorial, Web Exclusive

In early March, Spanish teacher Terri Salsman De Rodriguex directed her students to download the software program Insight, a classroom management service that allows teachers to monitor students’ computer screens, access their Internet browsing history and take over computer controls. While Rodrig...

ASB Disbands Following Dodgeball Humiliation

Editorial Board
April 1
Filed under Editorial, Web Exclusive

In the wake of what many spectators are calling a “crushing defeat” during this morning’s dodgeball match, the leaders of the Associated Student Body have voted unanimously to disband their organization entirely. Remarking on her “inability to continue” and “lack of purpose” after los...

Campus should be more proactive in improving digital learning

Campus should be more proactive in improving digital learning

The Editorial Board
March 8
Filed under Editorial, Issue-6

As part of MVLA’s shift to cloud and digital learning this year, the school introduced Google Apps for Education, a suite of services that includes Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Calendar, Spreadsheets and assigning MVLA email accounts to all students through Gmail. In particular, the new Google Classroom...

School’s humanities departments should propose more electives

The Editorial Board
February 20
Filed under Editorial, Issue-5

It’s no surprise that students on campus gravitate towards careers in STEM. After all, we live in the heart of Silicon Valley, where jobs in engineering and technology are promoted as both lucrative and available. Our school is a reflection of this culture: over the past ten years, the school has...

Mountain View city council should enact rent control

Mountain View city council should enact rent control

Editorial Board
December 15
Filed under Editorial, Featured, Issue-4

No teenager should have to worry about the status of their housing situation. While important, issues like rent prices and real estate volatility add external pressure to students who, at this time in their lives, should be focusing on their education. However, dealing with these problems is an unfor...

Math placement policy highlights larger issue of achievement gap

Math placement policy highlights larger issue of achievement gap

The Editorial Board
November 17
Filed under Editorial, Featured, Issue-3

In response to a complaint from the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) on racial bias in ninth grade math placement, the MVLA school board passed an official general policy in October, satisfying the LCCR enough to cause a withdrawal of its complaint. In passing the policy, the board also met ...

School Should Strive for More School Spirit

School Should Strive for More School Spirit

Editorial Board
October 27
Filed under Editorial, Issue-2

In many important ways, our school has a strong community. For instance, students are supportive of each other and proud of the school’s academic accomplishments. However, in other ways our school spirit is sorely lacking compared to other schools in the area. Take this year’s homecoming week. Few stud...

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