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The Talon’s Statement Regarding the Homecoming Opinions Article

The Talon’s Statement Regarding the Homecoming Opinions Article

Editorial Board
October 12
Filed under Editorial, Showcase

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015 around 9:00 p.m., The Talon published a web opinions article titled “Homecoming Assembly Fails to Raise School Spirit.” The Talon firmly maintains that articles like this one are important because they can create constructive dialogue about important issues in our school ...

Board should revoke ninth grade P.E. exemption, institute guidelines instead

Board should revoke ninth grade P.E. exemption, institute guidelines instead

Editorial Board
September 29
Filed under Editorial, Issue-1

  In February, the Mountain View-Los Altos school board approved a freshman physical education exemption, in effect at both Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools, for school athletes who are taking at least seven classes, including P.E. Currently, freshmen with the exemption have a free perio...

LCCR should collaborate with, not attack, MVLA

Editorial Board
August 18
Filed under Editorial, Issue 0

In June, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), a local advocacy group, gained local media attention from the Mountain View Voice through the publication of a news article and opinion editorial. The coverage highlighted LCCR’s conclusion that racial bias on the part of teacher and counselor re...

MVLA board should not change freshman P.E. policy

Editorial Board
February 5
Filed under Editorial

On Monday, February 9, the school board will address the district’s physical education (P.E.) policy requiring all freshmen students to take P.E. The current policy requires all freshman students to take P.E. with very few exemptions. After parent complaints surfaced last May, the board has discussed...

The Talon Endorses Two Newcomers, One Incumbent as School Board Elections Approach

September 18
Filed under Editorial, Issue-1

The MVLA School Board election will take place on Tuesday, November 4. Working with community and faculty input, the school board sets policies regarding educational programs, school facilities and learning conditions, in addition to managing the district’s budget. Of the seven candidates, The Talon endors...

Online Health is Still Insufficient

August 18
Filed under Editorial

As the summer comes to an end, almost 200 students have taken online health through the school. Though the number of students taking this course has no sign of changing, the curriculum itself lacks useful information. The school district must revisit the curriculum it provides to revise and add to...

STEM Week Provides Unique Opportunity

March 29
Filed under Editorial

This year, as always, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Week brought people who have been truly influential in their respective fields to school. From Adam Cheyer, co-founder of Siri, to Jocelyn Goldfein, Engineering Director at Facebook, students had the opportunity to hear from a variety...

Proposed Taco Truck Ban Misguided

March 29
Filed under Editorial

The Los Altos City Council is currently considering an ordinance that would ban the “taco truck” as we currently know it. They must not pass this ban. And students must make it clear to the council that this is not acceptable. At its September 10 meeting, the council discussed the possibility of...

Reckless driving in the parking lot poses dangers, creates unnecessary annoyances

March 29
Filed under Editorial

Every morning and every afternoon, hundreds of students and parents weave their way through a chaotic parking lot. Not only does this create a nuisance for everyone trying to get to school, it also poses a serious threat to students (and their cars). Part of the problem is inconsistent ticketing in...

Support For ELD Students Should Be Improved

March 29
Filed under Editorial

Over the last few years, the MVLA district has been combining the district’s English Language Development (ELD) program at Mountain View High School (MVHS), leaving LAHS students to move to the other site or stay at LAHS without a program. This change has led to opposition from some teachers and community...

Teachers Should Use Coordinated Technology Platforms

March 29
Filed under Editorial

LAHS teachers are ushering their classes into the digital age, using everything from Turnitin to homework blogs. While teachers move to a more technology-based classroom, however, they should make sure that they’re moving forward together. At least on a department level, the school should try to achieve...

Editorial: District Should Continue to Protect Freedom of Expression in School Newspapers

March 29
Filed under Editorial

Recently, there has been much controversy over the Mountain View High School Oracle’s two-page spread of articles about sex and relationships. Outraged over the newspaper’s content and a sexual phrase used within one of the articles, parents are petitioning the School Board to limit the rights of...

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