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The Talon

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

March 8, 2013
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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...

Editorial: The Talon’s Opinion on ‘LAHS Secrets’

February 6, 2013
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The “LAHS Secrets” page has existed for less than a week, and it already has over 600 likes and a backlog of submissions. It’s also already created the potential for serious consequences—legal and otherwise. Although this page was probably started with innocent intentions, it may have severe...

Frosh Advisory Largely Ineffective, Should Be Reimagined for Future

December 18, 2012
Filed under Editorial, News

Advisory offers a valuable opportunity to give freshmen support and guidance, but freshmen aren’t currently reaping its full benefits. The school should re-evaluate and reorganize Advisory, possibly reducing it to a few sessions at the beginning and end of first semester. All freshmen have Advisory...

Athletes Should Recognize Necessity of Participating in Sprint for Sports

November 20, 2012
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On Saturday, November 17, athletes participated in Sprint for Sports, an effort by Los Altos Athletic League (LAAL) in conjunction with ASB to raise money for athletics. While Sprint for Sports brought in much-needed money, it also drew complaints — often from athletes who had already participated...

Students Should Keep Perspective When Looking at Homecoming

October 23, 2012
Filed under Editorial

It’s easy to get caught up in Homecoming festivities. They’re exciting, they’re traditional and they have major benefits for our school. However, Homecoming also brings with it aspects that are less desirable. Often, Homecoming’s problems stem from the same cause as its positives—its power...

Teachers, Students Should Take Advantage of Differentiation

September 25, 2012
Filed under Editorial

Many students are regularly faced with the dilemma of choosing between a class that is too difficult and work-intensive for them and a class that is not challenging enough. Too often, when they choose the second option, they end up spending a year feeling unchallenged. Teachers are responsible for ...

School Should Notify Students and Parents Before Changing Grade Availability on SIS

May 18, 2012
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At the end of first semester, access to semester grades via the Student Information System (SIS) was turned off while teachers were entering grades. This led to concern from many students and parents who were not able to view grades right after finals. In order to reduce stress on the part of both t...

Advisory Should Strive to Increase Interaction Between Students

May 2, 2012
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For over a decade, Advisory has strived to bridge the gap between eighth grade and freshman year. But although the goals of creating a sense of community and facilitating the transition between middle school and high school are worthy, Advisory falls short of reaching its full potential.The school sho...

Culinary Students and Cafeteria Should Form Closer Partnership

March 13, 2012
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Four years ago, the Eagle’s Nest Cafe, a student business operating out of the Culinary Arts room, offered fresh, homemade cooking as a lunch option for students. It served up a menu including personal-sized whole wheat pizzas for $2, beef pot pies for $3 and a variety of hot soups for $2. Sound too...

Assemblies Should Include More Active Student Participation

February 7, 2012
Filed under Editorial

For as long as current students can remember, school assemblies have nearly always followed the same basic format: sports captains introduce their teams for the season interspersed with club announcements, cheer routines and dance performances. The seniors cheer from the stands when they can finally call...

Probational Cell Phone Policy Unfairly Burdens Students

May 2, 2011
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In response to student and staff requests for a more lenient cell phone policy, the administration announced in March that cell phones will temporarily be allowed during brunch and lunch. Fourth quarter will be used as a trial period to determine the effectiveness of the new policy. The administration...

School Should Permit Cell Phone Use During Non-Academic Periods

October 19, 2010
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Walking across the quad during lunch, students and teachers alike share no surprise when they see people on their cell phones. Students on their phones know fully well that they are violating the school’s cell phone policy, but they continue to text in the hallway. This policy, as defined in the school’s...

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