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What Makes a Good Coach

What Makes a Good Coach

Jessica King, Print Manager
March 25
Filed under Issue-5, Sports

In my experience, there are two types of coaches: manipulative and straightforward. Of course, they come with varying intensities of aggressiveness — but I’ve experienced what I believe to be the polar opposites. I’ve been rowing for three years now, and I’ve trained with six different coaches. The...

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
March 25
Filed under Issue-5, Sports

On and off the pool deck, Katie Buzzetta and Seth Tasman have created a close-knit family with boys and girls of all grade levels at Los Altos. Their upcoming marriage this May serves not only as a celebration of their commitment to each other but also to the family they have built as the head coaches ...

Examining Last School Year’s Fall in SBAC Scores

Examining Last School Year’s Fall in SBAC Scores

Yolanda Spura, Justin Yu, and Ashley Cai
March 21
Filed under Issue-5, News

Last year’s plunge in Smart Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test scores came as a district-wide surprise. Although the MVLA School District remained well above state and national standards, the downward trend prompted concern from administration. Out of the district’s 17 measures of student...

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...

There Is a Necessity For Stricter Gun Control in the United States

There Is a Necessity For Stricter Gun Control in the United States

Anisha Desai and Akhil Jakatdar
February 13
Filed under Issue-5

On January 25, 2016, President Barack Obama put into place his strategy on how to deter gun violence through executive action. Obama’s implementation of regulations that promote stricter gun control is a step in the right direction for the future of gun safety in the United States. The uprising...

Rich, Educated and Unvaccinated

Rich, Educated and Unvaccinated

Miranda Li, Staff Writer, Graphic Artist
February 13
Filed under Issue-5, Opinions

  Los Altos is sitting in the middle of one the most important and alarming public health phenomena of this era. We live in the epicenter of a dangerous anomaly, an anomaly which is simultaneously biological, ethical and psychological. In the Bay Area and in other pockets throughout the United S...

Teen Health: Mind, Body & Birth Control

Teen Health: Mind, Body & Birth Control

Cole Hanson, Copy/Content Editor
February 12
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

Adolescence is arguably the most important stage in our physical and mental development, but also we find it increasingly hard to take care of ourselves. In our attempts to maximize the time we have left to ourselves after a typical day at high school, we devote more and more of our time to the convenience...

Motivation Required

Motivation Required

Emily Aoki, Claire Bai, and Keith Bohrer
February 12
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

Exercise? Pff. That’s how most people react when they’re asked about that topic a week into New Year’s resolutions. Everybody likes to think that they’ll succeed in the challenges of healthier eating and hitting the gym like a macho, it’s a brand new year, right? Unfortunately, that confidence...

The Pill

The Pill

Alexis Malgesini, Staff Writer
February 12
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

California will be following Oregon’s lead in March when a new law will enable pharmacists to directly prescribe hormonal contraceptives, making birth control accessible to women without a trip to the doctor. This new approach will not exactly be “over the counter” because pharmacists will complete...

“I’m So Depressed.”

“I’m So Depressed.”

Paola Campos and Booker Martin
February 12
Filed under In-Depth, Issue-5

Take a second and look up from wherever you’re reading this. Picture yourself in your first class of the day. Look around and take note of the faces you see every day. In the average class of thirty students, six suffer from a mental illness. It might be the kid who sits right in front of you, or ...

Growing Up With Gangs

Sofia Guo and Alex Wong
February 12
Filed under Features, Issue-5

Written in collaboration with students in Elizabeth Tompkins’ English 10 class. - - - The crisp January air clouds with puffs of breath as one student* recounts his experiences growing up with local gang activity. “One time I got jumped by a couple of gangsters, [or] gangbangers, like a l...

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