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Landing Long-term with Landed

Landing Long-term with Landed

Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

According to USA Today, in Bay Area cities like San Francisco and Oakland, there has been an increase in subsidized teacher housing in order to attract more teachers to their schools. These benefits have contributed to more competition between districts, as they strive to increase the appeal of a teaching...

Answering the Trivial Questions in Life: Is Cereal Soup?

Answering the Trivial Questions in Life: Is Cereal Soup?

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

I don’t take life too seriously. That doesn’t mean that I laugh at inappropriate times or I joke through sensitive subjects. That means while others argue over politics, stress over academics or worry about the awkward first impression they left on the kid in their table group, I live in the moment...

Baby Steps: Navigating Generational Differences

Baby Steps: Navigating Generational Differences

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

For the most part, we fit the mold of a stereotypical grandfather and granddaughter. My grandparents’ walls are lined with photos, worksheets and art that my parents have sent, seemingly meaningless artifacts from my time in elementary school, but they are hung like college diplomas. There’s messily...

Conservatives Can Be Snowflakes Too

Conservatives Can Be Snowflakes Too

Julia Santos and Anisha Desai
May 9, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

Old, white, angry and male is how we tend to describe most conservatives, but 24-year-old Tomi Lahren is breaking that mold. With her Barbie-esque appearance and fiery attitude, Lahren gives conservative media a new face. Lahren was the star of the talk show “Tomi” on TheBlaze, a conservative digital...

The Hard-Hitting Truth About Concussions

The Hard-Hitting Truth About Concussions

Alex Luna and Haley Ecker
May 9, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, Sports

How do Los Altos student-athletes feel when they’re concussed? “Groggy,” one said. “Foggy,” said another. “Vegetable-like,” added a third. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that severely affect brain function, causing headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and difficulties conce...

Bus Driver Shortages Impact Athletic Programs

Bus Driver Shortages Impact Athletic Programs

Anisha Desai, Savita Govind, and Cameron Avery
May 9, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, Sports

Due to bus driver shortages this year, sports teams have had to handle multiple last-minute transportation issues, a problem that has yet to be resolved. The problem stems from Los Altos competing with local companies for drivers during after-school hours. Further compounding the situation is Los Altos’ r...

Pitching No-Hitters with Junior Alex Reelfs

Pitching No-Hitters with Junior Alex Reelfs

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer
May 9, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, Sports

Junior Alex Reelfs listens to the same song on repeat before every game. Headphones on and tossing a baseball in his right hand, Alex blasts “The Zephyr Song” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers until it’s stuck in his head. Why? To pitch to the tempo during the game. Alex started this pregame ritual his...

First-ever Los Altos TEDx Sets Platform for Future Talks

First-ever Los Altos TEDx Sets Platform for Future Talks

Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, News

During the week of March 27, the TEDx Club offered five students and seven adults the opportunity to create and present a TED Talk with TEDxLosAltosHigh. As the first TEDx event to occur at Los Altos, future planners aim to learn from this year and build on the event in coming years. This year, man...

Kim Cave Retires

Kim Cave Retires

Julia Santos and Rachel Lu
May 4, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, News

After working as the athletic director and a P.E. teacher at Los Altos for 11 years, Kim Cave will retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. “I thoroughly enjoyed teaching P.E. and being athletic director full time,” Cave said. “I’ve really enjoyed the athletes, the staff and the camarad...

District Enacts New Program to Help Tackle Teacher Housing

Avi Varghese, Rachel Lu, and Javin Pombra
May 4, 2017
Filed under Issue-7, News

For one Los Altos teacher, “home” consists of a garage and a small cottage, about the size of a portable classroom. “My house is slightly larger [than one of the school’s portables],” the teacher said. “[My wife and I] had to pay $2,500 a month for a house where our bedroom was literall...

Scheduling Conflicts with SBAC Testing

Booker Martin, Staff Writer
May 2, 2016
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

Last year, high schools in California introduced the newest iteration of standardized testing: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, also know as SBAC. The school’s primary issue with SBAC testing no longer revolves around the content on the exam itself. The problem nowis scheduling conflicts, which...

Corporations are the Real Common Core Culprits

Spencer Dembner, News Editor
May 2, 2016
Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

It’s easy to forget that before the Common Core became the one thing everyone can agree to hate, it was the one thing everyone could agree on. Created in 2008 by a partnership of idealistic education reformers and the National Governors’ Association, the Common Core State Standards initiative originally...

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