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City’s Public Arts Committee Develops Master Plan For New Works

City’s Public Arts Committee Develops Master Plan For New Works

Yalda Khodadad, Features Editor
July 26, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

The Los Altos Public Arts Committee (LAPAC) started drafting a Public Arts Master Plan this spring to add art to the city in hopes that it might draw potential investors and homeowners. The plan aims to develop a community-wide vision to add unique works that resonate with the city and its citizen...

Math Teacher Judy Strauss Retires

Jocelyn Maeyama and Javin Pombra
July 13, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Math teacher Judy Strauss retired after teaching for 27 years at the end of 2016-2017 school year. Once retired, she hopes to dedicate her time to pursuing a variety of other interests, including swimming, literature, music and epidemiology. Strauss first considered retirement after she was diagnosed with and surgically tre...

Offensive Quizlet Live Usernames Prompt Investigation

Offensive Quizlet Live Usernames Prompt Investigation

Brian Huebner and Justin Yu
June 23, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

On Friday, May 5, two racist usernames were entered by a stranger in a Quizlet Live game after a student shared the class code as a part of an internet trend. The usernames, one of which was antisemitic, prompted an investigation by the administration. Quizlet Live, an online platform for educatio...

ASI To Host Second Annual Poster Symposium

ASI To Host Second Annual Poster Symposium

Maddie Chu and Sana Khader
May 24, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

The Advanced Science Investigations (ASI) course will host its second annual poster symposium tomorrow, May 24. The event, which will take place in the cafeteria from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, will allow ASI students to showcase the products of their year-long research projects. The Talon talked to two ASI...

Community Investors Propose Downtown Park and Office Space

Community Investors Propose Downtown Park and Office Space

Cameron Avery and Anisha Desai
May 18, 2017
Filed under Issue-8, News

On Thursday, May 4, dozens of green-clad Los Altos residents packed City Hall to voice their support for First Street Green at a Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) study session. The proposed development, brainchild of property developer Los Altos Community Investments (LACI), consists of a multi-sto...

Los Altos Robotics Sees Mixed Results at FIRST Championship

Los Altos Robotics Sees Mixed Results at FIRST Championship

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Advancing to the world stage from their first ever win at the Ventura regional, the Los Altos Robotics Team competed in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) world championship, which took place Tuesday to Sunday, April 18 to 23. Los Altos joined more than 400 other tea...

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...

LSU To Host Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

LSU To Host Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Avi Varghese, Arts & Culture Editor
May 3, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

The Latino Student Union will host its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration tomorrow, May 4. The event, which will include dance performances, a variety of foods, and activities for younger children, will extend from the cafeteria out into the quad and run from 5 to 7 p.m. In the quad, attendees will have the opportu...

New Fitness Center Nears Completion

New Fitness Center Nears Completion

Emma van Geuns, Staff Writer
April 30, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After months of setbacks, construction for the new fitness center next to the basketball courts in the back of the school will finish on Monday, May 1. The room hosts new equipment and more space for teams and P.E. classes to use weight and cardio machines. Improved machines, as well as a new rowing m...

With SBAC Quota Unmet, Juniors Must Make Up Tests

With SBAC Quota Unmet, Juniors Must Make Up Tests

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer
April 28, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Last week, students encountered connectivity issues that prevented completion of the annual Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam, which took place from Tuesday, April 18 to Friday, April 2. These connectivity issues, coupled with the absence of student groups on spring trips, made it diffic...

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