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Autoshop Rolls Out to Local Show

Lauren Ilano, Copy Editor
October 19, 2007
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The school’s autoshop class participated in the Classic Car Show at the 16th annual Los Altos Festival on October 6-7. Over 100 classic cars were exhibited, including a 1912 Model-T Ford and a myriad of Studebaker cars. This was the ninth year the autoshop class participated in this event. ...

News Briefs

Ava Foudeh, Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
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New Trustee Joins MVLA School Board After the retirement of board member David Williams, the MVLA School Board appointed Joseph Mitchner to serve as one of five until the next school board election. Mitchner has been involved in the district through several organizations including the PTA, School Site ...

Students Utilize Naviance as New Online College Counselor

Jade Shi, Senior Writer
October 19, 2007
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Naviance, also known as Family Connections, is an online resource that Superintendent Barry Groves introduced last May to assist students with college planning and applications. “It’s a great benefit to students because it’s a tool to help them navigate their way through high school, future...

AP Enrollment Declines

Felix Ong II, Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
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Instead of an increase in Advanced Placement (AP) class enrollment with the open enrollment policy, numbers in certain AP classes have decreased because more students chose to drop AP classes from their schedule. Spanish Literature AP, Chemistry AP and United States History AP (USHAP) had signific...

New “No Parking” Signs, Fewer Spots Curtail Parking

Sahil Luthra, Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
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Parking possibilities for students have been limited due to new signs that prohibit parking on streets adjacent to the school and a decrease in parking spaces in the student lot. Students who did not receive 1 of the 230 parking permits sold this year can no longer park along the side streets aro...

API Score Reaches 800-Point Goal For First Time

Ancy Dow, Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
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The school’s Academic Performance Index (API) hit the 800-mark for the first time, a goal the school has failed to reach in the past. API is a cumulative number derived from comparative academic scores among high schools. Students’ STAR testing scores are one of the most heavily-weighed compon...

School Debuts New Upgrades

Meaghan Whitehorn, Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
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The school made several new technological and facility upgrades this year that were purchased through donations and government-allocated funds. Televisions Three new flat screen televisions were purchased with donations to the school maintenance and site funds. They ensure that all students can s...

District Concerned With Unlawful Sales

Taylor Freret and Julia Duperrault
October 19, 2007
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The Mountain View Los Altos Union high School District is concerned with the student store’s sales of several items during school hours because they conflict with two different parts of the California Education Code, according to Associate Superintendent of Business Joe White. He learned of this d...

School Receives $89,000 in vouchers for new technology

Brian Walz, Staff Writer
October 19, 2007
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Many new computers have been installed around campus this year, the majority of which resulted from the product allotment given to our district from Microsoft. Between 2003 and 2005, the state of California filed an antitrust against Microsoft for “pursuing monopolistic practices.” The company de...

Culinary Class or Cafeteria Cash?

Stephanie Baer, Content Editor
October 19, 2007
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The Eagle’s Nest Café was banned from selling to students during lunch at the end of last year because the district felt it took business from the school cafeteria, violating the district wellness policy according to Culinary Arts teacher Betty Ewing. The Eagle’s Nest was an alternative to the cafeteria...

School Welcomes Fifteen “Freshman” Teachers

Nadya Agrawal, Jeff Liu, Sahil Luthra, Jamil Poonja, and Kelly Wang
September 7, 2007
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Alicia Araneda In her first year as a full-time teacher, Araneda is reaching Photography I, Crafts/3D and Painting I. She is no newcomer to multitasking. At San Francisco State, Araneda earned degrees in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Art. She enjoys creating art for both pleasure and exhibits, an...

“Engaged and Energetic” Student’s Legacy Lives On

Natalie Larsen, Senior Writer
September 7, 2007
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Derek Abraham, ‘07 died in a kitesurfing accident along the Santa Cruz coast Thursday, June 14, just days after receiving his diploma. Derek, known and respected throughout the school community, will be remembered by students and staff alike. Although he will no longer dazzle students with his mus...

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