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Photo Classes Click With Digital Photography

Courtney Moulds, Staff Writer
November 21, 2007
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The photography classes are planning to use digital photography next year rather than continue using the darkroom. Although this plan is not definite, the Art Department is currently working with the administration on funding issues. The school already offers a digital photo class in which student...

CAHSEE Classes Help Students Pass Test

Paul Winterbotham, Senior Writer
November 21, 2007
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Two classes are currently offered to help students who have previously failed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to meet this graduation requirement. The CAHSEE consists of a language arts section and a math section. According to CAHSEE data online, 68 sophomores (now juniors) had not pa...

Orange is the New Red For Freshmen

Julia Duperrault and Ting Ting Liu
October 19, 2007
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An administrative proposal to remove red and blue as class colors was passed by a majority vote in ASB at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. The four original class colors, red, blue, green and yellow, have traditionally been recycled every year. Starting with the class of 2011, orange has rep...

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...

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