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Los Altos Hacks Plans Second Hackathon

Los Altos Hacks Plans Second Hackathon

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer
February 4, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After eight months of planning, the Los Altos Hacks club will host their second hackathon, a 24-hour event for high school students to create code-based projects. The hackathon will occur on Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, at Evernote HQ. The club expects around 350 attendees, a 150 person increase...

School Hires Part-Time Survey Skills Teacher

School Hires Part-Time Survey Skills Teacher

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer
January 20, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

At the start of the second semester, Los Altos welcomed Jesse Soza as a new Survey Skills teacher. The school hired Soza due to an increased demand for the Survey Skills class, a supplement class to the freshman English class. Los Altos created the third Survey Skills class to account for an increased...

Tutorial Activity Promotes the Growth Mindset

Tutorial Activity Promotes the Growth Mindset

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer
January 20, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

During an extended tutorial this Tuesday, students participated in an exercise on mindfulness and the growth mindset. The activity, organized by teachers Joanne Miyahara, Susana Herrera and Lisa Bonanno, incorporated a teacher-led presentation with videos and exercises on the topic. Students did a...

Classroom Space: School Splits Weight Room, Rents Portable

Classroom Space: School Splits Weight Room, Rents Portable

Daniel Vesurai, Staff Writer
January 19, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

On Monday, January 9, the MVLA School Board unanimously agreed on a contract with Quattrochi Kwok Architects (QKA) to implement short-term plans for three new classrooms next school year by renovating the existing weight room and installing a new temporary portable. The plans come in light of a growing...

School Implements Online AP Registration

School Implements Online AP Registration

Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer
January 19, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

This year, Los Altos partnered with a website called Total Registration, which allows AP students to sign up for their tests online. The school believes that online registration, rather than through the Finance Office, will make AP registration easier by minimizing paperwork and transitioning to online...

Associate Superintendent Sarraf to Retire

Associate Superintendent Sarraf to Retire

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
January 11, 2017
Filed under Issue-3, News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After over 46 years with the MVLA School District, former Associate Superintendent Brigitte Sarraf retired from her position on December 31, 2016. Over her career, Sarraf has served the community as a teacher, a vice-principal, a principal and an Associate Superintendent. Now, she transitions to a...

Los Altos Police Chief Retires, Captain Takes Place

Los Altos Police Chief Retires, Captain Takes Place

Michael Sieffert and Sana Khader
December 29, 2016
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After 38 years on the police force, Los Altos Police Department (LAPD) Chief Tuck Younis retired on Friday December 16. Younis served as the Chief of Police for nine years, and Captain Andy Galea will replace him. While at the police academy, Younis met and worked with Galea, and both officers went...

LSU Helps Answer Questions on Trump

Rachel Lu and Ross Avery
December 19, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

On Wednesday December 7, the Latino Student Union (LSU) and its parent organization LUCHA hosted an event to help answer questions and mitigate concerns Latino families had following the election of Donald Trump. The questions mainly revolved around the immigration status of the families of Los Altos...

Los Altos Organizes Hour of Code

Los Altos Organizes Hour of Code

Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer
December 16, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

On Wednesday December 7, after school, Los Altos hosted the Hour of Code, a nationwide programming workshop open to students of all grades. This year marks the fourth year that Los Altos hosted the event, organized by Code.org. Code.org partnered with well-known organizations such as Microsoft and Apple...

Trump’s America: Los Altos Responds

Trump’s America: Los Altos Responds

Ross Avery, Yalda Khodadad, Alex Luna, Emily Meza-Perez, Javin Pombra, Madison Woo, and Jaclyn Saik
December 15, 2016
Filed under Issue-4, News

Donald Trump won. It’s a reality that many thought unfathomable — a nightmare for some and a dream come true for others. Millions across the nation mourn or celebrate the result, and calls for impeachment and secession jostle with cheers of “make America great again.” With over 2000 students representing a variety...

Senior Creates Website for Bell Schedule

Senior Creates Website for Bell Schedule

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer
December 15, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Most students spend a portion of the class period figuring out how much time is left until the bell rings, often through going to the school website or simple memorization. Senior Nicolas Chan has taken the problem of knowing when the period ends into his own hands, creating a website called lahs.bell.club....

Safeway Purchases Bay Area Andronico’s Stores

Safeway Purchases Bay Area Andronico’s Stores

Avery Luke, Staff Writer
December 13, 2016
Filed under Issue-4, News, Showcase

Located in the Rancho Shopping Center in central Los Altos, Andronico’s has been the go-to family market for many Los Altos residents for generations. Residents know the community market for its freshly prepared foods and locally-sourced produce. Last month, Safeway announced that it would be purchasing five A...

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