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Language Departments to Host World Language Days

Language Departments to Host World Language Days

Sana Khader, Staff Writer
February 14, 2017
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This week, the World Languages department will host its first World Language Celebration Days. The three-day event, from Wednesday to Friday, brings speakers and activities to language classrooms and foreign movie showings to the entire school with the intention of broadening students’ knowledge about dif...

Los Altos Plans to Pilot Challenge Day Program

Los Altos Plans to Pilot Challenge Day Program

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer
February 11, 2017
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“[Challenge Day] is an immersive one-day experience with a combination of discussions and small-group and large-group activities,” English teacher Margaret Bennett said. “It helps people build relationships with each other, break down barriers, celebrate diversity and celebrate differences. Pe...

School to Implement Card Scanners for Tutorial

Alex Luna, Staff Writer
February 6, 2017
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Starting this week, students going to class during tutorial period must scan their student ID card or provide their student number in order to enter a classroom. The policy is in response to concerns that students go off campus during tutorial instead of staying in a classroom. “The expectation was that for tutorial, yo...

Los Altos Hacks Plans Second Hackathon

Los Altos Hacks Plans Second Hackathon

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer
February 4, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

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