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English Teachers Incorporate Mindfulness in the Classroom

English Teachers Incorporate Mindfulness in the Classroom

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
November 12, 2016
Filed under Issue-3, News

As the bell rings and students file into the classroom, English teacher Alicia Triana instructs her students to close their eyes and put their heads down. Soon, quiet music and a steady rhythm of students’ deep breaths are the only sounds in the classroom. After a few minutes, students open their ey...

School Introduces Positive Psychology Elective

School Introduces Positive Psychology Elective

Anisha Desai and Adrienne Mitchel
November 12, 2016
Filed under Issue-3, News

Over the past few months, the momentum of mindfulness practices has taken over Los Altos, manifesting in English class “mindful minutes” and in P.E. classes. Soon there won’t just be brief mindful moments in English and P.E., but an entire class dedicated to exploring the science of what makes peopl...

Los Altos Residents Urge Change in Flight Path

Los Altos Residents Urge Change in Flight Path

Javin Pombra and Danny Vesurai
November 12, 2016
Filed under Issue-3, News

The room shakes as everyone stands up for the Pledge of Allegiance. Papers rustle as the pledge finishes, and murmurings break out among the room about one of the most anticipated items to ever come before Los Altos’ City Council: airplane noise. So many residents are anxious to express their grieva...

SCL Promotes Crisis Text Line

SCL Promotes Crisis Text Line

Alex Luna, Staff Writer
November 7, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

In the past few weeks, students at Los Altos may have noticed a poster placed in school restrooms promoting a crisis text line. The Student Community Leaders (SCL) class posted this text line to aid teenagers dealing with any type of crisis. The idea originated from Principal Wynne Satterwhite when she at...

City Council Enacts Minimum Wage Increase

City Council Enacts Minimum Wage Increase

Cameron Avery and Ross Avery
October 20, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, News, Showcase

Starting next year, minimum wage workers in Los Altos will have a little more to bring home each day. On September 27, the Los Altos City Council voted 4-1 to pass an ordinance that will result in a substantial, city-wide increase on the minimum wage from the current $11.00 per hour. Starting on...

Revamped Multivariable Calculus Offers College Experience

Revamped Multivariable Calculus Offers College Experience

Javin Pombra, Staff Wrter
October 20, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, News, Showcase

Since its inception three years ago, Los Altos has offered Multivariable Calculus in fluctuating circumstances. When last year’s teacher Daniel Borklund left Los Altos, it seemed to many prospective students that Multivariable would not be offered this year. “As far as I was concerned, I didn’t ...

Trigonometry Honors Curriculum Accelerates

Trigonometry Honors Curriculum Accelerates

Rachel Lu and Madison Woo
October 20, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, News

As a stepping stone between Algebra II and Calculus classes, Trigonometry/Math Analysis Honors has been revamped to better prepare students for calculus. Math teachers Eunice Lee and Stephen Stefanini worked over the summer to craft a new curriculum that aims to emphasize students’ problem-solving and precalcul...

Mastering Mindfulness: Teachers Learn to Destress

Mastering Mindfulness: Teachers Learn to Destress

Danny Vesurai, Staff Writer
October 20, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, News, Showcase

The smell of popcorn fills the air in room 406 as the lights dim and “Casablanca” loads on the projector. Before starting the classic, Film Analysis teacher Susana Herrera instructs her class to close their eyes. The students go quiet, already accustomed to this routine after two months of school. As...

District Assesses Decline in SBAC Performance

District Assesses Decline in SBAC Performance

Yolanda Spura and Justin Yu
October 20, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, News

Much to the district’s surprise, Los Altos’ overall performance declined on last year’s Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test: the proportion of students who met or passed state standards dropped from 81 to 70 percent and 76 to 67 percent in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, respectiv...

Aerospace Engineering Takes Flight

Aerospace Engineering Takes Flight

Teddy Chmyz, Haley Ecker, and Avery Luke
October 20, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, News

It’s not rocket science — except it is. New this year, Los Altos’ Aerospace Engineering class is the third course in the three-year engineering program and focuses on the physics behind the flight of rockets, planes and more. At the end of second semester last school year, engineering students ...

Recent Fire Alarm Highlights Evacuation Questions

Alex Luna, Staff Writer
October 20, 2016
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

On Tuesday, September 27, the school was taken by surprise when the fire alarm suddenly went off during lunch. What made it more concerning was that it was not a drill because the alarm went off due to smoke in a classroom. While the incident did not create major consequences, situations like this provoke th...

Construction Nears Finish Line

Construction Nears Finish Line

Emma Van Geuns, Staff Writer
October 18, 2016
Filed under Issue-2, News

For more than two months now, P.E. students and athletes have used portables behind the large gym as locker rooms, awaiting the completion of the updated rooms currently under construction. Due to unforeseen delays, students are now set to have access to their updated locker rooms between October 24 an...

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