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Housing Crisis Hits Close to Home

Housing Crisis Hits Close to Home

Katherine Yen and Alex Wong
April 29
Filed under Issue-7, News, Showcase

Come August, English teacher Carrie Abel doesn’t know where she’ll live. Her lease on a Mountain View apartment shared with two roommates is up by then, and with the rent rising by $600 the last time that happened, she knows she’ll have to move. Even so, Abel can’t start apartment hunting until...

With Growing Enrollment, District Hires Counselors

With Growing Enrollment, District Hires Counselors

Anisha Desai, Staff Writer
April 27
Filed under Issue-7, News

Due to pressure caused by a growing student population, the counseling department appealed to the school board and asked for another counselor to be hired in addition to the current six, a request that was recently accepted. In recent years, counselors have found it harder to give students personalized...

Mountain View Takes Action on Housing

Mountain View Takes Action on Housing

Kevin Yen, Senior Writer
April 27
Filed under Issue-7, News

It’s 11 p.m., and a nearly six-hour session, long by city council standards, draws to a close. Mountain View Mayor Pat Showalter, ordinarily curt in adjourning the council, takes the moment to say a few words. “We have wanted to be able to have this discussion for quite a while, so we’re really...

School Tackles Student Well-being

School Tackles Student Well-being

Alex Wong and Avi Varghese
April 27
Filed under Issue-7, News

Words like “depression” and “stress” have long circulated in local high schools, infiltrating conversations from teens’ lunch tables all the way to the meeting rooms of district board members. This dialogue attempts to address an issue that has only gained recognition in the past decade, prompting...

Green Team Wraps Up Earth Week With an Almost Picnic

Green Team Wraps Up Earth Week With an Almost Picnic

Katherine Yen, Print Managing Editor
April 22
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Green Team hosted its final Earth Week lunch event on Friday in the hallway by the large gym. The team offered free samples of organic fruits and vegetables — about $40 worth of produce donated by Milk Pail Market — with the dual goal of encouraging students to stay on campus for lunch and educati...

Los Altos Crushes Facebook Page Garners Student Interest

Jessica King and Emily Aoki
March 29
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

On Sunday night, students began seeing a new Facebook community, titled “Los Altos Crushes,” in their news feeds. The page founder began by using a counterpart “Los Altos Crushes” profile to send friend requests to students. After drawing enough attention to the community, the founder posted i...

Student Data to be Disclosed in Lawsuit

Alex Wong, Staff Writer
March 16
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

In January, the California Department of Education (CDE) was instructed by a California district court to provide student databases to plaintiffs in the proceedings of a lawsuit. The court order provoked outrage and protest from parents, as concerns arose over the possible disclosure of student information...

District approves math placement rules

District approves math placement rules

Savita Govind and Alex Wong
March 10
Filed under Issue-6, News

While teacher recommendation and student choice previously decided math placement for incoming freshmen, new administrative regulations passed by the MVLA School Board on February 8 created a framework for a more objective policy, where teacher recommendations may only accelerate an eighth grader into...

30th Writer’s Week Brings Creativity

30th Writer’s Week Brings Creativity

Alice Dai, Print Managing Editor
March 8
Filed under Issue-6, News

30 years of Writer's Week From March 14-17, Los Altos will host the 30th annual Writer’s Week, which brings poets, novelists, journalists and working writers into the classroom to speak to and work with students. Especially in a Silicon Valley environment dominated by technical fields, the week provide...

Achievement, Scrutinized

Achievement, Scrutinized

Alex Wong and Avi Varghese
March 8
Filed under Issue-6, News

In an attempt to identify institutional academic barriers for minority students in MVLA, the district hired Principal’s Exchange, a nonprofit organization that analyzes schools to help underperforming students by conducting an equity audit. The audit crafted numerous recommendations for MVLA to help...

City Lowers School Speed Limit to 15

City Lowers School Speed Limit to 15

Jessica King, Entertainment Editor
March 8
Filed under Issue-6, News

Starting this year, the speed limits around Los Altos schools are being lowered to 15 miles per hour within 500 feet of the schools during school hours. Outside of school hours, the speed limit will remain 25 mph. Currently, the city is in the process of changing the speed limit signs around Los Altos...

Economics Meets Legos

Economics Meets Legos

Katherine Yen, Olivia Jerram, and Emily Aoki
March 8
Filed under Issue-6, News

Marketing director senior Duncan Burridge stared intently at the white planning map covered in Lego blocks. An L-shaped high-rise hovered in his right hand. He rearranged the blocks once, twice, three times. None of the configurations worked out. “It’s worse than Tetris!” Duncan said. Following...

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