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Granting Choice: Time for Schools to go Test-Optional

Granting Choice: Time for Schools to go Test-Optional

Ross Avery, Staff Writer
December 25
Filed under Opinions, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Many high school upperclassmen and their parents have, by now, begun to make sense of the college admissions process. One of the most well-known aspects of this process is the standardized test: students pay to take the required SAT or ACT, then send in the scores they receive. But many schools have...

Teachers, Stand Up For Your Stances

Teachers, Stand Up For Your Stances

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer
December 13
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

After Mountain View High School’s history teacher Frank Navarro was reportedly put on paid leave for comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, news of the controversy spread across the nation. While Mountain View’s administration allowed Navarro to come back, the debate over whether teachers should...

Slacktivism: Expanding Activism or Joining a Trend?

Slacktivism: Expanding Activism or Joining a Trend?

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer
December 13
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

#BlackLivesMatter, #LoveWins, #LoveTrumpsHate and #StandingwithStandingRock were all common hashtags pertaining to social and political issues that flooded social media sites this year. Posting and reposting about these issues, signing online petitions and uploading pictures or videos to spread awareness s...

‘Tis the Season for Controversy

‘Tis the Season for Controversy

Maddie Chu and Haley Ecker, Staff Writers
December 13
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

It’s that time of year again! By now many of you have probably seen several ads for holiday sales on TV, heard jingle bells chiming every time we enter a building and started making plans with family on how to celebrate one of the most festive months of the year. But this joyous time of year has its own...

Los Altos Should Bring Dead Week Back to Life

Los Altos Should Bring Dead Week Back to Life

Avery Luke, Staff Writer
December 13
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

The week prior to final exams, or “dead week” as it has been referred to by high school and college students, often conjures up images of overworked students who are given yet another opportunity to slack off before their exams. However, this harmful misinterpretation increases the stress that surro...

Chow Mein and Chao Mian: On Asian-American Cultural Identity

Chow Mein and Chao Mian: On Asian-American Cultural Identity

Miranda Li, In-Depth Editor
December 13
Filed under Issue-4, Opinions

I’d rate myself a solid 84 percent in Mandarin fluency, but when I refer to Beijing and chow mein as embedded within an English sentence, I pronounce them as the Anglicized “bay-jing” and “chow-main” rather than their linguistically accurate Chinese pronunciations. Chow mein isn’t even spelled ...

Animal Visits are Worthwhile, if not Lifechanging

Animal Visits are Worthwhile, if not Lifechanging

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
December 12
Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

Given that finals week is approaching fast, it’s no secret that stress levels are steadily rising. But never fear, the school is bringing dogs to destress students and take their minds off the intense cram sessions that are to follow. Service dog visits occurred this Thursday during lunch in the quad...

Q & A: Seth Donnelly

Q & A: Seth Donnelly

Alex Wong and Javin Pombra
December 7
Filed under Opinions, Showcase, Web Exclusive

The Talon recently talked to social studies teacher Seth Donnelly on the outcome of the presidential election. While Donnelly did not support either candidate before the election, he expressed concern for the future of the country. This is part of a series of interviews The Talon is conducting wi...

Q & A: Marta Sakowicz

Q & A: Marta Sakowicz

Alex Wong and Javin Pombra
November 30
Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

The Talon recently talked to social studies teacher Marta Sakowicz on the outcome of the presidential election. Sakowicz, a Hillary Clinton supporter, voiced worry over the upcoming Donald Trump presidency and talked about approaching the subject to her class the day after the election. This is par...

Los Altos Should Abandon the AP Program

Los Altos Should Abandon the AP Program

Alex Wong, News Editor
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

The MVLA school district has been a devout follower of the AP system since its inception. In 1971, the district offered four AP courses. Today, the district offers 31 of the 35 courses created by College Board. AP enrollment is on the uptick, in alignment with the MVLA School Board’s efforts, and l...

“Gig” Economy Drives New Working Relationships

“Gig” Economy Drives New Working Relationships

Savita Govind, Copy/Content Editor
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

From Uber drivers to Doordash waiters, many people have moved away from the traditional eight-hour work day to have more personalized schedules with flexible hours and salaries. More than 9 million Americans have shifted to alternate work arrangements from 2005 to 2015, pushing this now-called “gig...

Bring on the Construction Paper

Bring on the Construction Paper

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
November 17
Filed under Issue-3, Opinions

I took a field trip to Anno Domini, a privately owned art gallery in downtown San Jose that prides itself on featuring self-made artists. The current exhibit, called “The Art of Zines,” features a temporary library of international zines, and they were amazing. I didn’t know what a zine was when I wal...

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