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ASB Has Disappointed Los Altos by Reinstating Gender-Based Homecoming Voting

ASB Has Disappointed Los Altos by Reinstating Gender-Based Homecoming Voting

October 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After a class vote and revote, ASB decided against having gender-neutrally chosen Homecoming Seniors. It’s a step back for Homecoming's inclusivity. The decision comes after ASB was lauded for taking out the gender binary aspects of Homecoming: placing nominees into couples and the “King” and ...

Outspoken and Supportive, Los Altos’ March Fostered Campus Solidarity for DACA Recipients

Outspoken and Supportive, Los Altos’ March Fostered Campus Solidarity for DACA Recipients

October 1, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Web Exclusive

After President Donald Trump placed Los Altos’ DACA recipients at risk of deportation this September, Los Altos rallied back. In an important feat of activism, students and staff marched and spoke out for undocumented immigrants’ fundamental rights. Our U.S. Congress representative Anna Eshoo’s w...

ASB’s Homecoming Changes: Courageous, Commendable

ASB’s Homecoming Changes: Courageous, Commendable

September 26, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Issue-1, Showcase

ASB is to be commended for modernizing the tradition of Homecoming. They’ve placed an emphasis on seniors’ on-campus contributions and taken away the titles “King” and “Queen” — two momentous shifts toward a more inclusive Homecoming Court that represents Los Altos as a whole. Along with festivities and excitement...

Online Isn’t Enough: Why In-Class Health Should Be Required

Online Isn’t Enough: Why In-Class Health Should Be Required

August 14, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Issue-8

It’s unclear whether any student has taken the MVLA School District’s online health class with the intention of learning. The web course is a bit like driver’s ed — a curriculum that holds no more significance than another checkbox in the high school experience. Yet while it is universally ack...

Fixing MVLA’s Summer School System: Administrators Should Focus on Progress, Not Passing

Fixing MVLA’s Summer School System: Administrators Should Focus on Progress, Not Passing

August 14, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Issue 0

  Editor's Note: A previous version of this article mischaracterized summer school’s drop rates by implying that the 213 students who dropped summer school in 2016 were urged to drop out by summer school administration. In reality, the majority of those students signed up for summer school in anticipatio...

Talon Statement on Plagiarism

May 6, 2017


Filed under Editorial

Two weeks ago, we became aware that one of our writers had committed plagiarism in several of their assignments, and so we removed them from staff. Publishing unoriginal content is a breach of trust — and it’s one we take seriously. If you suspect anything you’ve read isn’t ours, let us know ...

Election 2016: The Aftermath

Election 2016: The Aftermath

November 10, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Issue-3, Showcase

On January 20, Barack Obama will leave office. His successor for the next four years, the man who will become the 45th President of the United States, is Donald J. Trump. After making his money in real estate and his name on reality TV, Donald Trump as a presidential contender was hard to believe, and Secret...

Editorial: Bruins, Pepper, Fligor for Los Altos City Council

Editorial: Bruins, Pepper, Fligor for Los Altos City Council

October 25, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Showcase, Web Exclusive

By November 8, Los Altos voters will choose three candidates to fill the open seats on the Los Altos City Council. Of the six candidates running, The Talon endorses Jeannie Bruins, Jan Pepper and Neysa Fligor. Sustainable and appropriately planned development is imperative to the future of the ci...

School Should Offer College-prep Physics

School Should Offer College-prep Physics

October 18, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Issue-2

This year, the AP Physics I scores for Los Altos decreased significantly compared to past performances on AP tests. There are multiple explanations for the score decrease, but controversy surrounding the scores has raised another, more important issue. In order to promote access and course choices, the...

Editorial: New Structure of Homecoming Court is a Change for the Better

Editorial: New Structure of Homecoming Court is a Change for the Better

Editorial Board

October 7, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Issue-1

At The Talon, we’ve long believed that it’s time for Homecoming Court to change, and this year, it looks like it will get a much-needed makeover. Instead of picking 20 students paired into 10 male-female “couples,” ASB and the administration have made the welcome decision to pair students into...

Students are too quick to judge new speed limit

Students are too quick to judge new speed limit

The Editorial Board

May 24, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Issue-8

Recently, the city changed surrounding school speed limits from 25 to 15 mph for 500 feet in all directions from the center of the school. The city council instituted the change after years of resident complaints about the school traffic, in addition to a noticeable spike in pedestrian and bike accidents...

Management Software Raises Concerns

Management Software Raises Concerns

Editorial Board

April 5, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Web Exclusive

In early March, Spanish teacher Terri Salsman De Rodriguex directed her students to download the software program Insight, a classroom management service that allows teachers to monitor students’ computer screens, access their Internet browsing history and take over computer controls. While Rodrig...

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