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ASB Disbands Following Dodgeball Humiliation

Editorial Board

April 1, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Web Exclusive

In the wake of what many spectators are calling a “crushing defeat” during this morning’s dodgeball match, the leaders of the Associated Student Body have voted unanimously to disband their organization entirely. Remarking on her “inability to continue” and “lack of purpose” after los...

Campus should be more proactive in improving digital learning

Campus should be more proactive in improving digital learning

The Editorial Board

March 8, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Issue-6

As part of MVLA’s shift to cloud and digital learning this year, the school introduced Google Apps for Education, a suite of services that includes Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Calendar, Spreadsheets and assigning MVLA email accounts to all students through Gmail. In particular, the new Google Classroom...

School’s humanities departments should propose more electives

The Editorial Board

February 20, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Issue-5

It’s no surprise that students on campus gravitate towards careers in STEM. After all, we live in the heart of Silicon Valley, where jobs in engineering and technology are promoted as both lucrative and available. Our school is a reflection of this culture: over the past ten years, the school has...

Mountain View city council should enact rent control

Mountain View city council should enact rent control

Editorial Board

December 15, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Featured, Issue-4

No teenager should have to worry about the status of their housing situation. While important, issues like rent prices and real estate volatility add external pressure to students who, at this time in their lives, should be focusing on their education. However, dealing with these problems is an unfor...

Math placement policy highlights larger issue of achievement gap

Math placement policy highlights larger issue of achievement gap

The Editorial Board

November 17, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Featured, Issue-3

In response to a complaint from the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) on racial bias in ninth grade math placement, the MVLA school board passed an official general policy in October, satisfying the LCCR enough to cause a withdrawal of its complaint. In passing the policy, the board also met ...

School Should Strive for More School Spirit

School Should Strive for More School Spirit

Editorial Board

October 27, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Issue-2

In many important ways, our school has a strong community. For instance, students are supportive of each other and proud of the school’s academic accomplishments. However, in other ways our school spirit is sorely lacking compared to other schools in the area. Take this year’s homecoming week. Few stud...

The Talon’s Statement Regarding the Homecoming Opinions Article

The Talon’s Statement Regarding the Homecoming Opinions Article

Editorial Board

October 12, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Showcase

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015 around 9:00 p.m., The Talon published a web opinions article titled “Homecoming Assembly Fails to Raise School Spirit.” The Talon firmly maintains that articles like this one are important because they can create constructive dialogue about important issues in our school ...

Board should revoke ninth grade P.E. exemption, institute guidelines instead

Board should revoke ninth grade P.E. exemption, institute guidelines instead

Editorial Board

September 29, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Issue-1

  In February, the Mountain View-Los Altos school board approved a freshman physical education exemption, in effect at both Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools, for school athletes who are taking at least seven classes, including P.E. Currently, freshmen with the exemption have a free perio...

LCCR should collaborate with, not attack, MVLA

Editorial Board

August 18, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Issue 0

In June, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), a local advocacy group, gained local media attention from the Mountain View Voice through the publication of a news article and opinion editorial. The coverage highlighted LCCR’s conclusion that racial bias on the part of teacher and counselor re...

MVLA board should not change freshman P.E. policy

Editorial Board

February 5, 2015


Filed under Editorial

On Monday, February 9, the school board will address the district’s physical education (P.E.) policy requiring all freshmen students to take P.E. The current policy requires all freshman students to take P.E. with very few exemptions. After parent complaints surfaced last May, the board has discussed...

The Talon Endorses Two Newcomers, One Incumbent as School Board Elections Approach

September 17, 2014


Filed under Editorial, Issue-1

The MVLA School Board election will take place on Tuesday, November 4. Working with community and faculty input, the school board sets policies regarding educational programs, school facilities and learning conditions, in addition to managing the district’s budget. Of the seven candidates, The Talon endors...

Online Health is Still Insufficient

August 18, 2014


Filed under Editorial

As the summer comes to an end, almost 200 students have taken online health through the school. Though the number of students taking this course has no sign of changing, the curriculum itself lacks useful information. The school district must revisit the curriculum it provides to revise and add to...

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