The Talon

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 three options: keep the...

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

September 18, 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 endorses Dana Bunnett, Joe Mi...

Online Health is Still Insufficient

August 18, 2014

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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 its content. The curriculum...

STEM Week Provides Unique Opportunity

November 5, 2013

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This year, as always, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Week brought people who have been truly influential in their respective fields to school. From Adam Cheyer, co-founder of Siri, to Jocelyn Goldfein, Engineering Director at Facebook, students had the opportunity to hear from a variety of individuals who have...

Proposed Taco Truck Ban Misguided

November 5, 2013

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The Los Altos City Council is currently considering an ordinance that would ban the “taco truck” as we currently know it. They must not pass this ban. And students must make it clear to the council that this is not acceptable. At its September 10 meeting, the council discussed the possibility of banning or restricting mobile...

Reckless driving in the parking lot poses dangers, creates unnecessary annoyances

May 21, 2013

Filed under Editorial

Every morning and every afternoon, hundreds of students and parents weave their way through a chaotic parking lot. Not only does this create a nuisance for everyone trying to get to school, it also poses a serious threat to students (and their cars). Part of the problem is inconsistent ticketing in the lot, which leads to congestion...

Support For ELD Students Should Be Improved

May 6, 2013

Filed under Editorial

Over the last few years, the MVLA district has been combining the district’s English Language Development (ELD) program at Mountain View High School (MVHS), leaving LAHS students to move to the other site or stay at LAHS without a program. This change has led to opposition from some teachers and community members because they...

Teachers Should Use Coordinated Technology Platforms

March 21, 2013

Filed under Editorial

LAHS teachers are ushering their classes into the digital age, using everything from Turnitin to homework blogs. While teachers move to a more technology-based classroom, however, they should make sure that they’re moving forward together. At least on a department level, the school should try to achieve cohesion in the platforms...

Editorial: District Should Continue to Protect Freedom of Expression in School Newspapers

March 8, 2013

Filed under Editorial

Recently, there has been much controversy over the Mountain View High School Oracle’s two-page spread of articles about sex and relationships. Outraged over the newspaper’s content and a sexual phrase used within one of the articles, parents are petitioning the School Board to limit the rights of student publications in...

Editorial: The Talon’s Opinion on ‘LAHS Secrets’

February 6, 2013

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The “LAHS Secrets” page has existed for less than a week, and it already has over 600 likes and a backlog of submissions. It’s also already created the potential for serious consequences—legal and otherwise. Although this page was probably started with innocent intentions, it may have severe repercussions that neither...

Frosh Advisory Largely Ineffective, Should Be Reimagined for Future

December 18, 2012

Filed under Editorial, News

Advisory offers a valuable opportunity to give freshmen support and guidance, but freshmen aren’t currently reaping its full benefits. The school should re-evaluate and reorganize Advisory, possibly reducing it to a few sessions at the beginning and end of first semester. All freshmen have Advisory classes during first semester,...

Athletes Should Recognize Necessity of Participating in Sprint for Sports

November 20, 2012

Filed under Editorial

On Saturday, November 17, athletes participated in Sprint for Sports, an effort by Los Altos Athletic League (LAAL) in conjunction with ASB to raise money for athletics. While Sprint for Sports brought in much-needed money, it also drew complaints — often from athletes who had already participated in fundraisers for their...

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