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Facilities Plan Aims to Accommodate Student Growth

Emma van Geuns, Justin Yu, and Ashley Cai

December 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, News

  As part of the MVLA School District’s Facilities Master Plan’s most recent draft, Los Altos’ attendance building, small gym, and the 600 wing and the nearby portables will be replaced and expanded. From approval to finishing construction, the entire process will take approximately two years. ...

Boys water polo ends historic season

Boys water polo ends historic season

Mayu Alten, Staff Writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, Sports

The varsity boys water polo team lost to Bellarmine on Saturday, November 4, in the CCS Open Division quarterfinals, with a final score of 2-11. The game put an end to a historic season.   The Eagles took the title this year as the undefeated league champions of the De Anza Division of SCV...

The Benefits of Binge Watching

The Benefits of Binge Watching

Isabella Borkovic, Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

Before I sat down to write this, I watched four 40-minute episodes of “Stranger Things” back to back. I kept on clicking that tantalizing red “Next Episode” button over and over until almost three hours had passed and it was suddenly 8 o’clock. I’m sure many of you have also experienced...

The Upsides and “The Upside Down” sides

The Upsides and “The Upside Down” sides

Cathy Wang, Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

IMDB ★★★★☆ A little girl with a number for a name and a soft spot for Eggo waffles, Christmas lights and Dungeons & Dragons. These features only scratch the surface of the first season of Netflix’s smash hit, “Stranger Things.” Full of 80’s nostalgia and stellar performan...

Sorting Out the Flaws of a Garbage System

Sorting Out the Flaws of a Garbage System

Nathan Godderis and Ian Tseng

November 16, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, News

At a pickup in the beginning of October, Recology’s garbage trucks refused to collect the waste at Los Altos because students’ poor sorting had contaminated the compost with recyclables. “The compost has to be pure — it cannot be more than 10 percent contaminated,” Green Team Co-Presiden...

School Plans Inaugural Three-day Intersession

School Plans Inaugural Three-day Intersession

Emma Kwan and Mayu Alten

November 16, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, News

January Intersession, a three-day program where students will attend multiple assemblies about life skills, will start when students return from Holiday Recess on Wednesday, January 3. Every grade level is assigned a different schedule, with each day split up into three 90-minute blocks, similar ...

School Begins Feedback Process for Six-year Goals

School Begins Feedback Process for Six-year Goals

Priya Dixit and Madison Woo

November 16, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, News

Los Altos this school year began a process to be accredited for the next six years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Schools can only issue valid diplomas with regular accreditation, which requires schools to develop and meet a set of academic and cultural standards. Curr...

Residents Push for Teen Space at Hillview Community Center

Residents Push for Teen Space at Hillview Community Center

Daniela Gloster and Daphne Ih

November 16, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, News

With the Hillview Community Center scheduled for renovation by December 2020, residents are pushing the City of Los Altos to add a new teen center to the Hillview building plan. The town’s existing facilities and downtown stores accommodate young children, adults and seniors, but aren’t enough to...

Los Altos’ Niche Sports

Los Altos’ Niche Sports

Jocelyn Maeyama, Emma Van Geuns, and Savita Govind

November 16, 2017


Filed under Issue-3, Sports

Fencing: A 'physical chess'    Fencing, in the words of senior Sriram Ramamurthy, is different than the sports usually found at Los Altos. It requires precision, extreme accuracy, calculated movements. Fencing focuses on deliberation and expertise instead of the pure strength of other endurance ...

Questbridge

Maddie Chu, Opinions Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

In the following interviews, edited for clarity, The Talon features three Questbridge National College Match Finalists and their experiences. Questbridge’s National College Match allows students from low-income families to gain a full scholarship from a choice of 39 different colleges. The process...

Fishy business with the Hofmann brothers

Fishy business with the Hofmann brothers

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

At 4 a.m. on a summer day in Los Altos, you can see dark houses and hear crickets. But if you drive up to the Hofmann household, you would be able to see three brothers, senior Hayden, sophomore Baylor and freshman Grady Hofmann, packing their fishing rods, hats and lunches in their car as they head...

The eco-friendly scene at University of Idaho

The eco-friendly scene at University of Idaho

Evelin Diego, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-3

The University of Idaho has a program Los Altos’ Green Team would be envious of: the Green Certification program. The program works to create a sustainable environment through small steps in students’ day-to-day lives, and rewards them for maintaining a green footprint. One of the many activities...

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