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An Easier Egan

An Easier Egan

Mayu Alten, Anisha Desai, Evelin Diego, Nathan Godderis , Ethan Jeram, Emma Kwan Alex Luna, Mia Scher, Avi Varghese

December 14, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-4, Showcase

Before standards-based grading, Egan Junior High held academic rigor high, trumpeting its 4.0 honor roll students and boasting high scores on standardized tests. But after Egan adopted the new grading system last year, honor rolls no longer existed. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ...

MMEH Club: A Relaxed Approach to Art and Crafts

MMEH Club: A Relaxed Approach to Art and Crafts

Priya Dixit and Daphne Ih

December 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

A cheerful group of students enters the art room and begins to fold colored paper from a stack on the central table. Even after they settle down, the room is lively as they begin folding and creasing paper squares. Before long, the space is transformed into an origami menagerie of cranes. Other students...

Food Regulations May Prompt TGIF Cancelation

Food Regulations May Prompt TGIF Cancelation

Julia Santos and Evelin Diego

December 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-4, News, Showcase

The end of the year TGIF celebration, involving food trucks and bouncy houses on the back field, may be cancelled due to state and federal policies regarding food. Competitive food sales with the cafeteria and violations of USDA dietary guidelines could discontinue TGIF. Currently, the future of TG...

Writing Center Would Create Specialized Tutoring Community

Writing Center Would Create Specialized Tutoring Community

Priya Dixit and Rachel Lu

December 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-4, News, Showcase

In order to fill the need for specialized writing tutors, English teacher Caitlin Hannon has proposed implementing a Writing Center course on campus staffed by trained student tutors next year. If the course attracts enough student interest and can be adequately staffed, it will train students to assi...

New Course to Offer Comprehensive Intro to STEAM

New Course to Offer Comprehensive Intro to STEAM

Kristen Fan, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-4, News, Showcase

A new STEAM Foundations course next year would introduce students to STEM and art disciplines to encourage a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. If approved by the MVLA School Board, the year-long course will be the first in a proposed LAHS Academy of Engineering and Design. Approved by Los...

District Adds More Developed Athletic Facilities, Auxiliary Funds for Potential Classrooms in Facilities Master Plan

District Adds More Developed Athletic Facilities, Auxiliary Funds for Potential Classrooms in Facilities Master Plan

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-4, News, Showcase

Proposed to the MVLA School Board last Monday, the $292 million revised Facilities Master Plan would create more developed athletic facilities and auxiliary funds for 20 additional classrooms. The revised master plan, presented by Superintendent Jeff Harding and Associate Superintendent of Busines...

Solar Panel Construction Starts at LASD Schools

Solar Panel Construction Starts at LASD Schools

Ethan Ruyack, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-4, News

Following in the footsteps of LAHS, all LASD schools will have overhead parking lot solar panels installed, except Oak Elementary will have them above the lunch and play area. The project started on Monday, October 25, and the school district hopes to finish before Sunday, December 31, to take full advan...

City Holds Downtown Visioning Workshop

City Holds Downtown Visioning Workshop

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Issue-4, News

The City of Los Altos presented revised drafts of proposed downtown visioning scenarios at a community workshop on November 29, 2017 including a new scenario, affordable housing and pedestrian plazas. Through the visioning process, the city aims to make a broad document that creates a long-term plan t...

A Newfound Vulnerability in Taylor Swift’s “reputation”

A Newfound Vulnerability in Taylor Swift’s “reputation”

Rachel Zuraek, Guest Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

She’s a snake. She’s money hungry. She dates too many guys. Whether you agree with the rumors or not, it’s no question that Taylor Swift has quite the reputation. Since her musical debut in 2006, Swift has become one of the most well-known and successful artists in the modern music industr...

Fast Fashion: A Trend to End

Fast Fashion: A Trend to End

Savita Govind and Isabella Borkovic

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

Remember rompers, Toms and Lokai bracelets? Just last year, these necessities were all the rage, but now they sit sadly on Goodwill racks among many other dead trends. So why did these once super-cool fashion trends fall into obscurity? The answer is fast fashion, a term used to describe the rapid cy...

A Dichotomy of Lil Pump

A Dichotomy of Lil Pump

Gialon Kasha, Guest Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

A rumoured Harvard dropout, lyrical mastermind and pioneer of the rap industry, 17-year-old Gazzy “Lil Pump” Garcia carries the burden of solving humanity’s problems, moving America forward one song at a time. Lil Pump rises to the occasion in “Gucci Gang,” a contemporary masterpiece in whi...

Meditation and Self-Exploration at Maharishi University

Meditation and Self-Exploration at Maharishi University

Javin Pombra, In-Depth Editor

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-4

The Maharishi University of Management and other schools of management have one stark difference: the former is about managing yourself and the latter about managing others. Founded in 1973, Maharshi certainly doesn’t follow the typical mold: opting to have classes last for a month instead of year-long...

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