The Talon

IT Department to update district’s networking infrastructure

Devices connect to the internet through the pathway shown above. The district's internet issues now stem from aging wireless access points.

By Tomoki Chien

January 31, 2020

Note: The update is unrelated to the recent cyberattack on the MVLA School District's internet systems.  IT Director Bob Fishtrom is working to remedy the MVLA School District’s internet issues with the installation of new equipment. He hopes to have thoroughly updated the district’s infrastructure ...

Los Altos to introduce new Computer Science class

Next year, Los Altos is implementing a new Computer Science course called ADEN that is geared towards students who have previously taken AP Computer Science.

By Kate Stadler and Vaishu Sirkay

January 30, 2020

Next year, Los Altos will introduce a new Computer Science class called ADEN, which stands for Advanced Data Structures, Embedded Systems and Networking. The course will be taught by Scott Murray, who currently teaches Geometry and Trigonometry. ADEN is geared towards students who have already taken AP Comput...

Varsity boys basketball breaks undefeated streak


By Nina Crofts

January 29, 2020

After being undefeated in their first five games in the De Anza league, the Los Altos basketball team lost 52-64 on Friday, January 25 to the only other undefeated team in the league, the Palo Alto Vikings. Friday’s game decided which school would take the number one rank in the league and which one w...

Taking a Piece of Home to Harvey Mudd

After the 2018 Homecoming Parade, Cohan (left) and Sage (right) hang out in a hammock together.

By Elana Eisenberg

January 27, 2020

Usually, graduation symbolizes a goodbye of sorts. Friends are preparing to move to different schools, different states and sometimes even different countries. For seniors Adam Cohan and Adam Sage, though, this is most definitely not the case. The boys, who obviously share a name, will soon share ...

Winter sports updates

Sophomore Greg Schumann gains the upper hand in his match against Homestead.

By Elli Lahdesmaki, Barrett Wong, Nina Crofts, Allison Bricca, and Lucas Bricca

January 23, 2020

Varsity girls soccer The girls varsity soccer team began their season on shaky grounds, as they suffered a 0-2 loss against Homestead High School in their first league game of the season. Since then, the team has had its ups and downs in both practice and during games, according to the player...

Los Altos Alumni Teachers

Los Altos Alumni Teachers

By Nina Crofts, Meleseini Loto'aniu, and Kate Stadler

January 22, 2020

The Talon interviewed a few Los Altos alumni who are still attending this school—as teachers. Learn about their stories about returning to Los Altos.

WWIII memes aren’t so funny

The WWIII memes are terribly disrespectful to the American men and women whose lives are now at stake.

By Tomoki Chien, Staff Writer

January 20, 2020

When I first read about the American drone strike killing Qassem Soleimani, I was horrified. It was an extreme and seemingly uncalculated action from an already erratic White House. But what’s scarier is that I’m almost just as horrified by the reaction of my peers as I am of the assassination itself.  Fo...

Varsity boys soccer ties again against Mountain View

Sophomore Arya Hatami sprints forward and passes the ball upfield after stealing it off a Mountain View player.

By Elli Lahdesmaki and Barrett Wong

January 15, 2020

During brunch last Friday, many onlookers gathered around the quad in order to enjoy the typical brunch activities hosted by ASB. However, through the speakers came a repeating announcement, one that encouraged all students to come out later that day to watch the varsity boys soccer take on Mountain V...

Going against the herd with Astoria Ho

2018 Los Altos High School alumna Astoria Ho was able to live out that childhood dream by becoming an agriculture program member of 4-H, a youth development organization.

By Rachel Rudyak, Staff Writer

January 15, 2020

If you’re from the Bay Area, chances are you’ve visited the wondrous barnscape that is Hidden Villa. After petting the farm animals, you likely begged your parents for one of your own. They probably said no, and your dreams were forever crushed. However, 2018 Los Altos High School alumna Asto...

Mountain View defeats Los Altos in first wrestling dual meet

Mountain View defeats Los Altos in first wrestling dual meet

By Lucas Bricca

January 13, 2020

In their first dual meet of the season, the Los Altos wrestling team lost to Mountain View on Thursday night. Wrestling meets have one match for each of the 14 weight classes. However, Los Altos’s small varsity roster—just 7 athletes—meant they had to forfeit half of these matches, and Mountain...

Caris Kim: Princeton is a hole-in-one

Caris Kim: Princeton is a hole-in-one

By Marie Godderis

January 9, 2020

On Sunday, August 4, Caris Kim verbally accepted an offer to play Division 1 golf at Princeton University. From a young age, Caris began following her older siblings, beginning her path to playing golf. Seeing her older sister play, improve and eventually get recruited inspired Caris to get th...

Los Altos reintroduces AP Spanish Literature class

Los Altos reintroduces AP Spanish Literature class

By Meleseini Loto'aniu

December 21, 2019

Due to increased student interest, the World Language Department has reintroduced the AP Spanish Literature class at Los Altos, taught by former department coordinator Dayana Swank. AP Spanish Literature is the second AP Spanish class offered on campus alongside AP Spanish Language. Both curriculum...

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