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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...

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. ...

School to Host Digital Citizenship Activity

School to Host Digital Citizenship Activity

Yolanda Spura, Copy/Content Editor

November 19, 2017


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Students at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista will participate in a digital citizenship activity on an extended tutorial schedule tomorrow, with the goal of promoting conscious use of technology and creating a healthy digital culture on campus. The activity, which will take place in a 50-minute block after t...

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...

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