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API Score Reaches 800-Point Goal For First Time

Ancy Dow, Staff Writer

October 19, 2007


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The school’s Academic Performance Index (API) hit the 800-mark for the first time, a goal the school has failed to reach in the past. API is a cumulative number derived from comparative academic scores among high schools. Students’ STAR testing scores are one of the most heavily-weighed compon...

School Debuts New Upgrades

Meaghan Whitehorn, Staff Writer

October 19, 2007


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The school made several new technological and facility upgrades this year that were purchased through donations and government-allocated funds. Televisions Three new flat screen televisions were purchased with donations to the school maintenance and site funds. They ensure that all students can s...

District Concerned With Unlawful Sales

Taylor Freret and Julia Duperrault

October 19, 2007


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The Mountain View Los Altos Union high School District is concerned with the student store’s sales of several items during school hours because they conflict with two different parts of the California Education Code, according to Associate Superintendent of Business Joe White. He learned of this d...

School Receives $89,000 in vouchers for new technology

Brian Walz, Staff Writer

October 19, 2007


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Many new computers have been installed around campus this year, the majority of which resulted from the product allotment given to our district from Microsoft. Between 2003 and 2005, the state of California filed an antitrust against Microsoft for “pursuing monopolistic practices.” The company de...

Culinary Class or Cafeteria Cash?

Stephanie Baer, Content Editor

October 19, 2007


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The Eagle’s Nest Café was banned from selling to students during lunch at the end of last year because the district felt it took business from the school cafeteria, violating the district wellness policy according to Culinary Arts teacher Betty Ewing. The Eagle’s Nest was an alternative to the cafeteria...

School Welcomes Fifteen “Freshman” Teachers

Nadya Agrawal, Jeff Liu, Sahil Luthra, Jamil Poonja, and Kelly Wang

September 7, 2007


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Alicia Araneda In her first year as a full-time teacher, Araneda is reaching Photography I, Crafts/3D and Painting I. She is no newcomer to multitasking. At San Francisco State, Araneda earned degrees in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Art. She enjoys creating art for both pleasure and exhibits, an...

“Engaged and Energetic” Student’s Legacy Lives On

Natalie Larsen, Senior Writer

September 7, 2007


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Derek Abraham, ‘07 died in a kitesurfing accident along the Santa Cruz coast Thursday, June 14, just days after receiving his diploma. Derek, known and respected throughout the school community, will be remembered by students and staff alike. Although he will no longer dazzle students with his mus...

Students Remember 16-Year Fixture

Katherine Robertson, Features Editor

September 7, 2007


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Though summer is often a time for separating oneself from connections to the school, during the week of June 30 many students actively sought them out. Classmates found a unique source of comfort and solace in each other as they came together to mourn the loss of life science and biology teacher, m...

Counseling, Scholarship Intended to Help Heal and Remember

Julia Duperrault, Information Editor

September 7, 2007


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Two months after science teacher Ken Green died suddenly of a heart attack on June 29, the school is still adjusting to his absence. An announcement over the loud speaker informed students that counseling would be available to anyone who wanted to talk. “Whatever is needed, we’re there,” said Comm...

New Assistant Principal Returns to a Familiar Place

Taylor Freret, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2007


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For new Assistant Principal Morenike O’Neal, the school is an old friend. Although the East Palo Alto native attended Sacred Heart Preparatory School, her sister went here. In addition, her father and uncle worked as a football coach and instructional aid. “A lot of staff remembered when my dad wo...

Streaker Makes Lunchtime Run Across Campus

Claire Bedard and Julia Duperrault

September 7, 2007


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A streaker ran across the quad Friday, March 20, wearing nothing but a mask and waving a Russian flag. Students then hurried over in the direction that he had run. According to Assistant Principal Ralph Cave, no school staff was close enough to catch the streaker while he was on campus. However, th...

Two Tire Slashings Cut Through Campus

Julia Duperrault, Information Editor

September 7, 2007


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The front two tires of junior Diego Segura-Hernandez’s car, parked near the tennis courts, were slashed between lunch and the end of seventh period of Thursday, August 30. The event occurred two days after the slashing of all four tires on a male senior’s car parked in the same area during the sch...

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