The Talon

District Films Video to Lure New Teachers

Julia Duperrault, Information Editor

February 5, 2008


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A professional camera crew hired by the MVLA school district was on campus for the week of January 14 filming students, teachers and classrooms for a video intended to promote the district as an employer at teachers’ job fairs and similar events. Associate Superintendent for Personnel and Techn...

Forensics to Offer UC Elective Credit

Dieter Joubert, Business Manager

February 5, 2008


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Starting this semester, the University of California has approved the school’s Forensics science class as a high school elective class, which was inaugurated in the 2007-2008 school year by science teacher Lisa Bolton. In order to gain accreditation, Bolton had to send the class’ curriculum, l...

Seniors Foresee No Problems With Prom

Natalie Larsen, Senior Writer

February 5, 2008


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The 2008 prom will be on Saturday, May 17, at the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara. The theme is inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Tickets will be sold starting the first week of May. Prices have not been determined and will change depending on fundraising.   Th...

CollegeBoard Approves School’s AP Curriculum

Sandra Song, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


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The CollegeBoard has made some fundamental changes to the way Advanced Placement (AP) classes across the country are taught and organized in order to ensure consistency from class to class. Last year, the CollegeBoard sent out an audit which required AP teachers to register their classes officially. ...

Eagle Theatre to Be Part of Packard Family Exhibits

Kelly Wang, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


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The school’s Eagle Theatre will feature a 90-minute presentation about the conception of information technology corporation Hewlett-Packard (HP) Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. The event is organized by the Los Altos History Museum and is the first of four that will take place in the school’s theater...

Violence Strikes at “Glow”

Julia Duperrault, Information Editor

February 5, 2008


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Principal Wynne Satterwhite sent an e-mail to parents cautioning against popular teen nightclub event “The Glow.” Her warning arrived in about 2,00 inboxes on January 25 and informed parents that three students attending the Sunnyvale club had been physically attacked there the previous weekend. ...

Student Store Reopens, Splits Profits

Brian Walz, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


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The ASB-run Student Store has reopened and resumed sales since closing October 16, 2007. The store had been selling items available in the cafeteria, a type of competitions which is prohibited by state and district law. In a meeting with Talon staff in November, Assistant Principal Cristy Dawson said s...

Administration Gets Tough on Parking

Shefali Luthra, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


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A recent increase in illegal parking has led to a rise in the ticketing of student drivers. According to Assistant Principal Cristy Dawson and Principal Wynne Satterwhite, this increase has multiple factors, but the main cause is the number of sophomores getting their driver's licenses. “The so...

Annual Writers Week Seeks to Inspire Students With Speakers

Courtney Moulds, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


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The school’s 23rd annual Writers Week will take place this year February 11-15. Writers Week is a memorial established by the parents of Tracey Cullinan, a student who passed away as a senior. Since then, writers have come to visit the school each year as a way to inspire students to write. English t...

Typing Discouraged in Science Department Due to Cheating

Nicole Schreiber, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


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In this age, it is hard to resist exploiting the convenience, efficiency and accessibility of technology. However, according to biology teacher Suzanne Williams, the science teachers have asked students to refrain from typing assignments. Over the last two years, science teachers have noticed an incre...

Math Mastery Takes ‘Individualized Approach’ to Help Students Catch Up

Ava Foudeh, Staff Writer

February 5, 2008


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At the beginning of second semester, students struggling in Algebra I Enhanced classes were put into a newly formed Math Mastery class, also known as Algebra Readiness or Math Lab. Eighteen students were removed from their previous classes to join Math Mastery based on students’ skill levels and ...

Mandarin Speaks to Next Generation

Jade Shi, Senior Writer

December 14, 2007


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The MVLA school district is offering Mandarin Chinese classes as a foreign language option for the first time this year in response to community interest. The school currently offers Mandarin I for those completely unfamiliar with the language, and Heritage Mandarin for those students with Chinese bac...

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