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Homecoming Parade Canceled; Football Game Postponed Due to Wildfires

Homecoming Parade Canceled; Football Game Postponed Due to Wildfires

October 12, 2017


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The Homecoming Parade was canceled and the football game was postponed to Thursday, November 9, at 2:30 p.m. at Los Altos due to air quality concerns from wildfires in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties, Assistant Principal Suzanne Woolfolk said. Tomorrow’s classes will still be on a minimum day schedule, an...

Math Teacher Betty Yamasaki Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Math Teacher Betty Yamasaki Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


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Math teacher Betty Yamasaki received the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award for the MVLA School District and was honored at an awards ceremony last month, for her prioritization of individual student success. As the Math Department Coordinator, Yamasaki eased the math department through the transition...

Facilities Plan Proposes Two-Story Classroom Structure, Student Services Building

Facilities Plan Proposes Two-Story Classroom Structure, Student Services Building

Emma van Geuns, Arts and Culture Editor

October 7, 2017


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The MVLA School District unveiled a proposal at a planning meeting Wednesday to create a two-story student services and administrative building to replace current administrative offices, create a two-story classroom building to replace the current 600 wing and portable and enlarge the small gym. ...

Egan Classroom Fire Prompts Investigation

Egan Classroom Fire Prompts Investigation

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


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A fire at Egan Junior High School last weekend almost destroyed an entire classroom after a boarding locker caught flames, resulting in the demolition of an entire wall by the fire department to contain the blaze. Unknown individuals came to the school and began lighting objects on fire, Principal Keith...

District Approves 2017-2018 Budget

District Approves 2017-2018 Budget

Emma van Geuns and Zooey Nguyen

October 3, 2017


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The MVLA School Board this June approved the 2017-2018 school year budget. Continuing a trend from previous budgets, the board increased expenditures on personnel to $68.3 million from last year’s $61.4 million to accommodate increased enrollment. Because enrollment this year was projected to be 4,249 total stu...

After Banner Year, Robotics Sees Major Expansion

After Banner Year, Robotics Sees Major Expansion

Justin Yu and Kristen Fan

September 29, 2017


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Following the Los Altos Robotics team’s unprecedented first place victory at the Ventura Regional last year, the team has expanded to participate in a new competition. They’ve also received new equipment and space to work in by taking over half of the auto shop and adding an additional class sect...

City Reveals Scenarios for Downtown Visioning

City Reveals Scenarios for Downtown Visioning

Daphne Ih, Jocelyn Maeyama, and Ethan Ruyack

September 29, 2017


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As the latest part of their process in designing a long-term development plan for downtown Los Altos, City Council unveiled three proposals that aim to increase vibrancy by encouraging more economic activity and foot traffic. These scenarios were generated based on community feedback obtained through a mon...

Congress Member Anna Eshoo Commends Los Altos’ DACA March

Congress Member Anna Eshoo Commends Los Altos’ DACA March

September 28, 2017


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California Congress member Anna Eshoo yesterday commended Los Altos' recent DACA march in a letter to the school. Eshoo emphasized the importance of "the continued advocacy and engagement of young people" and assured marchers of her continued support for immigrant rights. She co-sponsored the Dream Act, which if passed ...

North Bayshore Plan Would Add Students, Housing, Traffic

North Bayshore Plan Would Add Students, Housing, Traffic

Emma Kwan and Zooey Nguyen

September 28, 2017


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District officials and developers are discussing ways to mitigate impacts of the North Bayshore Precise Plan, which would add a projected 1,108 students to the MVLA District if approved. The Precise Plan would add 9,850 housing units to the North Bayshore area of Mountain View and will be voted on by th...

AP Success Aims for Accessibility

AP Success Aims for Accessibility

Tino Tugwete and Zooey Nguyen

September 28, 2017


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To improve the classroom experience for underrepresented students in AP classes, Los Altos teachers teamed up with Stanford researchers in a program called AP Success. The program aims to create strategies for teachers to develop an environment in which students feel comfortable approaching material. Closin...

Student and Teacher Groups March Against DACA Repeal

Student and Teacher Groups March Against DACA Repeal

Daphne Ih, Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


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Los Altos students and teachers chanted and paraded signs as they marched from campus to Eagle Park in Tuesday’s protest of changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. President Donald Trump’s order to end DACA, issued in early September, puts DACA recipients — including students and staff...

ASB Enacts Homecoming Court Changes

Yalda Khodadad, Features Editor

September 24, 2017


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ASB restructured Homecoming Court’s nomination and voting process this year to emphasize individuals’ on-campus contributions, and.to avoid the gender binary combined with the glorification of students put in place by the titles of “King” and “Queen.” The new court consists of the top 20 seniors...

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