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With SBAC Quota Unmet, Juniors Must Make Up Tests

With SBAC Quota Unmet, Juniors Must Make Up Tests

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer
April 28, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Last week, students encountered connectivity issues that prevented completion of the annual Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam, which took place from Tuesday, April 18 to Friday, April 2. These connectivity issues, coupled with the absence of student groups on spring trips, made it diffic...

School investigates brunchtime fire alarm

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Today, April 27, a smoke alarm went off near the 900 building elevator on the second floor during brunch. As of now, Los Altos is investigating the reason for the alarm, with suspicion that it may have been caused by smoking. “When we investigated we didn’t find any signs of a fire, so it’s possib...

City begins community engagement process to reshape downtown

City begins community engagement process to reshape downtown

Danny Vesurai, Staff Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

On Tuesday, April 18, the City of Los Altos hosted a pop-up workshop at the Veterans Community Plaza on the corner of Main and State Street downtown, launching the community engagement portion of the downtown visioning process. The city hosted the event with their consultant team, comprised of three architectural and ...

LAHS Hosts Annual Latino Awards

LAHS Hosts Annual Latino Awards

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under News, Web Exclusive

On Thursday, March 30, Los Altos honored high-achieving Latino students’ dedication to school and their community through cultural performances, speeches and awards at the annual Latino Academic Achievement Recognition Awards in the Eagle Theater. The theme of the night was “capeless heroes,...

Los Altos Pilots Challenge Day Program for Freshmen

Los Altos Pilots Challenge Day Program for Freshmen

Javin Pombra and Yolanda Spura
April 5, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

“[Challenge Day] started off with us playing silly games, and there was nothing deep or emotional about it," a Challenge Day parent volunteer said at a PTSA meeting on Tuesday, March 7. "[A few hours later],we were all huddled in small groups listening to [students] talk. By the end of that, I use...

Regionals Win Catapults Robotics to New Level

Regionals Win Catapults Robotics to New Level

Danny Vesurai and Justin Yu
April 5, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

For the first time since its inception in 1997, the Los Altos Robotics Team won a regional competition. By winning, they qualified to the international level. From Thursday to Saturday, March 16 to 18, the team took first place at a regional competition in Ventura. The For Inspiration and Recognit...

Los Altos to offer new engineering class next year

Los Altos to offer new engineering class next year

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
April 1, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Starting next school year, Los Altos will pilot a new engineering course called Three Dimensional Design and Prototyping. The class, developed by math teacher Adam Anderson and physics teacher Stephen Hine, will teach students to use machinery to work together and design structures, buildings and other...

WiSTEM Raises Funds to Send Girls to Science Camp

WiSTEM Raises Funds to Send Girls to Science Camp

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

This school year, the Los Altos Women in STEM (WiSTEM) club began raising funds to send four girls from Palo Alto to Camp Galileo, a local science camp for elementary and junior high schoolers, this summer. The girls will be elementary school aged and live in a subsidized housing network called Palo Alt...

Examining Last School Year’s Fall in SBAC Scores

Examining Last School Year’s Fall in SBAC Scores

Yolanda Spura, Justin Yu, and Ashley Cai
March 21, 2017
Filed under Issue-5, News

Last year’s plunge in Smart Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test scores came as a district-wide surprise. Although the MVLA School District remained well above state and national standards, the downward trend prompted concern from administration. Out of the district’s 17 measures of student...

Annual Summit Supports Latino Community

Annual Summit Supports Latino Community

Emily Meza-Perez, Staff Writer
March 17, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, News, Showcase

The annual Latino Summit, which occurred last Saturday, March 4, presented a synthesis of information about college and social services available around Los Altos. The event opened for all community members and aimed to provide resources and a platform for Latino families to ask questions and be informe...

Minimum Wage Hikes Meet Mixed Responses

Minimum Wage Hikes Meet Mixed Responses

Akhil Jakatdar, Avi Varghese, and Michael Sieffert
March 17, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, News, Showcase

In recent months, “Help Wanted” signs have cropped up in the windows of Mountain View restaurants. Businesses have been hit hard by a shortage of low-wage workers, which, according to Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg, stems from increases in housing prices. To help alleviate this issue, Mountain ...

RAINN Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Week

RAINN Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
March 17, 2017
Filed under Issue-6, News, Showcase

From Monday to Friday, March 27 to 31, the Los Altos RAINN Club will hold its first Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign, also known as RAINN Week. RAINN, or the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and the club will organize activities h...

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