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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...

TeenzTalk Hosts Inaugural Wellness Conference

TeenzTalk Hosts Inaugural Wellness Conference

Isabella Borkovic, Staff Writer

October 25, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

TeenzTalk, an organization founded by senior Nadia Ghaffari, hosted its first annual Teen Wellness Conference at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View on Saturday, September 30. Around 200 teenagers from around the Bay Area attended to be more informed about mental health and to learn ways to improve thei...

Approaching Math With Pragmatism: Review, Resiliency and Financial Literacy

Approaching Math With Pragmatism: Review, Resiliency and Financial Literacy

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, News

When math teacher Betty Yamasaki heard from junior college representatives that incoming college freshmen tested at a significantly lower level of math than they completed in high school, she started to work on a solution with special education teacher Dan Carter. “There was this one story of this girl who...

ASB Organizes Fire Relief Drive

Daniela Gloster, Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, News

Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista High Schools are working together to collect supplies for people affected in the recent wildfires in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties. The drive follows the cancellation of the Homecoming Parade and postponement of the football game due to air pollution from...

Transfer Policy From Los Altos to MVHS Proposed

Transfer Policy From Los Altos to MVHS Proposed

Daniela Gloster, Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, News

Superintendent Jeff Harding has proposed an intradistrict transfer policy that would open 78 slots to students who want to transfer from Los Altos to Mountain View High School to alleviate Los Altos’ overcrowding issue, starting next year. Harding’s proposal responds to the symptoms of the 300-student...

Los Altos Hills Mayor Proposes ZIP Code Changes

Los Altos Hills Mayor Proposes ZIP Code Changes

Emma Kwan, Senior Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Issue-2, News

Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck has announced plans to change the ZIP codes of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills to match their city boundaries, and will propose the change at a joint City Council meeting in November. The proposal has garnered controversy, as Los Altos Hills council members believe t...

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