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First-ever Los Altos TEDx Sets Platform for Future Talks

First-ever Los Altos TEDx Sets Platform for Future Talks

Yalda Khodadad, Staff Writer

May 4, 2017


Filed under Issue-7, News

During the week of March 27, the TEDx Club offered five students and seven adults the opportunity to create and present a TED Talk with TEDxLosAltosHigh. As the first TEDx event to occur at Los Altos, future planners aim to learn from this year and build on the event in coming years. This year, man...

Kim Cave Retires

Kim Cave Retires

Julia Santos and Rachel Lu

May 4, 2017


Filed under Issue-7, News

After working as the athletic director and a P.E. teacher at Los Altos for 11 years, Kim Cave will retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. “I thoroughly enjoyed teaching P.E. and being athletic director full time,” Cave said. “I’ve really enjoyed the athletes, the staff and the camarad...

District Enacts New Program to Help Tackle Teacher Housing

Avi Varghese, Rachel Lu, and Javin Pombra

May 4, 2017


Filed under Issue-7, News

For one Los Altos teacher, “home” consists of a garage and a small cottage, about the size of a portable classroom. “My house is slightly larger [than one of the school’s portables],” the teacher said. “[My wife and I] had to pay $2,500 a month for a house where our bedroom was literall...

LSU To Host Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

LSU To Host Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Avi Varghese, Arts & Culture Editor

May 3, 2017


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

The Latino Student Union will host its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration tomorrow, May 4. The event, which will include dance performances, a variety of foods, and activities for younger children, will extend from the cafeteria out into the quad and run from 5 to 7 p.m. In the quad, attendees will have the opportu...

New Fitness Center Nears Completion

New Fitness Center Nears Completion

Emma van Geuns, Staff Writer

April 30, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After months of setbacks, construction for the new fitness center next to the basketball courts in the back of the school will finish on Monday, May 1. The room hosts new equipment and more space for teams and P.E. classes to use weight and cardio machines. Improved machines, as well as a new rowing m...

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...

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