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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...

District Hires New AVID Program Coordinator

District Hires New AVID Program Coordinator

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

To help handle the increased workload from AVID’s new career development program, the district hired Darya Larizadeh in January. Larizadeh serves as a liaison between the Mountain View and Los Altos AVID programs, and works to facilitate the new career development program. The AVID department impleme...

Language Departments to Host World Language Days

Language Departments to Host World Language Days

Sana Khader, Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

This week, the World Languages department will host its first World Language Celebration Days. The three-day event, from Wednesday to Friday, brings speakers and activities to language classrooms and foreign movie showings to the entire school with the intention of broadening students’ knowledge about dif...

Los Altos Plans to Pilot Challenge Day Program

Los Altos Plans to Pilot Challenge Day Program

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer

February 11, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

“[Challenge Day] is an immersive one-day experience with a combination of discussions and small-group and large-group activities,” English teacher Margaret Bennett said. “It helps people build relationships with each other, break down barriers, celebrate diversity and celebrate differences. Pe...

School to Implement Card Scanners for Tutorial

Alex Luna, Staff Writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Starting this week, students going to class during tutorial period must scan their student ID card or provide their student number in order to enter a classroom. The policy is in response to concerns that students go off campus during tutorial instead of staying in a classroom. “The expectation was that for tutorial, yo...

Los Altos Hacks Plans Second Hackathon

Los Altos Hacks Plans Second Hackathon

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer

February 4, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After eight months of planning, the Los Altos Hacks club will host their second hackathon, a 24-hour event for high school students to create code-based projects. The hackathon will occur on Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, at Evernote HQ. The club expects around 350 attendees, a 150 person increase...

School Hires Part-Time Survey Skills Teacher

School Hires Part-Time Survey Skills Teacher

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer

January 20, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

At the start of the second semester, Los Altos welcomed Jesse Soza as a new Survey Skills teacher. The school hired Soza due to an increased demand for the Survey Skills class, a supplement class to the freshman English class. Los Altos created the third Survey Skills class to account for an increased...

Tutorial Activity Promotes the Growth Mindset

Tutorial Activity Promotes the Growth Mindset

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer

January 20, 2017


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

During an extended tutorial this Tuesday, students participated in an exercise on mindfulness and the growth mindset. The activity, organized by teachers Joanne Miyahara, Susana Herrera and Lisa Bonanno, incorporated a teacher-led presentation with videos and exercises on the topic. Students did a...

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