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Airplane Noise: Committee Recommends New Flight Path

Airplane Noise: Committee Recommends New Flight Path

Javin Pombra and Danny Vesurai

December 4, 2016


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

After meetings with dozens of attendees, debates that lasted for over six months and participation from counties across the Bay Area, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals sent a letter of recommendations addressing airplane noise to Congress members Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr and Jackie Speier on Thursday,...

English Teacher Organizes Toiletry Donation Drives

English Teacher Organizes Toiletry Donation Drives

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

December 4, 2016


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English teacher Margaret Bennett is asking for unopened hotel toiletry donations to give to teenagers of Tijuana next summer during her third trip as a volunteer with Brothers and Sisters in Community Service (BASICS). Bennett will help at a children’s program in the San Eugenio Community to provide...

Locker Room Renovations Completed

Locker Room Renovations Completed

Emma Van Geuns, Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


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PE students and athletes walked into new locker rooms on Monday, November 21 after a months-long delay, using trailers behind the school as temporary locker rooms while locker room construction occurred. The new locker rooms include updated facilities such as new showers, benches, windows and rooms off...

Los Altos Erects New Blimp Statue

Los Altos Erects New Blimp Statue

Cameron Avery, Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


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Recently, people driving past the small park area at the corner of Springer and El Monte have been greeted by an unfamiliar sight: a 10-foot high zeppelin with long, skeletal legs perched amidst green grass and trees. The piece is called ‘Archimedes Goose’, and it’s one of the latest sculptures...

School Board Sets Direction for Future

School Board Sets Direction for Future

Maddie Chu, Sana Khader, Javin Pombra, and Danny Vesurai

November 21, 2016


Filed under Issue-3, News, Showcase

Through the 2016-2017 Action Plan, the MVLA School Board decided which issues it would prioritize as most important for the upcoming school year. They chose to focus on expanding the AVID Exploration program and increasing graduation requirement rigor and curriculum alignment.The school board is also cur...

Mountain View Takes Action to Support RV Park

Mountain View Takes Action to Support RV Park

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Issue-3, News, Showcase

Al, a Mountain View resident who wanted to keep his last name anonymous, left his home in Dallas, Texas, six or seven months ago to take care of his mother after his brother died. Unable to renew his security guard license in California to secure a job in the new area, Al couldn’t make enough money...

Homework-Free Weekend Spurs Student Concern

Homework-Free Weekend Spurs Student Concern

Madison Woo and Priya Dixit

November 21, 2016


Filed under Issue-3, News

For most students, Homecoming weekend provided a reprieve from school work. AR 6154, the homework policy implemented this year, designated the weekend to be homework-free, and for the most part, teachers complied with the stipulations. However, multiple students and other teachers approached Principal...

Student Walkout Protests Trump’s Election

Student Walkout Protests Trump’s Election

Booker Martin, Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


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A walk-out in protest of president-elect Donald J. Trump came together yesterday, November 14, at 1:30 p.m. as a result of a social media post that had circulated sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Over 100 students gathered on the Los Altos football field, where lead protesters voiced their th...

Protest Walkouts: Know your Rights

Booker Martin, Senior Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

In light of the election result, many students have begun discussing the possibility of school walkouts. Here is a guide to student protest rights and what potential consequences they could face. What is protected: Right to assemble: The right to assemble should not be limited unless the assem...

English Teachers Incorporate Mindfulness in the Classroom

English Teachers Incorporate Mindfulness in the Classroom

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer

November 12, 2016


Filed under Issue-3, News

As the bell rings and students file into the classroom, English teacher Alicia Triana instructs her students to close their eyes and put their heads down. Soon, quiet music and a steady rhythm of students’ deep breaths are the only sounds in the classroom. After a few minutes, students open their ey...

School Introduces Positive Psychology Elective

School Introduces Positive Psychology Elective

Anisha Desai and Adrienne Mitchel

November 12, 2016


Filed under Issue-3, News

Over the past few months, the momentum of mindfulness practices has taken over Los Altos, manifesting in English class “mindful minutes” and in P.E. classes. Soon there won’t just be brief mindful moments in English and P.E., but an entire class dedicated to exploring the science of what makes peopl...

Los Altos Residents Urge Change in Flight Path

Los Altos Residents Urge Change in Flight Path

Javin Pombra and Danny Vesurai

November 12, 2016


Filed under Issue-3, News

The room shakes as everyone stands up for the Pledge of Allegiance. Papers rustle as the pledge finishes, and murmurings break out among the room about one of the most anticipated items to ever come before Los Altos’ City Council: airplane noise. So many residents are anxious to express their grieva...

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