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Girls Water Polo Defeats Mountain View to Become CCS Champions

Girls Water Polo Defeats Mountain View to Become CCS Champions

Avi Varghese, Web Managing Editor

November 12, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

In Los Altos’ last three meetings with Mountain View’s girls water polo team, the Spartans have consistently dominated Los Altos in the first quarter, finding margins as large as 8-3. In yesterday’s CCS Division I Championship, Los Altos left the first quarter with a 1-0 advantage for the first t...

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...

Matt Eberle Is Taking His Talents To Pomona

Matt Eberle Is Taking His Talents To Pomona

Ian Tseng, Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

Number 30 calmly dribbles up the floor. At 6-foot-5, he’s taller than most guards and quicker than most forwards — a nightmare of a matchup. He sizes up his poor defender with a couple of slick dribble moves, as if he is toying with him. Then, without hesitation, he elevates for a three-pointer. ...

ASB Has Disappointed Los Altos by Reinstating Gender-Based Homecoming Voting

ASB Has Disappointed Los Altos by Reinstating Gender-Based Homecoming Voting

October 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Showcase, Web Exclusive

After a class vote and revote, ASB decided against having gender-neutrally chosen Homecoming Seniors. It’s a step back for Homecoming's inclusivity. The decision comes after ASB was lauded for taking out the gender binary aspects of Homecoming: placing nominees into couples and the “King” and ...

Los Altos to Display STEM Opportunities at Fair

Los Altos to Display STEM Opportunities at Fair

Justin Yu, Senior Writer

October 15, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Los Altos will host its first STEM Fair near the 600 wing tomorrow at lunch. The fair will feature STEM courses and clubs, including Advanced Scientific Investigations (ASI), Biotech, Robotics, and 3D Design and Prototyping. As part of STEM Week, the fair intends to showcase STEM opportunities stu...

Homecoming Parade Canceled; Football Game Postponed Due to Wildfires

Homecoming Parade Canceled; Football Game Postponed Due to Wildfires

October 12, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

The Homecoming Parade was canceled and the football game was postponed to Thursday, November 9, at 2:30 p.m. at Los Altos due to air quality concerns from wildfires in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties, Assistant Principal Suzanne Woolfolk said. Tomorrow’s classes will still be on a minimum day schedule, an...

Facilities Plan Proposes Two-Story Classroom Structure, Student Services Building

Facilities Plan Proposes Two-Story Classroom Structure, Student Services Building

Emma van Geuns, Arts and Culture Editor

October 7, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

The MVLA School District unveiled a proposal at a planning meeting Wednesday to create a two-story student services and administrative building to replace current administrative offices, create a two-story classroom building to replace the current 600 wing and portable and enlarge the small gym. ...

Egan Classroom Fire Prompts Investigation

Egan Classroom Fire Prompts Investigation

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

A fire at Egan Junior High School last weekend almost destroyed an entire classroom after a boarding locker caught flames, resulting in the demolition of an entire wall by the fire department to contain the blaze. Unknown individuals came to the school and began lighting objects on fire, Principal Keith...

District Approves 2017-2018 Budget

District Approves 2017-2018 Budget

Emma van Geuns and Zooey Nguyen

October 3, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

The MVLA School Board this June approved the 2017-2018 school year budget. Continuing a trend from previous budgets, the board increased expenditures on personnel to $68.3 million from last year’s $61.4 million to accommodate increased enrollment. Because enrollment this year was projected to be 4,249 total stu...

Student and Teacher Groups March Against DACA Repeal

Student and Teacher Groups March Against DACA Repeal

Daphne Ih, Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

Los Altos students and teachers chanted and paraded signs as they marched from campus to Eagle Park in Tuesday’s protest of changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. President Donald Trump’s order to end DACA, issued in early September, puts DACA recipients — including students and staff...

Andrew Rathjen: Drones, Ethics and Academics

Andrew Rathjen: Drones, Ethics and Academics

Julia Santos, Mayu Alten, and Jocelyn Maeyama

September 26, 2017


Filed under Features, Issue-1, Showcase

Stepping into the Beale Air Force Base, Andrew Rathjen navigates through multiple security checkpoints to enter the debrief room. He receives a mission set, and he delves into the events that occurred in the past 24 hours. Once finished, he enters a new room. Here, following the illumination of hu...

ASB’s Homecoming Changes: Courageous, Commendable

ASB’s Homecoming Changes: Courageous, Commendable

September 26, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Issue-1, Showcase

ASB is to be commended for modernizing the tradition of Homecoming. They’ve placed an emphasis on seniors’ on-campus contributions and taken away the titles “King” and “Queen” — two momentous shifts toward a more inclusive Homecoming Court that represents Los Altos as a whole. Along with festivities and excitement...

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