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Boys Basketball Dunks On Mountain View in Senior Night Showdown

Boys Basketball Dunks On Mountain View in Senior Night Showdown

Ian Tseng, Staff Writer

February 18, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Web Exclusive

On the evening of Friday, February 16, a seemingly endless stream of students and family members filed into the gym to watch boys basketball’s last game of the regular season. As the players warmed up, the packed bleachers became a scene of contrast; on one end, the white was worn by Los Altos stu...

Investigating the STEM Gender Gap

Investigating the STEM Gender Gap

Kristen Fan and Cathy Wang

February 13, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, News, Showcase

Only 10 out of this year’s AP Physics C’s 57 students are girls. In AP Biology, meanwhile, 75 out of 122 students are girls. These statistics are emblematic of larger trends, where girls are pushed toward softer sciences like biology and away from subjects like advanced physics, computer science and c...

The Hidden Issue of Teacher Stress

The Hidden Issue of Teacher Stress

Priya Dixit and Emma Kwan

February 13, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, News, Showcase

In 2009, chemistry teacher Trina Mattson started talking to doctors about sharp pains she felt and a loss of sensation in the left side of her face. “It got to the point where I couldn’t function at all,” Mattson said. “I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t open my mouth more than an inch.” Fo...

Females on Feminism

Females on Feminism

Mayu Alten, Daniela Gloster, Daphne Ih, and Kylie Akiyama

February 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5, Showcase

The perception of a feminist, whether it’s a bra-burning extremist or a passionate activist, is a generational view. The Talon talked to women from various age-groups to hear their opinions on the feminist movement given the recent #metoo and Time’s Up campaigns. All responses have been edited f...

In the footsteps of former Head Coach Randy Jimenez, wrestling continues to fight

In the footsteps of former Head Coach Randy Jimenez, wrestling continues to fight

Brian Huebner and Isabella Borkovic

February 12, 2018


Filed under Issue-5, Showcase, Sports

Tucked away in a corner of the large gym is a small, innocuous room, easy to miss if you walk past. Two years ago, this room was where former wrestling Coach Randy Jimenez would train his wrestlers, often to the point of collapse. Now with their third coach in three years, the team looks to reclaim the s...

Broken Box Tech Crew Joins Onstage Cast

Broken Box Tech Crew Joins Onstage Cast

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Showcase, Web Exclusive

  In Broken Box’s new drama, “The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners,” five new cast members will join the pre-existing onstage ensemble.  For the first time since Broken Box’s comedy, “Museum,” in 2009, the company’s tech crew will play onstage roles in addition to the...

Video: Exploring Los Altos’ Coffee Culture

Video: Exploring Los Altos’ Coffee Culture

Arjin Unlu, Noah Tesfaye, and Nicholas Borda

January 31, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Showcase, Web Exclusive

For many Los Altos students and staff, coffee drinking has become daily routine. It's necessary for many to stay awake and focused, but too much can also be harmful. Watch Talon videographers Noah Tesfaye, Nicholas Borda and Arjin Unlu talk to students and teachers and explore Los Altos' coffee culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuEuR5lRz30&feature=youtu.be

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Closed Due to Inappropriate Student Use

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Closed Due to Inappropriate Student Use

Evelin Diego, Staff Writer

January 28, 2018


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Administration closed the gender-neutral bathrooms located at the end of the 400 wing closest to the staff parking lot due to inappropriate student use. Students who need to use a gender-neutral bathroom must use the one in the Attendance Office. “Students were going in groups and using [the bathroom] inappr...

Facilities Master Plan Finalized and Approved by School Board; Los Altos to Enlarge Music Facilities

Facilities Master Plan Finalized and Approved by School Board; Los Altos to Enlarge Music Facilities

Isabella Borkovic, Ethan Ruyack, Staff Writers

January 23, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Web Exclusive

The MVLA School Board yesterday unanimously approved the Facilities Master Plan following a recommendation by architects to add space for music facilities at Los Altos. The school board delayed voting for the plan on Monday, January 8, after Los Altos parents voiced concerns that the plan did not ...

For Two and a Half Weeks, Los Altos Bells Have Been Two Minutes Early

For Two and a Half Weeks, Los Altos Bells Have Been Two Minutes Early

Noah Tesfaye, Videographer

January 22, 2018


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For the past two and a half weeks, the Los Altos bell and clocks have been off by two minutes. The mistiming has prompted some student concern over increased tardies. Administration said they are aware the bell is off by two minutes and that the issue is stems from a malfunction of the master clock sys...

An Easier Egan

An Easier Egan

Mayu Alten, Anisha Desai, Evelin Diego, Nathan Godderis , Ethan Jeram, Emma Kwan Alex Luna, Mia Scher, Avi Varghese

December 14, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Issue-4, Showcase

Before standards-based grading, Egan Junior High held academic rigor high, trumpeting its 4.0 honor roll students and boasting high scores on standardized tests. But after Egan adopted the new grading system last year, honor rolls no longer existed. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ...

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