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Pipe dream to pilot: Kate’s journey into the air

Senior Kate Koralevskaya sits in the cockpit of a plane at San Carlos Airport awaiting the beginning of her flight training. Many of the flight instruments are covered with emoji stickers to ensure focus on her surroundings. Over the summer, she learned how to fly and obtained her private pilot’s license through the Upwind Scholarship.

By Nathaniel Joffe, Staff Writer

September 26, 2020

Ever since she received a little toy airliner as a Christmas gift, senior Kate Koralevskaya has been captivated by flight. From flying remote-controlled airplanes to building her own model aircraft, Kate has always considered aviation one of her passions, but only until recently has she been able to...

Menlo Park protesters march in reaction to Breonna Taylor indictment

JT Faraji calls to the crowd through his bullhorn. On Friday, September 25, protesters gathered in Menlo Park, reacting to the grand jury indictment in Breonna Taylor's case.

By Anika Sikka and Mira Sundar

September 26, 2020

Protesters took to the streets of Menlo Park yesterday at 6 p.m. in reaction to the grand jury indictment in Breonna Taylor’s case.  On Wednesday, September 23, Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, was indicted with three counts of wanton endangerment,...

LASD releases reopening schedule; first cohort to return next Monday

LASD released the official return dates for all of its grade levels.

By Nathaniel Joffe and Gil Rubinstein

September 23, 2020

The Los Altos School District released the official return dates for all students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, reaffirming its plan to start the reopening process by bringing in cohorts of special education students on Monday, September 28, using a hybrid model. They will be followed by students...

Oakland Athletics clinch playoffs spot: Boon or bust?

The Oakland Athletics have made the playoffs in a non-wildcard position for the first time since 2013. While many fans are hopeful that this is the start of something bigger, all the signs point to the team not performing in the playoffs.

By Garv Virginkar and Barrett Wong

September 23, 2020

A’s fan’s report, October 10th, 2020: “Seven years. Seven long years. That’s how long it took for the Oakland A’s to make the playoffs. At first, it was going well. Then setback after setback, Wild Card loss after Wild Card loss - made what was going to be an underdog playoff upset into seven ...

New Tutorial Center coordinator to bring changes to tutoring programs

Jacob Valadez hopes to bring changes to the Tutorial Center this year.

By Lauren Morimoto

September 23, 2020

Tutorial Center Coordinator Jacob Valadez, who replaced recently retired Quyen Nguyen, aims to bring a host of changes to the tutoring programs despite operating in a remote setting.  “I’m actually a Los Altos High School alumni,” Valadez said. “Mrs. Nguyen was there when I was a student...

Texans and Chiefs — linking arms and sparking controversy

The Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs linked arms in a moment of silence for those killed by police brutality before their game on Thursday, September 10. The LAHS football team aims to show a similar act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

By Anika Sikka and Mira Sundar

September 20, 2020

To show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, players from the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans came together before their game on Thursday, September 10, standing together and offering a moment of silence for those killed due to police brutality. Before kickoff, both “Lift Every Voice and...

MVLA planning hybrid in-person return for this semester

The District is planning a hybrid in-person return to campus for this semester.

By Olivia Hewang and Natalie Wei

September 18, 2020

The Mountain View–Los Altos School District is currently planning a hybrid return to campus in cohorts for this semester, according to Superintendent Nellie Meyer. MVLA administrators will make an official recommendation regarding an in-person return at the board meeting on Monday, October 5.  The ...

LASD delays reopening by one week

LASD delayed its in-person return by a week.

By Garv Virginkar

September 17, 2020

The Los Altos School District (LASD) has delayed its in-person return to campuses by one week. LASD originally planned to have special education students return to campus on Monday, September 21, followed by ascending grade level students in the coming weeks — students will now return on Monday, September 28...

MVLA–MV Public Library program faces new challenges

New restrictions are challenging the relationship between MVLA and the Mountain View Public Library.

By Allan Feldman

September 15, 2020

New requirements stand in the way this year of the partnership between the Mountain View–Los Altos School District and the Mountain View Public Library (MVPL), making it more difficult for MVLA students to access the library’s digital resources. Established in 2012, the partnership began with an informal arra...

Kulture à la Kaavya: Pronounce my name right, please

Copy Editor Kaavya Butaney writes about how her name has been mispronounced her whole life and how that reflects broader trends in America.

By Kaavya Butaney

September 14, 2020

My parents spelled my name incorrectly on my birth certificate. Well, sort of. See, my name is spelled  K-a-a-v-y-a. Most people spell it K-a-v-y-a. I asked my parents about it when I was 12, and they told me that they decided on the double a to make it easier to pronounce (spoiler alert, people still mi...

UCs must remove SAT and ACT from admissions: Was it the right decision?

UCs must remove SAT and ACT from admissions: Was it the right decision?

September 14, 2020

An Alameda County Superior Court judge recently ruled that the UC system is no longer allowed to consider SAT or ACT scores in admissions. Read on to understand staff writers Garv Virginkar and Kathrina Welborn’s takes on the Court’s decision.

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