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The Mountain View–Los Altos District released a new schedule for the 2021–2022 school year.

MVLA introduces new schedule for 2021-2022 school year

By Olivia Hewang | July 23, 2021

The Mountain View–Los Altos School District is implementing a new bell schedule for the 2021–2022 school year following the plan approved in March 2020. The new schedule includes a seven-period day...

The Mountain View–Los Altos Board of Trustees voted to adopt the “Local Control and Accountability Plan” (LCAP), which centers around student equity and a safe learning environment amongst other goals. This plan will be implemented by the MVLA District for the upcoming school year.

MVLA Board approves “Local Control and Accountability Plan” for the 2021–2022 academic year

By Mira Sundar | June 23, 2021

The Mountain View–Los Altos Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Monday, June 21 to adopt the “Local Control and Accountability Plan” (LCAP), which centers around student equity and a safe learning...

Juneteenth is the commemoration of the liberation of the last enslaved people in the Confederacy in 1866. The Justice Vanguard organized and hosted their first ever Juneteenth festival today to celebrate the steps taken towards the liberation and freedom of the Black community.

Community members gather to celebrate Juneteenth

By Mira Sundar | June 19, 2021

Justice Vanguard hosted its first-ever Juneteenth Festival in Downtown Los Altos today, bringing together a diverse group of residents from across the Bay Area to celebrate the liberation of the last enslaved...

In response to broad calls for mental health policy reforms to reduce academic stress, students from Mountain View High School’s Ambassadors Club proposed limiting the number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes students can take, homework reduction, more mental health services and increased opportunities for test retakes and revisions at tonight’s District Board meeting.

Students propose District mental health policy reforms at Board meeting

By Nina Crofts | June 14, 2021

Students from the Mountain View High School Ambassadors Club recommended limiting the number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes students can take, homework reduction, more mental health services and increased...

SATIRE: Years of research into reducing student stress culminate with the unveiling of motivational signs

SATIRE: Years of research into reducing student stress culminate with the unveiling of motivational signs

By Nathaniel Joffe | June 8, 2021

As finals season reaches its peak, one team of dedicated members from Los Altos High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) has been hard at work addressing the ever-present issue of student stress....

Graduating seniors preparing to walk across the podium.

LAHS commemorates graduates in commencement ceremony

By Rohan Vaswani | June 4, 2021

Los Altos High School graduates celebrated the end of their high school years at a commencement ceremony organized by the Mountain View–Los Altos District in PayPal Park in San Jose today. The venue...

A bus of students was hit while returning back to school from their senior picnic in Santa Cruz. No seniors were injured and the effect on others involved is unknown.

Senior bus encounters a collision while returning from senior picnic

By Anika Sikka | June 4, 2021

A car hit a bus of seniors while driving home from the senior picnic in Santa Cruz yesterday, delaying their return to Los Altos High School. No seniors were injured during the crash and the impacts of...

As the 2020–21 school year draws to a close, The Talon took a closer look at the issue of academic cheating within Los Altos High School’s virtual halls and investigated how classes have adapted their structures and expectations across the year.

Cheating culture in a year of distance learning

All students who agreed to be interviewed, whether they committed acts of academic dishonesty or not, did so under the condition of anonymity. Names with the * sign are student pseudonyms. Concerns...

After over a year of distance learning and virtual tutoring, Jacob Valadez, the Tutorial 
Center Coordinator, will hit the ground running when students return to in-person learning. He has plans to increase collaboration between support groups like AVID, skills and special education to reach students before they fall through the cracks. Increasing representation of tutors and making the physical space more inviting are also on Valadez’s to-do list.

Tutorial Center invites increased tutor diversity and support group collaboration

By Parisa Larson and Lauren Morimoto | June 2, 2021

In past years, the Tutorial Center mainly served as a space for walk-in tutoring appointments and make-up tests, but Tutorial Center Coordinator Jacob Valadez is looking to change that when students return...

During the pandemic, many members of the senior AVID class have experienced their fair share of trials from technological issues to reduced instructional time. Throughout this year, AVID classes and the District have worked to minimize the impact of the pandemic on the students' learning environment by improving virtual educational resources and reforming the AVID senior curriculum.

AVID seniors and teachers reflect on pandemic-era academic and financial challenges

By Parisa Larson and Olivia Hewang | June 2, 2021

A typical senior year in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program involves visiting local colleges, taking on internships and practicing elevator pitches at career fairs to set underrepresented...

Los Altos City Council Member Jonathan Weinberg proposed last month that the City Council draft a safe storage ordinance that would require all firearms — not just those in homes where children live — to either be stored in a Department of Justice–approved locked container or disabled with a trigger lock.

Los Altos City Council to draft ordinance regarding safe gun storage

By Kaley Kwan | June 1, 2021

Trigger warning: Discussion of suicide. Los Altos City Council Member Jonathan Weinberg proposed last month that the City Council draft a safe storage ordinance that would require all firearms — not...

On April 18 of this year, 12 owners of various football teams tried to create a separate Super League that consisted of the elite football teams across the many European leagues, in an attempt to break away from the current Union of European Football Association. However, while this Super League attempt quickly fell down the drain, the huge fan outcry as a result of this attempted league raised questions about football culture and how it connects communities across Europe.

Football fans unite in culture conflict against European Super League

By Mira Sundar and Lauren Morimoto | May 28, 2021

European football (also known as soccer) was shaken up by a small group of wealthy football club owners who tried, and failed, to change its decades-old structure. On April 18 this year, 12 owners of various...

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