The Talon

No, let the UCs take the lead

By Garv Virginkar, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

When I first heard the University of California system was getting rid of the SAT and ACT, I should have been excited — and at first, I was. As a sophomore, the thought of spending long hours preparing for the SAT fills me ...

Yes, it removes a classist barrier to college

By Kathrina Welborn, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

As a senior applying to college, I have spent hours studying test-taking strategies, spending Saturday mornings taking countless SAT practice tests and taking the actual test multiple times to reach my goal score. But just as I wa...

Located in Downtown Los Altos, Sumika Grill is one of the four Japanese cuisine restaurants owned by Kuniko and Gary Ozawa, the parents of Los Altos High School senior Akane Ozawa. During the quarantine, the Ozawas' business was struck hard by the loss of customers.  However, through many adaptations, they are now able to meet the needs of takeout dining and continue serving customers all of their favorite signature dishes.

Ogiku Corporation

September 13, 2020

Village Pantry co-owners Julie and David Ogilvie have served homestyle American food to their patrons in Downtown Los Altos for the past two decades. Although the restaurant faces many financial challenges due to the pandemic, the Ogilvies are determined to keep its doors open due to endless support from their customers.

Village Pantry

September 13, 2020

After years of working in a fairly isolated environment as a mechanical engineer, science teacher Silja Paymer decided on a slight change of pace: teaching high schoolers. Equipped with her passion for hands-on learning and her firsthand knowledge of environmental science from volunteering as a tour guide at Hidden Villa, Paymer looks forward to building meaningful connections with her students.

Silja Paymer

August 30, 2020

Even with the many setbacks teachers are encountering during distance learning, statistics teacher Binh Pham-Valentukonis refuses to look anywhere but the bright side. As a dedicated problem-solver, Pham-Valentukonis is excited to incorporate a new curriculum in her class, help achieve student equity within the LAHS community and adapt to any technological challenges that come her way.

Binh Pham-Valentukonis

August 30, 2020

Music teacher Elizabeth Boyd had been immersed in the Texas music scene playing live for swing dancers and jazz gigs on her bass before deciding to follow her dream of making students fall in love with their instruments. During distance learning, she hopes to build a strong sense of community within her ensemble and to encourage students to explore their musical abilities together.

Elizabeth Boyd

August 30, 2020

Teaching during the pandemic in one of the most impacted cities in the United States was a harrowing experience for English teacher Lisa Battle. Luckily, Battle was able to return to Los Altos and teach at the school where she had first realized her passions for Drama and English alongside her very own inspirations.

Lisa Battle

August 30, 2020

6. Soft-boiled

6. Soft-boiled

August 30, 2020

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