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School to Host Digital Citizenship Activity

School to Host Digital Citizenship Activity

Yolanda Spura, Copy/Content Editor

November 19, 2017


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Students at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista will participate in a digital citizenship activity on an extended tutorial schedule tomorrow, with the goal of promoting conscious use of technology and creating a healthy digital culture on campus. The activity, which will take place in a 50-minute block after t...

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...

Reaching CCS Championship, Girls Water Polo Seeks to Topple Mountain View

Reaching CCS Championship, Girls Water Polo Seeks to Topple Mountain View

November 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

With over 200 goals and 300 points scored, the varsity girls water polo team has advanced to the Division I CCS Championship. Although they ended the league with a 6-6 record, the girls have advanced up the bracket to reach the finals against cross-town, long-time rival Mountain View High School tomor...

Field Hockey Defeats Leigh, Advances To CCS Quarterfinals

Field Hockey Defeats Leigh, Advances To CCS Quarterfinals

Nathan Godderis, Senior Writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Web Exclusive

After a high-flying 15-3 season, Field Hockey placed 2nd in SCVAL and earned themselves a spot in CCS. Their first game was at home against Leigh High School, a team they lost to earlier this season. The Eagles took every chance, eking out a tight 2-1 victory to advance in CCS. “We played them on...

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Fulfills Marvel’s Formula, But Not Much Else

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Fulfills Marvel’s Formula, But Not Much Else

Maddie Chu and Javin Pombra

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

“Thor: Ragnarok” is feel-good. It’s the classic villain-tries-taking-over-the-world (or galaxy) and the-hero-saves-the-day story. Ragnarok checks the boxes: The humor hits all the marks. The action scenes are filled with well-designed CGI and tons of neatly-choreographed fights. The superhe...

Opinion: Despite Name Change, Girls Flag Football Retains Sexist Undertones

Opinion: Despite Name Change, Girls Flag Football Retains Sexist Undertones

Mia Scher, Staff Writer

October 30, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

For clarification: This article represents the opinion of the writer and not The Talon as a whole. The Talon aims to act as a forum for student opinions, and we appreciate students sharing their opinions in the comments section. Guest writers are also always welcome to present their opinions by emailing...

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...

Math Teacher Betty Yamasaki Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Math Teacher Betty Yamasaki Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Jocelyn Maeyama, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under News, Web Exclusive

Math teacher Betty Yamasaki received the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award for the MVLA School District and was honored at an awards ceremony last month, for her prioritization of individual student success. As the Math Department Coordinator, Yamasaki eased the math department through the transition...

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