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February 8, 2021
Volume XXXVII | Issue XII
Depending on whether you were rooting for the Chiefs or the Bucs, this fine Monday morning may be fantastic or dreadful. Either way, we hope our coverage of local happenings can brighten your day! Pro sports aren’t the only ones returning; high school sports are hitting the courts, fields and gyms in cohorts, and our staff writer has some advice on how to navigate the return. We’re also following the MVLA School Board for news of a return to school in a hybrid fashion. While many of us were falling into the routine of distance learning, freshman Sophie Kim was in Vancouver filming in a Netflix original series. Toodles!

Baby steps toward child development in a pandemic

By Navya Singhai, Parisa Larson and Lauren Morimoto
Natalie Wei
Being stuck at home has taken a toll on just about everyone’s mental and physical state. But in a time of limited social interaction and distance learning, we explored how the pandemic affected younger children specifically. Click here to read about the pandemic’s short- and long-term effects on children’s development from the perspectives of pediatrician Dr. Orchid Ghaffari and child development instructor Maria Dominguez.

A Virtual Hug

By Elli Lahdesmaki

“Pain throws your heart to the ground, love turns the whole thing around.”                                                       John Mayer

 

Here's a playlist of songs that feel like a good hug, because sometimes in life we all just need a hug to remind us that we matter :)

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Seniors might not have had the year they expected this year, so Talon presents Instagram account
@lahspostgradplans21 detailing LAHS seniors’ plans after graduation. Seniors: Be sure to DM us about your post-grad plans, whether it's heading to college, taking a gap year, joining the military, entering the workforce or anything else!

News

PSATs draw hundreds of juniors back to campus, but in-person learning remains a distant goal

By Nathaniel Joffe

Amid Najmi

On Tuesday, January 26, 238 juniors arrived on campus in staggered groups to take the optional Preliminary SAT, which serves as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. This was the largest in-person return of students to campus since the school shut down in March 2020. Click here to read more about the safety measures implemented, as well as Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg’s take on what PSAT day means for the future.


CHAC counseling implements student support groups

By Marie Godderis

Elyssa Kennedy

During the pandemic, district administrators and counselors have continued to search for ways to effectively meet students’ mental health needs. Click here to read more about LAHS Community Health Awareness Council’s (CHAC) weekly support groups for freshman, sophomores and juniors.


MVLA School District to implement a new hybrid plan

By Anika Sikka and Mira Sundar

Emily McNally

The MVLA School Board held a meeting on Monday, January 25, to present a possible hybrid return to the LAHS campus. The presented hybrid model consists of four stages: the safe return of staff, a continuation of virtual learning, a safe cohort return prioritized by student need and the transition to a traditional form of learning. Currently, MVLA is sitting between the second and third stages. Click here to read the full story.

Sports

Avoiding injury on the road to return

By Allison Bricca
 Elli Lahdesmaki
With Season 1 sports officially practicing in preparation for competitions starting on Monday, February 15, athletes are facing a lot of pressure. Taking a long break from a sport can lead to injury if athletes move too fast on their return. Click here to read competitive gymnast and senior writer Allison Bricca’s advice on the best ways to stay safe on that journey.

Features

Netflix actor Sophie Kim sets the stage for youths with disabilities

By Allison Bricca
Courtesy Sophie Kim
If you were asked to make a list of actors who use a wheelchair, how long would that list be? For most of us, it’s a struggle to get a single name out. Freshman Sophie Kim played a major role in the new Netflix show “The Healing Powers of Dude,” becoming a role model for other youths with disabilities. Click here to read more about her journey from school plays to the big screen and her experiences on the show.
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