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Good morning. Its Monday, May 17.

Here are the week’s top stories.

Students petition for academic and wellness reform following Mountain View High death

Students in the Mountain View–Los Altos Union High School District are petitioning for reform that they say will better ensure the district supports students’ mental health needs, initially prompted by the passing of a Mountain View High School junior earlier this month.

CDC signs off on Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds; state expected to expand eligibility

In a widely anticipated move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead for administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the 12- to 15-year-old age range on Wednesday.

Proposed 2021–2022 PAUSD bell schedules face criticism

The Palo Alto Unified School District’s proposed bell schedules for secondary schools in the 2021–2022 school year came under fire at Tuesday’s board meeting, with many community members voicing concerns about the late end times.

We’re excited to introduce our advisory board, a group of professional journalists who have generously agreed to provide us with informal advice. Our current advisors include:

  • Elena Kadvany — Food reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

  • Louis Hansen — Housing reporter, San Jose Mercury News

  • Zoe Morgan — Education reporter, Los Altos Town Crier

  • Mike Inouye — Traffic anchor, NBC Bay Area

You can read a full description of the advisory board at the bottom of our about page.

Village Pantry: traditional American breakfast food, and a place to call home

Typical hobbies might include woodworking, gardening or maybe even starting a book club — but Julie Ogilvie is no weekend hobbyist. Wanting to start a hobby that could make a mark on the community, she and her husband, David Ogilvie, took ownership of the restaurant Village Pantry to give the Los Altos community a place to call home.

PAUSD to offer vaccinations for all eligible students by fall semester

The Palo Alto Unified School District offered coronavirus vaccinations this weekend for students ages 12 and up following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the 12–15 age range. 

Here’s some more student journalism you should check out: 

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New Los Altos High School social studies building set to open in the fall

Construction of Los Altos High School’s new two-story classroom building and auxiliary gym is set for completion this summer, and both spaces will open for students in the fall.

Beyond satisfying local sweet tooths, Los Altos’ Sweet Shop is a community staple

More than just satisfying sweet tooths, Los Altos' Sweet Shop is a community staple that supports its patrons in unexpected ways — like donating 5% of its yearly proceeds to schools. And yes, they serve more than just candy.

Los Altos to draft ordinance mandating safe storage of personally owned firearms

The City of Los Altos is set to draft an ordinance mandating lock boxes and trigger locks for all personally owned firearms, following a resolution made by Councilman Jonathan Weinberg at last week’s city council meeting. The exact timeline for the ordinance is unclear.

Pasallo, Bissonnette tapped for new MVLA district office roles

Los Altos High School English teacher Michelle Bissonnette and Assistant Principal Perla Pasallo have been appointed to new roles in the district office: Pasallo will serve as the director of student services and equity, while Bissonnette will take on the role of community outreach specialist.
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