El Estoque

Former teachers await decision in arbitration against district

Former teachers await decision in arbitration against district

Karishma Mehrotra

May 28, 2012


Filed under NEWS

  Read El Estoque's previous article on Javier and Vanni's transfers here. Nearly a year after they were involuntarily transferred, former MVHS teachers Robert Javier and Debbie Vanni are now awaiting a final decision on an arbitration they filed with the Fremont Education Association, the local teac...

Reputation on the line

Reputation on the line

Karishma Mehrotra

March 21, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor

We couldn't possibly jeopardize our reputation with a teacher — the adult that holds power over our grades, our letters of recommendation, our futures. But when we go home, we sit our butts down and complain with our friends about every teacher we despise, turning our social networking highways into...

Last Gov Team class takes annual trip to Washington D.C.

Last Gov Team class takes annual trip to Washington D.C.

Karishma Mehrotra

March 11, 2012


Filed under NEWS

After their long days of visiting the capitol and witnessing political debates, they thought it was going to be an average dinner and dance boat cruise on the Potomac. Little did they know that Gov Team adviser Eric Otto and social sciences teacher Viviana Montoya-Hernandez would show their dance skills at center stage, to the cheers and excitement of 15 Gov Team students. From March 3 to 8, Otto, Hernandez and the 15 students...

Ritards audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Ritards audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Karishma Mehrotra

February 12, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Music

  Most people are content to stare at the television and watch the judges of “America’s Got Talent” rate performers. On Feb. 12 at 1:15 p.m., the Ritards, an a capella group consisting of local high school students who sing together without instrumental accompaniment, auditioned in fro...

Long time dancer explores teaching

Long time dancer explores teaching

Karishma Mehrotra

February 8, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

“All right let’s try it one last time. I’m not gonna help you. You guys are doing great, but I still need to see more smiles, all right?” A few kids move their attention back to the mirror the small Academy of Chinese Performing studio on De Anza Boulevard, rented out by the Mona Khan Company for this class. Bollywood music blare...

I can listen to the same song over and over and over again

I can listen to the same song over and over and over again

Karishma Mehrotra

February 8, 2012


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor

I can sing it at two decibels too high. I can sing it three notes off key. A couple months ago, senior Kevin Tsukii asked me if I regretted never learning a musical instrument. Sure, I canít distinguish the different instruments in a song, and musical notes might as well be foreign words. But I know...

FUHSD substitute teacher charges students for editing papers

FUHSD substitute teacher charges students for editing papers

Karishma Mehrotra

February 6, 2012


Filed under NEWS

On Jan. 25, junior Victor Zhang posted an email exchange between him and substitute teacher Adam Wies on his Tumblr. The post received a large response from fellow students. Soon, teachers and students began discussing the exchange throughout Facebook and Tumblr. An email exchange In the email, Zhang...

Leo Club holds Share the Love week

Leo Club holds Share the Love week

Karishma Mehrotra

January 29, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

  From Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, Leo Club will be holding its second “Share the Love Week,” complete with friendship grams, heart-shaped posters and various other ways to show love and appreciation throughout campus. Monday through Wednesday will be dedicated to spreading love through handmad...

When a teacher says,

When a teacher says,

Karishma Mehrotra

December 7, 2011


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor

  I wanted to write this letter to persuade you that your assumption is wrong. Even though the average listing price for homes in Cupertino is right now is $1,651,276, according to the MLS listings, not every student at MVHS goes home to the same two-story surburban house. But,  after reali...

VIDEO: The Ritards spread Christmas cheer

VIDEO: The Ritards spread Christmas cheer

Karishma Mehrotra

November 26, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Music

    On Nov. 25, high school vocal ensemble The Ritards performed its annual concert at Santana Row from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.. The a capella group showcased an array of Christmas and classic songs to a large audience on Black Friday, including “Yesterday” by the Beatles and “...

Did you know that white people live in Cupertino?

Did you know that white people live in Cupertino?

Karishma Mehrotra

November 9, 2011


Filed under From the magazine, Letter from the editor, Print Opinion

In the court my house is located in, seven out of ten households are homes to Caucasian families. In my classes, I am surprised when there are more than three Caucasian students surrounding me. According to real estate research site CLRsearch, in 2010, 50.39 percent of Cupertino citizens were any form of Asian while the MVHS school profile on Schoolloop reports that 75...

Oaks Farmers Market welcomes high schools students

Oaks Farmers Market welcomes high schools students

Karishma Mehrotra

November 8, 2011


Filed under NEWS

If you are looking for one place that sells Italian, Chinese and Mediterranean food, look right down the street. On top of those cuisines, the farmer’s market in the Oaks Shopping Center sells kiwis, orchids, Fuji apples, persimmons, Kettle popcorn, sour cream coffee cake, sterling silver jewelery and baby clothes.After a two year process with the City of Cupertino, the farmer’s market opened its merchandise to Cupertino six we...