El Estoque

Crochet for dummies: How to do the single crochet stitch

Crochet for dummies: How to do the single crochet stitch

Himani Yalamaddi

December 7, 2016

Despite crochet’s unfortunate reputation as a skill reserved for grandmas and the like, learning it comes with benefits for all of us. Knowing crochet lets you make personalized items for cheap; especially with the holiday season approaching, the skill can help you whip up a few presents such as...

Man on the street: Worst moments of 2016

Man on the street: Worst moments of 2016

Roshan Fernandez

December 3, 2016

ith the holidays almost here, it is hard to believe that 2016 is nearly over and 2017 is just around the corner. Throughout the past year, there have been many groundbreaking moments that could have a huge impact on the future. But, this year has also had its fair share of disappointments, tragedies and letdo...

Do stress relieving coloring books really work?

Do stress relieving coloring books really work?

Katerina Pappas

December 3, 2016

Co-written by Anthony Moll  Gabe Coeli, creative director of Blue Star Coloring and publisher of stress-relieving coloring books such as Stress Relieving Patterns, Stress Relieving Animal Designs and Stress Relieving Paisley Patterns, has said that coloring is “great for people who want to come ho...

Off the grid: Why students pretend they live within district boundaries

Off the grid: Why students pretend they live within district boundaries

Michelle Wong

October 21, 2016

ll students are entitled to their education. The Constitution itself protects a childís right to have equal access to it. But when it comes to where students get their education from, this is where problems begin to arise. Because of students having a strong desire for the best education they can a...

VERGE: How do teachers feel about enforced patriotism in schools?

VERGE: How do teachers feel about enforced patriotism in schools?

Katerina Pappas

October 21, 2016

The standstill in the beginning of 5th period is nothing new. As the daily announcements project overhead in every classroom on the Monta Vista campus, students and teachers both listen. Announcements vary from day to day — sometimes, they’re about the upcoming football game, other times they’...

VERGE: Drawing the line for cyberbullying

VERGE: Drawing the line for cyberbullying

Vivian Chiang

October 19, 2016

The twenty first century version of bullying is no longer limited to pushing heads down toilets or getting into fist fights. Bullying has evolved to sarcastic jabs and outright insults online, otherwise known as cyberbullying. Sometimes, even jokes come off as bullying online so the question to ask i...

Called up to the front office

Called up to the front office

Roshan Fernandez

October 19, 2016

Co-authored by Anthony Moll. or our monthly issue, we sat down and talked to the most recent addition on the MVHS administrative team, Michael Martinez. Although he is always rocking a collared shirt and tie on any given day of the week, with a smile to match it, this wasn’t always the case for...

It’s a date: October and November

It’s a date: October and November

Devika Watave

October 19, 2016

"Sure, I’m free that day … What do you want to do?” Whether it’s a regular hangout, a first date or something you wish was considered a date, you need something to do or somewhere to go. Maybe have fun studying? Grab a quick meal at McDonald’s? Go on a shopping spree at Vallco? Cupertino...

A Divided Classroom: examining the effect of a teacher’s gender on students

A Divided Classroom: examining the effect of a teacher’s gender on students

Avni Prasad

September 27, 2016

wo Years ago, math teacher Kathleen Collins stood outside her classroom door ushering her freshmen into Geometry. She watched with a smile as her former female students marched over to Scott DeRuiter and Jon Stark's AP Calculus BC class. In her head, she knew this was the first time there would be more girls th...

Everyday examples of Hispanic and Latino culture

Andrea Schlitt

September 21, 2016

ince 1968, the month of Sept. has been dedicated to celebrating the diverse history and traditions of the culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Even before the existence of America, these traditions have played an integral part in the everyday lives of Hispanics and Latinos and are continually celebr...

Stepping into the MVHS weight room

Stepping into the MVHS weight room

Ruth Feng

September 21, 2016

By now, the MVHS weight room has more dirt and grime than weights. Gray bars have turned brown and stained, and clean glass mirrors now show their age with cracks and smudges that have become permanent over time. The barbells have been here longer than most students, and this year they have a new owner....

Statistically driving: looking at the numbers behind student drivers

Statistically driving: looking at the numbers behind student drivers

Ilena Peng

September 16, 2016

For more, see Ride Along from the Sept. issue of El Estoque hether it be through their 18th birthday, graduating high school or getting their driver’s license, there are many ways that a teenager transitions into the adult world. Driving is typically associated with coming of age and continues to be...