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Student teachers aim to take on larger roles in the classroom

Student teachers aim to take on larger roles in the classroom

Amanda Chan

November 22, 2015

Among the students and teachers at MVHS is a handful of people who don’t quite fit into either category — they’re past the student age but they’re still learning how to take on the role of a teacher. They’re student teachers who, by working alongside their mentor teachers, are slowly going...

About a year ago Ronald Wong lost his son, Ethan Wong, to an unforgettable bike accident

About a year ago Ronald Wong lost his son, Ethan Wong, to an unforgettable bike accident

Chetana Ramaiyer

November 19, 2015

These stories are recalled by Ronald Wong, Ethan Wong’s father. It’s about a year after the accident. On Sept. 16, Ethan’s family celebrated what would have been Ethan’s sixteenth birthday. On a family beach trip the summer before Ethan’s fifteenth birthday, Ethan accidentally left his phone...

Thank you for your service: the story of our veterans

Thank you for your service: the story of our veterans

Aanchal Garg

November 18, 2015

11/11 at 11:00 a.m. It was a windy Tuesday morning at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Memorial Park where Cupertino community members gathered to commemorate our veterans. As the Navy, Sheriff’s and Fire Department Honor Guard performed the placement of the flag, multiple speakers took the podium to per...

Yearbook tradition takes seniors back to their childhood

Yearbook tradition takes seniors back to their childhood

Amanda Chan

November 17, 2015

round November each year, seniors flood Facebook news feeds with their baby photos. Some have babies making a silly face or wearing funny clothes, while others are more serious pictures. Seniors are also invited to submit their pictures to the yearbook, a tradition which El Valedor has been carrying on f...

Positive psychology movement encourages students to put happiness first

Positive psychology movement encourages students to put happiness first

Amanda Chan

November 13, 2015

At MVHS, students are so focused on succeeding academically that they often feel an overwhelming amount of stress. After attending a happiness conference, social studies teacher Scott Victorine has begun a positive psychology movement at MVHS to improve students’ well being. Victorine has implemente...

Behind the scenes: mailman Reynaldo Ramos’ daily route

Behind the scenes: mailman Reynaldo Ramos’ daily route

Aanchal Garg

October 31, 2015

s we go through our daily routines, we rarely stop to think about the people who carry out the needs of the city, those who deliver packages or take out the trash. Either way, these people frequently make an appearance in our lives, contributing to the community in their own way. Mailman Reynaldo Ra...

Moments from the Kennedy Fall Festival

Moments from the Kennedy Fall Festival

Malini Ramaiyer

October 12, 2015

n Oct. 9, Kennedy Middle School held its annual Fall festival. In a Facebook post after the event, middle school teacher Chris Scharmen wrote "with over 1000 at our Fall Film, Food, & Fun Festival, I'd say it was a huge success." The thousand included many Matadors who came as older siblings, vol...

A breakdown of the costs of college

A breakdown of the costs of college

Chetana Ramaiyer

September 23, 2015

MVHS students are often concerned about the cost of college itself, but they can forget about all the costs that come before the acceptance letter arrives at home. The college prep camps, the college counselors, the college apps, the college itself — it all adds up. Click below to see the breakdown...

Representatives pitch their club in 15 seconds

Representatives pitch their club in 15 seconds

Avni Prasad

September 7, 2015

ixty-four clubs lined up in the rally court on Sept. 3 for Club Promo Day. Whether you are representing Speech and Debate, Ohana, La Pluma or the Chess Club, the skill that matters most in recruiting members was how well you can pitch your club. But with 64 clubs and only 45 minutes of lunch, students ma...

Meet the new teachers of Monta Vista High School

Meet the new teachers of Monta Vista High School

Aanchal Garg

August 23, 2015

17 August 2015. The first day of school. As MVHS students packed their backpacks and got ready to face another school year, teachers rushed to finish setting up, make lesson plans and meet the fresh faces of their new classes. However, in the sea of new faces were five teachers. For them, Monday was the...

A closer look: Feminist Ryan Gosling? English teacher Vennessa Nava explains

A closer look: Feminist Ryan Gosling? English teacher Vennessa Nava explains

Jessica Xing

August 21, 2015

yan Gosling takes on three different forms in English teacher Vennessa Nava’s classroom. One is right at the front door, visible if not slightly faded, a movie poster for his 2011 neo-noir film Drive; he’s wearing black leather gloves in his equally black car and looks very pensive.  The secon...

World Studies showcases holds film festival with awareness campaign videos

World Studies showcases holds film festival with awareness campaign videos

Trisha Kholiya

May 28, 2015

A mob of people stood outside of the auditorium on May 26 waiting for the doors to open. When they finally did at 7 p.m., about 100 students, teachers and parents filed in to watch sophomores from World Studies present their top seven finalized documentaries. The documentaries, which students had been...