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The Santa Clara Koi Club celebrates 36th annual Cherry Blossom Festival

The Santa Clara Koi Club celebrates 36th annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Dhruvika Randad and Elena Khan

May 2, 2019


Filed under A closer look, Best of News, NEWS, Popular This Week

On the weekend of April 27 and 28 at Memorial Park, the city of Cupertino held its annual Cherry Blossom Festival which celebrates Japanese culture and heritage through a variety of traditional activities and performances. A wide range of booths and vendors were set up at the festival each day from ...

Letters that sing: Singing Valentines

Letters that sing: Singing Valentines

Rana Aghababazadeh and Justine Ha

February 18, 2019


Filed under A closer look, Behind the scenes, NEWS

On Feb. 12, two days before Valentine’s Day, groups of  Bella Voce and Variations singers went classroom to classroom, performing various love songs to students for Singing Valentines. Students purchased and sent the Valentines to their person of choice, along with a card and candy. The groups, c...

Preparing for Challenge Day

Preparing for Challenge Day

Julia Yang

January 19, 2019


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, NEWS

On Jan. 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 125 students will gather in the main gym to participate in Challenge Day, where they listen to other students’ unique stories, as well as share their own. According to student advocate Richard Prinz, the goal of Challenge Day is to help end the teasing and lack of...

Pride for GSA

Pride for GSA

Dhruvika Randad

December 17, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, Best of News, Briefs, GSA, NEWS

As the first semester comes to an end, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club concludes the year with satisfaction. From organizing their annual Coming Out Day to partnering with teachers for Q&A panels to showcasing presentations on fundamental topics like allyship, the GSA officer team is proud o...

MVHS Suicide Prevention Presentation

MVHS Suicide Prevention Presentation

Dhruvika Randad and Jasmine Lee

December 2, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Best of News, Education

On Thursday, Nov. 15, parents of the MVHS community arrived at the auditorium to hear speakers from El Camino Hospital talk about suicide prevention. The parents were greeted by a long table topped with El Camino fliers, pens and small index cards, and were encouraged to write down questions, commen...

To take or not to take

To take or not to take

Dhruvika Randad

November 17, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Best of Opinion, Education, Multimedia, OPINION, Perspectives

Modern-day communication tells a tale of linguistic evolution since the day humans started to communicate with words and sounds that eventually lead to alphabets, scripts, pronunciation and accents that when put together, creates a code in itself: a language. “When the Roman Empire fell, the unique di...

An Inside Scoop on Bird Poop

An Inside Scoop on Bird Poop

Ishani Singh

September 27, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Behind the scenes, Briefs, Campus question, Magazine, NEWS

As executive assistant Diana Goularte pulled into the staff parking lot for the first time since the 2018 graduation ceremony, she was shocked by what she saw. Piles of bread lay under a large lamp post, surrounded by a flock of birds. “Back in June, [the staff] started noticing that there were br...

A day without seniors

A day without seniors

Jai Uparkar

April 11, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, NEWS, Uncategorized

enior ditch day is an unofficial American rite of passage, a day that allows seniors to escape the daily stresses of school. Although the day is centered around seniors, it also affects teachers. MVHS financial specialist, Calvin Wong, did not participate in senior ditch day when he was a senior at MVHS in 1...

In pursuit of happiness

In pursuit of happiness

ZaZu Lippert

March 2, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, Beyond the Magazine: News, NEWS, News Editor's Picks, News Multimedia, Print news

he pursuit of happiness. One of the three “unalienable rights” recognized by the founding fathers of the U.S. when they created the Declaration of Independence. Although finding happiness may have been important to the founders of the country, studies show that Americans are currently prioritizing happ...

Opting out of curriculum

Opting out of curriculum

Gauri Kaushik

October 16, 2017


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, Education, NEWS

efore coming to MVHS, assistant principal Andrew Goldenkranz spent his time travelling around the country talking to crowds of educators about what to do when curriculum clashes with a student’s personal beliefs. The topics of the clashes varied as much as the beliefs of the people that held them, ran...

History teacher Bonnie Belshe chosen as Mount Vernon Teacher Fellow

Gauri Kaushik

May 31, 2017


Filed under A closer look, NEWS

ach year, four to six teachers from across the nation are selected by the Mount Vernon Teacher Fellowship program to research and create lesson plans regarding a specific historical topic. This year, MVHS U.S. and AP U.S.History teacher Bonnie Belshe was chosen as one of these teachers, referred to as...