El Estoque

Empty chairs at empty tables

Empty chairs at empty tables

Hannah Lee

April 11, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, NEWS

Sometimes, students need a break. For seniors, this comes in the form of senior ditch day, a day seniors skip their classes. On this day, some students go on small excursions with their friends, while others simply sleep in.   This year, senior ditch day will take place on Monday, April 30. While the ...

Breaking convention

Breaking convention

ZaZu Lippert

April 11, 2018


Filed under Best of News, Local, NEWS, Politics

ommunity members mill about the bus circle, which will soon be filled with food trucks. Prominent local politicians speak in the Student Union. And the main attraction, a voter registration drive for students, takes center stage in the rally court. This is how seniors Samantha Millar, Santosh Sivak...

Corking the bottle: discussing the new Cupertino social host ordinance

Corking the bottle: discussing the new Cupertino social host ordinance

Claire Chang

April 11, 2018


Filed under Local, NEWS

The Cupertino City Council voted unanimously on March 6 to approve the first draft of the social host ordinance, a new law that strives to reduce the amount of underage drinking and drug use in the city by increasing the consequences for the adults that the city deems responsible. The social host ordi...

Decoding the cast

Decoding the cast

Shayon Moradi

April 11, 2018


Filed under NEWS

While the rest of the student body enjoyed a typical late start at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 11, many of the seniors reported to the Field House during one of those mornings to take the California Science Test, or CAST, which is aligned to the Next Generation Science Stand...

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...

AMC Cupertino Square 16 closes its doors

AMC Cupertino Square 16 closes its doors

Hannah Lee

April 4, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Once a well-known Cupertino landmark for people of all ages to get together and watch a movie, AMC Cupertino Square 16 closed its doors on Mar. 22, becoming the final business to leave Vallco Shopping Mall. After an evaluation of AMC Cupertino Square 16 and the current inactive state of Vallco Shoppi...

Stanford counseling professionals hold presentation on stress and anxiety

Stanford counseling professionals hold presentation on stress and anxiety

Hannah Lee

April 1, 2018


Filed under NEWS

On March 27 and 28, two Stanford postdoctoral counseling professionals, Michael Sasiain and Erica Jung, presented a workshop on stress and anxiety in the MVHS auditorium during lunch. The speakers emphasized the necessity of combating stress, as higher stress levels can lead to performance issues. Alt...

Walking towards adulthood

Walking towards adulthood

Sarah Young

March 31, 2018


Filed under Local, NEWS

n March 28, parents of FUHSD students gathered in the MVHS auditorium. They filled the seats as they waited to hear speaker and Head of Brentwood K-12 School Mike Riera’s speech about connecting with teenagers. Riera began the speech by asking the audience the first things that came to mind when de...

Setting the stage for change: MVHS’s newest construction project

Bill Cheng

March 31, 2018


Filed under NEWS

n Feb. 23, Principal April Scott sent a schoolwide email detailing the work that construction crews had been doing over the February break. Much of the rally court and walkways around the F building are still cordoned off as the modernization and upgrade process continues. There will be three major areas ...

Chemistry teacher replaces the letter grades ‘A’ and ‘B’ with an ‘X’

Chemistry teacher replaces the letter grades ‘A’ and ‘B’ with an ‘X’

Jai Uparkar

March 31, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, NEWS

hen most students open the Schoolloop app on their phone or computer, they are usually confronted by a sea of letter grades ranging from an A to an F — but never an X. At the beginning of the second semester, Chemistry teacher Mia Onodera changed the way she inputted grades for all of her Chemistr...

Honors American Literature teachers add new film to curriculum

Honors American Literature teachers add new film to curriculum

Gauri Kaushik

March 24, 2018


Filed under Briefs, NEWS

This school year, Honors American Literature teachers introduced an addition to the curriculum — rather than watching “Edward Scissorhands” for the film analysis portion of the class, the students watched “Moonlight.” “Moonlight” is best known for being the first LGBTQ film and the first film with a...