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Monta Vista On: Is our mascot offensive?

Monta Vista On: Is our mascot offensive?

Pranav Jandhyala

November 10, 2015


Filed under Multimedia, MVHS On, OPINION, Perspectives, Video

In recent years, there has been a movement to reform sports and school mascot names once deemed admissible in society. Previously silent groups of people such as the Native American community are now standing up against the injustice that they feel as a response to the widespread use of offensive names...

MVHS On: Changing from bells to music

MVHS On: Changing from bells to music

Isabel Navarrete

November 9, 2015


Filed under Multimedia, MVHS On, OPINION, Perspectives, Video

With special events like Halloween and Homecoming, October was chock-full of exciting rally days, school spirit, and fun festivities. Among those festivities were musical passing periods, where songs are played between classes. While these “musical passing periods” were undoubtedly fun, would regular...

Breaking Convention: “MV Cares” bracelets are given to acknowledge good work of some students

Breaking Convention: “MV Cares” bracelets are given to acknowledge good work of some students

Emma Lam

November 1, 2015


Filed under Breaking Convention, OPINION, Perspectives

here have been many ways the staff tried to address the problems that come with learning and stress at MVHS — Challenge Days, finals stress-relief days and so on. Along with these one-day events, the staff has now decided to implement a long-term chain of positivity that can continue throughout ...

One minute perspectives on make-up work

One minute perspectives on make-up work

Isabel Navarrete

October 25, 2015


Filed under Multimedia, One Minute Perspectives, OPINION

MVHS students, the dedicated pupils they are, would never miss a day of school for something as trivial as “the common cold.” But, what happens when we do need a day or two to recover? A lot. Luckily, many teachers, contrary to popular belief, know that students need more than just a day to make...

One minute perspectives on Islamophobia

One minute perspectives on Islamophobia

Ananya Bhat

October 22, 2015


Filed under One Minute Perspectives, OPINION, Perspectives

Islamophobia has plagued the US for years, especially after 9/11. However, with ISIS’ recent prevalence in the media, Islamophobia and its effects are being seen more and more. It’s been discussed in presidential campaigns, in whispered conversations at home, and now, it’s being discussed here at ...

MVHS on: Religion

MVHS on: Religion

Meghna Gaddam

October 21, 2015


Filed under BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, MVHS On, OPINION, Video

One of the most debated topics in society is religion. Is it good or bad? Is it real? What does it teach society? These are just few amongst the many questions that surround the implications of religion. Students address how this topic is viewed on a high school level. Music- bensound.com, Images- Flickr Creati...

How do you feel: Impact of faith

How do you feel: Impact of faith

Emma Lam

October 21, 2015


Filed under From the magazine, Perspectives, Print Opinion

n the MVHS community, it may be easy to overlook the impact of religion among students. In a survey of only 388 students, over 9 different religions were represented. With religious organizations like the Muslim Student Association and Roots Christian Club, many students attest to the purpose religio...

Breaking convention: Clubs donate revenue for Syrian Refugee Fund for the first time

Breaking convention: Clubs donate revenue for Syrian Refugee Fund for the first time

Sharon Tung

October 7, 2015


Filed under Breaking Convention, OPINION, Perspectives

    lub food day at MVHS has always been one of the most anticipated events on campus by clubs, students and staff alike. This year on Oct. 2, Community Commision offered a choice for clubs to donate ten percent of their profits to the Red Cross Refugee Fund. For students looking...

One minute perspectives on technology fasts

One minute perspectives on technology fasts

Isabel Navarrete

September 27, 2015


Filed under Audio, Briefs, Interactives, Multimedia, One Minute Perspectives, OPINION

After Writing for Publications students participated in a “one day tech fast” assignment last week, tech fasts have been put back on the map. To complete the assignment, students had to spend a full 24 hours without technology. Students do the fast to become more in touch with the world around them,...

How do you feel: Fine arts and applied academics

How do you feel: Fine arts and applied academics

Sebastian Zhang

September 25, 2015


Filed under From the magazine, OPINION, Perspectives, Print Opinion

Attending school in the technology-centered Silicon Valley, students may devote more time to the STEM subjects, focusing less on required fine arts and applied academics courses. However, these classes develop students in less obvious ways, such as building visualization and handyman abilities. Five...

One minute perspectives on the dress code

One minute perspectives on the dress code

Meghna Gaddam

September 15, 2015


Filed under Interactives, Multimedia, One Minute Perspectives, OPINION

The dress code is a highly controversial subject on public school campuses. While some believe the rules limit student expression, others believe certain forms of dress distract and disrupt the learning environment. Below are Monta Vista staff and students who address their opinions regarding this dilemma. ...

Breaking Convention: Upperclassmen taking typical underclassmen courses

Breaking Convention: Upperclassmen taking typical underclassmen courses

Renee Pu

September 10, 2015


Filed under Breaking Convention, Featured, OPINION

e assume that a sophomore cannot take regular Biology, a junior cannot take Chemistry Honors and a senior cannot take US History. Since there are no official limitations and many reasons for upperclassmen taking classes that are usually for underclassmen, we should not assume people are not academicall...