El Estoque

Finding sympathy for the MVHS administration

Finding sympathy for the MVHS administration

Jayanti Jha and Lance Tong

April 3, 2020

We’re all confused. When is school going to start again? Is school going to be extended into the summer? Is senior ball still happening? When can I see my friends again? Is school even going to start again this year?  We constantly complain to our friends and parents about this strange, new normal we ...

Give Us a Break

Give Us a Break

Hannah Lee

December 11, 2017

ollowing the transition from a relaxing summer into a new school year, first semester can often be tiring. There are approximately 14 1/2 weeks of school between the first day of school and Thanksgiving break with only 3 days off. Students and staff have only two full days off for Thanksgiving, with ...

Influx of course scheduling errors raises questions

Influx of course scheduling errors raises questions

Aanchal Garg

August 19, 2017

Reading her new schedule, freshman Anokhi Shah was dismayed to find that she did not receive Spanish 2, a course recommended in order to continue to Spanish 3 in her sophomore year. In the past few years, more and more students have been finding discrepancies in their course schedule and what they req...

MVHS Administration and ASB work together to create a new dance policy

MVHS Administration and ASB work together to create a new dance policy

Chetana Ramaiyer

October 23, 2016

t the MVHS Welcome Back Dance on Aug. 19, the administration made an announcement was made to the students about dancing inappropriately. Several students were also asked to leave the dance after having received multiple warnings about the way they were dancing. Many MVHS students were confused and u...

ASB seeks student support to find clarification of school dance rules

ASB seeks student support to find clarification of school dance rules

Ilena Peng

September 18, 2016

n Sept. 13, ASB president Malika Singh stood in the rally court with a few sheets of paper laid out on the table before her, weighted down by laptops and water bottles to keep the wind from blowing them away. The letter directly addressed administration, asking for a more well-defined set of school rules...

New semester presents changes in office staff

Former Attendance Technician Calvin Wong became the new Financial Technician at the beginning of second semester. He was offered the position following Judy Ma’s retirement last semester. Photo by Colin Kim.

Colin Kim

February 13, 2014

Changes in the office bring new responsibilities for Calvin Wong and Monique Balentine. Read More »...

Administration reinforces ‘no grading by teacher assistants’ policy

Most of the TA duties listed in the FUHSD student assistance policy sheet are clerical tasks like answering the telephone and delivering messages; anything that involves viewing another student’s record is forbidden. However, despite the rules, most teachers allow their TAs to grade papers. Photo by Shuyi Qi.

Shuyi Qi

December 4, 2013

  After TA discusses student’s grade, administration addresses the controversy regarding TA’s duties. Read More »...

Bullying at MVHS: A bullied victim recovers through communication

“It’s my shadow self!” said Jane. “This is where I used to lay every morning.” Beneath the early afternoon sun, Jane bends over the railroad tracks that once haunted her.

Kristin Chang

October 24, 2013

Despite the trauma of a bullied childhood, one MVHS junior’s recovery proves that life gets better. [dropcap1]C[/dropcap1]lose your eyes and take three long breaths. Keep your arms still, your body rigid. Feel the way the cold air stings, hear the pigeons squawking, feel the icy metal biting...

A closer look at the real problem when it comes to dirty dancing

Ankita Tejwani

September 26, 2012

Freaking is acceptable ― but only if you do it the right way. Freaking has always been controversial at MVHS, but in the battle between students and administration, a major group is discountedó the teachers. Let's be honest: students aren't going to stop freaking any time soon. But that is...

Class officer elections lose validity throughout high school

Class officer elections lose validity throughout high school

Eva Spitzen

September 3, 2012

The crazy costumes, the endless Facebook spam, the witty (and not so witty) puns — for sophomores, juniors and seniors, it’s all a familiar part of class officer elections. For freshmen, it’s an exciting new experience and an enlightening exercise in democracy — one that unfortunately doesn’t re...

Know it now: Communication, dances and graduation

Know it now: Communication, dances and graduation

Akshay Agrawal

December 9, 2011

After soliciting questions concerning change at MVHS from readers, El Estoque sought answers from Dean of Students Michael Hicks and 2012 class officers. In the following videos, Hicks speaks to student-administration communication and dances, while the class officers discuss graduation. ...

Lost and found items to be donated

Lost and found items to be donated

Karishma Mehrotra

September 29, 2011

  On Monday, Oct. 3, lost and found items will be donated to one of two charities, either a Native American reservation through retired football coach Dave Vierra, or Goodwill.As of now, they are on display for students outside the main office in between ASB and the guidance counselor’s office.Accordin...