El Estoque

Professor Pedro Noguera gives equity presentation for staff

Professor Pedro Noguera listens to superintendent Polly Bove introduce him to MVHS faculty. Noguera came to MVHS by request of Polly Bove to speak on equity in the classroom. Photo by Om Khandekar.

Priya Reddy

September 22, 2017

At 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, groups of teachers stood crowded around tables of coffee and bagels chatting. They moved within their friend groups not unlike the students that would later stand around the academic quad in their own groups. As the 7:30 a.m. bell rang out, the staff began to file in...

Student stress remains the same after “homework-free” Thanksgiving

Student stress remains the same after “homework-free” Thanksgiving

Tal Marom

November 30, 2015

s I was watching all my friends’ Snapchat stories on Monday morning before school, as I usually do, I was surprised. An overwhelming number of my friends were up until 2 a.m. or later finishing homework. I’m very familiar with these types of snaps: a hastily taken picture of a desk with piles of ...

Administration makes plans to install new gender neutral bathrooms

Administration makes plans to install new gender neutral bathrooms

Sneha Gaur

October 21, 2015

Updated Oct. 21: A previous version of the story that appeared on Oct. 21 included an incorrect pronoun. The misstatement of gender has been corrected. Story by Sneha Gaur and Jessica Xing Two mauve doors, labeled boys and girls, confront junior Olivia Wu. In order to use the restroom, Wu is fo...

One minute perspectives on the dress code

One minute perspectives on the dress code

Meghna Gaddam

September 15, 2015

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. ...

Q&A with Nico Flores: National Blue Ribbon award

 Q&A with Nico Flores: National Blue Ribbon award

Pranav Iyer

November 4, 2014

MVHS was named a National Blue Ribbon school this year, a recognition given to high-achieving schools as well as those who have shown improvement among its national minorities. El Estoque interviewed Dean of Students Nico Flores, who believes that this award not only has validated the school’s success...

Breaking News: School cancelled due to damaged water main

Students exit the MVHS campus around noon and wait on Fort Baker Dr. for their rides home. Principal April Scott made an announcement over the school’s PA system about 30 minutes into fifth period to inform students that school would be out of session for the remainder of the day. Photo by Varsha Venkat.

Varsha Venkat

March 25, 2014

Due to MVHS’s inability to provide restroom and food service, administrators close the school midway through fifth period on March 25. Read More »...

Sue Gunderson, former Executive Assistant to the principal, succumbs to brain cancer

Steven Lim

February 16, 2014

When Sue Gunderson left Castilleja School in Palo Alto in 2000, her friend Colleen Medeiros, who was the assistant to the Superintendent of FUHSD at the time, encouraged her to apply for the job of Executive Assistant to the Principal at MVHS. According to Carol Irish, a close friend of Gunderson’s a...

School Site Council provides funding to student clubs

Karen Feng

February 11, 2014

Council met Feb. 6 to discuss funding, receive principal’s update. Read More »...

Find out who are the Purple and Gold Award winners

Shuyi Qi

February 9, 2014

  Students receive awards for academic and extracurricular accomplishments on Feb. 7. Photos by Catherine Lockwood  Read More »...

PTSA includes student voices at fifth monthly meeting, held Jan. 28

Colin Kim

February 7, 2014

The meeting kicks off second semester with updates from students, staff to improve connection within school. Read More »...

Challenge Success reaches out to parents

Parents and administrators come together at the Challenge Success meeting to discuss stress at MVHS. Although only 17 parents attended, the PTSA hopes to reach more community members with a campus-wide survey. Photo by Karen Feng.

Karen Feng

January 22, 2014

PTSA holds Challenge Success meeting on Jan. 14 to introduce program, brainstorm with parents. Read More »...