The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Implemented this year, the Wellness Room is designed to give students the space and time to reset.

Safe Space

Corinna Kuo, Brandon Xu, and Kaia Yuan September 29, 2023

MVHS implemented the Wellness Room in room C201 for the 2023-34 school year. According to Wellness Space Specialist Doreen Bonde, the Wellness Room allows students to reset physically and mentally when...

Junior Eric Zhou scans his ID using Minga at the lunch line.

Going digital

Daphne Huang and Brandon Xu September 23, 2023

MVHS is implementing a digital ID card system through the app “Minga” for students in the 2023-24 school year. According to Principal Ben Clausnitzer, MVHS is one of two schools in the FUHSD district,...

Denny Dong poses for a photo with Menlo School runner Justin Petre. Petre and Dong placed first and second respectively at the CCS semifinals 800 meter event. Photo courtesy of Denny Dong | Used with permission

Time Out! Ep. 5: Denny Dong

Brandon Xu and Aidan Ruan June 1, 2023

Brandon Xu · TimeOut! Ep. 5: Denny Dong BX: Hello everyone, my name is Brandon Xu. AR: And my name is Aidan Ruan. And this is the fifth episode of Time Out!  BX: Each episode, we will be...

ELD 2 teacher Shari Russell will be taking the new Instructional Lead position starting in the 2023-24 school year. Photo courtesy of Shari Russell | Used with permission

New Instructional Lead for English Language Development

Brandon Xu June 1, 2023

FUHSD plans to implement a new Instructional Lead position to support English Language Development classes throughout the district, effective during the 2023 to 2024 school year. According to FUHSD Coordinator...

Santa Clara County Supervisors plan to build affordable housing on this site near North Wolfe Road.

Closer to home

Brandon Xu May 31, 2023

An ongoing project for affordable teacher housing is currently underway at 10333 North Wolfe Road, Cupertino and is intended to help decrease the commute time for local teachers traveling to work. Santa...

Fantasy fanatics

Fantasy fanatics

Brandon Xu and Kripa Mayureshwar April 15, 2023

Journalism teachers across the country play in a fantasy baseball league together, one of them being Palo Alto High School Journalism teacher Rod Satterthwaite. Over a decade ago, one of Satterthwaite’s...

Media has evolved throughout time, changing in ways such as  its purpose or interface


Examining how arts and entertainment have changed through the years
Stardew Valley, a video game designed by game developer Eric Barone, is one example of an indie game that has become extremely widespread.

Game on!

Brandon Xu February 14, 2023

As new software increases public accessibility towards game development, independently created video games, or indie games, have become more widespread. Sophomore Aaron Chan first found an interest in...

The MVHS team celebrates and poses for a photo after winning the game. Photo by Brandon Xu

Boys Soccer beats Milpitas High School 3-2 in an intense game

Pranati Kotamraju, Alan Tai, and Brandon Xu January 29, 2023
Matadors crush the MHS comeback with a goal in the last five minutes of the game

Man on the street: Arm Wrestling

Challenging students to arm wrestling matches throughout the campus
Candy Cane Lane: According to Amy Young, this song, sang at choir’s Winter Concert on Dec. 16, was chosen since several students sang it in previous years, and wanted to bring back the songs positive feelings.

Planning performances

Brandon Xu December 20, 2022
Examining how the music department decides what songs to play in concerts
Junior Vatsel Srivastava lifts his bike over other bikes to move through the racks.

Overstack of the rack

Brandon Xu and Angela Zhang October 7, 2022

Since the start of this school year, finding space to park bikes has proven more of a challenge than in years past. According to a survey of 196 students, 71% of respondents felt that the bike racks were...

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