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The tale of the traveling mint plants

The tale of the traveling mint plants

Claire Wen

October 12, 2019

What an experience of flea extermination taught me about the benefits of breaking from routine

Next in the Spotlight

Next in the Spotlight

Gauri Kaushik

May 22, 2019

s sophomore Naomi Yin filed into the black box theater along with her fellow drama students during tutorial on May 10, her jaw dropped in surprise when she was met not only by their long-term substitute teacher Jeffrey Adams, but also by Principal Ben Clausnitzer and her World Literature teacher Hannah...

English teacher Hannah Gould named new drama teacher

English teacher Hannah Gould named new drama teacher

Gauri Kaushik

May 13, 2019

s sophomore Naomi Yin filed into the black box theater along with her fellow drama students during tutorial on Friday, her jaw dropped in surprise when she was met by not only their long-term substitute teacher Jeffrey Adams, but also by Principal Ben Clausnitzer and her World Literature teacher Hannah...

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Reading: my disappearing constant amid rapid change

Dhruvika Randad, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019

There I lay in my bed, under a thick, pink comforter, with the stack of “Geronimo Stilton” and “Garfield” comic books, obtained from my weekly visit to the library. With my stack of books, a water bottle and a couple of munchies, I was ready for my reading marathon as I spent Saturday consumed in...

Dear Change,

Dear Change,

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

February 6, 2019

You and I go way back. You and the majority of people on Earth have a history, I suppose, but I’d like to think that our relationship is special. It’s taken me a while to learn how to love you, and yet even now I don’t really know if I can say I truly, truly love you all that much. I’ve spent a la...

Gone for Five Years

Gone for Five Years

Collin Qian, Web Editor

November 7, 2018

It was impossible for me to look at my dad without drenching my collar in tears, knowing it would be a full year until I would see him again. I endangered many trees by soaking paper towels in the car, at the check-in desk, at the airport and on the airplane itself. I was probably as annoying as the...

Greater than, less than

Greater than, less than

Flora Peng

October 24, 2018

Growing up, our parents tell us that we are among the best of the best — as humans, nothing can hinder our progress because we are clearly meant to rule the world. As children, we have the brightest futures ahead of us and need only to take the first step towards a lifetime of success. With thi...

A new chapter

A new chapter

Swara Tewari, Features editor

October 21, 2018

Exploring a student’s experience with moving and her outlook on her short time at MVHS

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

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...

Big Apple, Little City: Looking at Apple’s influence on Cupertino

Big Apple, Little City: Looking at Apple’s influence on Cupertino

Nathan Stevens

April 17, 2017

e wakes up to the sound of an alarm ringing from his iPhone 7. Walking over to his closet, he chooses what to wear from one of the 30 Apple t-shirts he owns. He then packs his backpack, only putting in a couple sheets of binder paper and an iPad, on which he does all his work. He straps his Apple wa...

How the tide hasn’t turned: Residents express Cupertino’s consistency

How the tide hasn’t turned: Residents express Cupertino’s consistency

Shriya Deshpande

December 7, 2016

rom pearl milk tea and falafels to Apple computers and iPhones, Cupertino is defined by its cultural, technological and educational advancements. In some aspects, the city has changed drastically over the years but there are also some aspects in which it hasn’t. Explore what Cupertino residents think abo...

When every word counts: new changes in UC prompts gather mixed reactions

When every word counts: new changes in UC prompts gather mixed reactions

Ilena Peng

May 18, 2016

our prompts, 1,400 words. Starting next year, this is how each University of California applicants will get to express what they’ve learned from their 17 or 18 years of life experiences. College essays have become synonymous with college applications. But recently, the UC system changed its college...