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The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

AP Biology Lab Kit

Experiments at home

Gavin Hung September 11, 2020
A look into science labs during remote learning
Photo by Claire Yang and Jayanti Jha

Women of impact: Chemistry teacher Kavita Gupta featured in National Geographic documentary

Claire Yang and Jayanti Jha November 23, 2019
How Gupta and her students feel about her accomplishments outside of school
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...

Science National Honor Society incorporates more fields of science into their club

Science National Honor Society incorporates more fields of science into their club

Jessica Xing September 21, 2016

t their first meeting of the year, on Sept. 12, Science National Honor Society announced the new way that the club would implement lab activities: monthly themes. Monthly themes allow the club to focus...

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed

Shriya Deshpande May 20, 2016

rom involving chemistry, history and other classes in the Martian Deconstructed event to the new chromebooks in classrooms, the 2015-16 school year has brought several new policies, events and classes....

Four new elements on Periodic Table complete seventh row

Four new elements on Periodic Table complete seventh row

Shriya Deshpande January 15, 2016

t takes two experiments to confirm the existence of an element, an action that will earn the element an official symbol and name. On Dec. 30, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry verified...

Stanford University student emphasizes the application of high school chemistry in college

Stanford University student emphasizes the application of high school chemistry in college

Shriya Deshpande November 5, 2015

hile learning new and difficult content, many MVHS students often ask themselves, "When will I ever actually use this information in the future?" MVHS alumnus and current Stanford University student...

SNHS holds lab on combustion reactions

SNHS holds lab on combustion reactions

Andrea Schlitt November 3, 2015

Co-authored by Jennie Chen View post on imgur.com he crisp, clean smell of hand sanitizer fills the room as students eagerly gather around a familiar lab table on Oct. 22 in B101. A match is lit and...

AP Chemistry teacher Kavita Gupta presents at NSTA’s Boston Conference

Joshua Tsuei April 8, 2014

Thousands of educators, including Gupta, assembled at Boston from April 3-6 to share teaching innovations. Chem Iron Man Project from Mihir Patil on Vimeo. Iron Man played on his TV screen while...

Junior Stephen Ting places top 20 in Chemistry Olympiad

Junior Stephen Ting places top 20 in Chemistry Olympiad

Akshay Agrawal May 20, 2012

Come June, junior Stephen Ting will head down to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado — not to fly airplanes, but to study chemistry. The study camp, held from June 5 to June 20 and organized...

The product of passion

The product of passion

Sara Yang April 23, 2010

  Chemistry students advance to the United States National Chemistry Olympiad     It is a prestigious three-part test — one that lasts for over four hours.  Scoring well...

Safety slip-up

Safety slip-up

Sara Yang March 28, 2010

Hydrochloric acid sends chemistry student to the emergency room   The block period on March 9 took a turn for the worse as chemistry teacher Elizabeth McCracken's third period Chemistry...

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