El Estoque

Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Flora Peng, Tabitha Mendez, and Collin Qian

May 24, 2019

Class pitted against class. Hundreds of students gathered in the bleachers to cheer on their teams with painted faces, color-coordinated outfits and voices ready to scream. For most of the school, Powderpuff provides an engaging outlet to showcase school pride before the frenzy of AP Test preparation...

Four classes, one room

Four classes, one room

Stuti Upadhyay and Brian Xu

November 18, 2018

When freshmen first enter MVHS, a change they must adapt to is the size of the school. Most middle schools in the area contain no more than 600 students, whereas MVHS’ total enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is 2,270 students. This drastic increase in population leads to changes in student ...

Just teach it

Just teach it

Helen Chao and Claire Wen

September 27, 2018

As the school year begins, some students find themselves in a panic. They’ve completed their back-to-school shopping: fluorescent highlighters and squeaky-clean erasers are packed away, but there’s one thing that hasn’t gone perfectly to plan: the schedule they’re holding in their hands. Whether...

Experiencing the college environment

Experiencing the college environment

Roshan Fernandez

December 9, 2017

When junior Animesh Agrawal and senior Aurum Kathuria walked into their first Calculus 1C class at De Anza college, they expected it to be just like MVHS. They expected to hear the constant chatter among students throughout the class period and make new friends. But they were surprised to find a very d...

A change in routine

A change in routine

Charlotte Chui and Shuvi Jha

August 26, 2017

he first thing students notice when entering room B205 is not the teacher, the whiteboard or the projector, but the pictures, all neatly and strategically arranged to cover each nook and cranny of all four walls. There is absolutely no white space to be seen, having long been overpowered by a multitu...

A Case for Ethnic Studies

A Case for Ethnic Studies

Tal Marom

February 7, 2016

ith the news that a new class will be added to the curriculum, we could ponder the classes we want: psychology, sociology, perhaps even a home economics class. But when thinking of classes we need on campus, ethnic studies comes to mind. We already have relatively liberal history classes in the c...

Breaking Convention: Upperclassmen taking typical underclassmen courses

Breaking Convention: Upperclassmen taking typical underclassmen courses

Renee Pu

September 10, 2015

e assume that a sophomore cannot take regular Biology, a junior cannot take Chemistry Honors and a senior cannot take US History. Since there are no official limitations and many reasons for upperclassmen taking classes that are usually for underclassmen, we should not assume people are not academicall...

In Constant Flux

In Constant Flux

Ashish Samaddar

September 30, 2013

From year to year, the popularity of certain classes has varied, especially amongst honors and AP classes. In a two-year time span, AP Calculus AB rose from 150 students to 213, and AP Chemistry fell from 186 students to 144. In addition, since its inception two years ago, World Core has risen to 264...

Overcrowding in classes leads to complications

Overcrowding in classes leads to complications

Lisa Zhang

September 3, 2010

Classes in high demand force teachers to accept more students   Read More »...