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Zoom School: MVHS Edition

Zoom School: MVHS Edition
MVHS community devises ways around the challenges of distance learning
September 17, 2020
MVHS community devises ways around the challenges of distance learning

Drawing a curriculum: Art in the classroom

Paintings from a World Literature project line the front of literature teacher Jireh Tanabe's classroom.
Exploring teacher and student opinions on integrating art into curriculums
February 8, 2020
Exploring teacher and student opinions on integrating art into curriculums

Four classes, one room

Four classes, one room
Classes with students of varying grade levels offer inter-grade bonding
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...

Work and Play

Work and Play
Activities in the classroom and how it influences student opinions on classes
November 14, 2018

As students walk into Scott Perry’s American Literature class, they immediately lay their sights on the sentences glowing on the walls. Each statement presents an ethical question from the novel “The...

Back with the Bond

Back with the Bond
Community members should vote for Measure CC
October 24, 2018

Seven hours and 25 minutes. The length of a typical school day at MVHS. In a month, students spend around 150 hours at school. In a year, that’s around 1,300 hours. In four years, MVHS students spend...

British Literature curriculum uses technology in teaching Macbeth

The two films British Literature teacher Randy Holaday shows in his class. 2010 rendition (left), 2015 rendition (right).
November 17, 2017

igh school students have long known the works of William Shakespeare. Although sentiments regarding the renowned English playwright and poet vary, there is no doubt that his notoriously obscure language...

How Do You Feel: Movies in the classroom

How Do You Feel: Movies in the classroom
December 12, 2015

n the modern day classroom, one challenge that teachers are virtually always confronted by is keeping students engaged. Whether by organizing games or assigning group projects, it seems that our teachers...

A closer look: On the walls of Clarke’s classroom

A broken Elvis clock is one of the many objects on Clarke’s classroom walls. Photo by Amita Mahajan.
October 26, 2015

rossword-puzzles, collages, Elvis. These three seemingly unrelated objects carry a single similarity — they take the forms of clocks in English teacher David Clarke’s classroom. The total number of...

French teachers discuss attack on Charlie Hebdo in classes

French teachers discuss attack on Charlie Hebdo in classes
January 10, 2015

When junior Vidhi Tibrewala came to school on Thursday Jan. 8, she did not know about the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. When someone mentioned it in her second period British Literature class, she asked...

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