El Estoque

Drawing a curriculum: Art in the classroom

Paintings from a World Literature project line the front of literature teacher Jireh Tanabe's classroom.

Robert Liu

February 9, 2020

Exploring teacher and student opinions on integrating art into curriculums

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 ...

Work and Play

Work and Play

Laasya Koduru

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 Great Gatsby.” Students then decide whether they agree or disagree with the statements and congreg...

Back with the Bond

Back with the Bond

Stuti Upadhyay

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 5,340 hours on campus and in classrooms. Given that students spend so much time on campus, it is e...

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).

Karen Ma

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 and outlandish dialect often make comprehension and analysis of the text difficult for students. ...

How Do You Feel: Movies in the classroom

How Do You Feel: Movies in the classroom

Tal Marom

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 are always trying to find new methods to keep us interested. Among the most widely used methods i...

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.

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 timers ticks at 11. Yet many of these devices go unnoticed on a first visit to his class as they are surr...

French teachers discuss attack on Charlie Hebdo in classes

French teachers discuss attack on Charlie Hebdo in classes

Malini Ramaiyer

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 her classmate what happened. Just some shooting. Very sad. Tibrewala moved on to third period ...