El Estoque

Booked up

Booked up

Claire Wen and Oishee Misra

October 15, 2018

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste. Whether the novel is about a tragic love story (‘Romeo and Juliet’), the crumbling socie...

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...

Life after death

Life after death

Helen Chao and Shivani Gupta

September 17, 2018

Teachers and students debate about what’s waiting for them beyond the grave

All-American junior English courses

All-American junior English courses

Gauri Kaushik

March 7, 2017

tarting next school year, rising juniors will be limited to a choice of three English courses: American Literature, Honors American Literature or American Studies. Rising juniors can no longer take British Literature or Myth, which are now only available to rising seniors. According to English teac...

‘Iron Chef’ competition leads to sweet success

‘Iron Chef’ competition leads to sweet success

Anjali Bhat

December 8, 2013

Leadership’s Student Recognition commission hosted the Iron Chef cooking competition modeled after the famous Food Network show, on Dec. 8. If foods had several components, such as a filling or a garnish, teams were allowed to prepare at home, but assembly and presentation of the final dish had to...

Different perspectives on parent teachers

Jady Wei

October 21, 2013

Students are mentored by their parents at home, but how many parents actually teach their children at school? At MVHS, some teachers have had the experience of teaching their own children –– like math teacher Martin Jennings who taught precalculus to two of his children and is currently teaching...

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...

Common thoughts about Common Core

Common thoughts about Common Core

Maya Murthy

September 23, 2013

Department chairs discuss what the new national standards are, and how they will affect the student body. Read More »

Laughter: Teacher tales

Laughter: Teacher tales

Christopher Song

February 12, 2013

From classroom antics to wildlife, the stories told by teachers can cover anything. Read More »...

Hopes for Homecoming

Hopes for Homecoming

Angela Liu

October 24, 2011

Homecoming: a celebration of school spirit. Or is it? Students and staff question if having too much spirit is undesirable, and whether or not Homecoming can be improved for the years to come.   2012 class advisor David Clarke believes that this year’s Homecoming was just...