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Positivity Podcast Ep. 3: Thanksgiving Edition

Positivity Podcast Ep. 3: Thanksgiving Edition

Oishee Misra and Lakshanyaa Ganesh

November 22, 2019

The month of November is, for the most part, not the best for MVHS students. With the breeding negativity on campus, sometimes it is hard to find the silver linings in situations. Ironically, it is also the month of giving thanks, and in this episode, we explore and display gratitude for the things th...

Keeping up with the news

Keeping up with the news

Stuti Upadhyay

February 6, 2019

Like. Share. Retweet. Hashtag. Our generation is consumed by social media and technology, constantly updated on the newest memes and hottest clothing trends. Despite the accessibility and convenience technology brings to our life, we sometimes forget to keep track of more important matters – namely,...

Sex ed: the impact of sexual education

Sex ed: the impact of sexual education

Claire Yang and Nate Stevens

May 23, 2018

“Siri, do you know what sex is?” Siri Konanoor looks up from beneath a heap of blankets at her older sister, surprised. Sex. She’s definitely heard that word before. She fidgets, racking her brain for an answer. “Why are you asking me this at 12 at night?” Her sister sighs and eases...

Testing our boundaries: discussing the purpose of CAASPP testing

Testing our boundaries: discussing the purpose of CAASPP testing

Shuvi Jha

March 9, 2018

n March 5 and March 6, MVHS juniors took the state-mandated California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in which they were tested for proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics. For some students, this was cause for frustration, for anger — which is why they de...

When Fact Becomes Fiction: reflecting on media literacy education

When Fact Becomes Fiction: reflecting on media literacy education

Shuvi Jha

January 31, 2018

ccording to the statistics portal Statista, 69 percent of Americans have read or began to read a news article that they later realized was not factually correct. Coined as “fake news,” which refers to any story that contains factually incorrect information and serves to mislead a person, enti...

Nothing higher than truth: individuals reflect on the misportrayal of Hinduism

Nothing higher than truth: individuals reflect on the misportrayal of Hinduism

Shuvi Jha

December 11, 2017

n Nov. 9, 2017, the California Department of Education unanimously agreed to reject two textbooks that inaccurately portrayed Hinduism and ancient India. This decade-long civil rights engagement was led by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and other like minded groups, who felt that there was ...

Changing education: the potential impacts of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education

Changing education: the potential impacts of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education

Ilena Peng

January 14, 2017

For 18 years, Brian Wilson taught in the same classroom of the same school in Michigan. Then, three years ago, 30 teachers in his district were laid off, four in his building alone. Policies had been gradually shifting, adding mandated paperwork onto teachers’ already busy schedules. Conversations bet...

How the tide hasn’t turned: Residents express Cupertino’s consistency

How the tide hasn’t turned: Residents express Cupertino’s consistency

Shriya Deshpande

December 7, 2016

rom pearl milk tea and falafels to Apple computers and iPhones, Cupertino is defined by its cultural, technological and educational advancements. In some aspects, the city has changed drastically over the years but there are also some aspects in which it hasn’t. Explore what Cupertino residents think abo...

No room: Housing crisis negatively affects educational quality

No room: Housing crisis negatively affects educational quality

Shriya Deshpande

May 18, 2016

n most days of any given year, we see the same people— our teachers. We've spent hundreds of hours with them. We've learned from them. We've grown because of them. They have shaped our career choices and life decisions. And for that, we owe them a lot. A generic drawing of a community will have ...

Tim Cook’s remarks about cheap computers being “test machines” raise questions at MVHS

Tim Cook’s remarks about cheap computers being “test machines” raise questions at MVHS

Itay Barylka

December 17, 2015

Tim Cook is apparently not thrilled with the way the education technology sphere is currently moving. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, he called the low-end laptops that have been gaining a steady amount of use in classrooms “test machines” and implied that the only reason that they are succes...