El Estoque

Science teacher tests teaching through YouTube videos

Science teacher tests teaching through YouTube videos

Simran Devidasani

February 2, 2012

The bell rings as science teacher Kavita Gupta’s AP Chemistry students enter the classroom the afternoon of Jan. 14. They resume their seats and pull out their pens, pencils, and notebook paper.This day was different. Instead of preparing to take lecture notes from a Powerpoint presentation on C...

A mental playlist

A mental playlist

Cynthia Mao

February 2, 2012

On Jan. 8, 2011, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head outside of a Safeway in Tuscon, Arizona. The bullet passed through the part of her brain that controlled speech and language comprehension. Her skull was cracked head.” like a sheet of glass. Two weeks later, still in the...

Olympic athlete Erica McClain to coach track team

Olympic athlete Erica McClain to coach track team

Kevin Tsukii

February 1, 2012

  Starting spring 2012, Olympic athlete Erica McClain will be coaching the triple jump and long jump for the MVHS track and field team while simultaneously training to qualify for the 2012 Olympic team. McClain graduated from Stanford University in 2008 and was a member of the 2008 U...

Decreasing budget, lower security

Decreasing budget, lower security

Emma Courtright

February 1, 2012

While we hear about stock prices tumbling downward, and California’s infinite debt, it seems that MVHS, within the Cupertino bubble, has been secure. But with every day that the FUHSD loses capital (as more money is spent than brought in), our education begins to look shakier and shakier. If more mone...

Dog days are over

Dog days are over

Nellie Brosnan

February 1, 2012

“Come here, Charlie.” Senior Chloe Simmons reached for her nervous foster child, then scooped him up and placed him on her lap. After taking a few seconds to settle down, Charlie relaxed and let her scratch his ears. Charlie is not a human, but a emaciated two-year-old chihuahua. Before he moved in with the Simmons, he belonged to a dog hoarder who forced Charlie and four other dogs to fight for food. He often lost beca...

Girls soccer: Matadors clutch solid 2-0 victory against Gunn

Girls soccer: Matadors clutch solid 2-0 victory against Gunn

Yaamini Venkataraman

January 26, 2012

The Lady Matadors (1-2-2) challenged Gunn High School (1-2-2) on Jan. 20 at Homestead High School, and won 2-0. Great teamwork and passes helped the Matadors to score the two crucial goals needed to battle well and make a great tackle. “We played as a team,” assistant coach Greg Wendsc...

La Pluma’s first Coffee House a success

La Pluma’s first Coffee House a success

Daniel Tan

January 26, 2012

For five dollars, you could have stepped into MVHS’s first-ever Coffee House, hosted by student literary magazine La Pluma. You would have seen the bagels and cakes, generously donated by Noah’s Bakery and Sweet Passion’s Bakery, respectively, laid out on a long table pushed against a side wall. You...

MOVIE: Haywire — A-list cast in a C+ movie

MOVIE: Haywire — A-list cast in a C+ movie

Yimeng Han

January 24, 2012

The only things that packs a fairly decent punch in Steven Soderbergh’s new 25-million dollar movie, Haywire, are the fight scenes. The rest is simply an excuse to consume unhealthy amounts of theater popcorn. The opening scene of Haywire features Mallory Kane (Gina Carano), who works for a...

College Night not representative of student expectations

College Night not representative of student expectations

Smitha Gundavajhala

January 23, 2012

The College Night for juniors was somewhat of a disappointment. The night consisted of three sessions: one for UC’s and private colleges (easily the most attended), one for out-of-state public colleges, and one for community colleges. Most of the juniors likely already suspected that it was not ...

Robotics launches competition season on Jan. 7

Robotics launches competition season on Jan. 7

Sara Yang

January 22, 2012

It was 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, but seniors Anant Singhania and Nupur Garg and junior Evelyn Ding weren’t sleeping in. These FIRST MV Robotics officers — President, Director of Engineering and Director of Operations, respectively — were sitting in an auditorium at San Jose State University, ...

Exchange program invites students to a global experience

Exchange program invites students to a global experience

Margaret Lin

January 22, 2012

On Jan. 23, students from both FUHSD and Cupertino Union School District will meet in the Cupertino City Hall to learn more about Cupertino’s Hsinchu exchange program. At the meeting, the program leaders plan to give an overview of the program based on their experiences last year, answer qu...

Boys soccer: Matadors add third shutout to the season

Boys soccer: Matadors add third shutout to the season

Yaamini Venkataraman

January 22, 2012

Four league games into the season, the Matadors have had resounding wins over most of their opponents. Even though they faced a disappointing 1-0 loss against Los Gatos, that one point is the only point scored against MVHS so far in the season. They added another win on Jan. 20 to their record by defeating Fremont 2-0. The...