El Estoque

The Local Road Safety Plan targets to reduce fatalities and severe injuries for all types of commuters, including bikers, drivers and pedestrians.

Paving the way for safer roads

Kalyani Puthenpurayil May 22, 2022

With a vision to decrease the fatalities and severe injuries on roads, the Cupertino City staff has been tackling local road safety through the Local Road Safety Plan. The LRSP is currently in its development...

Calling to communicate

Calling to communicate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqh8O-YZoiE “It feels more personal.” English teacher Megan Choate finds calling to be a more connected method of communication because it allows her to hear the...

Like Sophomore Esther Suh, many individuals utilize messaging platforms to connect with others for reasons ranging from talking to friends and family to work related purposes.

Connected through texting

“LOLLL.”  Sophomore Esther Suh sends this short message, responding to a hilarious remark from a friend. Yet the extreme enthusiasm that she displays by adding capital “L”s to the “laugh...

Seniors Arthur Chan, Lance Tong, Neil Weaver, Rishi Dasari and Sudhit Rao pose together with their family members and their gifts.

Boys Volleyball dominates Saratoga High School on senior night

Kalyani Puthenpurayil May 2, 2022

Varsity Boys Volleyball defeated Saratoga High School 3-0 with the respective scores 25-11, 25-19 and 25-18 during its senior night on Friday, April 29, bringing its overall league record to 7-5.  The...

Students leave their bikes at the bike racks.

Combating air pollution

Kalyani Puthenpurayil April 19, 2022

Air pollution is not seen as a big problem in Cupertino — with an average air quality index of 40 in the past month, which is within the ideal levels of 0-50, the city is categorized as “Good” in...

The Westport Cupertino construction site shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony.

Implementing affordable housing in Cupertino

Melody Cui, Sophia Ma, and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 29, 2022

Located in the heart of the Cupertino on Stevens Creek Boulevard, Westport Cupertino is a mixed-use urban area project, which was approved on Aug. 18, 2020, that demolished and replaced The Oaks Shopping...

Junior and captain Lance Fuchia gets ready to smash the birdie over the net. Photo by Anna Jerolimov

Badminton narrowly defeats Cupertino High School 16-14

Anna Jerolimov and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 26, 2022
A tiebreaking match allows MVHS to take the victory
Recapping the mask mandate throughout the pandemic

Recapping the mask mandate throughout the pandemic

Sophia Ma and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 16, 2022
The evolution of face coverings as Governor Gavin Newsom announces masks will not be required indoors at schools starting March 12
Senior Lance Tong leaps into the air to tip the ball over the net. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Boys Volleyball beats Homestead High School 3-0 in its first home game

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Michelle Zheng March 13, 2022
Matadors hope to fulfill their season’s expectations after securing a win for their first league game
French teacher Janissa Zahns pen pals would send photos of themselves and their life in France.

Exchanging Letters

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Anna Jerolimov March 4, 2022

Sophomore Daphne Huang, Juniors Rohin Inani and Yamini Mathew, English teacher Shozo Shimazaki, Biology teacher Renee Fallon, French teacher Janissa Zahn and parent Venkat Ananthan share the letters they...

As methods of communication such as emailing and calling became more popular in the 1990s, English teacher Shozo Shimazaki remembers thinking that the post office would go out of business, but the letters that people sent across the world remain in our history.

The forgotten art of writing letters

Kalyani Puthenpurayil and Anna Jerolimov March 4, 2022

Thoughtful. Underrated. Special. A nice gesture. A method of reflection. A lost art. Below are the experiences of students, teachers and community members regarding receiving and sending handwritten letters. 

In 2020, Eileen Gu changed the country she was representing from the U.S. to China  when she was 15.

Eileen Gu skis over national and political boundaries

Sarah Liu and Kalyani Puthenpurayil March 2, 2022

The announcement “Gold medalist and Olympic champion, People’s Republic of China!” drew cheers from the crowd as 18-year-old freestyle skier Ailing Eileen Gu stepped onto the podium to receive her...

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