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College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

Brian Xu

June 1, 2019

As students navigate through their four years at MVHS, thoughts of college and careers undoubtedly brew in their minds. But amid the bustle of projects and exams, there is one group of people that is often drowned out — who have come from vastly different walks of life, pushed through college experiences...

Upping the recycling game

Upping the recycling game

Sarah Young, Sunjin Chang, and Julia Yang

December 17, 2018

Bags filled with pieces of plastic line the cupboards of AP Chemistry teacher Kavita Gupta’s classroom was the result of an almost year-long project. The project began during second semester of last year, when Gupta introduced her students to BioCellection, an organization managing a project called Upcycling. The goal of this ...

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Recommendation letters from a different perspective

Claire Wen

November 20, 2018

leaf floats gently from the trees, joining the array of other vibrant reds and oranges fluttering to the ground. A chilly breeze whispers through the air, rustling the leaves as it passes by. Autumn has come, and for seniors, that means it’s college application season. They scramble to write their...

Junior David Wang part of top 20 high school chemists in nation

Junior David Wang part of top 20 high school chemists in nation

Rhonda Mak

June 3, 2014

[dropcap1]J[/dropcap1]unior David Wang is just about as close as you can get to a mad scientist here on campus. He has accumulated a wide variety of chemicals in his garage that he experiments with in his free time. When he talks about chemistry he speaks without falter as though he cannot contain...

AP Chemistry teacher Kavita Gupta presents at NSTA’s Boston Conference

Joshua Tsuei

April 7, 2014

Thousands of educators, including Gupta, assembled at Boston from April 3-6 to share teaching innovations. Chem Iron Man Project from Mihir Patil on Vimeo. Iron Man played on his TV screen while senior Michael Mattheakis looked at pictures and design theories for the futuristic super-suit. Then he researched t...

School Site Council provides funding to student clubs

Karen Feng

February 11, 2014

Council met Feb. 6 to discuss funding, receive principal’s update. Read More »...

Staff remembers JFK assassination

Joyce Varma

November 22, 2013

Teachers reflect on moment they learned of tragedy as schoolchildren 50 years ago. Read More »

VIDEO: Science or witchcraft?

VIDEO: Science or witchcraft?

Anjali Bhat

November 4, 2013

AP Chemistry teacher Kavita Gupta demonstrates 'magic' tricks for Halloween. Read More »

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 »

AP Chemistry teacher writes chemistry iBook

AP Chemistry teacher writes chemistry iBook

Lydia Seo

September 13, 2013

Kavita Gupta writes an interactive iBook to provide an alternative online teaching resource for her students. Read More »...

Academic Facebook groups promote productivity, not procrastination

Academic Facebook groups promote productivity, not procrastination

Alina Abidi

August 22, 2013

Social studying improves communication and provides clarity between classmates.   On more than one occasion, I have felt the heart-sinking realization that I did not write down the day’s homework and more than a few times I have felt the panic that comes from finding a blank answer on a ...