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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Freshman Ronit Kuila strikes a pose in his Michael Jackson themed duet to the song “Beat It.”

PAC-ing a punch

Sophia D'Sa and Isabelle Kok September 29, 2023

The Class of 2027 performed its Pac-Man themed Homecoming skit on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The skit followed ‘80s character Pac-Man, played by freshman Ronit Kuila, as he tried to rescue his son, Pac-Man...

Academic experieces may range across classes based on how coherent curriculum is implemented.

Working towards a coherent curriculum through equitable grading practices

For the 2023-2024 school year, MVHS Leadership introduced two new grading policies from Joe Feldman’s book “Grading for Equity” — Reframing Homework and Rubrics — in addition to the three that...

A year of Yearbook

A year of Yearbook

Meggie Chen and Sarah Liu June 5, 2023
Exploring the challenges and triumphs of El Valedor
Kenneth Gan checks out a camera in his first period yearbook class. Photo by Arti Gnanasekar

Gan’s the man

Krish Dev and Eshika Tiwari October 12, 2022

Biology teacher Kenneth Gan applied to be El Valedor's adviser at the end of the 2021-2022 school year because he felt it "would be a cool opportunity and a unique challenge." After Leadership teacher...

Kenneth Gan poses with his pet python Udon in his classroom. 
Photo by Abha Dash

Animal Love

Abha Dash, Staff Writer October 10, 2022
Exploring teachers’ pets and the impact they have on them
Seniors Sophia Bokovikova and Cindy Zou celebrate after being crowned as the two members of Homecoming Royalty. Following the announcement, Homecoming court members exit the field and take photos on the side of the bleachers.

Homecoming halftime performances showcase numerous groups

Michelle Chen and Matthew Yoshimoto October 7, 2021
Matadors celebrate Homecoming royalty and enjoy Variations, Cheer, Marching Band, Color Guard and Dance shows during the Homecoming Football game
Seniors Diya Bahl and Anika Somasundaram take a selfie to capture their memories at the event.

Class of 2022 keeps up annual tradition of Senior Sunrise

Jayanti Jha and Nika Zamani August 24, 2021
Seniors commemorate the beginning of their last year at MVHS
Biology Teacher Kenneth Gan recollects his first job as a carnie.

50 Questions with Kenneth Gan

Devin Gupta, News and Web Editor March 30, 2021
In the 14th installment of the recurring series, El Estoque asks Kenneth Gan 50 questions
Jessica Ridgway recieves the vaccine.

Phase 2: The Distribution

Devin Gupta and Jannah Sheriff February 12, 2021
Exploring the success and opinions surrounding the first wave distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine
Upcoming real ID regulation for domestic flights

Upcoming real ID regulation for domestic flights

Sarah Young, Graphics Editor October 25, 2019

tarting Oct. 1, 2020, everyone 18 and older travelling from one U.S. state to another will be required to either have a real ID marked on their driver’s license or bring their passport. This is due to...

Turn of time: an exploration through the decades

Turn of time: an exploration through the decades

A look into different perspectives of each decade
Science department: A strange scent

Science department: A strange scent

Helen Chao March 19, 2018
Teachers discuss the stronger odor coming from the pig dissections
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