El Estoque

Booked up

Booked up

Claire Wen and Oishee Misra

October 15, 2018

iterature remains the only course at MVHS that students must take for all four years of high school. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, while for others, it does nothing but elicit groans of distaste. Whether the novel is about a tragic love story (‘Romeo and Juliet’), the crumbling socie...

Book Club: English teacher Hannah Gould shares her liking for Russian literature

Book Club: English teacher Hannah Gould shares her liking for Russian literature

Daniel Lin

April 22, 2016

mong the vast selection of book genres — from historical fiction to technical reports — English Literature teacher Hannah Gould has a favorite: Russian literature. After taking two Russian literature classes in college, she developed a fondness of Russian writing and its authors. Fyodor Dostoevsk...

Literature teachers discuss popular fiction books

Literature teachers discuss popular fiction books

Amita Mahajan

December 17, 2015

While most students picture their Literature teachers solely spending time reading classic literary fiction and revising essays, many teachers have read popular books of the 21st century. Below are three Literature teachers’ opinions and critiques on young adult series such as Harry Potter, The Hunge...

Unifying freshman Literature curriculum

Unifying freshman Literature curriculum

Amita Mahajan

October 26, 2015

any high school students sit through classes, learning little to none of the skills needed to continue on to higher level courses. However, over the past few years the English Department has focused on decreasing this negative occurrence through “horizontal alignment” of the curriculum in freshman l...

Religion and tradition: Students and teachers discuss biblical allusions in literary courses

Religion and tradition: Students and teachers discuss biblical allusions in literary courses

Miloni Vora

October 23, 2015

Updated: Nov. 20: A previous version of the story that appeared on Oct 23 excluded some information mentioned by literature teacher Scott Catrette. The information has been added. As high schoolers, all students have been exposed to references from the Bible in each of their literature classes at...

La Pluma releases its first issue of the year

La Pluma releases its first issue of the year

Aditi Desai

December 13, 2014

“Her knees touched the tip of her nose. Her voice repelled the idea of returning to defend her inability to do something other could. They were right. She was different and she couldn’t do what they could.” This is a part of a short story called Of Mean and Metal Bullies, published by La Pluma ...

E-books negatively impact the way we absorb information

E-books negatively impact the way we absorb information

Kristin Chang

January 16, 2014

E-books are convenient, but books provide for deeper reading experience. Read More »...

Teacher Stacey Cler on knitting through life’s rough patches

Teacher Stacey Cler on knitting through life’s rough patches

Anjali Bhat

January 19, 2013

Literature teacher Stacey Cler develops a creative passion and finds knitting to have therapeutic effects. Read More »...

Changes for the American Studies family

Changes for the American Studies family

Sara Yang

August 27, 2010

Increased student interest results in a second American Studies course section   Read More »...

Déjà vu

Déjà vu

Karishma Mehrotra

March 15, 2010

"The Odyssey", a tangle of Greek adventures, was a play of precision and perfection  Read More »...

Outside the box

Outside the box

Tiffany Lau

November 6, 2009

Unlike the usual literature class, Humanities goes outside of Cupertino to learn Read More »...