El Estoque

Skipping into Retirement

Skipping into Retirement

Jai Uparkar

May 22, 2019

here were two things math teacher Skip Mueller never wanted to become: a salesman or a teacher. He ended up working in sales engineering for 17 years after graduating from college with a civil engineering degree, which was dependent on the local economy. Soon after semiconductor companies moved away, Muel...

Math and Science Club’s plans for next year

Math and Science Club’s plans for next year

Iman Malik and Herman Saini

March 26, 2019

In order to lay the foundations for next year, the current senior officers of Math and Science Club (MSC) selected their executive officers on March 15, 2019. Among them are future co-presidents and juniors Brandon Guo and Andy Tang. Both believe the best way to improve the club is by continuing a...

Journey to math

Journey to math

Iman Malik and Herman Saini

November 21, 2018

Sophomore Parth Asawa will never forget the pride he felt after attending his first math competition in fourth grade. He won second place statewide, and this positive experience helped him develop a passion for competitive math. The next year, he attended the same competition but left disappointed a...

A new and improved Math and Science club

A new and improved Math and Science club

Iman Malik and Herman Saini

October 15, 2018

After experiencing drops in membership last year, Math and Science Club made several changes to increase interest for students. The officer team created a point system to encourage attendance through offering prizes, along with more comprehensive lectures. This year, the officers want to show that anyo...

Losing the A in STEAM

Losing the A in STEAM

Flora Peng, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018

Sixteen classes from various fields were cut at Monta Vista for the 2018-19 school year because of a decrease in student enrollment. In addition, students self-selecting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) electives has lowered the demand for arts electives, decreasing the number offered. ...

Math teacher Colin Anderson suffered a minor heart attack

Math teacher Colin Anderson suffered a minor heart attack

Gauri Kaushik

December 1, 2017

n November 29, math teacher and volleyball coach Colin Anderson was visiting a chiropractor for a back pain he had been experiencing for about a week when he suddenly broke into a sweat and began to feel a pain throughout his body. Anderson drove himself to urgent care and it was only five minutes i...

Math department receives new TI-84’s

Math department receives new TI-84’s

Daniel Lin

March 22, 2016

t isn’t often that the math department receives unused funds which can be used to better the learning experiences of students alike. But when it does happen, the extra funds go a long way towards improving education for students. Last year, math teacher Sushma Bana acquired 20 new TI-84 Plus C Si...

Math teacher reflects on parent involvement

Math teacher reflects on parent involvement

Alina Abidi

December 11, 2015

Each week in Joe Kim’s AP Statistics class, usually in the middle of block day, students see a list of numbers. Their eyes scan up and down the list, locking in on their ID number, checking their grade on the most recent test or quiz, seeing how they stack up among their classmates. There are no ...

The Friendship Project: Reaching the limit

The Friendship Project: Reaching the limit

Varsha Venkat

February 13, 2014

Bloggers Ashmita Chakraborty and Varsha Venkat take a look at the problems that arise when math class pits two best friends against each other. Read More »...

Class of 2013: Survival of the fittest

Class of 2013: Survival of the fittest

Simran Devidasani

May 29, 2013

Freshman year, I encountered my first nosy parker, who would try to skim over my graded tests. If her discreet mission did not succeed, she would flat out ask what I got. When said I got a B, that peer would smile, congratulate me, then proceed to complain about her A minus. By the end of the year, I ...

Senior Angela Zhang winner in National Siemens Competition

Senior Angela Zhang winner in National Siemens Competition

Nona Penner

December 6, 2011

On Dec. 5, senior Angela Zhang received the top individual honors prize of a $100,000 scholarship at the annual National Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition in Washington D.C.. Zhang has won, among other science fair honors, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 Grand Award and the ISEF 2011 Grand Award as well. “[Winning is] a really surreal experience,” Zhang said. “It's something you...