El Estoque

Long-term substitute Stephanie Bodnaruk poses for a photo.

Matador family adds members to its ranks

New staff share more about where they're coming from and what brought them to MVHS
50 fresh faces

50 fresh faces

The Class of 2025 shares its initial thoughts about MVHS
English teacher Jireh Tanabe enjoys Night by Elie Wiesel because of its lessons of empathy.

Students and teachers share their literature class favorites

Gauri Manoj and Mira Wagner August 29, 2021
From timeless classics to contemporary reads, the MVHS curriculum provides something for everyone
Sexual assault assembly at MVHS

Sexual assault assembly at MVHS

Mira Wagner and Arjan Madan June 1, 2021
Examining the virtual SAFER Choices Assembly assembly
Sheila Altmann and other staff members dress as minions for Halloween. 

Photo courtesy of Clay Stiver // Used with permission

Sheila Altmann

May 19, 2021
School psychologist Sheila Altmann retires after 25 years at MVHS
Photo courtesy of Jeff Mueller // Used with permission

Jeff Mueller

Oishee Misra and Mira Wagner May 19, 2021
Business teacher Jeff Mueller retires after 19 years at MVHS
Isak Westelius in Sweden.

Students experience spring fever at MVHS

Mira Wagner, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Freshman Crystal Cheng recalls first experiencing the phenomenon spring fever — defined by Merriam-Webster as  emotions like restlessness and laziness that coincide with the beginning of spring —...

A year of Zoom

A year of Zoom

Exploring how the MVHS community’s feelings toward the pandemic have shifted an entire year later
A year of bonding

A year of bonding

Mira Wagner, Staff Writer March 23, 2021

The beginning of quarantine that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic proved relaxing for physics teacher Michael Lordan. The extra time at home and alleviated stress from work allowed him and his wife,...

Swifts fame is often attributed to men, diminishing her value as a female artist.

Who made Taylor Swift famous?

Gauri Manoj and Mira Wagner March 13, 2021
How recent sexist comments about Taylor Swift demonstrate society’s normalization of misogyny
The wide variety of students at MVHS would all benefit from more gender inclusive education. Illustration by Mira Wagner

Embracing gender inclusivity in light of “Zoomcoming” court nominations

Mira Wagner, Staff Writer March 6, 2021

n 2020 alone, American society underwent many changes, ranging from an unforeseen pandemic to a high-stakes presidential election. Simultaneously, recent shifts within the LGBTQ+ community were implemented...

Sexual assault

Sexual assault

Examining sexual assault in Bay Area high schools
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