El Estoque

Remembering our heroes

Remembering our heroes

Smitha Gundavajhala

November 9, 2011

With the onset of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we may briefly reflect upon the sacrifices and legacies of those who fought to keep Cupertino safe. But beyond that, sadly, we only have a hazy picture of what they truly mean to Cupertino. We do not learn about them in textbooks, nor are their stories touted...

Keeping costumes clean

Keeping costumes clean

Stephanie Chang

November 2, 2011

There is a very fine line between a costume that is just risque and one that is risking it all. For Halloween, a bedsheet with two holes for costumes used to be enough to get candy. Nowadays, though, we see costumes that become increasingly skimpy. Less is not more. This is an issue that has weighed on the minds of many studen...

Devil’s Advocate

Devil’s Advocate

Smitha Gundavajhala

October 12, 2011

      It would be foolish to say that we are not smart. We have some of the highest scores, as recent rankings indicate, and we are incredibly dedicated and hardworking. But what students fail to anticipate are the many other realities awaiting us in the future: living on our own, clea...

Safety in numbers

Safety in numbers

Smitha Gundavajhala

October 6, 2011

Wednesday morning, Cupertino was catapulted into the headlines. The Lehigh Cement Factory shooting jolted citizens out of their shells of security. Everyone had one question on their minds.What happened to our utopia? We have always joked around about the “Cupertino Bubble,” how this force field...

ELD teaching workshops are nothing to hide

ELD teaching workshops are nothing to hide

Smitha Gundavajhala

September 24, 2011

As we all must know by now, our teachers are attending workshops this week about improving academic language. Or so we’ve been told. The reality of this school’s academic imperfection is inconsistent with the facade that administration has promoted. This is unnecessary and even detrimental to solving the problem. Illustration by Smitha Gun...

Infinite Uselessness

Infinite Uselessness

Smitha Gundavajhala

September 21, 2011

Infinite Campus is not worth the hype. We students were made to believe that this change would shake the foundations of this school from the earth upon it rests—but instead, we get a small button beneath the School Loop link on the MVHS homepage, and 2600 extra sheets of yellow paper dedicated to giving...