El Estoque

Teachers being pushed out of the comfort zone

Physics and chemistry teacher Julie Choi poses at her graduation ceremony.

Tyler Cho and Claire Wen

September 26, 2019

Teachers share how they overcame their reserved personalities

New faces fill old shoes

Attendance technician Supriya Lawrence sits at her desk in the main office. Lawrence had previously worked as a librarian for an elementary school before coming to MV. Photo credit Andrea Perng.

Andrea Perng and Tyler Cho

September 1, 2018

or assistant principal Janice Chen, it was the thrill of coming back to her alma mater, to the place where she had begged for rides to lunch outings, where she had sweated bullets competing on the volleyball team. It was her graduation ceremony, with the warm sun glaring into her eyes and beating down ...

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Copy and Paste: analyzing the cheating behavior at MVHS

Nathan Stevens

March 10, 2018

We’ve all had those weeks. The weeks where it feels like there’s a test in each period, where it feels like every teacher forgot students have other classes, where it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. But we do. And after the dust settles and we get a moment to ...

What you never knew: Secrets of MVHS staff

Maggie McCormick

January 29, 2018

Check out these answers to the crossword puzzle on page 32 of El Estoque’s January issue. ...

Professor Pedro Noguera gives equity presentation for staff

Professor Pedro Noguera listens to superintendent Polly Bove introduce him to MVHS faculty. Noguera came to MVHS by request of Polly Bove to speak on equity in the classroom. Photo by Om Khandekar.

Priya Reddy

September 22, 2017

At 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, groups of teachers stood crowded around tables of coffee and bagels chatting. They moved within their friend groups not unlike the students that would later stand around the academic quad in their own groups. As the 7:30 a.m. bell rang out, the staff began to file in...

How adults cope with student stress

Mr. Prinz sits on the couch in his room. Photo by Om Khandekar

Priya Reddy

September 13, 2017

is first few years at MVHS were stressful. The toll of working with students who shared their fears and stresses with him resulted in a trip to the emergency room with heart pains and a realization regarding his mental health.   “I think what it was telling me was that I needed to be,” MVHS student advocate ...

Man in the mirror: kids are losing their childhoods too quickly

Man in the mirror: kids are losing their childhoods too quickly

Nathan Stevens

May 30, 2017

t all starts with a phone. We see kids around us texting, snapchatting and posting on Instagram, all with their phones, so we want one too. Then one day we look up from our new phones and everyone around us is using laptops to write papers and watch Netflix and so again, we want a laptop too. There w...

Students win in the student-teacher dodgeball game for Celebration Week

Students win in the student-teacher dodgeball game for Celebration Week

Jady Wei

May 1, 2015

On Monday, April 25, the first school wide event of Celebration Week kicked off with the lunchtime student-staff dodgeball game. In the 50 minute time period, five rounds were played, each totalling three minutes, with extra time in between games for strategic brainstorming and reposing. After winning...

A closer look at the real problem when it comes to dirty dancing

Ankita Tejwani

September 26, 2012

Freaking is acceptable ― but only if you do it the right way. Freaking has always been controversial at MVHS, but in the battle between students and administration, a major group is discountedó the teachers. Let's be honest: students aren't going to stop freaking any time soon. But that is...