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Students celebrate International Women’s Day

Students celebrate International Women’s Day

Chetana Ramaiyer

March 9, 2017

t’s lunchtime at MVHS on March 8. Like any other day, students are sprawled all over the school. It’s not obvious at first. Looking a little closer, however, it becomes clear that many students happen to be wearing the color red. This is no coincidence. Though some may have worn it by c...

There’s no place like home: Student Homelessness in the Silicon Valley

There’s no place like home: Student Homelessness in the Silicon Valley

Chetana Ramaiyer

February 9, 2017

conomics Teacher Pete Pelkey knocks his fists on the compact student desk, imitating the sound of the police interrupting his sleep as they tapped on his car window late at night. They would make him get out of his car, roll up his sleeves and check for track marks. Finding no evidence of heroin use,...

Things I wish I could do in my life

Things I wish I could do in my life

Chetana Ramaiyer

February 9, 2017

VHS offers a wide variety of courses that gear towards students’ interests and career choices. But many students have other dreams that aren’t necessarily things they could learn in school. For this week, we went around campus asking student what they would do if they could do anything. Whether...

Students and staff share their resolutions for 2017

Students and staff share their resolutions for 2017

Nathan Stevens

January 10, 2017

s 2016 comes to a close and the new year begins, many people are taking part in the long-standing tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Scroll down to see how people at MVHS are starting off 2017 with a change for the better. ...

Holiday week: Students model ugly sweaters

Holiday week: Students model ugly sweaters

Michelle Wong

December 5, 2016

n preparation for the winter season, MVHS leadership organized Holiday Week, which ran from November 28 - December 2. Each day of the week had a different theme and winter activity. For Thursday, the theme of the day was ugly Christmas sweaters. Keep scrolling to see some of the sweaters students wore...

Off the grid: Why students pretend they live within district boundaries

Off the grid: Why students pretend they live within district boundaries

Michelle Wong

October 21, 2016

ll students are entitled to their education. The Constitution itself protects a childís right to have equal access to it. But when it comes to where students get their education from, this is where problems begin to arise. Because of students having a strong desire for the best education they can a...

The legacies that teachers have left behind

The legacies that teachers have left behind

Michelle Wong

October 5, 2016

t's still the same room: the same chairs, the same desks, the same computers. But something feels different. Something is missing. That is what sophomore Isha Chakraborty felt as she walked along the hallway in front of A111, where she had expected to see the usual coffee sign on the door. Chakrab...

How to calm down before an audition

How to calm down before an audition

Sara Entezarmahdi

September 22, 2016

Coauthored by Emma Lam Beyond the humor and drama of the curtains at the MVHS theatre, there lies a less peppy, more tense crowd. There stands an array of students, both excited and nervous. Some pace back and forth, talking to themselves — some recite their lines to groups, looking for feedback...

Art department: Shelton and students bring art to Blackberry Farm

Art department: Shelton and students bring art to Blackberry Farm

Becca Zheng

September 8, 2016

Correction (Sept. 9): A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the names of Natalia Nguyen, Elizaveta Zhukova and Zinnia Sahaqa. own a steep path, in the heart of Blackberry Farm, MVHS students discover a new artistic environment. Art teacher Jay Shelton brought his Art 2 class to the nearb...

Seniors dress up at this year’s Olympic themed Welcome Back Dance

Seniors dress up at this year’s Olympic themed Welcome Back Dance

Bhargava Matta

August 23, 2016

ith flashing lights, waving flags, roaring music and poppy outfits, the Welcome Back Dance was loud and lively as students followed the theme: the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 2016 Welcome Back Dance was colorful with students wearing bright and flashy colors to embrace the theme. Class officers decided that stude...

Celebrating Moms: Being their own teacher

Celebrating Moms: Being their own teacher

Anjana Melvin

May 7, 2016

Co-reported by Tyler Lin and Justin Kim Being a mother is never easy, but sometimes interacting with kids everyday can help make the experience a little less intimidating. Being a mom can also help teachers gain a little more perspective on the minds of students. In light of Mother’s Day, we asked...

How Do You Feel: Movies in the classroom

How Do You Feel: Movies in the classroom

Tal Marom

December 12, 2015

n the modern day classroom, one challenge that teachers are virtually always confronted by is keeping students engaged. Whether by organizing games or assigning group projects, it seems that our teachers are always trying to find new methods to keep us interested. Among the most widely used methods i...