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...

Next in the Spotlight

Next in the Spotlight

Gauri Kaushik

May 22, 2019

s sophomore Naomi Yin filed into the black box theater along with her fellow drama students during tutorial on May 10, her jaw dropped in surprise when she was met not only by their long-term substitute teacher Jeffrey Adams, but also by Principal Ben Clausnitzer and her World Literature teacher Hannah...

Supporting the staff

Supporting the staff

Brian Xu

October 24, 2018

The turning point of now history teacher Scott Victorine’s first career occurred as he was eating lunch at his former law firm. As a paralegal in immigration law, Victorine was overwhelmed with stress. He sat staring at his lunchbox one hectic day and he decided he needed to find another career path. ...

New faces fill old shoes

New faces fill old shoes

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 ...

The learning never stops

The learning never stops

Jai Uparkar

August 23, 2017

he bell rings, signaling the beginning of Jessica Zahn’s French 3 class. Her students file in, their murmurs filling the room. Walking into room B212 is Math teacher Jon Stark, having used one of his prep periods for his class with Ms. Zahn. He’s taken her class for his language-learning journey t...

A new start for Madame Zahn

A new start for Madame Zahn

Alyssa Hui

August 18, 2017

fter spending four years teaching at an international school in Boise, Idaho, new French teacher Janissa Zahn decided to start a new chapter in her life 680 miles away in Cupertino. Her family had always loved the West Coast, and she and her husband had been looking for a job for a while. So when sh...

Lost: Library books

Lost: Library books

Andy Tu

January 26, 2016

Additional reporting by Ankit Dua ooks are checked out and returned everyday. But what happens to those books that mysteriously disappear and never show up? Library media teacher Laura Utile tells us what happens to lost books and the consequences students face when they do lose a book. F...

Students create artwork of their teachers

Students create artwork of their teachers

Hannan Waliullah

November 19, 2015

lthough students are busy and often complain about the workload that teachers give, during their occasional time off, some take the time to create artwork for their teachers. The artwork of teachers ranges from photoshopping movie posters to creating abstract drawings. Regardless of whether the create...

Who are we? Teachers’ favorite childhood memories

Who are we? Teachers’ favorite childhood memories

Fatima Ali

September 8, 2015

ver wondered what crazy adventures your teachers had back when they were your age? Sometimes the “back in my day” stories can get old, but on occasion, we come across duels in forests, 5 a.m. ice-hockey practices, and water balloons thrown out of moving cars. Click on the audio to hear four teacher...

Kira Williams produces a well balanced relationship between passion and work

Kira Williams produces a well balanced relationship between passion and work

Vanessa Qin

October 23, 2014

Last year, Kira Williams spent five months out of the school year as a substitute teacher at MVHS. Her most memorable experience teaching was with MVHS photography teacher Tyler Cripe’s class. Within the six weeks at the beginning of the year and eight weeks at the end of the year that William sta...

MVHS’s financial priority needs to return to education

MVHS’s financial priority needs to return to education

Nathan Desai

September 4, 2012

Amazing things are happening at MVHS. For the first time ever, our field has lights, there are plans to renovate the library and we will finally get to host a Homecoming football game that is actually at home. MVHS is starting to fit in with the rest of the Silicon Valley with its new high-tech and modern...