El Estoque

Just teach it

Just teach it

Helen Chao and Claire Wen

September 27, 2018


Filed under OPINION

As the school year begins, some students find themselves in a panic. They’ve completed their back-to-school shopping: fluorescent highlighters and squeaky-clean erasers are packed away, but there’s one thing that hasn’t gone perfectly to plan: the schedule they’re holding in their hands. Whether...

Behind the desk

Behind the desk

Shuvi Jha and Swara Tewari

May 23, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, From the magazine, Print

Senior Gokul Pillai stood in the shadowy recesses of the backstage, squinting into the bright lights. He looked into the vast audience — his friends and family members cheering wildly. A part of him couldn’t believe that Spotlite 2018, the annual show hosted by the Indo-American Student Association...

From teacher to friend

From teacher to friend

Ria Kolli

May 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

During her freshman year, sophomore Neha Balusu decided to search up her elementary and middle school teachers on her Facebook. Without hesitating, she pressed “send friend request,” hoping that she could continue keep in touch with her favorite teachers. “I don’t really care if they see what I ...

A day without seniors

A day without seniors

Jai Uparkar

April 11, 2018


Filed under A closer look, Around Campus, BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, NEWS, Uncategorized

enior ditch day is an unofficial American rite of passage, a day that allows seniors to escape the daily stresses of school. Although the day is centered around seniors, it also affects teachers. MVHS financial specialist, Calvin Wong, did not participate in senior ditch day when he was a senior at MVHS in 1...

The effect of School Loop’s absence on teachers and students

The effect of School Loop’s absence on teachers and students

Jai Uparkar

January 16, 2018


Filed under Around Campus, Education, Local, NEWS

chool Loop was down from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8 for all students in FUHSD, catching students and teachers off guard, who depended on School Loop for their final first semester grades and homework assignments. FUHSD is usually allerted about School Loop’s maintenance schedule beforehand, but this time there...

The art of perseverance: Three teachers share their passion for extreme hobbies

The art of perseverance: Three teachers share their passion for extreme hobbies

Swara Tewari

November 17, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Features, Special

rench teacher Sarah Finck vividly remembers skiing down the slopes of Massachusetts as a child. She remembers the snowy landscape blurring into a mass of white, the cold mountain air whipping against her face. She remembers the exhilaration she felt, the rush and excitement. But most of all, she remem...

Professor Pedro Noguera gives equity presentation for staff

Professor Pedro Noguera gives equity presentation for staff

Priya Reddy

September 22, 2017


Filed under NEWS

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

How adults cope with student stress

Priya Reddy

September 13, 2017


Filed under NEWS

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 ...

A change in routine

A change in routine

Charlotte Chui and Shuvi Jha

August 26, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

he first thing students notice when entering room B205 is not the teacher, the whiteboard or the projector, but the pictures, all neatly and strategically arranged to cover each nook and cranny of all four walls. There is absolutely no white space to be seen, having long been overpowered by a multitu...

Are students are avoiding classes because of teachers?

Are students are avoiding classes because of teachers?

Claire Yang

August 18, 2017


Filed under OPINION

unior Jeffery Yang stared at his four-year high school course plan on the computer screen in dismay, contemplating whether he should rewrite his plan for classes in senior year. After barely scraping through Chemistry Honors in sophomore year, he decided against taking the risk of getting the sa...

Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Michelle Wong

April 17, 2017


Filed under Books, ENTERTAINMENT, Print, Print entertainment

Co-written by Ananya Bhat Catcher in the Rye British Literature teacher Randy Holaday "My sister and my dad really liked it so I had really high expectations for the book, and it just wasn’t for me. It was too modern and too, frankly, stupid. I couldn’t see the connections between it and my own experiences. And I...