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Technique en pointe: Barrett’s decade-long dance journey

Sydney Fung, Staff Writer March 6, 2022

At eleven years old, Luke Barrett’s ballet teacher teaches him a skill more challenging than anything he’s ever done before. It’s a 540 jump – three full rotations in the air, landing back on the...

Mandarin, mathematics, and endless crafting

Mandarin, mathematics, and endless crafting

Olivia Velasco, Staff Writer March 5, 2022

Teaching Mandarin, Geometry, Calculus, and AP Calculus AB classes simultaneously keeps Jennifer Chiu busy.  “It keeps me on my toes, I will say that and it definitely makes me not complacent,”...

Threats of violence on campus reveal school-wide anxiety and confusion

Threats of violence on campus reveal school-wide anxiety and confusion

Danie Robledo, a social science and AVID teacher, said she felt like she was playing a “game of mental calculus” when she received an email about a threat of violence in the district on Jan. 7. “It...

BSU shares how they celebrated Black History Month

BSU shares how they celebrated Black History Month

Ella Persky, Staff Writer March 2, 2022

The Black Student Union reformed this school year, after a year-long hiatus due to distance learning, and is back on track!  Co-President and senior Lydie Kizungu said that she decided to bring back...

Quarantine diaries: students reflect on lockdown

Quarantine diaries: students’ reflect on lockdown

Olivia Velasco February 9, 2022

With the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in the past month, we interviewed spartans about their experiences in quarantine. Courtesy of Raman. “I watched lots of TV and I would FaceTime friends a lot....

The eyes have it: self-expression above the mask

The eyes have it: self-expression above the mask

Sydney Fung February 4, 2022

As the indoor mask mandate in California persists, we spoke to students about how they use makeup to express the features above their masks: their eyes. Senior Francesca Finch “A look that I’ve...

Photo courtesy of Allison Huang

Lights, camera, action: Berg leads her students to the stage

Ella Persky January 27, 2022

After two years, The Spartan Theatre Company returned to the stage with two sold- out performances of “Sense and Sensibility.” Elizabeth Berg, the director behind it all, said she was delighted with...

International to MVHS: Two transfer students’ journeys

International to MVHS: Two transfer students’ journeys

Max Zonana January 13, 2022

As a record number of students transferred to MVHS this school year, Oracle profiled two international students, Junior Giulianna GarciaBueno and Senior Vishnu Darsan. Giulianna GarciaBueno's...

Dr. McHenry learns everywhere he goes

Dr. McHenry learns everywhere he goes

Hayes Duenow January 6, 2022

Passport in hand, Dr. Paul McHenry steps off of the plane and arrives in London on his very first trip abroad. He’s overwhelmed by all of the new smells, signs, and details around him; even the water...

States eviction moratorium ends, stressing need for community aid

State’s eviction moratorium ends, stressing need for community aid

Julia Gentin December 10, 2021

Junior Miguel Jimenez said his household received an eviction notice in the first week of November. Jimenez, who lives with his aunt, great-grandmother, and brother, immediately began looking for alternative...

Photo story: Freestyle showcases art in downtown Los Altos

Photo story: Freestyle showcases art in downtown Los Altos

Hayes Duenow November 29, 2021

From November 5 to 15, downtown Los Altos showcased Freestyle students' artwork in the windows of local businesses. Here are some of their pieces! Ava Bennett: Digital Watercolor and PaintingNatalie...

Photo by Kabir Chaudhry.

Q&A: students on celebrating Diwali

Max Zonana November 12, 2021

This year, celebrations for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, began on November 2, with the main day of festivities taking place on November 4 and the new year falling on November 6. Diwali is the celebration...

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