The Stampede

High school graduation: is it really an accomplishment?

Shea Cummings, Staff Writer

March 26, 2015

It happens every year, and people everywhere around the world come together to celebrate it. What could it possibly be? No, not a holiday, it’s high school graduation. Here in Danville, California, friends, parents, grandparents, uncles, and second and third cousins twice removed all come together...

#DanvilleKids

#DanvilleKids

Fatima Ali, CC Spin Editor

March 26, 2015

Residents of Danville drive Maseratis, wear Free People and Lululemon clothing, and live in luxurious homes in affluent neighborhoods. How often do we stop to think about how fortunate our lives in Danville are? Whether it be the well-funded beautiful campus of Monte Vista High school, or the geographical...

Plight of the test taker

Plight of the test taker

Reilly Olson, Op/Ed Editor

March 26, 2015

As the wave of stress washes over this year’s juniors regarding the start of SAT/ACT testing season, many are considering the possibility of taking the test multiple times. Does this statistically hold an advantage for those wishing to do so? Results are mixed. According to College Board, the official...

What makes or breaks a teacher?

Christian Berger, Staff Writer

March 26, 2015

“It’s not my fault; the teacher just can’t teach.” Whether it be after a bad grade or a hard lesson, I myself am guilty of uttering this age-old excuse, and you would be hard-pressed to find students who haven’t. But what criteria must be met for a teacher to be classified as “good”? Some...

#Throwback: How would you improve MV?

February 18, 2015

What improvements do current MV students think should be brought to our school? Ryan Motter 12 “More dodgeball weeks”   Alex Wood 10 “Return the 3 million dollars for the parking lot.” “Move the school to a location with less traffic.” “I want a restaurant right across th...

Life skills ignored?

Melody Schwartz, Senior Staff Writer

February 18, 2015

An education should involve learning life skills that a person will carry with them after college in order to navigate relationships and careers and be a well-rounded, successful person. Though high school and college is excellent in teaching many valuable skills, schools don’t teach many necessary...

New school calendar

Danny Balough, Sports Editor

February 18, 2015

The first day of school ranks among one of the most important days of the year, and recently that day has been a topic for change. Traditionally in the US school has started in the first week in September. Overtime this began to change and start dates were moved into both the end of August and mid-September. In...

Second semester senior

Second semester senior

Zaran Baha, Senior Staff Writer

February 18, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Seniors in high schools across the nation have caught one of the final stages of the extremely contagious illness known as senioritis: the second semester senior. Monte Vista is home to what seems to be a countless number of victims of the wide spread illness, and can be found lingering...

Should homework be optional?

Should homework be optional?

Alyssa Sodell, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015

Almost every student hates homework.  The ‘extra practice’ sheets and assignments from books keep us up well past midnight.  Homework is time consuming, stressful, and often feels similar to busy work. It should be optional for students that need extra practice or feel they benefit from it. From...

Charlie Hebdo shooting creates strong impact on our Muslim students

Charlie Hebdo shooting creates strong impact on our Muslim students

Fatima Ali, CC Spin Editor

February 18, 2015

“Ever since a small portion of “Muslims” have been attacking others, it has been extremely hard to live life as a Muslim, especially as a Muslim teenager,” Shyaan Khan, president of the Muslim Student Association said. “The media is constantly twisting our religion and portraying it as everything...

Block schedule has its benefits

Block schedule has its benefits

Christian Berger, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015

Considering Monte Vista’s high rankings in areas such as safety, academics, and athletics, we should definitely offer more flexible scheduling options for students. This can be done by giving students the option of a blocked schedule—in other words, having pairs of classes every other day for...

Should students meditate?

Should students meditate?

Maddie Dailey, Staff Writer

February 18, 2015

Here at Monte Vista the halls are constantly echoing with complaints about not enough sleep and too much stress. Could meditation solve our problems? It is typical for teens in our generation to have altered sleep patterns, usually not for the better. “Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep...