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by Vivek Chotai, MHS Student Board Representative
On March 1, I had the privilege of participating in Joseph Weller Elementary School’s annual “Read Across Weller” event, where community members are invited to read books to students on Dr. Seuss day. My day started off with reading “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!” by Dr. Seuss to a group of first graders for my first group. The first graders were very excited, constantly interrupting the story with bursts of laughter, and telling stories of their own. Although we did not get to finish the book, the students enjoyed the experience (even more than me!) and were especially amused by a picture of Miss Bonkers kissing the principal, Mr. Lowe, on the forehead.
My second group included another cluster of first graders, who had heard the hysterical laughter from my previous group, wanting to read the same book. These students were particularly interested in the pictures, and noticed details that even I had not seen. Again, the picture of Miss Bonkers kissing Mr. Lowe’s forehead was a popular page, where the students pointed out Mr. Lowe’s shoes had fallen off as a result of his shock and happiness.
My last group was inside a classroom, where the students seemed introverted and patiently quiet. However, after bargaining with them to reveal their names in exchange for the knowledge of my name AND favorite color, the children were more comfortable and talkative. By the end of my twenty minute reading, I was surrounded by students hugging me with all their might, pleading that I come in as their substitute teacher the next day, to which I replied, “It’s Saturday tomorrow!”
I had a wonderful time interacting with Weller’s first graders. I hope to participate in this event again next year.
Eleven classes ranging from kindergarten to firth grade participated in the San Jose Sharks Sticks in Hands program on February 25. They set up an inflatable rink in the front parking lots of the school, provided all the necessary gear, instructed students about safety, and how to play street hockey -- for free! This P.E. takeover style event is created around a safe, non-competitive experience. At the end of the day, the Sharks left behind a complete set of street hockey gear (sticks, balls and goals) to allow staff to continue hockey instruction through the year.
by PaulJunver Soriano, MHS student
Current Milpitas High School Trojans welcomed the newest members of their family, the Class of 2023 on January 30. Students volunteered to tour the upcoming freshmen around the MHS campus in order to familiarize them with their future home for the next four years. They also hosted presentations to provide insight on the life of a high school student, and games to break the ice. In the end, both volunteers and eight-grade students had fun and a chance to bond with each other, providing unity between students of Russell and Rancho middle schools and MHS.
Article and photos by Vivek Chotai, MUSD Student Board Representative
Ari Philip from Sinnott won this year's district spelling bee against 14 other elementary students with the final word "pectoral" on January 15 at Rose Elementary School. Katie Yu from Weller followed for second place and Jadon Tran from Rose placed third. Philip and Yu are advancing to the Santa Clara County Office of Education's fourth annual County Spelling Bee on March 16.
Other participants included Aditi Nair (Pomeroy), Abhay Raghavendra (Pomeroy), Surabhi Kar (Pomeroy), Brianna Nguyen (Rose), Amruta Joshi (Rose), Manav Rana (Sinnott), Parnika Sadhu (Sinnott), Namit Jain (Weller), Pauline Quebengco (Weller), Joshua Chang (Zanker), Daksh Sharma (Zanker), and Daniel Xu (Zanker).
Overall, the students had an impressive vocabulary, with over 300 words tested.
Here’s a feel of some of the words the students were able to spell correctly:
Here are some of the words that eliminated this year’s contestants:
The Milpitas Xtreme Robotics (MXR) club at Milpitas High School represented the community on February 16 during the VEX Robotics Competition, becoming semifinalists and winning the Sportsmanship Award at the event.
"It was our first year competing in VEX, and we are incredibly proud to have earned this victory," said Chloe Wang, President of Milpitax Xtreme Robotics. "Even though it may not be a first place trophy, we were able to learn, do well, and give our members and others an unforgettable experience - therefore, it was definitely a victory for us."
Editor's Note: Chloe Wang wrote the following article about the team's recent accomplishments and upcoming efforts.
Milpitas Xtreme Robotics (MXR) is the official robotics club of Milpitas High, which means that we have a huge impact on the Milpitas youth, and are helping to grow Silicon Valley’s next generation of engineers. We strive to give our members opportunities to wet their feet, develop their passions in STEM, explore new experiences in a welcoming community, and create amazing memories by applying what they learned in the classroom as they bring ideas and designs to life.
One of our goals this year is to continue our outreach into the elementary and middle schools of Milpitas, in order to provide this opportunity to younger students that may be interested in STEM and robotics. While this has been a goal of ours for a few years, we haven’t been able to achieve much until this year. Milpitas Xtreme Robotics is proud to say that we have successfully kicked off outreach for younger grades.
In the 2018- 2019 school year, we organized many events and programs. MXR hosted a presentation at Joseph Weller Elementary, to start a conversation about robotics, and increase interest through an informative lecture, and an open floor to questions. Adding onto this, we also helped Rancho Dons Middle School create and organize their own robotics club, 3rr0r Robotics, to spark a passion for robotics and STEM at a young age. One of our bigger and ongoing programs is the Milpitas Xtreme Robotics Pomeroy Program. It’s a 9-week afterschool course at Marshal Pomeroy Elementary, in which 20+ students from different grade levels are guided through the basics of building and programming robots, and get to create their very own robot. In the future, we hope to speak with more elementary students, as well as aid Thomas Russel Middle School in creating a robotics club to call their own.
One of our biggest upcoming events is our MXR Intra- Club Competition, a tournament-style competition in which small teams from within our club are challenged to build robots that can earn points through the completion of different tasks. Our entire club is working hard to make this event a success, from finding sponsors to coordinating details to building the competing robots. We hope to make the MXR Intra-Club Competition an exciting and memorable night full of new experiences for the whole community, and we want you to help make that happen. Our Intra-Club Competition will be held on Friday, May 24th (6:00 pm - 9:00 PM). We invite everyone, of all ages, to come to explore STEM and see the amazing creations that it results in, and to cheer our teams on. Join us in experiencing the thrill of robotics!