The School Newspaper for California High School, San Ramon CA

Experiencing a day with special ed students

Experiencing a day with special ed students

Patrick Retting, Staff Writer
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Cal High has more than 2,500 students and enrollment numbers are projected to grow in the coming years. At The Californian we try to highlight the talents and skills of our entire student body.Unfortunately, groups of students can sometimes be forgotten. One of Cal’s least recognized programs is Spe... Read more »

School cellphone policy is outdated

Staff Editorial
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Technology has greatly impacted education in recent years.In fact, 74 percent of educators surveyed said technology is key to helping them expand on classroom content, according to a 2013 nationwide PBS survey.This opinion is not unfounded, as studies consistently show that students who use technology... Read more »

Letter to the Editor

Susan Varela
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Editor – I am writing to express my concerns regarding the latest issue of The Californian.I understand that censorship is an issue, with the newspaper, but I am writing to express my concerns with the portrayal of  Quentin Tarantino.Although the article regarding “The Hateful Eight” was we... Read more »

Voting age should not be lowered to 16

Staff Editorial
March 15, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Eighteen is an age of independence. Eighteen year olds can serve on a jury, marry, and have a voice, however small, in the government and future of the nation.Recently, 16 and 17 year olds have also been advocating for the right to vote.According to The Sacramento Bee, a potential addition to Cal... Read more »

The vaccine for California’s anti-vaxxers

Kat LeTran, Staff Writer
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Last summer, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277, a law that now makes vaccines mandatory for all students attending public or private schools, regardless of personal beliefs or religious reasons.Failure to comply to this mandate will result in a loss of the State Constitutional right to... Read more »

Death to the death penalty

Death to the death penalty

MacKenzie Brown, Staff Writer
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Lethal injection. Lethal gas. Electrocution. Hanging. Burned at the stake.  These are all current or former ways to be legally killed in America.In 2016 alone, 28 inmates were executed. Two were executed in Florida, five in Georgia, six in Missouri, one in Oklahoma, and 13 in Texas (including one... Read more »

Right minimum wage is no minimum wage

Jon Dadgari and Noah Thompson
March 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion

The minimum wage has been a huge topic of discussion for decades. Arguments have gone back and forth as to why the minimum wage should be raised, lowered, or even exist at all.The controversy has also been a major talking point for many presidential hopefuls. Both of the leading Democrats, Hillary... Read more »

New homework policy is not working so far

Staff Editorial, Editor
February 8, 2016
Filed under Editorial

Students have been rapidly evolving into a competitive species seeking more knowledge and success. Especially in high school, the drive to seek higher education has been accompanied by adapting teachers who unload piles of assignments onto students.According to the San Ramon Valley Unified School... Read more »

It’s OK for teachers to share political beliefs

Staff Editorial, Editor
February 8, 2016
Filed under Editorial

With the 2016 elections coming later this year, almost everyone is talking about who they want to vote for as the next president of the United States. It’s not uncommon for teachers to share their political opinions and discuss who they want to vote for with their students.Some argue that teachers... Read more »

Should we have stricter gun control laws?

Should we have stricter gun control laws?

Patrick Rettig and Noah Thompson
February 8, 2016
Filed under Opinion

YesPatrick RettigThe United States has always been a nation based on a certain number of unalienable Rights. My favorite is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.But our rights are literally being held at gunpoint by the Republican Party and the National Rifle Association.They wish to preserve... Read more »