The Californian

‘Shrek the Halls’ Movie Review

‘Shrek the Halls’ Movie Review

Brandon Victoriano, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017

T’was the night before Shrekmas, when, all through the swamp, comes your favorite cast of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and the rest of the gang! This famous cinematic masterpiece follows the story of Shrek celebrating his first Christmas. Just like an onion, this film has several layers, exploring themes...

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Movie Review

Mason Allen, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017

Christmas is here again and while some might enjoy spending time their typical American Family, I’d rather spend time the Griswalds, and their adventure doesn’t end at Wally World. That’s evident if you’ve seen the 1989 Classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly...

Students kneel as a form of protest

Students kneel as a form of protest

Anne Syed, Staff Writer

November 7, 2017

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s form of protest has inspired various high school students in the Bay Area to follow his lead and express their own beliefs. At the beginning of August 2016, Kaepernick made the decision to kneel during the National Anthem to fight against...

Should Americans be allowed to take a knee during the National Anthem?

Should Americans be allowed to take a knee during the National Anthem?

Siena Sharpe and Tyler Peck

November 7, 2017

YES Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A time comes where silence is betrayal.”  In a time where racial prejudice and oppression of specific groups are on the rise, King’s words encourage those with a voice to reach out and take a stand for others.   In 2016, former San Franci...

Senior reflects about struggle with anxiety

Emma Hall, A&E Editor and Online Administator

October 2, 2017

My life is a lot more than just GPA, test scores, and my high school transcript.  That’s the valuable lesson  I learned by the end of my sophomore year.  I have had chronic anxiety since as long as I could remember. And with the combination of my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder),...

Teachers implement meditation in class

Teachers implement meditation in class

Sam Campopiano, Staff Writer

October 2, 2017

As 30 nervous students walk into Scott Hodges’ AP US History class on a test day, they sit down, take out a pencil, and close their eyes.   Hodges then leads his students through a calming, five minute meditation.  This routine is not only being used by Hodges but also by other teachers...

Suicide rates among teens increasing

Vidhima Shetty and Jasmine Wu

October 2, 2017

Over the years, teen suicide rates have been on the rise and it is important for students to become better informed about the subject, especially since September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens, according to the Centers of Disease Control...

Poor mental health is an ongoing issue the school is addressing

Siena Sharpe, Staff Writer

October 2, 2017

Cal High is making an effort to destigmatize the subject of mental health by spreading awareness among high schoolers. For some teenagers, mental issues such as anxiety, depression and stress consume their daily lives, making it difficult to focus on school work and social activities.  Other...

Art makes memories with project

Art makes memories with project

Ariel Chow, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

Art is not only a way for people to express themselves, but it’s also a way to give back to people and spread kindness. This past month, 11 students from Art 3 and AP Art have participated in the Memory Project to learn about different cultures and help children in other parts of the world feel...

Cal choir jazzes it up

Ilene Morrisette, A&E Editor

May 15, 2017

Cal High has a new choir, and  it’s pretty jazzy. Started at the beginning of the school year, the choir currently consists of 14 people.  The jazz choir will join the school’s other choral programs tonight for a farewell concert in the theater from 6-9 p.m. The jazz choir was...