The Californian

Is this really the start of the school year or just an extended summer with homework?

Participation has been hard to do over a virtual platform.

Nick Harvey and Isabelle Coburn

August 28, 2020

Cal High students and staff returned to school earlier this month just as they have done in previous years with one major change - school is entirely remote. After the San Ramon Unified School District Board of Education unanimously voted on July 16 to start the school year remotely because of the...

Wildfires ravaging California as Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency

Smoke from the fires have covered skies like fog.

Sabrina Contreras, Features Editor

August 24, 2020

California’s fire season unfortunately got a head start this year thanks to an extreme heat wave and unseasonal thunderstorms.  Around 12,000 dry lightning strikes struck over a 72 hour period starting Aug. 15, causing fires to spark up all over the Bay Area and throughout Northern California.  There...

Upperclassmen create a virtual peer tutoring space for Cal students

Tutors are offering one-on-one tutoring for students during after school hours.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

August 16, 2020

Coming to Cal High on Aug. 24 - a team of peer tutors looking to change how students learn for the better.  This group, known as Educore, will offer one-on-one virtual tutoring for any student who signs up through their website. “[We want] to ensure every student gets the help they need...

Anonymous Cal student posts racist comment during class on the first day of school

The beginning of the 2020-2021 remote school year has brought forth a new set of challenges that Cal staff and students alike have to face.

Angela Deanne Paloma and Ronnie Gogoi

August 14, 2020

Cal High was once again attacked by an anonymous act of racism when a student submitted a racist comment in a virtual lesson on, of all days, the first day of school. In a letter emailed to the school community Thursday afternoon, Principal Megan Keefer wrote that a student posted, “I wish...all...

Bay Area residents speak out against environmental racism, police brutality at Chevron world headquarters

Bay Area residents speak out against environmental racism, police brutality at Chevron world headquarters

Nick Harvey

July 21, 2020

Bay Area residents marched to protest environmental racism at Chevron’s world headquarters in San Ramon on July 11. A flyer distributed by protesters defines environmental racism as “the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards in communities of color”. The goal of the protest was...

School board trustees change their minds – students to return fully remote

School board trustees change their minds - students to return fully remote

Christine Oh, News Editor

July 16, 2020

Two days after deciding to send students back to school on a hybrid learning model, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education reversed course and revised its plan for reopening to a full remote, block schedule during Thursday night’s meeting. The unanimous 5-0 decision, live-streamed...

District’s Board of Education unanimously votes to start school year with hybrid learning

District's Board of Education unanimously votes to start school year with hybrid learning

Christine Oh, News Editor

July 14, 2020

Students will return to school on a hybrid in-person and remote learning plan on Aug. 11, the district’s Board of Education unanimously decided during its Tuesday meeting which was live-streamed on the district’s YouTube channel. The motion for hybrid learning was carried 5-0 among the five San...

San Ramon Police Department bans carotid restraint in aftermath of George Floyd’s death

San Ramon Police Department bans carotid restraint in aftermath of George Floyd’s death

Nick Harvey

July 2, 2020

The San Ramon Police Department has officially banned the use of carotid restraints in the aftermath of nationwide protests reacting to the death of George Floyd. “Effective immediately, the San Ramon Police Department has banned the use of the carotid restraint,” wrote San Ramon police Chief...

San Ramon community protests SRVUSD spending and issues with remote learning

A group of SRVUSD parents and students sat outside of the district office on June 23 to protest.

Nick Harvey, Opinon Editor

June 27, 2020

San Ramon Unified School District parents organized a sit-in protest on Tuesday in front of the district office before the Board of Education meeting to show both their opposition to management raises and support for allowing students to return to campus in the fall. Approximately 75 individuals showed...

District board supports students returning to campus full time in the fall

District board supports students returning to campus full time in the fall

Christine Oh, News Editor

June 24, 2020

Students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District will return to campus full-time in August if the school board has its way. The district’s Board of Education said it unanimously supports having students on campus for a full-time in-person schedule during Tuesday night’s meeting streamed...