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Substitute teacher Annalise Downey the day’s lesson plan while substituting for an English class.

Pandemic worsens substitute shortage

Abhinav Purohit, Staff Writer November 29, 2021

When no substitute teacher showed up for sophomore Derek Ono’s English class in October, Ono didn’t know what he and his classmates would do. The class stayed in the room until their teacher finally...

A Cal High student throws away vegetables from his lunch after exiting the commons.

Free lunches cause students to waste more uneaten food

Anirud Lappathi, Staff Writer November 29, 2021

The district’s transition from paid to free lunches has helped many students financially, but it is causing schools to see more wasted food in their trash cans. “Now [students are] not having to...

The class interface of Schoology shows students folders with everything from class materials to announcements.

How was Schoology selected?

Nicholas Harvey and Aarna Prashanth, Staff Writers November 29, 2021

With the San Ramon Valley Unified School District adopting Schoology this school year, some students are wondering how exactly they ended up using a new platform to check grades and submit assignments.  It...

Cal High students enjoy eating  lunch outside in the quad during nice weather. When it gets too cold and starts raining, administrators told students they would be allowed to eat inside the main building despite the mask mandate indoors.

Students allowed to eat lunch indoors

Ylin Zhu, Staff Writer November 29, 2021

‘Masks indoors!’ is a rule students have had to follow since the beginning of the school year, But with the return of rainy weather, students can now eat inside on days with rain or poor air quality. Students...

From left to right, the San Ramon Teen Council comprises Cal High students Emily Cooper, Jenny Lin, Diya Madhok, Arpita Gupta, Suyash Goel, and Saachi Sharma.

San Ramon Teen Council back in action

Vishwas Balla, Staff Writer November 29, 2021

Imagine representing the teen voice of San Ramon. Well, that’s exactly what the 19 high school students – six from Cal High – do as members of the San Ramon Teen Council. These students recommend...

Senior Ronit Batra expresses his thoughts during the Oct. 6 San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board meeting.

Student on school board represents teens

Sophia DiGiovanni, Staff Writer November 29, 2021

Monte Vista senior Ronit Batra is making history this year as the inaugural student representative on the district’s Board of Education. The San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education,...

Workers built a path from the back parking lot to the portables early in the school year. The portables are still not being used because Cals enrollment is lower than what was projected.

District spends more than $500,000 on unused portables

Andrew Ma, News Editor October 25, 2021

San Ramon Valley Unified School District has spent more than a half million dollars to lease four new portable classrooms that are going unused since they are not needed right now because Cal High's enrollment...

Cal High students walk to their classes on campus, something most haven’t done since March 2020.

Grizzlies roar back on campus

Tyler Aronson, Staff Writer October 19, 2021

Students have finally returned to Cal High’s campus in a traditional setting after spending last school year in remote or hybrid learning.  Nearly half of the student body is experiencing high school...

Left, a soap dispenser in the third floor boy’s bathroom is one of many that have been destroyed by students following the “Devious Licks” TikTok trend. Several bathrooms have been closed on campus because of vandalism.

Vandals hit classrooms, bathrooms

Andrew Ma, News Editor October 19, 2021

When sophomore Jackson Polus went to the second floor boy’s bathroom during brunch last month and saw 10 guys huddled by the largest stall, he decided he didn’t need to use the restroom anymore. After...

Cal High and other district school are following many safety protocols to help reduce the impact felt by the medical community and ensure the safety of everyone on campus now that students are back on campus for in-person learning.

Schools follow new safety protocols

Tyler Raymond, Staff Writer October 19, 2021

With school now back in person, Cal High and other district schools are following many safety protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite these safety measures, which include a mask requirement...

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