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Does Cal High really recycle?

Does Cal High really recycle?

Isaac Oronsky and Jeana Lee, Staff Writers

December 17, 2019

It’s Friday afternoon and all students are off campus. Biology teacher Erica Steadman has had a long week and is eager to go home.  But first she sorts through her classroom’s recycling bin to separate recyclables from trash. Steadman adds the recycling to bags she has been filling all week.  On...

School installs vape detectors

School installs vape detectors

Ronnie Gogoi and Liann Bielicki, Staff Writers

December 17, 2019

School administrators are fighting back to prevent vaping in campus bathrooms.  In early November, new vape detectors were installed in three campus bathrooms as part of a pilot program being tested by Cal and Dougherty Valley high schools. The phase is tested for efficiency and to determine...

School webstore hacked

Emmy Burrus, News Co-Editor

December 17, 2019

After hearing complaints from concerned parents who had money taken from their bank accounts, Cal High administrators discovered on Nov. 7 that the school’s webstore had been hacked. This incident forced many families to cancel their credit cards after they had money stolen and, in some cases, their...

Custodians are school’s unsung heroes

Custodians are school’s unsung heroes

Angela Deanne Paloma, Reporter

December 17, 2019

They’re not seen frequently, and when they are, they’re typically overlooked. They are the unsung heroes of Cal High: the custodians. And they are led by one man: Roberto Manrique. Manrique has worked at Cal since April 2007. He and his night crew spend eight to 10 hours a day preparing the...

SRFC girls’ soccer coach arrested

Ronnie Gogoi and Angela Deanne Paloma, Staff Writers

December 17, 2019

San Ramon FC Soccer Club  Director of Operations Luke Enna was arrested on Oct. 30 on suspicion of sexual assault of an former female player, several Bay Area media outlests reported. A former Dougherty Valley High School assistant girls soccer coach, Enna was booked into Contra Costa County...

Young activist fights for sustainability

Young activist fights for sustainability

Avni Kalur

December 17, 2019

Senior Caelan Chamberlain has made a huge impact on Cal High with her effort to help the environment.  Her main projects include last month’s clothing swap and advocating for the use of biodegradable utensils in the cafeteria earlier this year. “Switching to biodegradable utensils really...

Briggs bids Cal farewell

Briggs bids Cal farewell

Christine Oh, News Co-Editor

November 19, 2019

Cal High assistant principal Andy Briggs is leaving the Grizzly den today to start a new chapter in his career as principal at Los Cerros Middle School in Danville.  After serving the Cal community for two and a half years, Briggs has left a big impact on students, teachers, and other administrators. “I...

Students mixed about ACT changes

Avni Kalur

November 15, 2019

Recent changes to the ACT will now allow students to retake specific sections instead of the whole standardized test, leaving many students with mixed emotions. “It sucks that this happened now,” senior Anisha Raju said. “Why couldn’t they have done it sooner?”  Beginning in September 2020, students will be given ...

District transfers flock to Cal, SRV

District transfers flock to Cal, SRV

Nick Harvey, Reporter

November 15, 2019

Despite being the top ranked high schools in the district, Dougherty Valley and Monte Vista high schools have seen the most intradistrict transfer students leave their campuses. This year, 250 of the 373 high school students who transferred within the San Ramon Valley Unified School District left...

Thieves hit men’s team room

Thieves hit men’s team room

Jake Gerbracht and Siddhant Gupta

November 15, 2019

After a routine football practice on Oct.14, more than a dozen Cal High football players returned to the men’s team room to find that their cell phones, IDs, cash and other valuables had been stolen. The theft took place from the team room between the start of practice around 3 p.m. and the end...