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Cal Highs leadership class has made adjustments to this years homecoming festivities, which have been moved up a month. The dance also will be outdoors because of COVID-19 precautions.

Homecoming is back… just a month earlier

After being cancelled last year because of COVID-19, annual week of fun and frivolity kicks off Monday and culminates with outdoor dance on Saturday
Saachi Sharma, Staff Writer September 12, 2021

Homecoming is coming a little earlier this year. In addition to being scheduled for next week - a month before it’s traditional late October date - leadership is making adjustments to homecoming because...

The 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan replaced the Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Teachers remember 9/11 20 years later

The terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon made a lasting impact
Nimisa Panda, Staff Writer September 11, 2021

No Cal High students were alive 20 years ago today when a dark day in American history unfolded.  But those who were alive vividly remember where they were at 8:46 a.m. EST, on Sept. 11, 2001, when...

Students can play cornhole during lunch now that the game and many others are set up around the quad.

Campus has a new look this year

From artwork to activities, students are welcomed back to an inviting Grizzly Den
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer September 3, 2021

Cal High's campus isn’t quite the same as students left it back in March of 2020. As returning students walk around campus, they might notice some new changes from nearly a year and a half ago. Some...

Many students created illustrations like this one for Senior Chalk Day on Aug. 9, while others decided to include racist and obscene language and inappropriate images. As a result, administrators had to get rid of all chalk illustrations before the first day of school.

Senior Chalk Day ruined by vandals

Racist and obscene language, graphic pictures form admin to remove all illustrations
Shiphrah Moses, Managing Editor September 3, 2021

Graffiti consisting of racist and vulgar language and graphic illustrations were found on Senior Chalk Day last month. Because of the incident on Aug. 9, all chalk decorations created by the students...

This fish was found swimming in a clogged world language bathroom sink before it was transferred to a tank by marine biology teacher Doug Mason. The fish died shortly after.

Finding Nemo in a bathroom sink?

Fish rescued from world language restroom dies
Nick Harvey, Editor in Chief September 3, 2021

The world language building men’s bathroom is home to many surprises, from urine-soaked floors to soggy paper towels delicately arranged on the ground. But assistant principal Tucker Farrar couldn’t...

Many of these racist and transphobic stickers were plastered around campus in late March. It wasnt until a month later that students and parents were informed about the incident.

Community learns about racist, transphobic stickers one month after being plastered around campus

Students question school's delayed response to the incident
Sienna Morgan and Saachi Sharma May 28, 2021

Two unidentified individuals stuck nearly 100 racist, transphobic, and antisemitic stickers around Cal High’s campus on March 24, according to Many students were shocked and...

Junior Nick Harvey works at his computer from home this year while learning remotely. Although Harvey plans to return to campus next year, nearly 500 students in the district have enrolled in the new Virtual Academy and plan to continue schooling from home.

District offers Virtual Academy alternative to in-person learning

Nearly 500 students enroll in new online school for the upcoming school year
Sami Tripasuri, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

After a series of unprecedented events and online learning, the 2020-2021 school year has come to a close. For next year, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District wants to provide options for students...

Seniors experience historic competition in college applications

Selective colleges experience an influx in applications, lowering acceptance rates
Tyler Lunn, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

In the last year, COVID-19 has affected almost every facet of high school life, and one such change was the college admissions process experienced by the Class of 2021. This year saw many colleges decide...

The Cal High campus has looked pretty empty during lunch this spring without freshmen and the majority of other students. Most freshmen are looking forward to getting on campus for the first time in the fall.

Freshmen look forward to in-person high school in the fall

With the district opening back up for full in-person learning, the Class of 2024 is excited to finally be on campus
Pranav Sannaasi, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

This year’s freshmen lost some important moments because of COVID-19.  They missed the final quarter of their eighth grade year at middle school, and then most had a disconnected first year of high...

The city of San Ramon gave a presentation that included 911-operating triage on how to handle mental health related calls that may come in.

Fire Protection District, Police Department Pilot Reforms to Mental Health Response

Nick Harvey May 11, 2021

A pilot plan that would reduce engagement from law enforcement during non-violent mental health crisis calls was introduced to the San Ramon City Council at Tuesday's meeting. No action was taken on...

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