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Many of these racist and transphobic stickers were plastered around campus in late March. It wasn't 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 DanvilleSanRamon.com. 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...

UC Berkeley had almost 113,000 students apply for admission in 2021, a 28 percent increase from 2020.

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...

Many Cal High students have become frustrated with the PSAT because of administrative errors leading to invalidated tests the past two years.

Students exasperated with PSAT inconsistency

Administrative issues have led to invalidated scores the past two years
Daphne So, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

The PSAT is notorious for the errors in its administration throughout the years at Cal High.  From invalidated scores to testing site changes, many Cal students feel as though the exam isn't even worth...

Members of the wind ensemble class pose with their instruments during a recent Zoom class. The class has been taught by Teri Musiel, Dougherty Valley High School's music teacher, since late March after Cal's band director Matthew Smith resigned.

Band department awaits fourth director in four years

A revolving door of band directors requires district music teachers to step in
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

When Cal High’s longtime band director Kent Johnson departed in 2019, junior Audrey Luu was upset at the loss of a cherished teacher. But she never imagined that two years later, the music program...

Students are actively adjusting to the major changes that in-person learning has brought.

Students return to in-person learning

With in-person learning now in full swing, students and staff have varying opinions
Jaida Baker and Sami Tripasuri April 30, 2021

After almost a year of remote learning, students finally returned to campus last month in a hybrid setting. After what seemed like a long, slow crawl to return to in-person school, hybrid students were...

College Board has decided to conduct certain AP tests in person.

AP testing administration undergoes more changes under pandemic

College Board offers remote and in-person AP tests
Wyatt Golla, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Cal High will begin administering a mix of full-length AP tests remotely and in-person on Tuesday This presents a big change from last year’s administration, where students could only take their AP...

The College Board has not been especially forgiving to students when it comes to AP testing during the pandemic.

Mixed feelings about the new AP testing schedule

Many students also feel unprepared because of remote learning
Nimisa Panda, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Many AP students found out this year that they had less than four months to decide if they wanted to take the AP test in May. Before the pandemic, the deadline to sign up and pay was from late January...

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