The Californian

Briggs bids Cal farewell

Briggs bids Cal farewell

Christine Oh, Staff Writer

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...

Guest passes are a thing of the past

Guest passes are a thing of the past

Isabelle Coburn, Reporter, Artist

November 15, 2019

Cal High students looking to bring guests to last month’s homecoming dance learned that their friends and dates from other schools were not welcome. This new policy is here to stay as the school has permanently canceled guest passes for homecoming dances. However, guest passes will still be issued...

School Cancels Powderpuff Game

School Cancels Powderpuff Game

Emmy Burrus, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

Because of concerns for student safety, Cal High’s annual powderpuff flag football game, which pits senior and junior girls against each other, has been cancelled. The decision was made by former Principal Christopher George and assistant principal Andy Briggs at the end of the previous school year...

Transfers to Cal Jump 85 Percent in Last 3 Years

Transfers to Cal Jump 85 Percent in Last 3 Years

Nick Harvey, Reporter

October 10, 2019

Cal High has seen over the past three years a jump of nearly 85 percent in intradistrict transfer students, the majority of whom are coming from Dougherty Valley High School. Transfers to Cal have increased from 59 students in 2017 to 109 this year, an 84.75 percent increase, according to San Ramon Valley U...

Students Utilize New Wellness Room

Students Utilize New Wellness Room

Ronnie Gogoi and Angela Paloma

October 10, 2019

Mullins said. “It’s a place for students to go to feel safe, [have] a sense of belonging and to educate about what wellness is.” One way the counselors plan to develop the room is by hosting games during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mullins plans on opening the wellness room throughout th...

Freshman Leadership Class Added

Freshman Leadership Class Added

Christine Oh, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

    For the first time in Cal High history, leadership has been split into two courses: a general and freshman leadership class. In fact, Cal was the last of the four high schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to implement this change. “[The leadership advisers at the thr...

Senior Explores World of Medicine

Senior Explores World of Medicine

Liann Bielicki and Jeana Lee

October 10, 2019

Not many high school students can say that they’ve conducted laboratory research at Stanford University. But after this summer, senior Nadya Higgins can. Higgins received the eight-week experience of a lifetime through the Stanford Institute of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR), a program for hig...