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Cal High’s first quarantined-inspired mental health advocacy club hopes to help students during global pandemic

Since school campuses closed in mid-March, many students have struggled to maintain their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.
InTouch organizers will host a Q&A with a music therapist on Friday, as well as other workshops and seminars throughout the course of the year
November 18, 2020

Of the 39.51 million people that call The Golden State home, more than 1 million people have been affected by the highly contagious coronavirus, which has made California the state with the second highest...

SRV student who had COVID-19 petitions district to delay reopening

San Ramon Valley High senior Nic Prescott tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 19 and has since created the Compassionate Reopening petition, which calls for the reopening of San Ramon Valley Unified School District campuses only when the district can ensure the safety of everyone.
Senior Nic Prescott thinks schools should wait to let students back on campus after his challenging experience with the coronavirus last month
November 10, 2020

Feeling nothing out of the ordinary on Oct. 17, San Ramon Valley senior Nicolas Prescott went about his normal routine by going to work and grabbing a bite to eat.  In the early morning hours of...

District gives students choice to stay remote or switch to hybrid learning

In a letter emailed to Cal High parents on Monday, Principal Megan Keefer included visuals of what a hybrid learning model would look like on campus.
A binding declaration must be submitted by Friday so schools can start preparing for a return to campus on Jan. 5
November 9, 2020

We are currently conducting an anonymous survey for students and teachers alike to collect opinions on the reopening of Cal in the next semester. Click here to access the survey. To go hybrid or to stay...

Students call for better representation in English curriculum

The classic novels “Of Mice and Men” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” - displayed here in Cal High's library - have the attention of some students, who are pushing for the district to remove them from the freshmen required reading list because they include offensive racial slurs such as the N-word and are deemed by some to be too discriminating.
Increased awareness to racial injustice spotlights derogatory terms in required books
November 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter is a movement that many people have heard of, but not many are aware of the effect this could have on the English curriculum.  Students from the district’s four high schools...

Are breakout rooms really beneficial?

Many students turn off their cameras while in Zoom breakout rooms, making it difficult for everyone to collaborate and communicate with classmates.
Teachers and students struggle to make this Zoom, Google Meet feature more engaging
November 6, 2020

Sophomore Praneeta Agrawal sat in silence and stared awkwardly at the black boxes and muted mics on her screen. She took it upon herself to start the conversation by essentially asking, “Hey guys, what...

Participation levels drop during remote learning

Many students are having trouble staying on task
 during virtual classes. Junior Carter Honsinger is doing everything but focusing on his school work during his virtual class.
Students struggle to stay engaged during class with cameras and mics off
November 6, 2020

As the end of the first semester draws near, many students are still keeping their mics muted and cameras off after 13 weeks of awkward silences during virtual classes and cringeworthy breakout rooms.  “In...

San Ramon steps up to show support for domestic violence survivors

San Ramon City Hall lights up purple to show support for Domestic violence awareness month in October. Lighting up City Hall for certain awareness months and holidays has become a tradition in San Ramon.
Cal High students, other local youth advocate for greater awareness
November 6, 2020

For the month of October, San Ramon City Hall lit up in purple lights to honor survivors of domestic violence and the agencies committed to helping people affected by this issue rise in strength. This...

Many Americans are leaning against getting the COVID-19 vaccine

With a COVID-19 vaccine hopefully near, many people are wondering how many people would willingly take it when it becomes available.
Conflicting information about vaccine creates skepticism among much of the population
November 6, 2020

Skepticism about the coronavirus vaccine has steadily been on the rise as concerns about the legitimacy of a vaccine have been widespread throughout the American population. The prospects of a vaccine...

Traditional homecoming cancelled, but some Cal students party on

Junior Hana Snyder sent this email to Superintendent Dr. John Malloy and Cal High Principal Megan Keefer outlining her concerns about the FOCO event attended by some students on Oct. 24.
Groups of students receive harsh criticism after gathering for fake homecoming, or FOCO, festivities that didn't abide by proper health guidelines
November 2, 2020

For the past seven months, students’ Instagram feeds have been devoid of photos with large gatherings because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But on Oct. 24, photos of a large “fake homecoming,”...

Six candidates vying for two school board seats

October 30, 2020

With national elections coming up, local politics are often overshadowed by the big names running for president.  But Nov. 3 is not only election day for the next president. It also includes...

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