The Californian

Cal welcomes new principal

Cal welcomes new principal

Shirin Afrakhteh, Managing Editor

October 16, 2018


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Despite being on campus for only a few weeks, new Cal High Principal Christopher George has already been described in countless ways – driven, charismatic, and humorous, to name a few.  But the one trait no one can argue with is his dedication.  As the former principal at Charlotte W...

Cal’s Fab Five

Cal’s Fab Five

Sam Campopiano and Luca Dicten, Californian Editors

October 16, 2018


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It seems that Cal High has become the set for School of Rock 2, as five teachers have started their own band. Scott Hodges, Anatoly Alexeeff, Hannah Cheng, Nicholas Patton, and Brandon Andrews are the five members of Cal’s teacher band.   The band, which is yet to be named, informally began...

Anti-vaping class implemented

Anti-vaping class implemented

Emmy Burrus, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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The vaping craze is sweeping the nation, and Cal High is no exception.  To combat this, the school district has implemented a program called Saturday Vape Alternative to Suspension Class. Suggested by Cal High assistant principal Catie Hawkins,the class helps educate students about the dan...

District limits out-of-state trips

Ananya Nag, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is re-examining the need for out-of-state trips this year, which should limit the number of students traveling beyond California’s borders. Although the district did not implement a new policy regarding out-of-state trips, all such trips will be scrutinized...

Librarian starts YouTube book talks

Librarian starts YouTube book talks

Brynn Kan, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


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Shhh, quiet please.  Cal High librarian Nikki Ogden is filming a book talk for her new Youtube channel, CHS Book Talks.  The channel, which started last month, includes book reviews of various genres of books that are available at the Cal High library.  Ogden has created nine ...

Senior interns at UCSF over summer

Senior interns at UCSF over summer

Varsha Ravi and Gina Wu, Staff Writers

October 16, 2018


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Senior Varun Thakur stares blankly at his computer. He’s dreading the long, grueling process of painstakingly typing out email after email to 150 professors, in search of the holy grail – a summer internship. But the struggle of writing 150 separate emails early second semester paid off. Thakur...

Californian editor publishes book

Californian editor publishes book

Vidhima Shetty, Editor in chief

September 11, 2018


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Recently, I had the opportunity to publish my first book, “An Adolescent’s Guide to ME/CFS.” What started as a newspaper article in The Californian two years ago led to a product that will hopefully educate one more person or patient about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. ...

Cal on high alert after online threat

Cal on high alert after online threat

Vidhima Shetty, Editor in chief

September 6, 2018


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Thursday was a tense day for Cal High students and staff following an anonymous threat posted online on Wednesday afternoon that targeted the school. In an email the district sent Wednesday afternoon, parents were informed that the San Ramon police and FBI received an unverified report about an on...

Freshman arrested for planning attack at Cal

The Californian Staff

May 30, 2018


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A Cal High freshman boy was arrested last month on suspicion of planning a school shooting on campus his senior year.  The boy was arrested on April 19 and booked into Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall after it was reported by another student that he allegedly planned to shoot classmates in 2...

Honors Chemistry added

Honors Chemistry added

Vidhima Shetty, Features editor

May 30, 2018


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When next year’s class selections came out this spring, many Cal High students were surprised by one course addition in particular: Honors Chemistry. Known to challenge students with its grueling concepts and difficult subject matter, chemistry is required for students who want to move on to higher-level...

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