The Californian

Many seniors are finding their future in the arts to be a bright one

Pictured above is senior Abby Nguyen with the rest of her cast at the end of a program show. Nguyen is going to pursue a career in professional dance.

Liann Bielicki, Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

As the class of 2020 graduates and matriculates, many talented seniors are pursuing the arts in college and changing the narrative of success in a conversation that is often dominated by STEM majors.  Cal High senior Abigail Nguyen, who plans on studying dance through the Ailey/Fordham Program...

‘Zoom bombers’ target Cal High’s video conference with Vietnam War veterans

With online classes using virtual meetings to hold lectures, people have found ways to hack into these calls to disrupt the peace.

Isabelle Coburn, Online Editor

May 24, 2020

Nearly 100 Cal High juniors had their Zoom meeting for U.S. history hijacked on Friday when they were continuously shown screen shared videos depicting racial abuse, suicide, executions, and pornographic material.  The meeting was designed to give students taking U.S. history an opportunity to...

Seniors lose out on graduation ceremony, and so much more

Yard signs decorate the homes of many seniors, thanks to Cal High Parents through the PTSA.

Avni Kalur, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

Across the top of the Cal High website lies a red stripe stating that class is canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 year.  For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, this means missing out on creating more memories with friends and finishing out the school year as expected. For seniors,...

San Ramon community spreads positivity amid the pandemic

Many late March and April birthdays were held in cul-de-sacs as guests would arrive in cars to honk at the birthday person.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

May 22, 2020

Since March 17, counties across the Bay Area have been on a strict shelter-in-place order to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  Despite being stuck indoors for the most part, people have still been finding ways to spread positivity within their neighborhoods. Many people have been leaving positive...

Exchange students’ year is cut short at Cal

Marta Albertoni from Italy and Vilma Nilson from Sweden (pictured left to right) had to be sent back home after school closed on March 13.

Christine Oh, Co Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2020

When the San Ramon Valley Unified School District made the decision to temporarily close all schools on March 13, students prepared to stay inside, do schoolwork online, and stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic. But for juniors Marta Albertoni and Emma Soelgaard and senior Vilma Nilson, this wasn’t...

The University of California is suspending the use of SAT and ACT

All UCs have turned their back on SATs and ACTs and are now considering making their own test.

Ronnie Gogoi, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had major impacts across the globe, and many students have been feeling some of these when it comes to the University of California admission process.  On April 1, the UC system temporarily adjusted admissions requirements to help students and their families in the...

Schools worldwide have responded to coronavirus pandemic in different ways

Sterling Daly is a graduating senior from Castro Valley High School. Due to the closure of schools, he celebrated his graduation at home.

Isabelle Coburn, Online Editor

May 22, 2020

Schools from all over the world rushed to take action when the coronavirus pandemic spread in February and March, forcing most schools to close.  In the urgency to set up virtual education, different schools nationwide and internationally have taken very different approaches to accommodate their...

Families celebrate holidays in quarantine

Many families have gathered over virtual platforms such as Zoom to celebrate holidays together.

Nick Harvey, Opinion Editor

May 10, 2020

One of the numerous aspects of daily life that has been changed by the coronavirus pandemic is the celebration of holidays, which is especially interesting considering the abundance of holidays in late March, April, and May. Some people have celebrated holidays with their families virtually, over...

Students go nocturnal during shelter-in-place

Students find that the days melt together during this shelter-in-place order.

Angela Deanne Paloma, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Now that she doesn’t have to worry about waking up early for school, senior Kaithlyne Nguyen lets herself stay up a little bit longer, playing “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”. Hours later, her eyes finally close as the sun rises.  When Nguyen finally wakes up, she realizes she has slept...

District Zooms through Students’ Concerns

Clockwise from top left: Jessica Coulson, Christopher George, Dave Kravitz, Jon Campopiano.

Christine Oh, Co Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

This morning, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District held a livestream on YouTube through Zoom to answer the many questions students have had over the past weeks. Jon Campopiano, the district’s executive director of secondary education services, began the question and answer session by discussing...