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Cal Goes Digital: Schooling Away from School

JP Singh teaches Honors Precalculus, Accelerated Algebra II, and AP Calculus BC remotely from his living room with the help of his iPad Pro. Photo courtesy JP Singh.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

April 17, 2020

In the new era of social distancing and shelter-in-place orders because of the coronavirus pandemic, teachers at Cal High and across the country are learning to adapt to the new requirements for online learning. When the San Ramon Valley Unified School District announced on April 7 that it was following...

Soda crusade switches up Cal campus

All hail the almighty Switch.

Shirin Afrakhteh, Opinions Editor

April 9, 2020

A handful of students decided to gather and end an injustice that they believe has plagued Cal High for years: the quality of school lunches. Students have taken matters into their own hands by collecting Switch sparkling juice that come with the school lunch and storing them in lockers as a form...

Interact club helps local community

Interact members gain volunteer hours by creating posters to advertise their community
carnival which would have been held at Cal High on April 3 from 5-8 p.m.

Angela Deanne Paloma, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

The Cal High Interact club has been serving communities both locally and globally for years.  Interact is an independent service club for high schoolers sponsored by San Ramon Rotary, which is an organization of local adults who provide service and humanitarian aid.  Rotarians, members of Rotary, sometimes assist or accompany Intera...

Teachers strike averted

Teachers march in front of the school to communicate their hopes for improving Cal.

Ronnie Gogoi, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

The San Ramon Valley Education Association ratified a tentative agreement with the school district last week that helped prevent a teachers strike for the second straight year. Nearly 99 percent  of the 1,451 teachers who voted between March 17 and 19 approved the new three year contract with...

Junior prom: Behind the scenes

Class of 2021 officers from left to right: treasurer Andrea Georgieva, vice president Amanda Le, and president Alicia Loney had a meeting discussing the 2020 Junior Prom, which they have been planning for about two years.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

March 24, 2020

Junior officers hope to impress with “Roaring 20’s” themed prom

Robotics state canceled

Sophomore Shaurya Srivastav, left, and freshman Andrew Chen, right, build a robot during one of the Grizzly Cub Program meetings.

Ronnie Gogoi and Angela Deanne Paloma

March 24, 2020

For the first time since 2008, both of Cal High’s robotics teams have made it to state competitions.  Officially, the teams are known as the Fighting Grizzlies. The two teams, known as 1516A and 1516B in VEX Competitions, were expected to compete at the state competition at a Google building...

Mock trial team makes history with three-peat

Cal’s mock trial team won first place in the county competition for the third time in a row. Photo courtsey of Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Jeana Lee, Staff Writer, Photographer

March 20, 2020

For the first time in Cal High history, the mock trial team won the Contra Costa County championship and qualified for state finals for the third consecutive year.  “Everyone has worked really hard this year so it’s great to see that pay off,” sophomore prosecution attorney Cindy Zhu said.  Although...

History Bowl Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

History Bowl participants practice eagerly for the History Bowl, which has since been cancelled.

Andrew Sousa and Nick Harvey

March 12, 2020

Cal High was supposed to be the epicenter of the History Bowl for the 2019-2020 school year. For the first time in school history, Cal was going to host the Northern California History Bee and Bowl Championship, which was scheduled for March 15. But because of the increased threat of the Coronavirus,...

Lack of substitutes a problem

Substitute teacher Spencer Hight hands out papers to Smith’s Spanish 3 students. Hight was the class’s sub for 30 days between the first and second semesters. Students ares still waiting for their long-term sub to arrive.

Christine Oh, Co Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

Imagine having a foreign language teacher who doesn’t actually know the foreign language.  Seems strange, right?  Well, that’s been the situation in Cal High’s Spanish 3 classes since October, when teacher Amy Smith went out on leave. Since then, students have experienced a string...

Cool new classes offered

Troy Bristol lectures his AP U.S. History class. Bristol will be one of two teachers starting a new class called Principles of Leadership and Community Organizing.

Isabelle Coburn, Online Editor

February 11, 2020

Cal High teachers are breaking the mold of what they teach by proposing new and fun classes for next school year. Some teachers’ passions are reflected in these new courses, all of which fulfill students’ A-G  graduation requirements.     Principles of Leadership and...