The Californian

Block Schedules Benefit Students

Jett Gold, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

Whether Cal High students are beyond bored with them or fully support them, block schedules and 100 minute periods are here to stay. And that’s good because block schedules are beneficial to students and teachers, giving both fewer classes every day. As a freshman coming from three years of middle scho...

Amazon Fires Are a Tipping Point For Change

October 10, 2019

This past summer, blazing fires in the Amazon reached new heights. This year alone, there have been 74,000 fires in the Amazon, according to Global News. The forest once considered to be “fire resistant” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now ablaze, revealing just how far ...

College Board’s Latest Evil Scheme

College Board’s Latest Evil Scheme

Shannah Saul, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

No matter who you are or what classes you’re taking, I’m sure everyone at Cal High can agree that the College Board is the absolute worst. It seems this “nonprofit” organization’s main goal is to make our chances of getting into college as small as possible while sucking up as much of our...

First vaping deaths mark an epidemic

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

October 10, 2019

America’s vaping epidemic has recently taken a dark turn, with 17 deaths from vape-related illnesses as of Oct. 2. This is only the beginning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported a total of 805 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses as of Sept. 27. Common symptoms include sho...

Seniors are still not responsible adults

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

October 10, 2019

Many Cal High seniors exhale with relief as they walk to their cars, thankful that they don’t have to take a sixth class. Just as students approach their cars, a campus supervisor steps between them and their freedom. The guard briefly interrogates the students before finally conceding. How annoyin...

In this climate, school threats are not a joke

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

May 29, 2019

We frequently see Cal High on the news, and often it’s for all the wrong reasons.   Recently, we had multiple school shooting threats, the most recent involving detailed graffiti of a shooting on May 9.  This is not a problem with just one student, as administrators found the threats came from...

Student journalists win censorship battle

Staff Editorial, The Voice of California High School

May 29, 2019

The Californian applauds student journalists and the adviser at Bear Creek High School’s newspaper, The Bruin Voice, who recently fought for their right to free speech and rightfully won. An article written by Bear Creek student journalist about 18-year-old student Caitlin Fink, who makes a livin...

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (NO)

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (NO)

Kate Hong, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Every May, high school students nationwide stress out over taking Advanced Placement exams for their AP classes.  For many students who take these test, the question arises: Is it worth it? AP tests are not worth the time and trouble because they create undue stress and results often don...

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (YES)

Gina Wu, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Since The College Board was founded in 1899, the non-profit organization has witnessed a great expansion in its loyal fanbase for its unique offering of standardized tests, including the Advanced Placement (AP) tests, which are notorious for their high price and the immense amount of stress associated...

Absences for threats should be excused

Izzy Belof, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

The fact that certain schools will not provide an excused absence in response to violent threats is, for lack of a better term, inexcusable. One such high school is Harding High School in Ohio’s Marion school district. The school received a shooting threat on Feb. 20, and failed to notify the students’...