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Students can play cornhole during lunch now that the game and many others are set up around the quad.

Campus has a new look this year

From artwork to activities, students are welcomed back to an inviting Grizzly Den
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer September 3, 2021

Cal High's campus isn’t quite the same as students left it back in March of 2020. As returning students walk around campus, they might notice some new changes from nearly a year and a half ago. Some...

History months like the one celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islanders this month could be more valuable if they were universally celebrated and if people took the time to learn about marginalized cultures in America.

History months don’t do enough to impact our lives

Andrew Ma, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Opinion columns reflect the view of the staff writer. As May’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to a close, there’s no better time to reflect on the many ways the month has transformed...

Members of the wind ensemble class pose with their instruments during a recent Zoom class. The class has been taught by Teri Musiel, Dougherty Valley High Schools music teacher, since late March after Cals band director Matthew Smith resigned.

Band department awaits fourth director in four years

A revolving door of band directors requires district music teachers to step in
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

When Cal High’s longtime band director Kent Johnson departed in 2019, junior Audrey Luu was upset at the loss of a cherished teacher. But she never imagined that two years later, the music program...

WARNING: Gorilla Glue is not a haircare product. Its called glue for a reason.

Gorilla Glue girl becomes a trailblazer in the super glue franchise

Andrew Ma, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

Some things just stick. A nickname that rolls off the tongue, a catchy song, or even that ancient piece of gum living under your desk. For Louisiana woman Tessica Brown, it would be the Gorilla Glue...

Senior Maddie Harris, seen here in her promotional TedxCHS poster, is one of the scheduled participants in the new clubs speaker series later this month. Harriss talk will focus on how Americans can mend the countrys political divide.

Cal welcomes TEDxCHS for the first time

Cal juniors organize the famous educational conference in a virtual format
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer February 5, 2021

After more than half a year of mapping out the big night, perfecting speeches, and reaching out to guest speakers, TEDxCHS will hold its very first event through Zoom on Feb. 13.  The event, which...

The choice of Kamala Harris’s replacement shouldn’t belong to just Gavin Newsom

The governor making such an important political decision alone is not proper representation for Californians
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer December 16, 2020

Ideally, when democracy runs smoothly, the people vote for their representation in the government and citizens have a say in who their leaders are. The power to choose those who govern lies in the hands...

This ballot drop box in front of San Ramon City Hall can be used for voters who prefer to mail their ballots instead of standing on line.

What it’s like voting during a pandemic

With the coronavirus posing a threat, millions of people are sending in their ballots by mail
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer October 31, 2020

This story can also be viewed in our November 2020 Features Issue under the Print section of our website. Millions of California’s voters will be voting in this most-unusual presidential election. Some...

Despite some benefits of recording virtual classes, teachers are not allowed to do this because it violates the California State Education Code.

District rethinks recording virtual classes

Legal issues prevent teachers from recording students during Zoom, Google Meet
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer September 30, 2020

After a week of allowing teachers to record online classes to monitor their students, the district backpedaled and announced that this practice is no longer permitted because of legal issues. In the...

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