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Giving credit where it’s due

In Partial Credit's first YouTube video of the 2020-2021 school year, Spanish teacher Scott Tinetti (top), former choir teacher Nick Patton (left), and new choir teacher Lori Williams  performed a cover of Duran Duran's
Cal High teacher band Partial Credit is still rockin' - just remotely now that most members are working from home while campus is closed to students
December 4, 2020

When the lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic first hit Cal High and the school district in mid-March, all teachers scrambled to figure out the ropes on how to convert their teaching curriculum to suit...

Skate park remains active, but COVID safety protocols are mostly ignored

Many teens and kids recently enjoyed the San Ramon skate park. While a sign at the park's entrance reads a maximum of 20 people allowed an no social gatherings, many skaters were observed not social distancing and none were wearing masks.
November 18, 2020

At the San Ramon skate park skaters are always on the move.  The skaters do flips and grinds all over the park. Some skaters stay in their own area while others chat in groups. Their styles are...

Cal High’s first quarantined-inspired mental health advocacy club hopes to help students during global pandemic

Since school campuses closed in mid-March, many students have struggled to maintain their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.
InTouch organizers will host a Q&A with a music therapist on Friday, as well as other workshops and seminars throughout the course of the year
November 18, 2020

Of the 39.51 million people that call The Golden State home, more than 1 million people have been affected by the highly contagious coronavirus, which has made California the state with the second highest...

Biden’s the clear winner, yet Trump stubbornly won’t follow the correct procedure

President-elect Joe Biden has yet to hear a concession from President Trump. More importantly, Biden's transition team isn't getting access to classified information related to national security because it's being blocked by Trump's administration.
November 16, 2020

It’s time for President Trump to act presidential during one of the last chances he has by acknowledging Joe Biden as the president-elect of the United States. Every American by now has heard about...

Can society survive social media?

The blurred lines developing between reality and deluded perspectives hurt our democracy.
The spread of misinformation is helping tear American democracy apart
November 16, 2020

Political opinions are difficult to discuss in the current cultural climate of America because of the rampant stubbornness on either end of the political spectrum. Social media has only served to inflame...

SRV student who had COVID-19 petitions district to delay reopening

San Ramon Valley High senior Nic Prescott tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 19 and has since created the Compassionate Reopening petition, which calls for the reopening of San Ramon Valley Unified School District campuses only when the district can ensure the safety of everyone.
Senior Nic Prescott thinks schools should wait to let students back on campus after his challenging experience with the coronavirus last month
November 10, 2020

Feeling nothing out of the ordinary on Oct. 17, San Ramon Valley senior Nicolas Prescott went about his normal routine by going to work and grabbing a bite to eat.  In the early morning hours of...

District gives students choice to stay remote or switch to hybrid learning

In a letter emailed to Cal High parents on Monday, Principal Megan Keefer included visuals of what a hybrid learning model would look like on campus.
A binding declaration must be submitted by Friday so schools can start preparing for a return to campus on Jan. 5
November 9, 2020

We are currently conducting an anonymous survey for students and teachers alike to collect opinions on the reopening of Cal in the next semester. Click here to access the survey. To go hybrid or to stay...

Savage Mode II is worth the long wait

The Savage Mode II album cover was seen for the first time on producer Metro Boomin’s Instagram on Oct. 3, the day after it was released. Many people have been quick to point out that the style is reminiscent of late ’90s album art.
Album has about 2 million streams and reached No. 1 on the Billboard and Rolling Stone charts since its October release
November 8, 2020

“Savage Mode II,” the long-awaited sequel to “Savage Mode,” by the duo 21 Savage and Metro Boomin has amassed a large number of listeners and praise for its dark, grimy lyrics, and energetic, bouncy...

First virtual drama show, “Help Desk”, delivers lots of laughs

During Cal High's fall drama show,
November 8, 2020

COVID-19 has stolen the spotlight from the drama kids, but even a global pandemic can’t stop Cal High’s drama department.  As they say, the show must go on. The drama program’s Theater...

Students call for better representation in English curriculum

The classic novels “Of Mice and Men” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” - displayed here in Cal High's library - have the attention of some students, who are pushing for the district to remove them from the freshmen required reading list because they include offensive racial slurs such as the N-word and are deemed by some to be too discriminating.
Increased awareness to racial injustice spotlights derogatory terms in required books
November 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter is a movement that many people have heard of, but not many are aware of the effect this could have on the English curriculum.  Students from the district’s four high schools...

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The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School
issue 2 2020-2021