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Many Cal High students have become frustrated with the PSAT because of administrative errors leading to invalidated tests the past two years.

Students exasperated with PSAT inconsistency

Administrative issues have led to invalidated scores the past two years
Daphne So, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

The PSAT is notorious for the errors in its administration throughout the years at Cal High.  From invalidated scores to testing site changes, many Cal students feel as though the exam isn't even worth...

Cal High junior Jonah Aziz stands in front of Cal High holding his COVID-19 vaccination card.

Cal High students get vaccinated

As the county expands vaccine eligibility, students jump at the chance to receive their shots
Shiphrah Moses, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

The days of students sitting through online lectures holed up in their bedrooms are coming to an end. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and a return to normalcy as more and more Cal High students...

Teachers and other adults nationwide have been getting vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC recently issued a controversial statement indicating it believes schools can reopen safely without all adults getting vaccinated.

Should teachers be vaccinated for schools to open safely?

Many Cal High staff members believe they should, which contradicts the Centers fo Disease Control's statement indicating otherwise
Numa Patel, Guest Writer April 30, 2021

One particular question has raised many controversial discussions between school administrators, teachers, health officials, and members of the general public about reopening schools: Is it vital that...

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available in all 50 states, as more adults get vaccinated everyday.

Vaccine distributions spread throughout the country

Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine broadens to everyone 16 and older
Jett Gold, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Where and when can I get the vaccine? What centers near me offer it? Do I have to go to a huge center or can I go to my local pharmacy? These are all common questions asked over the last couple months...

New Cal High men's basketball coach Steve Ohlmeyer, who graduated from Cal High in 1988, has worked with the school's program for the past 20 years.

Steve Ohlmeyer works his way to the top

Former Cal High student and longtime coach takes over men's basketball program
Andrew Sousa, Sports Editor April 30, 2021

Steve Ohlmeyer has had a long history at Cal, but now he’s finally reached his goal. After coaching at every basketball level at Cal, Ohlmeyer is now the new head coach of the men's varsity basketball...

Members of Cal High's women's volleyball team, seen here playing Monte Vista, were allowed to recently start their season despite the sport being played indoors. All players and coaches are required to wear masks.

All Cal High sports are back in action

Pranav Sannaasi, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

It had been more than a full year since all high school sports were back in action.  But as of April 6, all sports, indoor and outdoor, have the greenlight to begin practices and games. There were...

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 School's music teacher, since late March after Cal's 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...

Students are actively adjusting to the major changes that in-person learning has brought.

Students return to in-person learning

With in-person learning now in full swing, students and staff have varying opinions
Jaida Baker and Sami Tripasuri April 30, 2021

After almost a year of remote learning, students finally returned to campus last month in a hybrid setting. After what seemed like a long, slow crawl to return to in-person school, hybrid students were...

College Board has decided to conduct certain AP tests in person.

AP testing administration undergoes more changes under pandemic

College Board offers remote and in-person AP tests
Wyatt Golla, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Cal High will begin administering a mix of full-length AP tests remotely and in-person on Tuesday This presents a big change from last year’s administration, where students could only take their AP...

The College Board has not been especially forgiving to students when it comes to AP testing during the pandemic.

Mixed feelings about the new AP testing schedule

Many students also feel unprepared because of remote learning
Nimisa Panda, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Many AP students found out this year that they had less than four months to decide if they wanted to take the AP test in May. Before the pandemic, the deadline to sign up and pay was from late January...

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The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School
issue 6 2020-2021