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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...

Are breakout rooms really beneficial?

Many students turn off their cameras while in Zoom breakout rooms, making it difficult for everyone to collaborate and communicate with classmates.
Teachers and students struggle to make this Zoom, Google Meet feature more engaging
November 6, 2020

Sophomore Praneeta Agrawal sat in silence and stared awkwardly at the black boxes and muted mics on her screen. She took it upon herself to start the conversation by essentially asking, “Hey guys, what...

Participation levels drop during remote learning

Many students are having trouble staying on task
 during virtual classes. Junior Carter Honsinger is doing everything but focusing on his school work during his virtual class.
Students struggle to stay engaged during class with cameras and mics off
November 6, 2020

As the end of the first semester draws near, many students are still keeping their mics muted and cameras off after 13 weeks of awkward silences during virtual classes and cringeworthy breakout rooms.  “In...

San Ramon steps up to show support for domestic violence survivors

San Ramon City Hall lights up purple to show support for Domestic violence awareness month in October. Lighting up City Hall for certain awareness months and holidays has become a tradition in San Ramon.
Cal High students, other local youth advocate for greater awareness
November 6, 2020

For the month of October, San Ramon City Hall lit up in purple lights to honor survivors of domestic violence and the agencies committed to helping people affected by this issue rise in strength. This...

San Ramon mayoral, city council candidates battle for votes

October 30, 2020

This year, three of the five San Ramon City Council seats, including the mayor's, are up for grabs.  Six mayoral candidates, two District 1 candidates, and four District 3 candidates are vying...

Where in the world is Nick Harvey?

Harvey studies a world globe in geography teacher Hannah Cheng’s classroom.
May 28, 2019

Freshman Nick Harvey is pursuing his passion in geography, going on to win awards on a national level.  In April, Harvey competed in the National History Bee and Bowl in Arlington, Va., reaching...

A student’s guide to getting a summer job

Many students work in the fast food industry during the summer, serving up hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, and other culinary delights.
May 28, 2019

Summer is right around the corner, which means the hunt for summer jobs has begun.  Searching for summer jobs is a seemingly intimidating and tiring task, and many are unsure how to begin looking...

Prodoehl is more than a teacher

May 28, 2019

Former EMT, part time professional fisherman, and current Cal High teacher Danny Prodoehl has done it all.  Prodoehl has been a biology teacher at Cal for three years now, but his time before Cal...

Summer different for seniors and juniors

As seniors soak up the summer sun, juniors are stuck in windowless classrooms preparing for standardized tests and essays.
May 28, 2019

For seniors it’s time to kick their feet up and sip on some iced tea under the sun. All their hard work paid off and they know exactly where they are headed in the fall.  But for juniors this...

Students gear up for summer internships

Sophomores Celeste Paapanen, left, and Kimi Shirai are among the Cal High students who landed internships this summer. Paapanen will be interning for Supervisor Wilma Chan at Alameda County District 3, while Shirai is part of UCSB’s Research Mentorship Program.
May 28, 2019

The two and a half months of summer that are approaching give students the perfect opportunity to get an internship.  This is exactly what many Cal High students have already begun doing. Sophomore...

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