The Californian

District teacher strike averted

Cal High teachers hold up signs at the teacher walkout on February 28th. The teachers’ union and the district have since then settled negotiations.

Ananya Nag, News Editor

March 26, 2019

The past month has been interesting for both Cal High staff and students in the wake of a possible teacher strike that appeared imminent and would have involved all 36 schools of the San Ramon Unified School District. But on March 8 the San Ramon Valley Education Association (SRVEA), the district’s...

Leadership leaves its legacy

From left to right: Garrett Grant, Brandon Amor, Daly Grant and Eddy Cordero perform at Night at the Apollo, one of many Leadership Legacy Projects this year.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

March 26, 2019

Members of Cal High’s leadership program are leaving their mark on the school through new legacy projects designed to improve the community. In creating these projects, first-year leadership teacher Ross Dautel took inspiration from Las Lomas High School, his alma mater. But more than that, he wanted...

Top 5 hidden gems at Cal

Above, choir students review their music in one of the music building practice rooms. Top right, this practice room is a great place for all musicians to get some individual time in. Below, the library’s quiet room is a great place to study.

Kristen Choi, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

It’s the second semester, and by this point in the school year, most of students are ready to call it quits. It’s hard to continue through the school year when spring break and summer vacation are so close, but not close enough. The glee and determination from the beginning of the school year...

Hey, where’s my lunch?

A student picks up her lunch at the food table located outside the front office, where many lunch thefts have occurred.

Rachel Pak, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

After four long hours of classes, Cal High’s collective stomach is grumbling. Before lunch starts, students place orders on DoorDash and other food delivery services and eagerly wait in class for the food to arrive. But when third or fourth periods end and everyone rushes to the front of the...

Cal alum creates innovative eco-friendly company

Cal alum David Crinnion founded a start up that produces eco-friendly, biodegradable plastic made of algae. His experiences in the iQuest program helped him become a CEO.

Siddhant Gupta, Managing Editor

March 26, 2019

David Crinnion has started a company that produces biodegradable, environmentally-friendly plastic.  The catch? It’s made of algae. A 2014 Cal High graduate, Crinnion founded Algotek in 2017 during his senior year at the University of Oregon.  Algotek is a research and development ...

Holocaust survivor talks on campus

Holocaust survivor and San Ramon resident Bernie Rosner speaks to students at Cal High about his experiences at the Auschwitz and Mauthausen concentration camps. He focused his speech on the resilience of the human spirit.

Ananya Nag, News Editor

February 12, 2019

Emotions ran high as Holocaust survivor and San Ramon resident Bernie Rosner recount-ed his experiences during World War II to students last month. Several sophomore and junior classes gathered in the library on Jan. 25 to listen to Rosner, who was born in 1932 in a small town in Hungary and ...

New Year brings new laws

A new state law increases the minimum age to buy a rifle or shotgun from 18 to 21 years old.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

February 12, 2019

A new year means new laws for California. From banning plastic straws to raising the minimum wage, these new laws cover a broad range of categories. One of the most talked about of these new laws prevents dine-in restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless asked for one. ...

AP Students conflicted on long finals

Varsha Ravi, Managing Editor

February 12, 2019

The dragging monotony of finals season has long since ceased to be a surprise. But some students were surprised by the length of their AP final exams in late December. Last semester, two AP classes had finals that took some students a lot longer than the two-hours allotted per class in the...

Gender-neutral bathroom is relocated

The first floor female bathroom is now designated the gender-neutral bathroom.

Christine Oh, News Editor

February 12, 2019

The second floor female restroom had been designated the gender-neutral bathroom at Cal High since the end of the 2017-18 school year. But when students returned to campus after the winter break, they found the gender-neutral bathroom had been moved to therst oor women’s bathroom. The change was ...

Teachers adopt new standards based grading

Maira Nigaar, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

e rise, but the system is notjust grading students – studentsare grading the system. Instead of a single, overall grade, this standards based grading system breaks down thecontent of the subject into small- er sub-topics using a numbered scale rather than percentages. This scale is later translat...