The Californian

Writing up a storm

From left to right, students Sam Gilstrap and Caroline Jiang work with English teacher Devan Manning to try write a novel by the end of the month through National Novel.

Varsha Ravi, Managing Editor

November 15, 2018

An empty coffee cup balances on a sheaf of stained notes on the edge of your table as you squint at the messy word document that’s become your home for the past month.  The word count crawls by, until finally, you hit the magic number: 50,000. A handful of Cal High students are living th...

Cal welcomes new principal

Christopher George became principal last month.

Shirin Afrakhteh, Opinions Editor

October 16, 2018

Despite being on campus for only a few weeks, new Cal High Principal Christopher George has already been described in countless ways – driven, charismatic, and humorous, to name a few.  But the one trait no one can argue with is his dedication.  As the former principal at Charlotte W...

Anti-vaping class implemented

Vaping reamins a serious concern in Cal High.

Emmy Burrus, News Editor

October 16, 2018

The vaping craze is sweeping the nation, and Cal High is no exception.  To combat this, the school district has implemented a program called Saturday Vape Alternative to Suspension Class. Suggested by Cal High assistant principal Catie Hawkins,the class helps educate students about the dan...

District limits out-of-state trips

Ananya Nag, News Editor

October 16, 2018

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is re-examining the need for out-of-state trips this year, which should limit the number of students traveling beyond California’s borders. Although the district did not implement a new policy regarding out-of-state trips, all such trips will be scrutinized...

Librarian starts YouTube book talks

Librarian starts YouTube book talks

Brynn Kan, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018

Shhh, quiet please.  Cal High librarian Nikki Ogden is filming a book talk for her new Youtube channel, CHS Book Talks.  The channel, which started last month, includes book reviews of various genres of books that are available at the Cal High library.  Ogden has created nine ...

Senior interns at UCSF over summer

Senior interns at UCSF over summer

Varsha Ravi and Gina Wu, Staff Writers

October 16, 2018

Senior Varun Thakur stares blankly at his computer. He’s dreading the long, grueling process of painstakingly typing out email after email to 150 professors, in search of the holy grail – a summer internship. But the struggle of writing 150 separate emails early second semester paid off. Thakur...

Mock trial team returns to state

Mock trial team returns to state

Ingrid Lam and Joanne Kim

March 14, 2018

Cal High’s mock trial team will represent Contra Costa County in the California Mock Trial Finals this weekend after winning the county championship last month. The mock trial team won the county mock trial championship for the fourth time in the past eight years, defeating Alhambra High School...

Trump’s controversial first year in office

Trump’s controversial first year in office

Michael Barry, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

The Year 2017 could rightfully be called the Year of Donald Trump.  Major news organizations on both sides of the political spectrum have seemed to aim a majority of their content on Trump and his cabinet. Major scandals have seem to dominate his administration day after day, with a new “scandal”...

National Anthem no longer at rallies

National Anthem no longer at rallies

Kiley Borba, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

Students who attended the winter rally last month might have noticed that something was missing: the National Anthem. Although many students might not have even noticed that the “Star Spangled Banner” was not sung at the winter rally on Jan. 19, some students did.  And they were curious as to why it was removed. School leadership offic...

Local students arrested for firing flare guns

Local students arrested for firing flare guns

John Symank, News Editor

February 9, 2018

Four teenage boys were arrested right before the holiday break in December after allegedly shooting flare guns into several houses and vehicles, police said. A Cal High sophomore and three other area students were charged with two felony counts of arson, felony vandalism, and misdemeanor vandalism,...