The Californian

Soda crusade switches up Cal campus

All hail the almighty Switch.

Shirin Afrakhteh, Opinions Editor

April 9, 2020

A handful of students decided to gather and end an injustice that they believe has plagued Cal High for years: the quality of school lunches. Students have taken matters into their own hands by collecting Switch sparkling juice that come with the school lunch and storing them in lockers as a form...

Patton sings good-bye to Cal High

Choir teacher Nicholas Patton raises his hands and rouses his class to attention. Patton has directed Cal High’s concert, treble and chamber choirs for the past five years, but he is leaving the school this week due to personal reasons.

Christine Oh, News Editor

May 29, 2019

After five phenomenal years of a thriving choral department, choir director Nicholas Patton is leaving Cal High this week because of personal reasons. Patton’s sudden announcement of his departure came as a surprise for many students, who were left devastated by the news.  “He had called a department meeting and we all...

‘Ultra Sun’ and ‘Ultra Moon’ improves the Pokémon experience

'Ultra Sun' and 'Ultra Moon' improves the Pokémon experience

Kevin Sablynski, Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

“Pokémon” games have been well-celebrated and successful for over 20 years now, with its newest installments last month, Pokémon “Ultra Sun” and “Ultra Moon,” being no exception. Last year, we saw “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon” released to high acclaim by critics and fans a...

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is fantastic and new

'Blade Runner 2049' is fantastic and new

Matt Martinez, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017

In 1982, Ridley Scott amazed and puzzled audiences with his science-fiction cult classic “Blade Runner.” And now, similar to every movie that was popular in the ’80s, its sequel has finally arrived. “Blade Runner 2049” is given to us by one of the most talented modern directors, Denis Villeneuve...

Student sprayed by fire extinguisher improving

Student sprayed by fire extinguisher improving

John Symank, News Editor

October 4, 2017

A junior boy was back to school and doing better after being sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher last Friday afternoon. The boy, who is not being named because he is the victim of a possible crime, said he was walking to his class on the second floor of the main building, when he saw the...

‘It’ satisfies but has the audience wanting more

'It' satisfies but has the audience wanting more

Matt Martinez, Staff Writer

September 14, 2017

The highly anticipated film “It” based on Stephen King’s bible of terror was finally released, and everybody wants to know if it lives up to the hype.  First off, yes, the film is very well made and entertaining, and it will likely please a majority of viewers. “It” follows a group of soci...

Cal High language classes embrace art

Claude Monet's 1868

Jenna Lyons, Staff Writer

May 17, 2017

Both the French and Chinese classes have been turning to art exhibits to further their study of the history and culture of their language. On Monday April 17, Cal High’s French classes headed to San Francisco to admire the art of one of the most famous French painters, Claude Monet. Students...

Marijuana ban erupts conversation

Marijuana ban erupts conversation

Josh Choi, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

The San Ramon City Council voted on April 25 to ban outdoor marijuana cultivation, marijuana delivery services and the opening of any marijuana businesses, medical or recreational, within city limits. But the private and indoor cultivation of weed is still permitted in the city, but only up to six plant...

Student cast as extra in ‘13 Reasons Why’

Netflix’s orginial “13 Reasons Why” has ignited popularity amongst Netflix lovers ever since its release.

Jenna Baner, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

A new Netflix original TV show “13 Reasons Why” has attracted quite a following since its release on March 31. The show is based on the novel of the same name, written by Jay Asher, and it is co-produced by Selena Gomez. The plot revolves around the fictional suicide of high school studenr...

Day of Silence now part of Pride Week

Junior Jillian Casavant participates in the Day of Silence on April 21, when thousands of people nationwide hold a silent protest to represent the individuals within the community that are restricted from having a voice.

Christine Lee, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

For the first time ever, Cal High’s Gender Sexuality Alliance Club (GSA) and leadership have partnered up to create Pride Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness for the equality of members in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community.  Pride Week, which took place...