The Californian

High school’s hardest year has become more challenging

Eli Mayerson, Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

When junior Sishir Katta sat down to choose his classes last year, he was as oblivious to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as anyone. He knew junior year was the time to go all out, so he chose all five of his classes to be APs. Six months later, the ramifications of that choice are ones that...

Did Class of ’21 really get it done?

School was cancelled halfway into the junior class' CAASPP testing. What will become of their promised carnival?

Shannah Saul, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

I’m definitely not the first to say or feel this: I am straight up not having a good time right now. School has been pretty much canceled through the rest of the year and with it, every fun activity. We have lost graduation, senior ball, junior prom, spring sports and shows, spring trips, senior...

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (NO)

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (NO)

Kate Hong, A&E Editor

May 29, 2019

Every May, high school students nationwide stress out over taking Advanced Placement exams for their AP classes.  For many students who take these test, the question arises: Is it worth it? AP tests are not worth the time and trouble because they create undue stress and results often don...

Are Advanced Placement tests worth the time? (YES)

Gina Wu, Editor in Chief

May 29, 2019

Since The College Board was founded in 1899, the non-profit organization has witnessed a great expansion in its loyal fanbase for its unique offering of standardized tests, including the Advanced Placement (AP) tests, which are notorious for their high price and the immense amount of stress associated...

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.

Michelle Kuperman, A&E Editor

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 summer is their last chance to squeeze in as much volunteering as possible, put in final preparations for...

Homework policy still ignored

Homework policy still ignored

Maira Nigaar, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

Stress levels are rapidly increasing in high school students, so it begs the question: Is the district’s homework policy really as effective as it’s meant to be?  As an attempt to reduce stress in students, the district introduced years ago a homework policy that supposedly limited the amount ...

Stress culminates for students during finals

Brynn Kan, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018

December is always one of the most stressful times of the year at Cal High.  Freshmen are experiencing their first finals week, while many sophomores face the added pressure of their first finals in AP classes. Juniors are overwhelmed because, well, it’s junior year,  and seniors are ...

Tiger parents

April 25, 2012

by Joshua Gu, staff writer As Cal High becomes an increasingly competitive environment, it is not uncommon for parents to put students under pressure to encourage better academic, athletic, and social performance. But these demands can sometimes be unnecessary and even detrimental. Parental pressure...

Students’ lack of sleep creates more stress

April 25, 2012

by Justine Chang, staff writer Now that it’s second semester, many students are hitting a huge obstacle in their school life – a serious lack of sleep. Many students say they usually get six or fewer hours of sleep a night. For a lot of students, this is because of extracurricular activities,...

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