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Cal High junior Jonah Aziz stands in front of Cal High holding his COVID-19 vaccination card.

Cal High students get vaccinated

As the county expands vaccine eligibility, students jump at the chance to receive their shots
Shiphrah Moses, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

The days of students sitting through online lectures holed up in their bedrooms are coming to an end. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and a return to normalcy as more and more Cal High students...

Teachers and other adults nationwide have been getting vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC recently issued a controversial statement indicating it believes schools can reopen safely without all adults getting vaccinated.

Should teachers be vaccinated for schools to open safely?

Many Cal High staff members believe they should, which contradicts the Centers fo Disease Control's statement indicating otherwise
Numa Patel, Guest Writer April 30, 2021

One particular question has raised many controversial discussions between school administrators, teachers, health officials, and members of the general public about reopening schools: Is it vital that...

Members of the wind ensemble class pose with their instruments during a recent Zoom class. The class has been taught by Teri Musiel, Dougherty Valley High School's music teacher, since late March after Cal's band director Matthew Smith resigned.

Band department awaits fourth director in four years

A revolving door of band directors requires district music teachers to step in
Andrew Ma, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

When Cal High’s longtime band director Kent Johnson departed in 2019, junior Audrey Luu was upset at the loss of a cherished teacher. But she never imagined that two years later, the music program...

Students are actively adjusting to the major changes that in-person learning has brought.

Students return to in-person learning

With in-person learning now in full swing, students and staff have varying opinions
Jaida Baker and Sami Tripasuri April 30, 2021

After almost a year of remote learning, students finally returned to campus last month in a hybrid setting. After what seemed like a long, slow crawl to return to in-person school, hybrid students were...

College Board has decided to conduct certain AP tests in person.

AP testing administration undergoes more changes under pandemic

College Board offers remote and in-person AP tests
Wyatt Golla, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Cal High will begin administering a mix of full-length AP tests remotely and in-person on Tuesday This presents a big change from last year’s administration, where students could only take their AP...

The College Board has not been especially forgiving to students when it comes to AP testing during the pandemic.

Mixed feelings about the new AP testing schedule

Many students also feel unprepared because of remote learning
Nimisa Panda, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Many AP students found out this year that they had less than four months to decide if they wanted to take the AP test in May. Before the pandemic, the deadline to sign up and pay was from late January...

Cal High heads to the polls virtually to elect ASB, Leadership positions

Nick Harvey April 22, 2021

Cal High students will be voting on Thursday and Friday for their Associated Student Body (ASB) President, Vice-President, and two Masters of Ceremonies for next school year. Students will also vote...

Even during the pandemic, women from all over have found ways to celebrate feminism during Women's History Month.

Women are making themselves heard this March

Ridhi Goyal, Staff Writer March 31, 2021

In addition to being the one-year anniversary of the month the world descended into the chaos of a pandemic, March 2021 has also been a cause for solidarity and empowerment: National Women’s History...

After a year of staring a computer screens in lieu of being in the classroom, many students and teachers are burned out with online learning.

Burning out during quarantine

A year of online learning has created Zoom fatigue for students and teachers alike
Jett Gold, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

March 13, 2020 is a day that every student will remember. Hopes were high as everyone received an email stating that school would not resume until after spring break. Less than a week later, in-person...

Seniors Audrey Zhang, left, and Kaitlyn Perry helped collect food and other supplies for an Interact service project that benefitted the Bay Area Rescue Mission.

Clubs figure out how to keep volunteering in quarantine

Gaby Jimenez, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

Volunteering through school service clubs has always been a great way for students to contribute to a better community, especially in times of need like the coronavirus pandemic the world is in right now. Many...

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