The Californian

Teachers strike averted

Teachers march in front of the school to communicate their hopes for improving Cal.

Ronnie Gogoi, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

The San Ramon Valley Education Association ratified a tentative agreement with the school district last week that helped prevent a teachers strike for the second straight year. Nearly 99 percent  of the 1,451 teachers who voted between March 17 and 19 approved the new three year contract with...

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...

Prodoehl is more than a teacher

Ananya Nag and Brynn Kan, Staff Writers

May 28, 2019

Former EMT, part time professional fisherman, and current Cal High teacher Danny Prodoehl has done it all.  Prodoehl has been a biology teacher at Cal for three years now, but his time before Cal extends far beyond a small classroom in San Ramon.  The journey all started after college....

Wheeler voted best teacher at Cal High

Wheeler voted best teacher at Cal High

Austin Hille and Raz Mostaghimi

April 27, 2015

Throughout their high school careers, Cal High students have been affected by many things: seagulls, excessively heavy books, and most importantly, teachers. Of course, every teacher is different. But some teachers are so special they warrant not only respect, but admiration. How would one define...

Teacher returns from military mission

Teacher returns from military mission

Albert Liao, Staff Writer

March 10, 2015

Cal High special education teacher Ryan Kral recently returned to campus after spending the last year deployed on a military mission in  Afghanistan. Kral, a captain in the Army, was deployed from December 2013 to January 2015.It was the second longest mission that Kral has been on. “It was...

Math teacher takes on men’s basketball

Math teacher takes on men’s basketball

Max Walker, Staff Writer

January 30, 2015

On a normal day in Anthony Khoo’s math class, he seems like any other teacher. Students can find him teaching Algebra concepts like factoring and solving for x. But what people may not know is that Khoo has a huge passion for basketball and is the new men’s varsity basketball coach this year. Khoo...

Teacher tenure removed after California ruling

Vaidya Keeran, Staff Writer

November 21, 2014

The seemingly secure positions of educators in California has been jeopardized with the recent court case Vergara v. California.  The case began in 2012 when nine public school students challenged the state of California’s education system. The plaintiffs believed every child deserved the op...

Beloved teachers leave the Grizzly den

Beloved teachers leave the Grizzly den

Carly Re, Staff Writer

May 21, 2014

As the school year comes to an end and summer break approaches, seniors graduate and move on from high school, as do some of our teachers. This year, Cal’s retiring teachers include Steve Armstrong, Richard Hight, Lucerne Mottaz, and Cheri Ng. Each has made many memories at the school throughout...

Parent teacher conflicts cause tension

Parent teacher conflicts cause tension

Stephany Kim, Freelance Writer

January 16, 2014

In recent years, many Cal High teachers have been among those in the district to express their concerns regarding parents who anonymously file complaints about them to administrators, potentially jeopardizing their reputations and careers. Teachers understand that parents have every right to be concerned...

Teacher deployed overseas

Teacher deployed overseas

Chandni Mistry, Staff Writer

January 16, 2014

Special education teacher and military reservist Ryan Kral was deployed to Afghanistan just before the winter break. San Ramon Valley Unified School District Superintendent Mary Shelton sent out news of this to teachers via email. “Our thoughts are with Ryan as he embarks on this new chapter,”...