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Get ready to roll for initiative with Cal High’s nerdiest teachers

Isabella Belof, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018

Action figures are scattered on a large desk and across the windowsill. Posters decorate the walls with artwork of literary references and fantasy. A Harry Potter mug resides on the desk as well, containing pens in a variety of colors.  As soon as students walk into English teacher Devan Manning’...

Cal welcomes 14 new teachers

Julia Tjan, Ingrid Lam, and Joanne Kim

September 29, 2016

Freshmen aren’t the only new Grizzlies on campus this year. Cal High has 14 new teachers who have also just started their journey as Grizzlies, joining almost every department from math to history. With various backgrounds and unique hobbies, the new teachers on campus have a lot to bring to...

Seven teachers awarded Edfund grants

Zoe Chan, Zoe Chan

January 30, 2015

Seven Cal High teachers were recently awarded San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) grants, potentially bringing in more than $30,000 in equipment for the school. Three of seven teachers were awarded the macro grant, which goes up to $7,500, while the other four received micro grants which...

New teachers head up major programs

New teachers head up major programs

Sarah Chi, Opinions Editor

October 17, 2014

This year, Cal High welcomes Nick Patton, Mikel Jackson, and Jenna Ray, who are putting their own personal stamps on the choir, sports medicine, and leadership programs, respectively. Patton is taking over as the new choir teacher after longtime program leader Lucerne Mottaz moved to Chicago to teach...

District, teachers reach agreement

District, teachers reach agreement

Erica Drake and Joyce Ho

June 5, 2013

Clad in red, teachers and staff swarmed the lawn outside the school district office in Danville on May 7, holding signs and chanting protests to make their voice heard throughout the community. “Red is historically a color of anger,” said Hidden Hills Elementary School teacher Marissa Smith. “We...

Kinavey made a huge impact

Kinavey made a huge impact

Kara Avancena, Guest Writer

November 16, 2012

Truly influential teachers don’t come around often. When former Cal High English teacher, Randy Kinavey, passed away on October 14, the loss of this wonderful educator left his community shaken. He was 62 years old. During his last year of teaching, I had the privilege of being in Mr. Kinavey’s...

Best of the Blurbs

November 2, 2010

Here are some of the best homework excuses given by teachers at Cal! English teacher Donna Montague: “My homework was in the trunk and I got into a car crash. My car was in impound.” Health teacher Susan Fitch: “I had a banana in my backpack and it smushed all over my homework.” English...

Fools, court jesters and Snooki

October 7, 2010

By Rob Sloan and Barb Foss Once upon a time, the very notion of hips that swiveled caused the TV network censors to eliminate any shots of Elvis Presley below the waist as he sang to the screaming and adoring teenage girls in the audience of the Ed Sullivan show during the mid-1950s. Too suggestive they pronounced, and clear evidence ...