2020 Brings Unprecedented Change

Amanda Young and Jessica Rosiak

October 26, 2020

2020 has been a year of big changes. As students, we’ve traded in-person classes for Zoom instruction and School Loop for Canvas, been forced to stay at home and socialize only in small outdoor gatherings, and cannot leave our houses without masks. In addition to the unprecedented global pandemic,...

Diverse Books Should be Added to Early English Curriculum

To Kill a Mockingbird

Zoe De La Cruz, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

Over the summer, principal John Walker sent out an email to all students announcing that To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) by Harper Lee will not be taught in Campolindo’s freshman English classes this year. Chair of the Campolindo English Department Jamie Donohoe believes that TKAM could be used to...

Premature Reopening Creates Cases, Chaos

Nicole Kennedy, Opinion Editor

October 20, 2020

With each district Governing Board meeting, I find myself feeling less assured about the plans to return to campus. Given that the Board members intend to transition to a hybrid model of learning in January 2021, many students and parents alike were aggrieved. Threats of boycotting Cohort Academy as...

Changes in Perspective at Heart of Traveling

Ella Hack, Staff Writer

October 13, 2020

I was incredibly fortunate to grow up living overseas in Asia, where I began traveling before I could walk. As I’ve experienced different cultures in countries across Asia, Australia, South America, it has become more obvious to me the importance of traveling and the impact it has on my life. Traveling...

Hybrid Reopening Will Improve Student Experience

Dara Kashayar, Staff Writer

October 13, 2020

It's been 7 months that fateful day in March that was students’ last day of in-person learning. Although the district has implemented a more rigorous, interactive approach to distance learning, the current system doesn't go far enough or meet the needs of the community. On October 7, the Acalanes Unified...

Earlier Education of Racism Needed

Through Children's Eyes

Yasmine Chang, Junior News Editor

October 12, 2020

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement and videos of Campolindo students using racial slurs, the administration has rolled out new diversity training known as Cohort Academy. While this may seem like progress in becoming an anti-racist community, we need to implement this sort of equity training...

COVID-19 Presents New Halloween Horror

Jensen Rasmussen, Lifestyle Editor

October 6, 2020

Ghouls, vampires, and zombies are far from the spookiest of scares we’ve seen this year, as Halloween’s most terrifying horror will be the continued threat posed by COVID-19. While Contra Costa County’s positive testing rate is steadily declining, many of Halloween’s traditional festivities,...

Supreme Court Awareness Needed Among Students

Daniel Thaler, Staff Writer

October 5, 2020

Let's be honest, you probably don’t keep up with or know much about the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Maybe you knew about the Brett Kavanaugh investigation in 2018 or are paying attention to the aftermath of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s tragic death, but most people don’t...

Voting Integral to Implementing Ideal Changes

Dara Kashayar, Staff Writer

October 3, 2020

In a year that seems to constantly be getting worse, we finally have a vague sense of control over the events to come in the upcoming November election. The last 4 years have been defined by the incompetence, arrogance, and plain negligence of the Trump administration. From Trump’s retracting the...

Positive Outlook Imperative During Tough Times

Maggie Doolittle, Junior Lifestyle Editor

October 3, 2020

With distance learning, COVID-19 restrictions, and smoke driving us inside, it’s very easy to get wrapped up in all the negativity that is everywhere. While it can be difficult to cope with all this change in the world, it’s more important than ever for us to stay positive in the face of uncertainty. According...

Boycotting Bigoted Corporations Should Become Standard

Nicole Kennedy, Opinion Editor

September 30, 2020

Regarding the comments on Nextdoor and general confusion in the community about why the postponement of the senior drive through was necessary, as this event was intended to be catered by the infamously bigoted company Chick-fil-A, I wanted to expand on my points in a previous article. I’d like...

Cohort Equity Training is Ineffective

So are we going to talk about systemic racism?

Thomas Singh, Staff Writer

September 29, 2020

In response to distance learning, Campolindo hoped to create a sense of community through the new addition of the Cohort Academy, a homeroom of 20 students and a teacher. These cohorts work to foster an inclusive environment and address racial equity through modules designed by Dr. Lori A. Watson. Given...