April 8, 2024

Events Coming Up

4/8 Grad Night Planning meeting

4/9 The Kebab Shop Fundraiser Supporting Grad Night '24

4/12 Curry House Pizza Fundraiser Supporting Grad Night '24

4/13 Senior Ball

4/15 April PTSA Meeting

4/17 Signing Day

4/18 Instrumental Music Booster Meeting

4/24, 4/25, & 4/26 Drama Production

Bell Schedule
SRVUSD Instructional Calendar

May and Beyond

5/2 Spring Orchestra Concert

5/6 - 5/10 Teacher Appreciation Week

5/6 - 5/17 AP Testing

5/8 Spring Band Concert

5/15 May PTSA Meeting

5/27 Memorial Day -No School

5/31 & 6/3 - 6/5 Final Exams

6/5 Last Day of School

6/6 Graduation 2024

6/6 Grad Night 2024 Party

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School Updates



Your Ball is just around the corner! Be sure to return all your overdue library books and textbooks so you won't be left out! Thank you!

Volunteers Needed to Help Distribute Academic Awards

Academic Boosters at Cal High is seeking volunteers to distribute the 2023-2024 academic awards to ~1500 students. Please check your calendars to see if we can count on you for help during student lunch periods on Wednesday, April 24th and/or Thursday, April 25th, and/or Friday, April 26th.

Sign Up Here

50th Anniversary Edition of the Cal High Yearbook (2024)

1) Purchasing a yearbook:  Please check this list (link here) to see if you have purchased a yearbook (press to find your name). Ms. Brindley is still selling yearbooks for cash or check only (payable to Cal High Yearbook) dropped off at the black lockbox in the front office (make sure student name and grade is on the check/envelope) or in WL-1 until all the ordered yearbooks have been sold. The past two years we have sold out the yearbooks, so please DO NOT WAIT to purchase a yearbook.

2) Deadlines: The yearbook class has completed the yearbook and it is now in the process of being printed and bound. It will be shipped to the school at the end of May and distributed to students at school. Please understand that it is too late to make any additions or changes to the yearbook.  

If you have any other yearbook-related questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Brindley via email (jbrindl@srvusd.net). 

Class of 2024 News

Class of 2024

Grad Night tickets are still available for purchase in Future Fund

Tickets are available to purchase via Future Fund. Price of the ticket includes food, games, and entertainment, multiple chances to win raffle prizes at the end of the night, and a keepsake memento.

If you are interested in helping with event pre-planning or decorating, please contact the Grad Night Chair @ calhighgradnight@gmail.com, or attend our next planning meeting on Monday, April 8 @ 7pm in the library.

Graduation Leis

Looking for a little something extra for your graduate? Consider purchasing a ribbon lei and help support Grad Night in the process. We are selling single ribbon leis for $15 and double ribbon leis for $25, with proceeds going to help offset the cost of Grad Night. Leis are available to purchase on Future Fund: Graduation Leis

Gift Card Drive

We are looking for donations of gift cards to be used as give aways at Grad Night. If you have any unused gift cards laying around, or would like to make a donation, check out our SignUp Genius

Fundraising Opportunities THIS WEEK!!!!!

We are partnering with two local businesses this week to help raise money to support Grad Night '24 - The Kebab Shop and Curry House Pizza. In the mood for some great Mediterranean cuisine? Order from the Kabob Shop on Tuesday, April 9th and mention Cal High Grad Night Fundraiser when placing your order. How about pizza? Order from Curry House Pizza on Friday, April 12th, and they will donate 15% back to Grad Night '24. Use code SR15 when placing an order online or present the flyer here.

Cal High PTSA Senior Scholarships

Each year, Cal High PTSA awards scholarships to graduating seniors who are PTSA members. 

The Senior Scholarship Application is OPEN

The scholarship is open to all Cal High graduating seniors, who are PTSA members:

  • With a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 or above; and
  • Who plan to continue their education at a two or four-year college, business school or vocational trade school, or military, and
  • Who are current PTSA members. If you are not a PTSA member, please purchase your Student PTSA membership ASAP. This can be done at Cal High’s Future Fund Store. The Student membership fee is $10.00.

Application period closes on Monday, May 6, 2024, at 11:59pm

Greenbrook Alumni Scholarship

Greenbrook Elementary is currently accepting applications for the Greenbrook Alumni Scholarship. This is open to any graduating senior that attended Greenbrook Elementary. Application deadline is May 1, 2024.

Apply Here

Cal High PTSA News

Click on Cal High PTSA to go to our website for more information

Hope to see you at our PTSA meeting!

All the best.

Colleen Birmingham, PTSA President 2023-2024

Cal High PTSA
Cal High PTSA Meeting

Cal High PTSA Association April Meeting

  • Monday, April 15, 2024 at 6pm in the library

Cal High PTSA Honorary Service Awards 2024

Recognize the Grizzly having gone above and beyond this year!

Do you know a parent volunteer, teacher, staff member or other organization that contributes exceptionally to the well-being of our students?  Nominate them for the 2024 Cal High PTSA HSA Award.  Deadline to submit is Today, April 8th!

Recipients of an award will be recognized at a special ceremony in May during the Principal’s Coffee. 


  • Very Special Person (VSP) award is for an individual/PTA constituent that has contributed to the school community in a special way.
  • Honorary Service Awards (HSA) is a special recognition to an individual for outstanding service to our youth.
  • Continuing Service Award (CSA) is special recognition to an individual for exceptional service to our youth over a continued period of time.
  • Golden Oak Service Award is California’s state PTA’s most prestigious award to an individual for significant contributions to the welfare of youth in the school or community.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Outstanding Administrator Award is special recognition to an administrator service in welfare of youth in the PTA school, or community.

To nominate, click on the CHS HSA Nomination Form 

Sister School

A huge thank you to our Grizzly Community for helping to make the snack drive for our sister school, Michelle Obama Elementary, a big success! With your help we were able to donate the following:

1929 waters

754 goldfish

1340 fruit snacks

650 granola bars

680 pretzels

Art Reflections


Congratulations to the California State PTA 2023-2024 Reflections Art Program award recipients! This year’s theme was “I am Hopeful Because…”.


We invite you to view the award-winning works of art here on our website. We hope they inspire you to help make our world a better place for children and families.

Congratulations Soobin Oh, Visual Arts, State Level Award of Excellence recipient!!!

Congratulations Nityasree Poondla, Literature Special Artist, State Level Award of Merit recipient!!!

National PTA will announce national-level winners from the 2023-2024 I am Hopeful Because... program cycle on May 1. 


See website for Spring Sports Information

Spring Sports at Cal High:

Any students interested in trying out for a Spring sport can check the Cal High athletic website.

For any questions about the upcoming season contact the Head Varsity Coach for information.

2024 Signing Day

The Athletic Department is excited to announce that Cal High's 2024 Signing Day will be on April 17, 2024. Any student-athlete who will sign a National Letter of Intent by the end of the school year is invited to participate. Please visit this web page for more information. If you wish to participate, please submit this Google form. Questions can be directed to Chad Ross, Athletic Director: cross@srvusd.net.

Swim and Dive Dining Fundraiser at The Kebab Shop

Support our Grizzly Swim and Dive team and dine out or get take out from the The Kebab Shop on Thursday, April 11th. They are giving 50% back to our swim and dive program. Simply show the flyer at the checkout or use the coupon code FUNDRAISER when ordering online.


California High Athletic Boosters

We are still looking for a Treasurer for the 2024-25 school year. If you are interested, please reach out via email: calathletics@srvef.org

California High Ed Fund/Academic Boosters

Want to Get Involved?

Email us. We are looking for Board Members, Committee Chairs for 2024-2025 School Year

Contact us if you are interested in any.

Please visit the Cal High Education Fund/Academic Boosters website for the latest information.

Email: california.edfund@srvef.org

Instrumental Music Boosters

CHS Instrumental Music Boosters is a non-profit organization that fundraises to support the Instrumental Music Program at Cal High.


Booster/Parent Meetings:

Thursday, April 18 at 7pm - Band Room 

Booster Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about the details of the Boosters' activities or about the wide array of opportunities to help the Instrumental Music Program. Please join our efforts to keep our program running. 

**Call for Booster Board Members **: If you are interested in taking a board position next year, please email calhighbandboosterprez@gmail.com

Instrumental Music News:

  • 4/19/24 - Jazz Ensemble Audition submissions due! See details here!
  • 4/19/24 - Wind Ensemble Audition submissions due! See details here!
  • 5/2/24 - Spring Orchestra Concert @7pm in CHS Theater
  • 5/8/24 - Spring Band Concert @7pm in CHS Theater

Marching Ensemble News:

  • Students interested in joining the Marching Program next season should fill out the interest form. 
  • 4/24/24 - ME informational meeting @ 3:45pm in the Music Room. Everyone is welcome to attend to learn more about the Fall 2024 Marching Season. 
  • 4/19/24 - ME Student Leadership/Drum Major Applications Due! See details here.

Booster Events and News:

  • Spirit wear is now available! We have restocked our inventory and are ready to take orders. To order, go to our order form here.
  • Our March Newsletter is now available! Please click here to view it. 

Instrumental Music Sponsors:

Website: www.calhighmusic.org

Email: calhighbandboosterprez@gmail.com

Drama Boosters

“The Play That Goes Wrong,” is on April 24th, 25th, and 26th at 7pm.

For more information:

Wellness Center

The Zen Den

Parents, if you want to keep up on what is happening in the Zen Den - our wellness program at Cal High, visit our Zen Den website

From The Registrar

Non District Courses

Hello parents, 

If your student is planning on enrolling for a Non District Course during summer please read all the information at this link Summer Advancement Via Outside Institution 

Follow the below steps.

1. Non District Course Intent Application (For summer coursework for 2024-25 school year) - Advancement application closes and Proof of Enrollments are due by June 27, 2024 @ 11:59 pm 

2. Complete Step 2 (Application to Place Credit) on my webpage 

- Please submit this Application to Place Credit form after you have completed the course.

Upload the completed form, signed by both the student and parent(s). Section 4, Question 3 of the Google form is where you need to upload the signed form.

 (NOTE- Paper Copies of "Application to Place Credit" will not be accepted.)

3. Submission of your Official NDC Transcript from the institution to the Registrar's office by the deadline. The deadline to submit the summer transcript is Friday, August 16, 2024 (Transcripts emailed from a student/parent are not considered official and will not be accepted.)


No late submissions will be allowed. 


This Timeline applies for courses taken at all institutions.  

·        June 27 @ 11:59 pm - Advancement application closes and Proof of Enrollments are due 

·        August 16 - Official transcripts are due. Alternatively, if the institution offers an email option to send it directly to vbattu2@srvusd.net  this is acceptable and will be considered an official copy. (Transcripts emailed from a student/parent are not considered official.)  

Thank you, 

Vinita Battu - Registrar 

California High School

9870 Broadmoor Dr. 

San Ramon CA 94583 


Phone: (925) 803-3214          

Fax: (925) 828-1054

Registrar's Website

District News

Now is the time to nominate people who make a positive impact on students in special education for a Bright Light Award

The SRVUSD SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Bright Lights Awards are designed to honor people who have made a positive impact on the lives of students in special education. We encourage you to nominate someone (in any of the nine categories) deserving of this award who goes 'above and beyond' to engage, educate, and empower students receiving special education services. The winners of each category will be honored before the School Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.  Please submit nominations by Thursday, April 11, 2024. Thank you for taking the time to recognize someone who has made a difference in a student’s life. Click here to access the nomination form.

Parent Engagement Workshops With NAACP

SRVUSD Parents/Caregivers are invited and encouraged to attend these Parent Engagement Workshops, presented by the Hayward Chapter of the NAACP over the coming months. In addition to attending in person at the District Boardroom, a virtual option has been added to each of the dates.  RSVP here

The dates are 

  • Middle School:  May 2, 6:00-7:30pm
  • High School: May 16, 6:00-7:30pm

Community News

Interdisciplinary Generative AI Summer Program by Stanford Alumni

Inspirit AI is a 25-hour project-based AI program taught by Stanford graduates that introduces middle and high school students to fundamental AI concepts to build interdisciplinary AI projects across disciplines. In 2024, the team is excited to announce new projects such as Generating Language Safely with ChatGPT. No CS experience is necessary to apply and priority applications are due soon.

Measures E & F Protect Excellent San Ramon Valley Schools

California High School PTSA supports Measures E & F.  If you would like to display a yard sign in support of the measures, at your home, go to SRVCitizensforQualitySchools.com/volunteer to request one.

City of San Ramon Teen Ambassador

Students: Please consider completing this survey. The purpose is to gauge student interest in learning more about city functions and government by doing city internships or shadowing.

San Ramon Children's Makers Market

Vidhra, in collaboration with the City of San Ramon, is thrilled to announce the San Ramon Children's Makers Market taking place on May 4th, 2024, 10AM to 2PM at the Dougherty Station Community Arts Center in San Ramon. This unique one-day marketplace empowers children (ages 7 to 17) to explore their entrepreneurial ideas, receiving valuable feedback from genuine customers in a real-world setting. It serves as an excellent platform for young minds to grasp the intricacies of building a business marketplace. For more information, interested children can contact thevidhra@gmail.com. Act quickly, as applications will be closing soon.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Support our Cal High Teachers and Staff - Donors Choose!
Teachers and staff are working hard to make learning more engaging, but some could use your support. Go to DonorsChoose to contribute to help our Grizzly heroes.

Social Media

Stay Up To Date

Need a place to connect with other parents? Join one of the community groups on Facebook. The pages are organized by grade, run by parents, and are always reliable forums. To receive reminders, obtain quick responses about anything scholastic or extracurricular, and also access other types of assistance or support, join today! Be sure to answer the membership questions and a parent, who moderates the group, will welcome you shortly.  

Parents of Freshmen:  California High School Class of 2027

Parents of Sophomores: California High School Class of 2026

Parents of Juniors: California High School Class of 2025

Parents of Seniors    Cal High Grizzlies Class of 2024

You can also stay connected through the following Instagram groups:

  • CAL HIGH: @calhighgrizzlies 
  • CLASS of 2024: @calhigh2024
  • CLASS of 2025: @calhigh25
  • CLASS of 2026 @calhigh26
  • CLASS of 2027 @calhigh2027
  • SPIRIT: @calhighspirit
  • RALLY and LTA: @calhighrallylta
  • CULTURE AND CLIMATE: @chs_cultureandclimate
  • PTSA: @calhighptsa
  • @CalHighCounseling
  • @CalHighWellness

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