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School service increases at CVHS

An increasing number of students are taking school service, even if they didn’t request it, because of the lack of space in academic and elective classes. As of Dec. 3, 437 students are…

700 Hall Gets New Chemical Disposal System

In light of recent revelations that chemicals were being stored improperly for years, the science department is moving to implement a new chemical disposal system that will improve safety and free up shelf…

Layoffs cancelled, K-3 class sizes likely saved

The Castro Valley School District has cancelled the layoffs of 18 permanent teachers announced in March. It was possible for the district to save the teachers’ positions because there are enough teachers resigning…

School board votes for upcoming layoffs

Boos were heard throughout the room as the Castro Valley Unified School District Board voted for budget cuts and 18 layoffs to save $2.4 million in the 2012-13 school year. In Castro Valley,…

Governor Brown proposes pension reform

Teachers may be forced to retire no younger than age 67 if Governor Jerry Brown gets his way with pension changes. In October, Brown proposed 12 major pension reforms as means of solving…

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Increased PE class sizes push limits, teachers say

Class sizes up to 57 students in physical education classes have teachers concerned about student safety and learning. Currently, the average PE class size at CVHS is 43 students. While the contract for…

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Occupy movement lacks organization, not enthusiasm

At the Nov. 2 Occupy Oakland protest after the first day of a general strike, and just hours before the next police crackdown, the voice of a lone singer rose up above the…

CVEF provides grants for teachers

Recently, the Castro Valley Educational Foundation (CVEF) provided block grants to several teachers at CVHS. The head of the science department, Melissa Kindlespire, was given $300 for pH, temperature, and voltage lab equipment….

Letter to editor: “I disagree with his view”

First let me say to Tim Pak, I am sorry for your awful experience last year. No one should be made to feel unwelcome at our school. When a teacher abuses a position…

Students connect with project homeless

Teacher John Green and Assistant Principal Matt Steinecke took 55 freshman students to take part in San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect put on by Mayor Gavin Newsom on Dec. 8. “I really feel…

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