Gemma Calandra Former Staff

Gemma is excited to be joining the Bark staff as a senior. She is the daughter of two former journalists and hopes to carry that tradition in style this year. In her free time, Gemma likes to play music, spend time with friends, and eat as much chocolate as possible.

Contact Gemma Calandra: gcalandra@redwoodbark.org.


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Senior to follow in sister’s footsteps on PCT

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Long days, sore feet, heavy backpacks — this is what awaits those who attempt the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) — as well as beautiful views, new friendships, self-discovery and the adventure of a lifetime. This combination proved irresistible to senior Robert McInnis, who plans to hike the trail in its entirety in the spring of […]

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Thrift 4 Hope club raises money for local charity

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The Thrift 4 Hope club donated $540 to Buckelew Programs following their winter clothing sale, furthering the club’s goal of making a positive impact on the community. The club collects used clothing each semester for their biannual sales, with boxes stationed in Redwood’s front office and at several off-campus locations, according to co-president senior Abby […]

Breaking Uber’s rule that minors must be accompanied by an adult, many teenagers use the service to get around independently on a regular basis.

Uber: Hidden legalities of the popular app

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In 2009, a small company was created by two friends frustrated by their inability to find a taxi in Paris. In less than eight years, this San Francisco-based startup grew to give people all over the world access to rides—and even food delivery service—at the touch of a button. Among younger crowds especially, Uber seems […]

Trying to find their way in present-day L.A., jazz pianist Sebastian and actress Mia fall in love after a series of chance encounters.

‘La La Land’ mixes fantasy and reality to create magical moments

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“Frozen,” “Moana,” “Hairspray”—these are the on-screen musicals that have reached a widespread audience in recent years, finding their way to the musical big leagues right next to “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Sound of Music.” But what’s been missing are films reminiscent of these classics, capturing the attention of an older audience with their […]

Hecho por artistas en Nicaragua y Guatemala, las pulseras fueron agotadas en solo unos dias.

Grupo de estudiantes recauda miles de dólares para el Pulsera Project

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English Version Entre la semana del 7 al 14 de noviembre cientos de estudiantes llenaron los pasillos de Redwood con pulseras de colores hechas a mano que fueron vendidas por el club nuevo de Redwood llamado Color the World. Se vendían las pulseras s con el “Pulsera Project,” una iniciativa de la organización Color the […]

Made by artists in Nicaragua and Guatemala, the bracelets sold out within just a few days.

Redwood club raises thousands for Pulsera Project

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Spanish Version Hundreds of students filled Redwood’s halls with color during the weeks of Nov. 7 and 14, sporting the handmade bracelets sold by Redwood’s recently-formed Color the World club. The bracelets, called “pulseras,” were sold as part of the Pulsera Project, which is put on by the nonprofit organization Color the World and aims […]

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Should California have passed Prop 64?

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Face-to-Face is a feature that allows two members of the Redwood community to grill each other, argue, or simply converse about a relevant issue or event. We provide the topic, and they do the rest. This month’s participants are junior Aaron Fowler and senior Drew Dawson. The two discuss whether California Proposition 64, which passed […]

Usually heavy in the evening commute hours, traffic to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is gridlocked.

Marin traffic proves speed bump for local commuters

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The 21st century has conditioned us to an accelerated lifestyle. Email, automated bridge tolls and soon-to-be-released self-lacing shoes all stand as examples of our regular routines taking less and less time as the efficiency of modern technology improves. One of the frustrating exceptions to this rule, however, has emerged as an increasingly prominent part of […]

Teen Service Corps members take a break while volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity worksite in Novato.

Student group engages teens in community service

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On any given night when many teenagers might prefer to be hanging out with friends or watching a movie at home, a group of Redwood students may very well be found eating dinner with the homeless or planning ways to best help their community. They are part of the Teen Service Corps, a group that […]

Increasing field trips would enhance learning experience

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Remember the excitement you felt as you prepared to depart on a class field trip, free of the normal rules and work that school presented? I never truly appreciated those outings until I got to Redwood, where until a few months ago the farthest I ever traveled off campus with a class was across the […]