Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

A note from the Editor in ChiefThe Jacket would like to apologize for the lack of context provided in the original article, as well as the unnecessary harm caused, in particular to the AMPS community.

Berkeley Copwatch Investigates Possible BPD Arrest Quota


In November of 2022, recently fired Berkeley Police Department officer Corey Shedoudy leaked a series of texts from the BPD Bike Task Force. These texts included officers joking about a hypothetical disease that could wipe out the homeless population in Berkeley and alluded to a possible arrest quota that had been established within the

Teachers personalize content, adapt to changing AP guidelines


As education science evolves and curricula shift, even Advanced Placement classes and their exams change. Redesigns of AP classes happen on a scale imperceptible to students, but for teachers who have to teach the same thing every year, a development in the College Board’s philosophy can shake up their classroom.

Students commute to school in all different ways. For today’s episode, we spoke with students about how getting to school can sometimes be frustrating or relaxing, eventful or mundane. Whatever the case, the destination is always the same– the crowded, diverse, spirited halls of Berkeley High.

This episode was produced and edited by Miriam Reichenberg. Interviews were conducted by Zazie Duchene.


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Born a Leader

Me? A leader? My past self could only laugh at the very suggestion of that title being assigned to me. As a quiet kid, taking on leadership roles was so foreign to me– as if that title were reserved only for those who were loud, authoritative, or just incredibly confident.



A new graduate going to college of the back of a letter of reccomendation.

Letters of rec process overloads teachers

“Out of all the 50 letters of recommendation that I wrote, I was happy to write all 50, and I think that each student deserved a great letter of recommendation,” said Erin Smith, a Berkeley High School Biology and Integrated Science teacher, “(but) at the same time it’s a ton of extra work that I


Kea Morshed pretending to take a photo without a camera.

Artist Spotlight: Kea Morshed

Kea Morshed feels making films has been very therapeutic for him. He describes how, “Because I write most of my films, whether I like it or not, they always represent what was going on in my life at that time in my head.

Illustration of Karl Lagerfeld with sunglasses with flames in them and flashing lights behind him.

Controversial Met Gala theme spurs celebrity and fan outcry

On May 1, 2023, the annual Met Gala was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The theme was Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty. Celebrities from all over the world came to the Gala dressed “In Honor of Karl,” which varied from dress and attire simply inspired by his style to celebrities actually dressed

People marching with signs behind a cracked computer.

Writers Guild fed up with low wages and AI

“We must now exert the maximum leverage possible to get a fair contract,” reads the announcement by the Writers Guild of America, regarding the strike that started May 2, approved by over 98 percent of its members.


Independent Study allows athletic freedom

“The path that I’m taking right now is the most sure pathway to go play as a professional soccer player,” said Simon Diagana, a Berkeley High School senior who switched into Independent Study to play for the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer Academy team.

Manny Selles awaits a pitch.

BHS spring sports: Recaps and reviews

As regular seasons wrap up, Berkeley High School spring sports teams prepare for postseason tournaments.  The BHS boys’ baseball team finished 2nd place in their league with a record of 18 wins and seven losses.