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Climate literacy initiative strives to ignite youth engagement


On November 3, 2021, the climate literacy resolution was passed unanimously by the Berkeley Unified School District School Board. According to the final draft of the resolution, BUSD was committed to graduating “students well-versed in climate change science, issues, and solutions.” The climate literacy resolution is an initiative to ensure all BUSD students are educated

School board: SLP assessments and parking lot construction


  On Wednesday, September 7, The Berkeley Unified School District School Board convened, discussing compensation for teachers writing recommendation letters, speech language pathologist assessment limits, the 2021-22 Unaudited Actuals, and the Milvia Street Project.  During the public comment section of the meeting, several teachers spoke about the need to either financially compensate teachers for

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BHS teachers push back against letters of recommendation


This year, several Berkeley High School teachers are refusing to write letters of recommendation, as they are not receiving compensation. This has put pressure on many college applicants, including France Naville, a senior in Berkeley International High School.  So far, Naville hasn’t been able to secure any letters of recommendation due to the teacher


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Looking Deep Within

My father seemed drained; work had probably stressed him out. I tried not to bother him, but as usual, I failed. I eventually ensnared myself in a fight with my sister.

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Senior pride: A privilege game

“SENIORRRSS! SENIORRRSS!” The chant rings loud through the hallways as students pack together like a herd of sheep. A rancid smell washes over the walkway, eggshells and other miscellaneous items littering the ground.




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‘Coquette’ eroticizes childlike innocence

The 1955 novel “Lolita” by Vladamir Nabokov depicts a predatory, sexual relationship between a 12 year-old girl and her middle-aged stepfather. For some incomprehensible reason, Hollywood produced two film adaptations, each being just as controversial as their source material.

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924 Gilman club rocks across generations

924 Gilman is an all-ages club that has been open for 35 years and is a generational staple for the Berkeley community. The decades of stickers in the bathrooms and street art covering the walls recall the voices of past performers and attendees.

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Drive-in movies cannot die out

On a Friday night in the 1930s, there was no better activity than enjoying a movie outdoors with family and friends for as cheap as only 25 cents per person.


BHS senior and captain Brianna Smyth powerfully palms the ball on September 13.

Girls water polo fights to score

On September 13, the Berkeley High School varsity women’s water polo team took on Bishop O’Dowd High School.  In the first half of the game, the teams seemed very evenly matched.

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Athlete Profile: Brianna Smyth

Brianna Smyth, a senior in Academic Choice, had never even heard of water polo before she got to Berkeley High School. When her close friend Krithi De Souza, Class of ‘22 graduate and last year’s captain, recommended she try it, she did.

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BHS girls volleyball defeats Deer Valley

On August 24, the Berkeley High School varsity girls volleyball team took on the Deer Valley Wolverines in the first game of their 2022 season. BHS came out on top, winning the game in straight sets.  Early in the first set, neither team was able to get a significant lead.