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Luke De Valpine practices in a new soundproofed practice room.

Music teachers acclimate after moving back to the A Building


Sarah Cline, leader of Berkeley High School’s jazz program, was one of many teachers who made the move from their temporary holding spaces to the newly refurbished A Building.  “It was like one of those home makeover shows, when the family’s coming in two hours and everyone is blitzing to get ready,” Cline said.  The

Room for Improvement group auditions aspiring drama enthusiasts


The improvisational group Room for Improvement is reforming at Berkeley High School, a tradition that helps aspiring actors explore themselves as team members.  “[Members] are not necessarily the most experienced actors, but [are] the kids comfortable enough to listen…, to fail…, [to] say ‘yes,’” said Jordan Winer, an English teacher at BHS who  has

Jazz trip to Cuba exposes students to a cultural take on the genre


At a recent concert, Jazz band Director Sarah Cline asked for parent support for the upcoming trip to Cuba. She recalled the contrast between the attitudes of host school Havana’s Escuela Nacional de Música, the National School of Arts, and Berkeley High School to woodwind reeds.

Bell redesign considers deeper learning


“59 percent of our students happy here,” said Yasmin Navarro, a college counselor at the College and Career Center, regarding a survey given to juniors.

Students can attend the student made exhibit during lunch.

CTE classes unite to build haunted house, escape room for students


In the courtyard attached to room G112, Berkeley High School’s mechatronics, sound design, art, carpentry, and CAD classes have come together in time for Halloween to create an interdisciplinary summative project: a combonation haunted house and escape room envisioned, built, and presented by students and staff alone.

People Protesting

Shift in Ethnic Studies teaching better represents Latinx culture


“People of all colors together united to fight for this department in San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, and later in high school,” said Menaka Gentle, Ethnic Studies teacher for Hive 6 of the Universial Ninth Grade.

After 40 Years, The Solano Stroll Continues Its Legacy of Supporting Local Businesses


After three years of pandemic-based hiatus, the Solano Stroll returned to the Bay Area on Sunday, September 11, bringing with it a day of entertainment and business.  “The Stroll started off as a sidewalk sale,” said Robert Abrams, a potter and one of the volunteer board members for the Solano Avenue Association.

Shattuck Cinemas in Downtown Berkeley

Efforts to increase housing pushes out downtown businesses


Twenty years ago, six movie theaters were within easy reach of downtown Berkeley-goers. With the closing of Shattuck Cinemas in late May, Regal UA, on the same street, is the last one remaining, and the 90-year-old Art Deco building is soon to leave as well.

‘Roe v. Wade’ Supreme Court Draft: BHS Students Respond


“It kind of felt like a slap in the face,” said Sam Matsumoto, a film photography teacher at Berkeley High School as she shared her opinion on the pending overturning of Roe v.

School Board Covers Teacher’s Wages, BSEP Budget


On Wednesday, May 4, Berkeley Unified School District’s School Board met to discuss growing class sizes, wages among teachers, and the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program’s budget.  After acknowledging Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month, the board opened up the microphone for public comment, with nine members of the webinar sharing their thoughts. 

IEPs can provide students with extra time on assignments and assessments.

Students in Special Education Supported by IEPs and 504 Plans


“We [at Berkeley Unified School District are] creating a world where anyone can feel that they are important and that they have a space in our society to contribute,” said Shawn Mansager, executive director of special education for BUSD.

Students compete in a trash bag race for the prize of being first in line for food.

Black Student Union Holds Black History Month Celebration


Berkeley High School’s Black Student Union hosted a Black History Month event at lunch last Friday, February 25, to celebrate the diverse cultures of the African diaspora.

BHS Teachers and Families Connect at Virtual Open House


Berkeley High School held its annual Open House virtually this year, allowing students and parents to interact with teachers and giving current freshmen the opportunity to learn about BHS’s small schools for next school year.

BHS Utilizes Restorative Justice to Address Violence on Campus


After the return to in-person learning, Berkeley High School administrators are working to address increased violence on campus, believed to be due, in part, to the stress of the pandemic.

Student vendors display various merchandise at the AHA Craft Fair on December 9 and 10.

BHS Students Sell Handmade Goods at Arts and Humanities Academy Craft Fair


Berkeley High School’s Arts and Humanities Academy held a craft fair during lunch on December 9 and 10. The craft fair is serving as a replacement for AHA’s annual art exhibition at Kala Art Institute, put on halt due to the pandemic.

An ofrenda exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California honors lives lost to COVID-19. The altar can be seen until November 28.

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MUSICAL OFFERINGS Classical at Freight & SalvageJoin Robin Sharp on violin, Michael Flexer on cello, and Russell Hancock on piano for an evening of chamber music on November 8th.

Students walk past a sign directing mask usage

Examining Berkeley High School's Quarantine Policy


Story last updated September 9th. See the chart above for the latest data. In the four weeks of Berkeley High School’s full return to in-person learning, 13.5 COVID-19 cases have been reported and confirmed.

The audit suggests that Berkeley police have lacked thoroughness and accurate reporting with the local homeless population, one of which resides near the Berkeley Marina.

City Audit Raises Concerns Over BPD Racial Bias & Transparency


On Thursday, April 22, city auditor Jenny Wong published a groundbreaking analysis of Berkeley policing that has brought to light useful information regarding mental health calls and traffic stops.