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.
Using she/they pronouns, students expand gender identity
Gender is a fundamental expression of individual identity, not just a spectrum but a plane that extends in multiple directions. With it comes societal baggage — expectations of behavior, pronouns, and other aspects of identity.
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
Best Places: Where to listen to live music
“Live music,” to Berkeley High School senior Ruby Thompson, “is a really incredible way to connect people based on shared interest.” Throughout the Bay Area, these gathering spaces in the form of restaurants, city parks, and traditional concert halls serve music with a side of community, art, and food.
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.
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.
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.
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.