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Updated Block Schedule Marks Possible End to Late Mondays


As Berkeley High School approaches the end of the 2021-22 school year, the administration looks to the students for ways to improve BHS in the coming years.

Members of BHS Mountain Bike Team Robbed at Gunpoint


On Saturday April 16, several members of the Berkeley High School Mountain Bike Team were robbed at gunpoint in North Berkeley. The group consisted of three coaches and two student-athletes who were returning from a practice in Napa in their minivan loaded with bicycles and other expensive equipment.

How Berkeley Elementary Schools Are Celebrating Black History Month


With the beginning of February comes the question of how Black History Month will be approached by Berkeley Unified School District, particularly during the first year back in-person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In past years, Black History Month in BUSD differed depending on the student’s grade level, school, and teacher.

School Board Responds to Safety Concerns Amidst Omicron Surge


The Berkeley Unified School District School Board held its first meeting of 2022 on Wednesday, January 5. Due to the Omicron variant’s spread across the United States as well as Berkeley and its public schools, the meeting focused on how the district is handling this COVID-19 surge.

Fall Review, Winter Preview


At the close of the 2021 fall season, Berkeley High School’s varsity football team finished with a 3-6 record. “The guys played really hard. We had the opportunity to win every game, even if it didn’t always go our direction,” said James Hodgins, head coach of varsity football.

Newsom Wins Recall Election in a Landslide to Stay in Office


Winning more than 60 percent of the vote, Newsom defeated politicians such as former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, conservative radio host Larry Elder, and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.

‘This Is Our Future:’ Bay Area Youth Strike Against Line Three


Students from Berkeley High School, as well as other Bay Area schools, participated in a climate strike on Friday, August 27.  The strike protested Pipeline 3, California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s support of the fossil fuel industry, and the lack of action regarding unsafe conditions around the Hunters’ Point Naval Shipyard in San

World News In Review: Vaccinations


Around the world, vaccinations have become more and more widespread, marking the beginning of the end of pandemic life that began over a year ago. However, vaccine distribution varies in speed and effectiveness from country to country.

School Board Meeting Covers Reopening Plans, Anti-Asian Violence


The March 24 Berkeley Unified School District school board meeting included conversations about school reopening in the fall, possible reopenings later this school year, and the spike in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that has been observed over the past months.

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Berkeley Adult School Parking Lot to be Converted to BUSD Staff Housing


On Wednesday, February 17, the Berkeley Unified School District board made the decision to approve the parking lot of the Berkeley Adult School for a new initiative that would build as many as 110 homes for BUSD staff.  The cost of living in Berkeley, California, is 80 percent higher than the national average, according

The Moscone Center in San Francisco is distributing vaccines to those eligible in the Bay Area, including essential workers and people over 65 years of age.

Teens Should Wait to Be Vaccinated, Even if They Are Eligible Now


In recent weeks, COVID-19 vaccines have been made available to food service workers, childcare workers, and people over 65. In the United States, teenagers should not be allowed to be vaccinated before higher risk Americans, even if they do fit either of the first two criteria.  To begin, teens are much less vulnerable to COVID-19

Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 La Vuelta Bike Race


On Sunday, November 8, the famous Spanish bike race known as “La Vuelta a España” came to a close after having been pushed back two months from its original start date in mid-August.

LA Dodgers Beat Tampa Bay Rays in Unique 2020 World Series


The 2020 World Series came to a close on Wednesday, October 28, and the Los Angeles Dodgers came out victorious after a season like no other. Beating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6, the series was filled with incredible highlights.

Paul Regier poses with a volleyball.

Athlete Profile: Paul Regier


Paul Regier, a junior in Academic Choice, plays outside hitter on the Berkeley High School men’s varsity volleyball team. As the season approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, Regier hopes that BHS’s relatively small team will still have the opportunity to play together.  Regier began playing volleyball at age 11 on his middle school

This Safeway on Shattuck Avenue will have to remove candy and other sugary foods from its checkout aisles, according to a new Berkeley ordinance.

New Berkeley Ordinance Bans “Junk Food” At Store Registers


On Tuesday, September 22, Berkeley unanimously passed a new ordinance restricting the kinds of food that can be sold in checkout aisles citywide. The “Healthy Checkout Ordinance” states that stores with more than 2,500 square feet may no longer contain sugary snacks in the checkout aisle.

Parents wait at the BUSD Ed Hub to receive supplies and chromebooks that they could not access during the previous pick up window.

Textbook Pick Up Raises Concerns About Equal Resource Access


On Wednesday, September 16, Berkeley High School held one of its last rounds of curbside textbook pick up after significant disruptions due to the poor air quality from wildfires.

Laura Babitt is a member of the BUSD Oversight Committee and a current candidate for the position of School Board Director.

Who is Running for BUSD School Board?


There are two vacancies on the Berkeley Unified School District Board, and both incumbents — Judy Appel and Beatriz Leyva Cutler — are not running for reelection.

Berkeley Native Kamala Harris Selected as Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee


On August 12, 2020, Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election. As a member of the second class to integrate into public schools in Berkeley, and a mixed-race child of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris’ nomination is undeniably historic.