Simone Faulkner is passionate about writing and social justice, which is why she became an investigative writer on the Jacket. In her free time, she's still always writing and reading the news, though she also loves to play soccer, go to the beach, watch movies, and do community service.
Every diction is professional: codeswitching shouldn’t be a neccessity
“Finna,” “hella,” and “no cap” are just a few slang phrases that are heard around Berkeley High School hallways. While students use slang in the classroom as well, many students change the way they speak when they’re in class, with their friends, family, and in other situations. It’s called code-switching:
Latinx studies creates space for understanding at BHS
For some white students, it can be an unlikely choice to take a Latinx studies course because some may feel it’s not for them. To imagine walking into a class in which you are obviously an outsider is scary, but perhaps the point. As a culture-based set of courses, Latinx studies classes are focused on
BHS clubs must be all-inclusive
Berkeley High School’s seemingly endless list of clubs is a representative microcosm and point of pride for the school. There are a multitude of clubs for every hobby, culture, food item, and niche interest, even branching into single articles of clothing.
Lack of Diversity in Class Hurts BIPOC
Natalia Quezada, a junior in Academic Choice who identifies as Latina, is often one of the only students of color in her classes. According to Quezada, her teachers don’t do an adequate job of acknowledging the lack of diversity in classrooms or making a safe space for Black and Brown students.
Is It Because They're Not White?
Two-year-old Arianna Fitts disappeared on April 5, 2016 in Oakland, California. Just before this, her mother, Nikki Fitts, was found dead by a gardener in McLaren Park in San Francisco.
BHS Success Relies on Measures E,G, & H
A good education system is crucial to creating a well-functioning society. And yet, American public schools often don’t get the funding they need, and teachers are given inadequate salaries despite their hard work.
An Open Letter to the Student Body
One of the most important responsibilities I feel as your principal is to keep you safe. So often, that involves imagining how to protect you and our school from outside threats – an earthquake, an active shooter, even bad air quality.