Sydney Lehrer



School Safety Committee and BHS Administration work to revise the safety plan amid community concern


“The school safety plan is an official document that lists all procedures that need to be followed in case of an emergency,” Liliana Cardile, a Berkeley High School parent and reporter of the BHS School Safety Committee, said.

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Modern day implications of BPD history and police tactics


Berkeley’s Police Review Commission, established in 1973, is thought to be the first civilian police oversight agency with investigative powers in the country.

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ADL files complaint against BUSD, alleges acts of antisemitism on district campuses


On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and the Anti-Defamation League filed a federal complaint against Berkeley Unified School District alleging that BUSD has failed to address “severe and persistent” discrimination against Jewish and Israeli students in the months since the Hamas attack against Israel on October 7.

BHS Sunrise organizes protest in SF, calls Biden to climate action


“Climate justice is the biggest issue of our time and it can no longer be ignored. And because of that, we must be too young, too radical, and too impractical to ignore.” These were words said by youth climate activist Finn Does in a speech given at a protest on Monday, Feb.

The current staff parking lot has less than 150 spots.

Teachers in BUSD struggle without access to reliable parking


“There’s nothing worse than having a stressful morning already and then pulling up to the school parking lot when you teach a first-period class and finding that there are no spots available,” said Julie Panebianco, a Universal  Ninth Grade English teacher.  This is an experience shared by many teachers at BHS and in schools

Sylvia Mendez Elementary School to commence construction project amidst parent upset


In summer of 2024, Sylvia Mendez Elementary School will begin a two-year construction project to modernize the facility, which will render all except three classrooms unsafe for student use during the first year of construction.

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Crew and mountain biking perception harms BHS athletes


Historically, crew and mountain biking have had primarily white demographics. This issue remains prevalent amongst both teams at Berkeley High School.

Sami Khayatei Houssiani and Lenka Simon are on the SSC.

BHS Site Council: Representatives share impact of lack of clarity


When Berkeley High School junior Lenka Simon ran for the Berkeley High School Site Council at the end of their freshman year, they said they weren’t entirely sure what they were running for.

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Athletes face health impacts of smoke days


A gray smoke cloud loomed over the Bay Area in mid-September, painting the sky gray and blocking the hills from sight. Wildfires in Northern California and Oregon sent smoke down to Berkeley, with air quality reaching 130 on the Air Quality Index according to Berkeleyside, levels considered unhealthy for those with pulmonary conditions.

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BHS sports sees increasing  attendance


According to Robin Van der Vegt, a co-athletic director at Berkeley High School, prior to COVID-19, football and volleyball games at BHS often had a few hundred attendees at each game.

BHS student section cheering on Friday evening.

BHS football home opener a success


On Friday, Sept. 8, the Berkeley High School Yellowjackets faced De Anza High School in their first home game of the season, defeating them by a score of 41-14.