Violet Miller-Brady




Class of 2026

Violet Miller-Brady is a writer for the Jacket and a 9th grader at Berkeley High. Some of her interests include cooking, lacrosse, piano, and basketball. In her spare time, she also loves to listen to music and to discover new books.

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Freshman choose small schools following  SLC presentations


On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, Berkeley High School freshmen selected their Small Learning Communities after a month of in-class SLC presentations, which began in mid-January.

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BUSD updates COVID-19 policies


On Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, the Berkeley Unified School District sent a newsletter to families regarding the new COVID-19 response policies. The email discussed the updated protocol, which now allows students to continue attending school after testing positive as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.

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BHS teachers paid for reccomendations


In previous years, Berkeley High School teachers writing letters of recommendation for students have received no compensation for their work. After a push from teachers and parents last year to change this, the Berkeley Unified School District reached a memorandum of understanding with the Berkeley Federation of Teachers that has been officially implemented

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GESHAC aims to improve gender equity and sexual safety in BUSD


The Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent’s Gender Equity and Sexual Harassment Advisory Committee was established in order to provide education and address students’ issues concerning sexual safety and gender identity.

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School board discusses student wellness


On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board convened, discussing the upcoming Wellness Center at Berkeley High School, the impact on students from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the upcoming modernization of Sylvia Mendez Elementary.

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Gender non-conforming Latinx students


“A lot of the newer generation is becoming more accepting about queer and Hispanic, but people who are older and have been around for longer haven’t really been exposed to it since they’re used to their more traditional ways,” said Bex Campillo Quitano, a junior in Arts and Humanities Academy.

Difficult classes: A decision students  must make for themselves


There are many AP, IB, and other advanced courses available at Berkeley High School, but how many students really want to be taking these classes? With increasingly competitive college admissions and pressure from peers, it’s hard to say.  “If everyone else is signing up for a club, then maybe they feel the pressure to do

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BUSD School Board discusses funding, climate literacy, SPED


On Wednesday, May 3, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board convened and discussed topics including Climate Literacy education and showcase, budget cuts for the Responsibility, Integrity, Strength and Empowerment program, the low funding for Berkeley Technology Academy, and updates on the funding and development of the Special Education Program.  The Climate Literacy

The BHS Robotics

BHS Robotics reaches semifinals at FIRST Canada Competition


​​From Feb. 28 to March 4, Team Berkelium, Berkeley High School’s robotics team, traveled to Victoria, British Columbia to participate in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Canada Competition.

BHS Community Theater set to open in May


On January 3, the A Building reopened, but construction on the Community Theater has continued since. The theater first went under construction in the summer of 2020.

Students with farmers

Working at farmers’ market, teens connect with Berkeley locals


“People get to know us because they’re here and then they become close … and we get each other,” said Steven Carroll, an employee of Dirty Girl Farm who sells at the company’s farmers market stand.

“Wakanda Forever” showings are available in Downtown Berkeley and El Cerrito.

Over 800 freshmen attend ‘Wakanda Forever’ U9 field trip


On December 1, the entirety of the U9 took a field trip to see the new Black Panther movie, “Wakanda Forever.” The trip was an exciting ordeal for both students and teachers alike, especially emerging from COVID-19 times, where field trips were nonexistent.

Young voters play a crucial role in elections.

National voting age at 16 is imperative for this generation


In the 2020 presidential election, only 51.4% of citizens ages 18 to 24 voted. Young people have the lowest voting turnout of any age group and this means that our beliefs aren’t being adequately represented in the government of this country.

Academic competition provides students with a necessary push


As many of us can attest to, high school students put a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed. The future is a daunting idea to entertain, and feeling the need to be perfect in school doesn’t help with this stress.