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BHS Students face long travels, location changes, to take SAT

With a low availability of SAT exam spots in the Bay Area, many Berkeley High School students must take their SAT exam at far away testing locations. This can be a burden to students financially and in regards to transportation.  Magnolia Hougan, a BHS junior, shared that she took her SAT exam in Los Angeles

Candidates share campaigns during weeks before BHS election

On Monday, March 25, Berkeley High School students will begin voting for Associated Student Body leadership. In preparation for the election, many candidates attended the ASB candidate meet and greet on Friday, March 8 at lunch to publicize their agendas and interact with voters.  “If I’m elected, I hope to make the student voice

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Therapy dog visits library, provides support to BHS students

On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, a therapy dog named Marlowe came to the Downtown Berkeley Public Library. Marlowe, a Cavalier King Charles, is a dog with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Foundation.

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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.

Theresa Sims holds a "Peer Educator" t-shirt in the BHS Health Center.

SHIFT recruits BHS students to teach sexual health information

“SHIFT is a peer-led educator group that aims to give, to freshmen mostly, but students at comprehensive sex ed., and also connect students with the health center,” Sasha Spanier, a BHS senior who works with SHIFT as a peer educator, said.  SHIFT stands for Sexual Health Information From Teens, and the

Protesting students hold "President Biden: Ceasfire Now!" signs.

Walkout: Students call for ceasefire, Israel-Palestine curriculum

On Tuesday, March 13, 2024, chants of “Free Palestine,” “Teach Palestine,” and “Ceasefire” could be heard from the senior steps, where Berkeley High School  students gathered to call for a ceasefire in Gaza and advocated for the teaching of the Israel-Palestine conflict in Berkeley Unified School District  classes.

ADL files federal complaint against BUSD, alleging anti-Semitism on campuses

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, the Anti-Defamation League and the Brandeis Center released a complaint alleging that BUSD has failed to sufficiently address harassment and discrimination against Jewish-identifying students at elementary, middle, and high schools in the district.

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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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FAFSA updates cause delays and concerns

This year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has attempted to implement a new method for calculating the amount of financial aid each student will receive, resulting in unanticipated delays in the financial aid process and by extension, the college decision process.

Joseph Smith helped organize AC Speaks!.

Teachers develop new AC leadership group  

Formed at the beginning of the fall semester, AC Speaks! is a new student leadership group for students in Academic Choice to be more active in their small learning community.

Authors Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham speak at BHS library  

On Friday, Feb. 9 2024, Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham came to Berkeley High School to discuss their new book, “Lunar New Year Love Story.”  “Lunar New Year Love Story” is a young adult romance novel, centered around the traditions of the Lunar New Year and the importance of love.

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.

Jenn Hartman teaches a class about Black history.

BHS classes celebrate Black History Month

Since 1976, Black History Month has been celebrated every February across the U.S. During this month, many Berkeley High School teachers cover topics related to Black history in the country.  Dawn Williams, co-chair of the African Studies Department, as well as a teacher for both Spanish in the African Diaspora and African Diaspora Dance, shared

Xochitl Duenas is a teacher for the BHS Puente Program, which works to support Latinx students.

School board speakers express concern over the BHS safety plan

During the Berkeley Unified School District School Board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, the BUSD School Board allowed for public comments, board member comments, union comments, the approval of the consent calendar, and discussion of the governor’s budget update.

BHS junior Joaquin Cohen solos on the alto saxophone.

BHS Jazz visits Cuba, collaborates with Escuela Nacional de Arte

During the week of Jan. 21, to Jan. 28, 2024, Berkeley High School’s juniors and seniors from BHS’s jazz program participated in a biannual week-long trip to Cuba where they had an opportunity to learn from students in the Escuela Nacional de Arte and engage with Cuban culture, according to BHS Jazz Co-Director Roberto

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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.

Jenn Hartman teaches a class about Black history.

Recipe submissions for Black History Month

Lane-Scott Fried Chicken For Manny Lane-Scott, a BHS junior, a special family recipe is fried chicken. He and his family pan-fry the chicken, season it with some salt and pepper, and serve it with Louisiana hot sauce.

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LCAP committee discusses three year plan for Berkeley schools

Every three years, school districts across California create a three-year Local Community Accountability Plan which is reviewed annually and establishes district priorities with the hope of serving school communities.