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School board: SLP assessments and parking lot construction

  On Wednesday, September 7, The Berkeley Unified School District School Board convened, discussing compensation for teachers writing recommendation letters, speech language pathologist assessment limits, the 2021-22 Unaudited Actuals, and the Milvia Street Project.  During the public comment section of the meeting, several teachers spoke about the need to either financially compensate teachers for

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BHS club fair displays diverse selection of student-run clubs

On Thursday, September 8, Berkeley High School students had the opportunity to sign up for clubs during the annual club fair. The fair took place during periods one through three and advertised a diverse range of clubs.

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BUSD establishes Longfellow enrollment zone to increase diversity

On June 15, the Berkeley School Board unanimously voted to add a third enrollment zone for Longfellow Middle School, in an effort to desegregate the BUSD public middle schools.

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BHS teachers push back against letters of recommendation

This year, several Berkeley High School teachers are refusing to write letters of recommendation, as they are not receiving compensation. This has put pressure on many college applicants, including France Naville, a senior in Berkeley International High School.  So far, Naville hasn’t been able to secure any letters of recommendation due to the teacher

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Climate literacy initiative strives to ignite youth engagement

On November 3, 2021, the climate literacy resolution was passed unanimously by the Berkeley Unified School District School Board. According to the final draft of the resolution, BUSD was committed to graduating “students well-versed in climate change science, issues, and solutions.” The climate literacy resolution is an initiative to ensure all BUSD students are educated

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Berkeley High School Development Group funds new CNC router for Team Berkelium

The Berkeley High School Development Group has made a six thousand dollar donation to Team Berkelium, the BHS robotics team, funding a CNC router. This has helped the robotics team elevate their creations, and allowed students to continue furthering their knowledge of engineering, according to Dirk Wright, faculty advisor to the team.

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AAPI Literature class provides representation and community

After several years of advocacy, the Asian American Pacific Islander Literature class has finally started at Berkeley High School. The class is taught by Matthew Laurel, an English teacher and Academic Support Coordinator.  According to Laurel, the class was championed during the pandemic, at a time when solidarity in the AAPI community was critical, given

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College applicants grapple with the overturning of Roe v.Wade 

Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court ruling made in 1973 that legalized abortion nationally. It was overturned on June 24, 2022, giving individual states the right to criminalize abortion.   Many students at BHS experience their views being reciprocated by the local government.

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New Universal Meals Program: BHS free school lunch continues

As a result of California’s new “Universal Meals Program”, designed to expand on the federal National Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, Berkeley High School, during the 2022-23 school year, will continue offering two free meals to all students every day regardless of family income.  According to the Berkeley Unified School District Director of Nutrition

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BUSD School Board discusses Bridge Program, new tardy policy, teacher recommendations, and mask enforcement

On Wednesday, August 24, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board convened, discussing topics including staff shortages within the Bridge Program, mask enforcement, new contracts for teachers, and the new tardy policy at Berkeley High School.

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New COVID-19 Policies: Optional masking and at-home testing

As Berkeley High School gears up for the 2022-2023 school year, the administration prepares to control the spread of COVID-19, given the high rates of transmission.  “What we know from the district, that sets out a COVID safety plan for all of our sites, is that we’re trying our best to go back to

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BHS responds to bomb plot arrest 

On June 1, the Berkeley Police Department reported arresting a 16-year-old after receiving the tip that he was recruiting other high schoolers to enact a mass shooting and/or bombing at Berkeley High School.

Meet Enikia Ford Morthel: Berkeley’s New Superintendent

The district’s superintendent of three years, Brent Stephens, announced he was leaving Berkeley Unified School District this spring. Since then, the search for a successor led to one finalist, Enikia Ford Morthel, the deputy superintendent of instruction in the San Francisco school district.

Proposal Approved for Paid Student Advocate Position in Title IX Office

On May 23, Berkeley Schools Excellence Program approved a proposal for a paid student advocate, a new position in the Berkeley Unified School District Title IX office for the 2022-23 school year.

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.

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang Discusses AAPI Representation

“Back when I was a kid … I loved all of the Marvel superheroes except for one,” said award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang. “I did not like Shang-Chi at all.”  As a child, the character of Shang-Chi made Yang feel uncomfortable.

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Staff Appreciation Week Exposes Dissatisfaction of Teachers

From May 2 to May 6, Berkeley High School celebrated Staff Appreciation Week by holding a raffle for the staff of approximately 320. By the end of the week, the school was able to hand out 223 prizes, with four of them being, “grand prizes”.

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BHS Stop Harassing Presents to Middle Schoolers on Consent

On April 26, the Berkeley High School Stop Harassing organization began their consent education presentations to Berkeley Unified School District middle schools.