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Teachers at BHS grapple with rising healthcare costs

Healthcare insurance costs increase yearly, and are expected to rise by 3.5 percent for Berkeley Unified School District teachers next year, according to Mollie Blustein, a teacher at Cragmont Elementary School and Berkeley High School graduate, who spoke at a recent school board meeting.

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BUSD admin, staff respond to COVID-19 cases at BHS

Correction: This article has been edited to correct information that has now been verified.   The Berkeley Unified School District COVID-19 dashboard shows that in December 2022, 91 cases of COVID-19 were reported at BHS.

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seasonal depression impacts students, BHS offers resources

Seasonal depression, also commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a form of depression where symptoms appear during specific seasons, typically fall and winter, when days get shorter, and there is less sunlight.

Apology from the Jacket

The Jacket would like to apologize for gross misquotation of several sources in the recent article titled, “Students, staff battle messaging on BIHS,” published on January 13.

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School Board: New multilingual curriculum, budget summary

On December 14, the Berkeley Unified School District held their last board meeting of the year. The meeting included the welcoming of two new members, as well as presentations on ethnic studies classes, the superintendent’s future plans, the Multilingual Master program, and the district’s budget allocations.  At the beginning of the meeting, Jennifer Shanoski and

Author Mira Amiras promotes her book at the Bay Area Book Festival, Malkah’s Notebook.

Author Mira Amiras takes the stage at the Bay Area Book Fair

On December 8th, the Magnes Museum, a collection focused on Jewish art and life, hosted the Bay Area Book Fair. Just a few blocks from Berkeley High, Mira Z.

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Berkeley storms reach unprecedented levels

Berkeley kicked off 2023 with a wet winter storm of unprecedented proportion. The city’s streams have grown many times in size, water has been overflowing out of most gutters, and thunder and lightning have become a part of the average school day.

Voting age measures yet to be implemented in the Bay Area

In the last four years, two voting measures allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections passed in Oakland and Berkeley. The two measures, Measure Y1 which passed in Berkeley in 2016, and Measure QQ, which passed in Oakland in 2020, weren’t implemented by Alameda County in time for the 2022 election.

A Building makes long-awaited return to BHS

In the summer of 2020, Berkeley High School started major renovations on the A Building. The entire process was estimated to last around two years, with intentions of improving seismic safety, accessibility, and classroom space.

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Students reflect on community service opportunities at BHS

Berkeley High School has a wide variety of clubs, with a total of 115 listed on their website as of Oct. 28. There are 14 different club categories listed on the website as well, the third largest being service-oriented clubs with 18 registered clubs.

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BHS counselors and students offer college interview guidelines

As the fall semester comes to a close, Berkeley High School seniors are starting to submit their applications to colleges, and experience their first college interviews.

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School board: Literacy program update, two members retire

On Wednesday, November 30, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board meeting included an update on the recent dyslexia settlement, speeches by two board members who are stepping down this year, and recognition of Berkeley High School’s partnership with the Berkeley Fire Department.

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Berkeley and California vote on 2022 midterm propositions

PROP L, M, N As for local legislation, measures M, and N passed, with 64 percent, and 76 percent of the vote respectively. Measure L, which required a 66 percent majority, failed with only 59 percent of the vote.

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UC Berkeley academic workers strike for higher wages, benefits

Over the last few weeks, close to 48,000 University of California academic workers, 10,000 of whom are from UC Berkeley, are striking for higher wages and better benefits.

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California assessment results illuminate racial achievement gaps

On October 24, the California Department of Education released the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, according to a Berkeley Unified School District press release.

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BHS Talent Show features live music, comedy, and a fire alarm

On Friday November 4, Berkeley High School students gathered in the Little Theater to watch the BHS Talent Show. The show consisted of mostly musical performers, and one stand up comedian.

Susi Lopex teaches Spanish at BHS

DÌa de Los Muertos fosters remembrance and celebration

Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, was celebrated throughout Latin American countries and communities on the first two days of November. At Berkeley High School, an altar was constructed in the C Building, honoring three students who passed away earlier this year.According to Susi Lopez, a BHS Spanish teacher, the school has

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Consent Education Club publishes videos in tri-weekly bulletin

In the last week of October, Berkeley High School students watched three videos on consent education in the video bulletin at BHS. Behind these videos is the Consent Education Club.