Academic pressure is harming BHS's sick students
If one looks around Berkeley High School, it’s easy to see that students are coming to school while ill. In most classrooms, you’ll hear at least a few coughs and sneezes, student voices scratchy with the beginnings of a cold or flu.
Lack of PSAT access at BHS deprives students of opportunities
Berkeley High School will not offer the PSAT this year. The PSAT is a practice version of the SAT, usually taken by juniors, that allows students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship as well as assess their abilities in preparation for the SAT.
Juvenile violence harms communities, Berkeley High School must get involved
On Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, hundreds of kids broke out into fights near Emeryville’s AMC theater. It was the day of AMC’s four dollar movie ticket sale, and the streets were flooded with up to four hundred kids, who then broke out into violence. According to ABC7 News, one shot was fired and one juvenile
Counselor bonds aid students
Students are often encouraged to build relationships with their counselors, but the value of a strong student-counselor relationship can be overlooked.
Legacy admissions: rooted in inequality
Should college admissions be based on merit or circumstance? Now that the Supreme Court has ended affirmative action, a practice meant to ensure equal opportunities for all, it makes no sense to allow a true injustice in college admissions to linger: legacy admissions.
Letter to the Editor
A note from the Editor in ChiefThe Jacket would like to apologize for the lack of context provided in the original article, as well as the unnecessary harm caused, in particular to the AMPS community.
Cheating culture at BHS is rooted in student disinterest
Each year, as it has been for decades, students start their school year greeted with the same message: “Don’t cheat, you’ll get a zero, I’ll fail you in this class,” said a Berkeley High School student who chose to remain anonymous, mimicking teachers at BHS.
Parent days must become more inclusive
With Mother’s Day having just passed, it’s time to reconsider the relevancy and inclusivity of holidays like Mother’s and Father’s Day. All kids, not just ones with traditional households, should be encouraged to find ways to celebrate their parents.
Student feedback helps classes improve
At the end of the semester or school year, many teachers at Berkeley High School request feedback from their students. Teachers usually ask for feedback through a Google form.
SLCs require more accessible AP classes
For most Berkeley High School students, taking AP classes is a simple choice they task themselves with when choosing their schedules for the next school year.
AAPI heritage adds to Cal campus culture
In the fall of 2022, over 43.3 percent of new freshmen enrolled at UC Berkeley identified as Asian or Pacific Islander. A common stereotype about Asian students is that they’re only ever focused on work, but the reality is that the dominant precence of AAPI heritage on campus adds joy and variation to the campus
Co-opting style trends damage Asian cultures
What do “white girl wellness,” fox eye makeup, and K-pop obsessions all have in common? Are they all somehow connected to Asian culture? Are they all things that white people have co-opted as their own?
Family languages strengthen cultural ties
Exploring languages other than English can be a gateway to understanding different cultures, widening the perspective of history, and connecting more with one’s ancestors.