Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wildfires Decimate North CA, Engulf Bay Area in Smoke

Photograph by Samuel Heller 22 fires in the Northern California area have destroyed over 5,700 structures, displaced more than forty thousand residents, and killed 41 people. The sources of the fires have yet to be...

Maternity Leave Bill Advances

Last month, the California State Senate and Assembly passed Assembly Bill (AB) 568, which would mandate six weeks of paid maternity leave for public school and community college employees. The bill would apply to...

BHS Celebrates Attendance

Illustration by Tanya Bearson Berkeley High School (BHS) hosted an attendance celebration on October 2. Student Welfare and Attendance Specialist Aiesha Lockett and the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Office of Family Engagement and Equity...

BUSD Eyes Moellering Field for Tennis Court Installation

Photograph by Simone Lewis Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) is currently searching for practice spaces for the Berkeley High School (BHS) tennis team. At their October 13 meeting, the school board discussed establishing tennis courts...

School Board Discusses Appropriate Use of State Assessments

Illustration by Kai Henthorne-Iwane The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) School Board held a special meeting on October 4 to discuss how academic assessments can best help students, parents, teachers, and administrators. In particular, the...

Yiannopoulos Visits UCB Despite Free Speech Week Cancellation

Photograph by Paolo Harris-Paz The Berkeley Patriot, a conservative, student-run, online publication at University of California, Berkeley (UCB) organized Free Speech Week, an event where many conservative speakers were invited to campus to speak about...

Overenrollment Pushes Class Sizes Over Target, Strains Faculty

Illustration by Kai Henthorn-Iwane This year, Berkeley High School (BHS) was taken by surprise when enrollment totaled 3,007 students rather than the projected 2,887. 120 unexpected students made the difference between the school’s target average...

Sexual Harassment Procedures Updated

Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) School Board members and BHS staff and administrators are updating and instituting various policies and procedures to aid in the prevention of and appropriate response to sexual harm. A survey...

California Becomes a Sanctuary State

Illustration by Fintan O'Sullivan California is set to become a “sanctuary state” through Senate Bill 54 (SB 54), which was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 5. The bill, nicknamed the California Values Act,...

Hateful Social Media Account Wounds BHS Community

Illustration by Maytal Bach Berkeley High School (BHS) students and staff learned of an Instagram account created and followed by BHS students that contained racist, anti-Semitic, and ableist content on Monday, September 25. Although the account...