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.
BHS ’21 Alum Charged with Hacking and Revenge Porn
Former Berkeley High School student Liam Burgmann was charged this week for “revenge porn,” according to a Berkeley Police Department press release. BHS officials reportedly notified the School Resource Officer on May 10 that “several female students had their social media accounts hacked to search for and access personal nude photographs.”
“It Feels Unreal:” BHS Students Return to In-Person School
Berkeley High School students returned Monday to full time in-person school for the first time since March 2020. With in-person school now mandatory, students, staff, and teachers are feeling a variety of emotions. “Our teachers miss you, a lot, they
Netflix’s Hype House Reality Show Will Prove Damaging for All Involved
On April 22, Netflix announced a deal for a new reality show with several TikTok creators, many of whom are part of the group known as the “Hype House.” While the announcement may not be surprising to those who have been following either the TikTokers themselves or Netflix’s evolving business model, it prompted almost immediate
‘Reopening Is Going to Be a Process:’ Local Theaters Struggle During Pandemic
After watching the biggest movies of the year from their living rooms, or snagging a ticket to one of the few local drive-ins, — all for movies whose releases haven’t been delayed — theater-goers can finally enjoy the in-person theater experiences they haven’t had access to for the past year. Local and national theaters have
Hybrid Learning Plan Released
Hybrid learning plans have been a major subject of discussion since Berkeley Unified School District’s announcement that schools would return to hybrid instruction this spring, once teachers are vaccinated.
Moxie’s Attempts to Educate Falls Short
“Patriarchy sucks. Rebel girls are cool,” reads Netflix’s tagline for the new film Moxie, directed by Amy Poehler. This summarizes the ethos of the movie, as well as its many problems.
Berkeley Elementary Schools Will Return to Five Days a Week of In-Person Instruction
After the recent decision for Berkeley teachers to return to in-person instruction once vaccinated, the Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley Federation of Teachers have now shared a rough hybrid instructional plan for elementary schools. As previously agreed, transitional kindergarten through second grade students will return on March 29, with the rest of
BHS Safety Officers Work Drastically Different Jobs During Distance Learning
Eric Riley, who has been a safety officer at Berkeley High School since 2007, now hasn’t worked on campus in nearly a year. While Riley’s story may not seem all that different from that of countless teachers and staff in Berkeley and many other districts, the nature of his job is. BHS’s safety officers,
Berkeley Schools to Return to Hybrid Instruction This Academic Year
The Berkeley Federation of Teachers and Berkeley Unified School District have reached a tentative agreement for schools to return after teachers are vaccinated, and established a timeline to do so this school year. The agreement, which comes in the middle of ongoing negotiations, states that preschool, transitional kindergarten, and K-2 will return to