Berkeley Copwatch Investigates Possible BPD Arrest Quota

In November of 2022, recently fired Berkeley Police Department officer Corey Shedoudy leaked a series of texts from the BPD Bike Task Force. These texts included officers joking about a hypothetical disease that could wipe out the homeless population in Berkeley and alluded to a possible arrest quota that had been established within the

A new graduate going to college of the back of a letter of reccomendation.

Letters of rec process overloads teachers

“Out of all the 50 letters of recommendation that I wrote, I was happy to write all 50, and I think that each student deserved a great letter of recommendation,” said Erin Smith, a Berkeley High School Biology and Integrated Science teacher, “(but) at the same time it’s a ton of extra work that I

A brain in a jar

Mental health is an isolating subject”: BHS student survey on mental health diagnoses, struggles, resources

“Mental health is an isolating subject,” Berkeley High School junior Kai Lim-Moreno said. “It’s never an easy subject to talk about. There’s such a sigma about,” she explained.

The diversity of BHS stands out as one of its defining features for transfer students

BHS transfer students on the unique qualities of Berkeley High

Every year, students from private middle schools and neighboring school districts face a decision to either continue their education in their current school district or private school, or transfer to a different district that would better fit their needs.

Teachers embracing their baby, as they huddle under the burden of financial strain.

Lack of financial support for maternity leave burdens teachers

“I would have loved to stay home with my newborn child longer than I did, but it was financially impossible,” said Yoshi Salaverry, an English teacher at Berkeley High School.

‘Nobody knows these things’: The bureaucratic and mental process of filing a Title IX report in BUSD

“Even though the process is not the friendliest, there is a benefit to reporting,” said Jasmina Viteskic, the Title IX Coordinator for Berkeley Unified School District.

‘An up and down process’: Teachers grapple to support students through grief

“We need more long-term mental health support for every student on this campus given what has transpired over the last year,” said Anna Maine, Multilingual Program co-lead teacher and English Learners Coordinator.

Discomfort or harassment: Trans students burdened by BHS bathrooms

“Whenever I need to go into a space that is gendered, like a bathroom or a locker room, I feel extremely uncomfortable,” said transgender junior Alastair Kudsk, who uses he/they pronouns.

Medina Lam (they/them) is on the girls crew team.

“The world is too binary:” The struggles of trans and non-binary athletes at BHS

“It can sometimes be a little bit weird to be on a women’s varsity team and know that I am not a woman,” said Medina Lam, a senior on crew, who plays on a gendered team that they do not identify with.

An old photo of two Black students at desks, talking

No peace for powerless people: The activism that shaped the African American Studies Department

“Student activism. I think that is something really beautiful, and is what shaped this department.” said Dawn Williams, or “Doc Dub,” a teacher at Berkeley High School.

Unrealistic Media Ideals Lead to Negative Body Image for Men

“Chris Hemsworth from Thor: Ragnarok. That was my ideal body type for years. That was my goal,” said Gabriel Ross, a junior in Berkeley International High School.

Four Years In: Evaluating the Universal Ninth Grade’s Successes and Limitations

In 2015, Tamara Friedman and Glenn Wolkenfeld, then-professional development coordinators at Berkeley High School, decided that BHS needed to change.  An achievement gap persisted along racial lines, and students who could have been helped were falling through the cracks.

‘A Window for Rape Culture to Blossom:’
The Impact of Party Culture on Rape Culture

In 2021 graduate Melani Garcia’s freshman year at Berkeley High School, she attended her first party. At the party, she said hello to a classmate who she believed to be intoxicated.

BIHS junior Neruda Diaz identifies as Mexican and Middle Eastern.

Lack of Diversity in Class Hurts BIPOC

Natalia Quezada, a junior in Academic Choice who identifies as Latina, is often one of the only students of color in her classes. According to Quezada, her teachers don’t do an adequate job of acknowledging the lack of diversity in classrooms or making a safe space for Black and Brown students.

Stigma of Female Masturbation: Why Don’t We Talk About It?

“I don’t want my mom telling me about all the time she masturbates,” said Adeline French, a senior at Berkeley High School. “But it would have been nice to have a conversation with her.”  French, like many women and femme identifying people, was never told that masturbating is normal, healthy, or a way to

The Social Media Experience Across Genders

The Jacket surveyed a sample of 368 students to explore the role of gender in the perception of social media among teens. Additionally, interviews gave students a space to share their views on social media and how it affects them personally.

‘Someone Has Your Back’: Inside BHS Intervention Counseling

In the seventh grade, Alaya Alexander was pulled out of class one day to speak with an intervention counselor. Over the next several years, even as she began high school, she engaged in regular meetings with her counselor, who offered both emotional and academic support.

The Sexual Harm Walkouts: Two Years Later, What’s Changed?

In the middle of second period on February 10 of 2020, thousands of Berkeley High School students left their classrooms and streamed into the courtyard, all in protest of sexual harm.