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.

Proposal Approved for Paid Student Advocate Position in Title IX Office

On May 23, Berkeley Schools Excellence Program approved a proposal for a paid student advocate, a new position in the Berkeley Unified School District Title IX office for the 2022-23 school year.

Updated Block Schedule Marks Possible End to Late Mondays

As Berkeley High School approaches the end of the 2021-22 school year, the administration looks to the students for ways to improve BHS in the coming years.

BHS Students attend Gene Luen Yang Shang-Chi Zoom conference in the library.

Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang Discusses AAPI Representation

“Back when I was a kid … I loved all of the Marvel superheroes except for one,” said award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang. “I did not like Shang-Chi at all.”  As a child, the character of Shang-Chi made Yang feel uncomfortable.

BIHS Teacher Mary McKee

Staff Appreciation Week Exposes Dissatisfaction of Teachers

From May 2 to May 6, Berkeley High School celebrated Staff Appreciation Week by holding a raffle for the staff of approximately 320. By the end of the week, the school was able to hand out 223 prizes, with four of them being, “grand prizes”.

people standing on stairs

BHS Stop Harassing Presents to Middle Schoolers on Consent

On April 26, the Berkeley High School Stop Harassing organization began their consent education presentations to Berkeley Unified School District middle schools.

‘Roe v. Wade’ Supreme Court Draft: BHS Students Respond

“It kind of felt like a slap in the face,” said Sam Matsumoto, a film photography teacher at Berkeley High School as she shared her opinion on the pending overturning of Roe v.

School Board Covers Teacher’s Wages, BSEP Budget

On Wednesday, May 4, Berkeley Unified School District’s School Board met to discuss growing class sizes, wages among teachers, and the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program’s budget.  After acknowledging Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month, the board opened up the microphone for public comment, with nine members of the webinar sharing their thoughts. 

The SLC Selection Lottery System: Helpful, Fair, or Neither?

When enrolling into her Small Learning Community in ninth grade, Berkeley International High School junior Rylyn Jaggar ended up with her third choice.

‘Doesn’t Solve the Problem:’ Bissell’s Credentials Revoked

In February of 2021, Matthew Bissell, a former chemistry teacher at Berkeley High School, quietly resigned after signing a separation agreement with Superintendent Brent Stephens.

IEPs can provide students with extra time on assignments and assessments.

Students in Special Education Supported by IEPs and 504 Plans

“We [at Berkeley Unified School District are] creating a world where anyone can feel that they are important and that they have a space in our society to contribute,” said Shawn Mansager, executive director of special education for BUSD.

Students work on homework in the Black Scholars Center at Berkeley High School.

Black Scholars Center Provides Resources, Creates Community

New to Berkeley High School, the Black Scholars Center provides a space for students to do their homework, eat snacks, make friends, and work with others.

Members of BHS Mountain Bike Team Robbed at Gunpoint

On Saturday April 16, several members of the Berkeley High School Mountain Bike Team were robbed at gunpoint in North Berkeley. The group consisted of three coaches and two student-athletes who were returning from a practice in Napa in their minivan loaded with bicycles and other expensive equipment.

Seniors Reflect on Tumultuous College Admissions Process

This year’s seniors were sophomores when COVID-19 forced the students of Berkeley High School into lockdown, so they began their junior year in isolation.

Students return to Ruth Acty Elementary School on March 29, 2021, almost exactly one year since Berkeley Unified School District moved online at the beginning of the pandemic.

School Board Discusses Budget and Virtual Academy

Berkeley Unified School District community members gathered on Wednesday, April 13 for a school board meeting. Topics of discussion ranged from the plan to close BUSD’s virtual academy, an online school option for BUSD students, to a presentation on takeaways from a community survey on budget priorities.

A group of BHS students pose in a C-Building hallway without wearing masks.

District Lifts Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Spread Decreases

Over two years ago, on March 12, 2020, California announced an official lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the mask mandate for California has come to a partial end.

Students from African Diaspora dance classes performed at the cultural club fair last Friday.

Cultural Club Fair Celebrates Diversity in BHS Community

Cultural clubs throughout Berkeley High School surrounded the campus green to spread awareness and show their spirit at the Cultural Club Fair on Friday, March 11.

Muffin Club leaders Silas Freeling, Max Huneeus, and Ben Lempkin (left to right) handed out muffins for the second time on 3/15.

BHS Students Distribute Thousands
of Muffins for International Muffin Day

“It’s lighthearted and fun to have a day where you randomly bring muffins,” said Berkeley High School student Benjamin Lemkin. “I know that if I was walking around and somebody [offered] me a muffin, it would brighten my day.