The BHS Spring Carnival is coming soon!!!

​Congrats to the Class of 2018 & to the other classes for your hard work as we close out the school year.

We are in the midst of planning an amazing day of jumpers, games, and spirit

​ for our community​

. Our hope is to create a new celebration of our school pride and hard work throughout the school year.

​We are sharing with you the flyer and will follow up later with more details about each event…
Where would you like to play???
DUNK TANK

​ & Food tickets will be available for pre-sales next week.
KICKBALL game will be 2:45-3:15 pm on the softball field. Sign up here.
Run in the BEAT THE BELL aka BEAT THE BAIRD one-mile race at 3:15 on the track. Sign up ahead

​with Mr. V ​

of time to take on math teacher Nakia Baird and the rest of the field during a swift 4 lap race.

Berkeley High Spring Carnival 6/1: Seeking Volunteers or Contributions

Hello Yellow Jacket Family,
ASB Leadership is excited to announce the inaugural Spring Fair, an all school event that will take place on the afternoon of Friday, June 1. The Spring Fair aims to unify the BHS student body and staff through fun, spirited activities to close out the school year. We plan to have free activities such as inflatable obstacle courses, carnival games, friendly staff vs student competitions, among other fun activities. Imagine the carnival scenes from Grease​ or the Harvest Festival in the sitcom Parks & Recreation​!

We are seeking community support in three areas.

Spring Fair Volunteers
Parent volunteers would work in pairs to support the carnival games, bag check, welcome tents, obstacle course area, among other areas. Safety staff and teachers will help monitor student behavior so we expect parent volunteers to help support the access and participation for the attendees. Shifts would fall within the window of 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. We are hoping to host at least 40+ parent volunteers. Volunteers will support for 1-2 shifts. See the Sign Up Genius link for more details.
Spring Fair Prizes
We are also soliciting contributions for carnival game prizes ranging in various levels of appeal to students. We are contacting local businesses for donations of gift certificates, free tickets, but we could also use contributions of electronic gadgets, gift cards, or other items. Please send Mr. V a message soon.

Spring Fair Event Support

We are also checking with the community to see if ask for 10-15 10′ x 10′ tents we could use for the day. Although student clubs will host the carnival games, we are also in need of carnival games that you may have lying around the garage. We also invite your organization to host a game or booth. We really want to make this event resonate with Berkeley High students so we are open to hosting a wide range of groups!

To sign up as volunteer (see link above), make a contribution, or ask a question, please contact Mr. V at johnvillavicencio@berkeley.net at your earliest convenience.
​Thank you!!!​

2018-19 Student Elections Results

Chief of Publicity

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] S. CHANG 897 1035

[*] O. ASHLEY 536 602

  1. SCOTT 207

BLANK 96 99

Chief of Service

Candidate Rd. One

[*] S. WEAVER 875

  1. KIRTLAND 744

BLANK 117

ASB President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] T. IRWIN 699 874

  1. SHEIKH 534 778
  2. RASHADA 443

BLANK 60 84

ASB Vice President

Candidate Rd. One

[*] M. DE SOUZA 1628

BLANK 108

School Board Representative

Candidate Rd. One

[*] A. HARIRI 958

  1. TEZCAN 715

BLANK 63

Berkeley Schools Excellence Project

Candidate First Pl. Second Pl. Total

[*] T. WEKWERT 892 672 1564

[*] G. GHOSAL 692 863 1555

BLANK 152 201 353

Sophomore Class President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] R. CHOKKALI 289 335

  1. SPENCER 204 252
  2. PAKTER 100

BLANK 32 39

Sophomore Class Vice President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] K. SULLIVAN 290 346

  1. O’BRIEN 203 242
  2. LEI 98

BLANK 34 37

Junior Class President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] E. HEMP 246 316

  1. GORDON-CH 192 242
  2. KHAN 131

BLANK 25 36

Junior Class Vice President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two Rd. Three

[*] R. ALPER 179 203 304

  1. SHEN 154 188 284
  2. TOMASIK 133 170
  3. GALBRAITH 99

BLANK BALLOTS NOT COUNTED IN MANUAL RECOUNT.

*BLANK denotes that a response was not bubbled in for first, second, and/or third choice.

Senior Class President

Candidate Rd. One

[*] S. EWELL-SZ 481

BLANK 39

THESE RESULTS CERTIFIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS.
Election Returns 2018

Masquerade Prom Tickets go on sale!

Masquerade Prom Tickets go on sale
​in the Leadership Office on MONDAY, March 26 for the first week. Ticket prices are $70 online today only and will increase tomorrow and at the start of spring break. More details below.

http://bhsprom2018.bpt.me

Tickets will be available for sale in the Leadership Office at lunch and after school beginning March 26.
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***either way, make sure that you take care of your attendance numbers***

​P.S. A GUEST PASS is attached for your convenience and is also available outside of the leadership office.

Prom 2018: Masquerade
Saturday, April 21, 2018 SF Galeria 101 Henry Adams St, San Francisco, CA 94103
8:00 pm–11:30 pm – Doors close at 9:30pm – No in & out privileges for any reason.
2018 Prom Policy BHS Prom Policy 2017-18 guidelines (Cannot attend if 30 or more unverified period absences for the entire school year.)

BHS Prom Policy 2017-18

Parking: Please visit www.sfdesigncenter.com/ for directions and parking suggestions. Parking will be available in the lot across from the SF Galeria and there is free street parking after 6 pm.

Attire: This is a formal event. Dress should be appropriate and not disruptive. Students who dress in an inappropriate manner will not be admitted.

Tickets: On March 19, Prom Tickets go on sale online only for $70. Beginning March 26, tickets will also be sold Monday through Friday in the Leadership Office at lunch and after school for $75. The ticket price will increase to $80 after March 30, so buy early. Students in the free and reduced lunch program can purchase tickets at $70 for the duration of sales with proof of eligibility at the time of purchase. Cash or check are payable to “BHS ASB”. Tickets are available online http://bhsprom2018.bpt.me

Guest Passes and Dance Conduct: Non-BHS Guest Passes must be submitted when tickets are purchased. Only guests 20 years of age or younger will be admitted to Prom. The last day guest passes are accepted will be April 14 and are available in the Leadership Office. The BHS Dance Conduct Policy will be strictly enforced. Sobriety: For your safety, any student suspected of being under the influence or in possession of an illegal or controlled substance, either when arriving or during the Prom, will have his/her parents/guardians notified and will be required to leave the premises. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for picking the student up and all school policies/consequences will be enforced. BHS Guest Pass 18

Please review the Class of 2018 Senior Letter for prom and other related info.
http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/student-activities-3/senior-information-2/

 

Unity at Berkeley High By Adrian Feinberg

Unity at Berkeley High
By Adrian Feinberg
Berkeley High School is a big place. The institution has 3,200 students to be exact, not to mention the hundreds of staff members found on campus. Such a big place is bound to be diverse, hosting people whose origins span every corner of the earth. While swimming through the oceans of people in the hallways, the humm of many languages can be heard. However, the citizens of Berkeley High are not just divided by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, grade, and sexuality. Berkeley High is also divided into six small learning communities: BIHS, AC, AHA, AMPS, CAS, and Independent Studies. Thus, in almost every way besides a shared educational institution, Berkeley High School students are seperated.
The goal of the leadership team is to serve all of the students of Berkeley High, and engage them in activities that unite them as one school. Berkeley High is so divided and vast, it can often feel like millions of different moving parts, not one school. Leadership members work hard to remind all students that Berkeley High is one community, all unified in Jacket Pride. This is done by organizing events like Unity Week, which provide events and theme days to feel as one in our school spirit.
But, in order to do this the leadership team needs to reflect the whole student population, so that all voices at Berkeley High in completing the goal of unifying the Berkeley High community. So, the leadership team reflects such a community in order to better help the school accomplish its goals. By having such a diverse team, people are also unified in bettering our school. People of all origins are unified themselves on the leadership team, despite their many differences. Thus, in more ways than one, Berkeley High leadership unifies the many people of BHS.

Ranked Choice Voting by Robert Ezra Stern

This year, Berkeley High will be using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), a system of voting a that allows you, the voter, to, well, rank candidates in various elections. Here’s everything you need to know about this new system in order to vote come March.

 

How do I vote?

For each race, you will be given the opportunity to select multiple candidates for office. Just fill out your ballot as you usually would, but now you can choose second-choice and third-choice candidates in races with lots of candidates. Learn more.

 

If I use my second- and third-choice votes, will that hurt my favorite candidate?

Absolutely not. We will only use your lower-choice votes if every candidate you ranked higher is out of the running. By not marking lower-choice votes, you not only don’t hurt your favorite candidate, you lose your voice if that candidate is eliminated. Learn more.

 

Why are we using RCV?

Simple! RCV is the system of choice of the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Leadership elections are designed to prepare you to vote in real elections, so why shouldn’t they be conducted the same way? Learn more.

 

What are other benefits of RCV?

RCV has been called “the antidote to negative campaigning”. It consistently produces winners that a vast majority of voters are satisfied with, and always produces a winner backed by a majority of voters. This allows voters to more accurately convey their preferences, instead of voting strategically. Learn more.

 

How does RCV work?

Slightly less simple! All of the first-choice votes are tallied first. Then the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Normally, their voters would not influence the outcome of the election. However, in RCV, voters whose candidate is eliminated have their vote for their next-favorite candidate counted. This process is repeated until a clear winner emerges. Learn more.

February Calendar of Activities

ASB SPRING EVENTS

In addition to Vagina Monologues, the Berkeley Rep Teen One Acts, home Basketball and Soccer games, we also have the following events to look forward to:

Feb 8: *Spring Club Fair *students attend w/ teacher

Feb 15: Blood Drive #3 in BCT Lobby

Feb 15: Elected Candidate Leadership Applications are due

Feb 12-23: Talent Show Auditions

Feb 23: Winter-ish Dance details TBD

Feb 27: Senior Mandatory Meeting in BCT @ 6th period

Mar 7: Election Convention in FSLT

Mar 15: Academic Achievement Awards

Mar 16: Talent Show in FSLT @ 7pm

Mar 20-22: ASB Elections in 2nd Period

Mar 19: Prom ticket sales begin

 

For more information, please view the full calendar and then contact a leadership student and/or Mr. V.

 

Go Jackets!!!

 

ASB Berkeley High Leadership Activity Calendar – FEB

GET INVOLVED BERKELEY HIGH!

GET INVOLVED BERKELEY HIGH!
Final Exams are quickly approaching! Yet, you may be asking yourself about what lies beyond those testing dates and wondering what you could do differently in the spring semester. Volunteer more? Play a sport? Find a job, join leadership or a club??? Or maybe you want to focus more on your academics? Whatever it is, develop a few goals (SMART goals rule!) and get involved in Berkeley High! Your active involvement is what makes Berkeley High such a special place.
Get involved today to see positive change tomorrow.
Berkeley High is ushering in a new era of culture and you could be the perfect candidate to help shape it. We, Yellow Jackets want to attend a school that is welcoming, fun, spirited, and overall, be an exciting place to attend for 180+ days out of the year. ASB Leadership is one way where you can help create the events and policies that will build up the culture of this great school.
Applications for elected positions such as President, Vice President, School Site Council, BSEP, Chief

​​

of Service,, Chief of Publicity, among others are available now on the leadership website and in the Leadership office in the cafeteria. Candidates for elected positions should submit their application by February 15 before being beginning their campaign, making a speech at the Election Convention, and vying for votes in late March during ASB Elections. Feel free to ask Mr. V or current leaders for more info.

Info and application are available on the BHS Leadership website:

http://berkeleyschools.net/leadership/?page_id=73​

 Additional Notes:​

  • ​Elected Candidate applications are due February 15.
  • ​Appointed Candidate applications are due April 23.
  • Link Leader applications are due April 30.

What is the school wide Berkeley High ASB Student Leadership Team?

  • The team is made up of three groups:
    • The executive team: This group will get really tight with many of its members going to retreats, leadership camps, and conferences. This is the core team of the school that makes things happen – the team that executes!! Homecoming Week, Relief Campaigns, Month of Service, Holiday Meal, Graduation, big-money fundraisers, blood drives, concerts, carnivals, fairs, holiday activities, guest speakers, panel discussions – the sky is the limit for what this group can bring to the school if they work well together.
    • The student senate: The School Board, School Site Council (SSC), the Berkeley Schools Excellence Project (BSEP), and the Development Group are the four most important decision-making groups on campus. Want a say on school design, the bell schedule, teacher evaluations, major school policies or where millions of dollars are distributed every year? Then run to be on one of these groups.
    • The class leadership teams: Each class (9th-12th grade) has a leadership group that plans one major event such as Prom, homecoming week activities, and fundraisers throughout the year. The members of these groups also serve as the volunteer core of most major events like Holiday Meal and can take on other exciting roles and activities if they are well organized.
ONE BIG RED & GOLD FAMILY
JOIN THE 2018-19 ASB LEADERSHIP​ TEAM!

Finding Unity and Plurality by Rohini C.

This is the first in a series of articles written by student leaders on issues to raise awareness and share a fresh perspective.

 

Rohini C.

6 Jan 2018

 

Finding Unity and Plurality

 

All school leadership at Berkeley High aims to build community and foster a sense of unity among all Berkeley High students. For a school of 3200 students, and five learning communities, this is no small task.

We recognize that, in such a large student body, and in such an open and diverse campus as Berkeley High, that many perspectives will flourish. We as individuals are encouraged to bring forth our voices and our ideas into the classroom and our communities. We have a plurality.

In a plurality, and in a campus that is organized by smaller learning communities, the challenge of unity and community becomes complex. Individuals from different backgrounds will naturally gravitate toward those with whom they share common interests or heritage. Students of South Asian descent, like me, might find others of South Asian descent to form a club or group. We share common music, common food, and a common background. We naturally will share an identity separate from those of other classmates. Building unity is a challenge that we face with a diverse and large student body.

We, in leadership, have approached this from the perspective of unity through the exploration of our individual identities: a mosaic of students. We think of ourselves as capable of several identities, just as an individual tile can have many colors. We may consider ourselves South Asian, female, an IB-student, or a musician, and also a Berkeley High student. That is the basis of all of our activities in ASB: being a Berkeley High student is common to all of us, and we accept this identity along with other aspects of ourselves. We are pushing toward a shared sense of identity, a shared unity.

With the basis of a mosaic, we have decided to organize all school events to help build community and a sense of a shared unity. We are putting a lot of thought into designing activities that would pursue these goals above all else. One activity that we, as freshman, are organizing is class to class presentations among freshmen to enhance the community of the Class of 2021. We are brainstorming several options, including playing a game of Jeopardy in each class with categories based on the identities of the members of that class.

It is our goal that, ultimately, these activities will help bring forth a collective: that by sharing our identities with each other, together we can push beyond the natural tendencies of separation and find a common language and shared destiny as students at Berkeley High.