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.

 

Support Student Activities & Athletics! Buy an ASB Sticker!

Click here to download and complete the ASB Sticker 2017.18 member form

BERKELEY HIGH ASB STICKER FAQ

1.Why should I purchase an ASB Sticker?
The savings with an Associated Student Body (ASB) sticker will save you money all year long! There are discounts for school dances, home football, soccer & basketball games as well as exclusive raffles. BHS has a rich tradition of athletic success and we believe that increasing student participation in athletics will renew JACKET PRIDE. We want to encourage more students to get involved with athletics whether as an athlete or fan. ASB funds are managed by the BHS Student Leadership, as elected by the student body.

2.Where & when can I purchase an ASB Sticker?
ASB stickers will be available beginning REGISTRATION WEEK in August. Once school starts, you may purchase your ASB sticker in the Leadership Office during lunch or after school. Sales will end in Mid-October. This will allow you to receive your JACKET PRIDE t-shirt before the Homecoming Game.

3.What happens if I lose my student ID card?
Students who lose their ID card will be able to receive another ID card from the Counseling Center and ASB Sticker from the Leadership Office. Each ASB Sticker is individually numbered so that they cannot be duplicated or used by another student.

4.What games can I attend with the ASB sticker?
You can attend all regular season home games at Donahue Gym or Jacket Stadium for FREE (GOLD

LEVEL). You will still need to get a ticket at the box office. Simply present your ID card with ASB sticker to the box office. Unfortunately, all home PLAYOFF games ARE NOT included due to league rules.

5.Why should I support BHS Athletics?
Berkeley High has as many as 1/3 of the student body participating on an athletic team each year. That

equals about 1100 students competing for the pride of BERKELEY HIGH! As a member of our student- cheering section, you will create a supportive atmosphere that will give our teams a competitive advantage. Wear RED & GOLD to every home game to represent the Mighty Jackets to the fullest!

6.I’m not a senior, so why should I care about the discount for dances?
If you are a JUNIOR or SENIOR you can purchase tickets to the Prom in the spring. We do plan on holding at least one other dance that is open to ALL GRADES. Simply present your ID card with ASB sticker to receive discounts to either of the 2-3 school-sponsored dances (Fall Dance, Winter Dance and/or Prom) at the time of purchase. Your ASB sticker entitles you to ONE discounted ticket.

7.When do I receive my t-shirt?
All students that purchase an ASB sticker will receive a JACKET PRIDE t-shirt in sizes ranging from small to

triple-extra large. We will order the t-shirts after you have purchased an ASB sticker. ASB sticker sales end in Mid-October. You should receive your t-shirt before the last week of October.

8.What is the BHS Spirit Song?

A) Juice the jackets, juice juice the jackets (what?!)

Juice the jackets, juice juice the jackets (what?!) (Chant continues throughout)

B) Go…. mighty jackets!

Go…. mighty jackets!

Repeat as many times as necessary to intimidate your opponent!

9. When do I receive my yearbook?
All students with a GOLD LEVEL ASB sticker will receive a free yearbook. Yearbooks represent all of the amazing accomplishments from the past year and the yearbook staff does a tremendous job of covering the events at BHS. They become available towards the end of the school year. We will work with the yearbook staff to ensure that your name is included on the list of students that purchased a yearbook. Yearbook orders tend to arrive in late May. Ms. Hollyman, 2017 faculty sponsor of yearbook, will announce via E-tree and the school bulletin when, where, and how to pick-up a yearbook.

Winter Ball is Coming!

Announcement:
Winter Ball is coming! Show up and show out at Berkeley High’s Winter Wonderland on Friday, February 3. This dance is for everyone to come and SLAYYY. Tickets go on sale January 11 and are available for purchase in the leadership office. Food and Entertainment will be provided!
We are also looking for student performers. If you are interested email kendrabowman@students.berkeley.net

 

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,
We need about 10 to 12 chaperones for our winter formal on Friday, February 3from 7:00-10:00pm to monitor students and entry/exit ways during the dance. If you’re interested in helping please contact Kendra Bowman (Kendrabowman@students.berkeley.net) or John Villavincencio (johnvillavicencio@berkeley.net). Food and drink donations would also be extremely helpful! (Chips, popcorn, fruit trays, soda, water, etc) Please bring anything you’d like to donate to the leadership office inside of the school cafeteria. It would mean a lot to us if you could come out to help and we would appreciate your support!
Thank you so much,
The Winter Ball Committee

 

 

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Volunteer Opportunity: E1 Campaign

YES on E1 for the Berkeley Schools will benefit all students directly from the BSEP funding. If you are interested in helping campaign, below are some options for you!
There will be an info booth and reading area at Sunday Streets this weekend on Shattuck near north Berkeley from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to stop by!
They canvass neighborhoods on Saturdays (10/29 and 11/5), starting at 10:00 a.m. convening at E1 headquarters (1201 University  Ave.) for a quick training and to give out materials. Students could pair up and walk neighborhoods!
They plan on rallying voters (holding signs and cheering) on:
Monday, November 7th4 to 6 p.m. in the Marin Circle
Tuesday, November 8th4 to 6 pm. at North Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley, & Ashby BART stations.
Students could also write an article for the Jacket or letter to the editor or the Berkeley Times (their deadline is 10/28).
If you are interested please contact miashayna@gmail.com

 

BUSD Board Seeking Reps for Youth Commission

The BUSD Board of Education is currently seeking individuals interested in representing Board Members on the Youth Commission to fill immediate vacancies. Youth Commissioners must be residents of the city, between the ages of 12-25, and at least half must be junior or high school students. The School Board Directors are responsible for appointing 9 of the 18 commissioners. Additional information and applications are available on the associated pages from the City of Berkeley linked below.

If your desire is to represent a School Board Director on the Youth Commission, return the attached application directly to:

BUSD Office of the Superintendent – 2020 Bonar Street Berkeley, CA 94702 or schoolboard@berkeley.net

Support BHS through Sports Basement

The end of the school year is drawing close and Sports Basement would like to remind your families that your Basementeer discount is good year-round and at all Sports Basement locations, even during the break. Please send one last reminder to your families!

 

Don’t forget! 10% off at Sports Basement, and 10% of profits back to our local schools like Berkeley High School. Even during summer break! Are you a Basementeer? Sign up in-store!

BHS Prom 2016

Saturday night, April 16th was Berkeley High’s Senior Prom 2016, at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Oakland.

PromPosals are a fun tradition at Berkeley High, that run from simple to to a cast of a dozen, and they all draw big audiences. Three are included in this post. Photos from Prom are included as well.

 

BHS 2016 PromPosal Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/53901376@N04/albums/72157667269257695

 

Berkeley High Senior Prom 2016 Photos Part One:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/53901376@N04/albums/72157664941302954

 

Berkeley High Senior Prom 2016 Photos Part Two:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/53901376@N04/albums/72157667117130242