GOT TALENT? It’s almost Showtime!

Visit the Leadership Office to sign up for auditions for the 2017 Talent Show. This event features 20 of the most amazing performers from BHS and is a great way to share your talent in front of a packed audience in the Little Theater. For more information, contact Mr. V or any member of the Class of 2018 Leadership team.


Leadership adopts a resolution for an inclusive community

ASB Leadership voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to demonstrate their values and beliefs in an inclusive community. The resolution will serve as a guide for planning and as a signal of a welcoming environment to all within the BHS community. The resolution is also a response to


“The Berkeley High School (BHS) Associated Student Body  Leadership Team stands in solidarity with all students targeted by the actions of the new federal administration in their first days in office. The policies of this new administration are ones of hate and discrimination; they go against every principle of diversity and inclusion that our campus and community represents. At BHS, we welcome students regardless of their immigration status, religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender. At BHS, no aspect of your identity or background diminishes your right to equitable opportunities in education and in life. As students, we vow to take a stand against these unconscionable acts of hate and oppression. We will stay true to our values and will strive to hold safe spaces for all students and staff.”

Women’s March on Jan. 21 “stand up for justice, dignity, human rights and civil liberties”

If you feel a sense of frustration or inspiration with the changing political landscape, consider attending a large mass action that will take place in Oakland as way to connect, collaborate, and build community. Hope to see you there!


From the Women’s March Bay Area website:

The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally. Join us on January 21, 2017.


We will meet at Madison Park in Oakland at 10AM.  At 11AM we will begin our march up Oak Street to Grand Avenue along Lake Merritt.  We will then march down Broadway to end at Frank Ogawa Plaza.  At 12:30PM we will begin our rally with speakers, art and music concluding at 3PM.

Time of March: 10AM – 3PM
Starting Location: Madison Park
Ending Location: Frank Ogawa Plaza


Academic Achievement Awards 2016

Academic Achievement Awards 2016

As we reach the midpoint of the school year, it’s a great time to recognize and celebrate those individuals making great strides in education, either as learners or educators. It is the hope that this acknowledgement is a springboard to reach for even higher goals and further success.

We invite you to celebrate along with us at the Academic Achievement Awards ceremony of students and staff members selected by each learning community at BHS. There will be a ceremony with each person getting their moment in the spotlight while hearing words to affirm their achievement. We will also feature guest speakers and maybe a few words from student winners.

Thank you!!!

Chaltu Rashid, Commissioner of Achievement


***Apologies for any audio issues during any of the performances or speeches.


2016 Award winners

Compassionate Achiever

A student who earns at least a 3.0 and always helps out their classmates. This student is a good listener, takes the time to interact with others and understands other perspectives. They are inclusive and friendly with all of their classmates, respectful for others, supportive of others, courteous and appreciative of their teachers and classmates.

  • Emily Gentry BIHS
  • Jose Manuel Hernandez AC
  • Na’eem Rom Mack Frazier BIHS
  • Angie Fike CAS
  • Jessica Wahl AC
  • Kimora Ashby BTA
  • Monserrat Garcia Gonzalez NEWCOMER
  • Humberto Marquez-Ibarra AHA
  • Rosie Cox AMPS
  • Guadalupe Wright ISP

A Leader At Heart

A student who may not be in a leadership position, but should be. They are role models for their peers in the classroom because they motivate and inspire other students.

  • Valeria Garcia AC
  • Arrion Peters-Ward AC
  • Rebeca Torres BIHS
  • Mahal Bryant CAS
  • Annie Stonebarger AC
  • Alaunte Keys BTA
  • Derixon Larios Rosales NEWCOMER
  • Marbella Hernandez AHA
  • Kelly Perymon AMPS
  • Isaiah Tapia ISP

Scholar Athlete

A student athlete who balances their commitment to sports and academics successfully, but always has academics as their top priority.

  • Jamir Thomas AHA
  • Xinavane Foreman BIHS
  • Jamiera Ganner CAS
  • Jalen Amos AC
  • Jerrell Gates BTA
  • Barasa Kamateh NEWCOMER
  • Sarah Marlin AHA
  • Brandon Bailey AMPS
  • Psasha Borden ISP

Advancing Leader

A student who has improved their grade by one full GPA point or are now over 3.0. They are proactive and seek help when they need it or take advantage of the help that is already there.

  • Kristian Manning AHA
  • Alex Mendoza-Cordero AC
  • James “Jack” Faller BIHS
  • Antwan Hunt CAS
  • Adriana Maciel Metal AC
  • Daezhanay Daniel BTA
  • Kaila Jenkins AHA
  • Maritza Garcia Alvarado NEWCOMER
  • Melissa Solano Hernandez AMPS
  • Freesia Motley ISP

Community Leader

A student who is active in the community. They are making a positive impact with service projects inside and/or outside of school.

  • Ali Houweidi AMPS
  • Julia Pew BIHS
  • Naomi Pio CAS
  • Emara Shabir AC
  • Mariah Charles BTA
  • Erykah Rodriguez NEWCOMER
  • Elijah Tapia AHA
  • Enrique Baeza AMPS
  • Manal Nasser ISP

Acclaimed Educator

A staff person who has made a positive impact on the lives of students and is passionate about their role in education. They inspire students to reach for loftier goals.

  • Christie Riedell SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • Amanda Moreno BIHS
  • Eddie Estrada CAS
  • Mendel Chernack AC
  • Aaron Ward BTA
  • Daniella Maaze Merschdorf NEWCOMER
  • Devon Brewer AHA
  • Diane Kung AMPS
  • Tiffany Williams ISP

Acclaimed Academic Supporter

A classified staff person who has made a positive impact on the lives of students and is passionate about their role in education.  They inspire students to reach for loftier goals.

  • Erica Johnson BTA

Academic Achievement Awards
Thursday, December 15
Little Theater

Black Student Union presents…”If Black People are Free, We All Get Free”

Black Student Union presents…”If Black People are Free, We All Get Free”

presented in the Little Theater on December 14, 2016

This month’s ASB Speaker Series event, Black Student Union invited three young Black activists in the Bay Area to speak to the students about issues regarding the Black freedom movement and how students and educators, both Black and non-Black, can show up for Black lives.

Blake Simons – Blake is native of the Bay Area and a recent UC Berkeley grad. Blake has been an active member of the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley. Currently he is the co-director of the African American Student Development Office at UC Berkeley. Activism run’s in Blake’s family. Some of his family were members in the Black Panther Party along with the Black Liberation Army.

Alana Banks – Ab is a Bay Area native and recent UC Berkeley grad. Ab has been active in National Panhellenic Council as a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority incorporated. As a Cal student, they represented the Black and Queer communities as an ASUC Senator. Ab is the current co-director of the African American Develop Office at UC Berkeley.

Spencer Pritchard – BHS Student Teacher in training at UC Berkeley School of Education. Co- staff sponsor of BHS BSU and participant in many campaigns at UCB.

Questions addressed:

  • Introductions and background
  • What can Black people do to come closer together and build more trust, more organizations, among other related topics?
  • What can allies do to tangibly support Black organizers?
  • What freedom movements have impacted or inspired you today?
  • Do black people deserve reparations? Why or why not?
  • Where can we go from here in era of Trump and Black Lives Matter?


Holiday Meal 2016 Thank You’s!

Thank you BHS Community!!!

BHS Holiday Meal Photo’s by Mark Coplan


Thank you to everyone who participated in canned food drive, toiletry drive, fundraising, campaign and the Holiday Meal itself. It is a beautiful thing that we open the doors of our public school to any and all community members, no matter their situation, and provide them with a spirited event. I hope that this huge display of empathy doesn’t stop with this event, but rather encourages many more acts of kindness.

Zoey Horowitz, Chief of Service, did an outstanding effort to make the meal a heartwarming experience for the guests that attended and for the people that volunteered. Her parents are to be appreciated for their shopping trips and work in the kitchen. Zoey brought in a new element this year by requesting that a City of Berkeley employee set up a table to discuss city services with guests. Mayor Arreguin even made an appearance to check out the happenings at the Holiday Meal.

  • We have over 290 volunteers who gave over 700 hours of services.
  • We raised over $3,000 to cover expenses and collected at least 12,000 pounds of food.
  • Any leftover food was brought to the Harrison House by long time volunteer, Tom Watts.
  • Our menu was artfully crafted by Sydney Kennedy.
  • Thank you to the BHS Band & Orchestra who provided cheerful holiday music before and during the meal.
  • Also, major shout out to Milton and the Innovators who brought in their positive vibes entertainment to the cafeteria, getting a line of dancers
  • Thank you to Starbuck’s on Solano for their contribution to the meal.
  • Thank you to the Dorothy Day House for contributing toiletries to guests and being a friendly face in the donation area.
  • Thank you to all of our faithful donors who help to make this event a joy to carry out.
  • Appreciation for the Berkeley Times for sharing the aspect of the meal with their readers.
  • Also, shout out to Mark Coplan, who stopped by to take photos, even though we thought he had retired.
  • Thank you to Tucker Andrew and Thomas Besset ,the CAS student film crew, who captured video of the event and helped to produce a short film about the event.
  • Tashi, BHS School Chef, who logged an extra 12 hours in the kitchen this weekend to make sure the food prep was smooth.
  • Genis Family with a special shoutout to Eli Genis who collected over 70 coats for the donation station as part of a bar mitvah project.
  • Thanks to our safety staff for ensuring a secure event and interacting so well with the guests…
  • Travis Dennis, Mark Griffin, Eric Riley,Steve Saunders, and Chris Ewing.
  • Felicia Phillips for helping with issues that popped up and managing the crowds
And our final shout out goes to the guests who provide wisdom during conversations that cause deep reflection upon our own situations at the close of the calendar year. There is definitely a lot to be grateful for these days.

“When I saw her dancing, it brought tears to my eyes. You know, she was once a teenager. And when she was dancing, she was real happy like she was she a kid again with no problems.” – guest making an observation about another guest who was dancing along to the singing group, the Innovators

Her comment was a great reminder about seeing through the exterior appearance and finding the real person inside each one of us…

JACKET GEAR SALES, new catalog for the holiday season

If you are interested in spicing up your wardrobe for the winter season or looking for gifts, purchase Jacket Gear! We are accepting orders in person with cash or check payable to BHS ASB (Associated Student Body) by November 22.

We are also taking orders online

All order and checks must be received by 11/22.

Feel free to send checks c/o John Villavicencio to 1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94804.

Winter Jacket Gear catalog

Student Leadership on Display…Every day!

Berkeley High School has once again displayed an amazing amount of leadership with issues of national importance. In the last two weeks, the BHS Varsity Football team staged an organized protest against police brutality while thousands of students led a peaceful protest against the results of the presidential election. This is reminder that we need both the leader at the front and the leaders from behind in order to support the growth of a movement.

Take some time to watch the full segment on how the varsity football team arrived at consensus to take action. And then read about the powerful reaction by the BHS student body to the potential crisis of our president-elect.


Credit to Vice News, HBO, and SF Gate

Chicano Latino United Voices presented LABELS during the ASB Speaker Series

ASB Speaker Series: Chicano Latino United Voices (CLUV) presented LABELS on 10/27

On October 27, Chicano Latino United Voices presented Labels in partnership with ASB Leadership as part of a yearlong speaker series at BHS. The presentation featured a guest speaker Josue Revelorio, a skit about the stereotypes of “illegal immigrants” (more appropriately called undocumented immigrants), a presentation on the significance and origins of terms, a dance, and a student panel. It was a powerful display of leadership and an opportunity to set the record straight on misconceptions around Chicano Latino students. 

Click below to view the presentation:


This is the first presentation in what is to be a series of speaker events, each created by a different BHS club or student group to educate their peers on a social justice topic of choice with the help of local community members. The idea for the series is to emphasize important societal topics that may not be fully addressed or emphasized by current school curricula. We hope that you can plan one or all of these themes into your lessons and consider them a sort of student curriculum addendum.

We hope to host a presentation every month from October to May. The lineup thus far is CLUV (October), BHS Stop Harassing (November), Black Student Union (December), Muslim Student Association (January), Fair Trade (February), Amnesty International (March), and GSA (April).