Link Crew Hosts Free Coffee & Hot Cocoa Cart

Link Crew hosted a free hot beverage day before the first period of final exams. There were at least 250 drinks that were served by Travelin’ Joe.  Link Leaders also distributed the following tips for a more successful experience during final exams.

Coffee Day Final Exam Link Crew


Final Exam Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 20
  • 1st 8:30 – 10:30 am    2nd period 10:40 – 12:40 pm     Lunch 12:40 – 1:20     Review/Make-up 1:26 – 2:47
  • Thursday, January 21
  • 1st 8:30 – 10:30 am    2nd period 10:40 – 12:40 pm     Lunch 12:40 – 1:20     Review/Make-up 1:26 – 2:47
  • Friday, January 22
  • 1st 8:30 – 10:30 am    2nd period 10:40 – 12:40 pm     Lunch 12:40 – 1:20
  • The spring semester begins Tuesday, January 26.


Need tutoring? The Learning Center (​D221/ the CCC) is always open Monday – Thursday from 3:30 – 6:00. The Learning Center will be open from 12:30 – 3:30 after each final exam period, Jan. 20 – 21.

Here are some last minute tips:

  • Remember to get enough sleep!
  • Have a good and filling breakfast each morning.
  • Studying is only efficient for so long. Use the short days to study for the next test. Take short breaks in between studying where you aren’t focused on your work and can recharge.
  • Check your powerschool the week before finals to make sure you’re not missing any assignments.
  • If you are worried about a final, take advantage of that teacher’s office hours to ask questions. You teachers are required to stay after school after finals and will be there from around 12-3
  • Make flashcards! I didn’t understand how valuable they were until I was nearly done with my sophomore year.
  • Make your notes colorful and organized; it will make you happy to look at them and therefore motivate you to review and study.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Wear your favorite sweatpants and fuzzy socks to finals week and make sure you are awake enough to function properly.
  • Bring snacks! (I love Kind bars and tangerines!)
  • Have a positive attitude. Chances are if you really think you can do it then you can!!
  • Eat your favorite food after finals. Treat yourself.
  • Use to calculate the grade you’ll need on your fnal to get your desired grade in the class
  • Being nervous before the test is good because it drives you to study, but it doesn’t help to be anxious as you get the test or while you take it. So breathe and do your best.
  • Make sure to do all the problems you are the most comfortable with to start off with a bang and come back to any problems you might be struggling at the end of the test.
  • Relax. You’ve got this!

2016-17 Elected Candidate Applications are Available!

If you are interested in unifying groups, speaking up about issues at hand, or want to create fun and spirited activities, consider serving on the ASB Leadership team as a representative on one of the three bodies of student leadership. Look below for list of positions and available applications. Follow this link to the Applications page.

Applications are available here or in the Leadership Office in the cafeteria.

Leadership Job Descriptions 2016 – 17

Class Leadership

application – 15 class treasurer, secretary, deputy (Available in early March 2016)

Executive Team Applications

application – 16 class president,

vice president application 16

application 16 asb pres, vp, service, publicity

Application for Executive Team Appointed (Available in early March 2016)

Student Senate Applications

Application – 16 school board rep

application – 16 BSEP, SSC


Holiday Meal 2015

Thank you to the BHS Community!
The Holiday Meal is an event that allows for the intrinsic altruism of our community to shine. With over 300 guests and over 300 volunteers, the energy in the building was extremely positive. We also did our best to make the best of what was left from the meal. Leftover food was delivered to the Harrison House and to the All Souls Church. Five bins of food were picked up by the Alameda County Food Bank. Unclaimed clothing has been brought to a local Goodwill. It is an understatement to say that this was a team effort to make the Holiday Meal such a success.Big thanks go out to the Mayumi Rubin-Saika, current Chief of Service, was the organizer of the meal She raised the level of organization and community contributions. Thanks also to Tom Watts, for leading the charge in the kitchen. Gitara “G” Spinks, BHS Head Chef, also played a huge part in the kitchen and delivering the food to the Harrison House. Thank you also to all of the cooks that prepped the pasta dishes and the soup cart.

The following businesses contributed to the meal: Andronico’s, Trader Joe’s, Cheeseboard, ACME Bread, Monterrey Market, and The Dorothy Day House contributed to the toiletry drive hosted by the BHS Homeless Support Club.

Local families also gave many prepared turkeys, hams and other tasty dishes. Thank you to the contributing families: Betts, Lakireddy, Thomason, Goldstein, Hart, Grubb, Bigelow-Teller, Schonberg, Akiyama, Dorward, Hummel, Lee, Goldman, Wild, Rubin-Saika, Rowland, Sawyer, Katz, Stevens, Meuris, Love, Ehrengerger, Citragno, Truskier, Scheuer, Sherman, Aaron, Weber, Beeman, Suttie, Arbitblit, Smith, Elowitz, O’Keefe, Stralka, Havilan, Eccles, Levitch, Gross, Brosgart, Luevano, Marston, Ratto, Duignan, Wilkins, Casado, Gottlieb, Jacobs, Galbraith, Jeanneau, Fichtenkort, Tezza, Wrubel, Kramp, Galbraith, Johnson, Ambrose, Cohen, Waters, Reichert, Sharma Prunet, Mahar, Maurer, Lerner, Richmond, Alladin, Evans, Omori, Zukor, Waters, Waldman, Davenport, LaFetra, Drinkwater, Sperber, Takaro, Ambrose, Haug, Berger, Reed, Wallin, Williams, Major, Soe, Lamb, Anscher, Choy, Slemp among other anonymous donors!

AND a big thanks to the 300-plus volunteers who showed up during the two days. You contributed over 700 hours of total volunteer time. This could not be done without your help! If you need documentation for service hours, include Mr. V as the contact person for your service hours.

Berkeley High Holiday Dinner 2015 Photos:

Berkeley High Holiday Dinner 2015 Video (4 minutes):
If you can’t wait until next year’s Holiday Meal, consider looking up the hours and dates of a local soup kitchen to volunteer. (St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley)

BHS’s Th!nk B!g a Success

Berkeley High’s Think Big took place on Thursday, November 19th. Modeled after TED Talks, it had an impressive array of speakers covering some of today’s major issues. This event was an Associated Student Body (ASB) fundraiser.

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Speakers and their topics include:

Mick Gardner Restorative Justice

Eli Cooper (2015 Alumni) Spread the Word to End the Word

John Villavicencio Decline of the Hip Hop Radio DJ

Dave Stevens Evaluating Student Data

Albrey Brown (2009 Alumni) Diversity in the Tech Industry

Dacher Keltner The Science of Happiness

Chayla Fisher Overcoming Hardships

Alecia Harger (2018) Racism & Race Relations at BHS

Kadijah Means (2015 Alumni) Combating Anti-Blackness

Kad Smith Civic Engagement
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For videos of the individual talks, please click the link:

Albrey Brown:

Dave Stevens:

Eli Cooper:

John Villavicencio:

Alecia Harger:

M. Mick Gardner:

Chayla Fisher:

Dacher Keltner:

Kadijah Means:

Kad Smith: Unfortunately the last speaker was cut short due to a fire alarm on the campus causing an evacuation. A record of the presentation is soon to come.

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To see more photos of the event click the link:



Just in Time for the Holidays, New Jacket Gear!

Update your wardrobe and that of your friends and family by purchasing Jacket Gear. Any purchase directly supports ASB Leadership and their activities for the rest of the school. Look good, feel good!

Cash or checks payable to “BHS ASB”. Orders and money can be dropped off at BHS or mailed with item name and number, size, and any personalizations (items with ‘pz’ only) to Mr. V before Thanksgiving.

Mr. V


Berkeley High School

re: BHS ASB Jacket Gear

1980 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

(Click on the image below for a closer look)


Unity Week Theme Days & Student vs. Staff activities

Unity Week is a celebration of what it means to be a part of this one, big red & gold family of over 3,400 awesome people. All week there will be theme dress-up days as well as Student vs. Staff competitions during lunch. Points are awarded for each competition and will culminate in the awarding of the Unity Week Championship Trophy to either the STUDENTS or the STAFF. Sign up at lunch tomorrow on the Community Theater steps…

Check out the flyers to see the theme days to get your outfits ready and then see if there are any activities you can sign up for.

PAJAMA DAY: On Monday, October 26, jam out in your jammies. Folks, we’re talking about PJ’s, so please keep the lingerie or boxer short-style sleepwear in the closet. See you at the Pajama Jammy Jam Fashion Show for prizes on the Community Theater Steps (BCT) at lunch.

HIPPIE DAY: On groovy Tuesday, October 27, put on your bell bottoms and tie-dye for peace and love. It you want to look like Jimi, Janis, Bob or other flower children, please make sure to wear a t-shirt under that suede vest. Check out the peace party with face paint, hula hoops and more on the BCT Steps at lunch.

SAFARI DAY: On Wednesday, October 28, tap into your inner spirit animal by wearing your favorite animal print. We love lions, tigers, and bears, but, oh my, please no masks. Hope to see you all exploring the campus during our all-day animal scavenger hunt.

DECADES DAY: On Thursday, October 29, there are two decades of amazing fashion for you to choose from. Shoulder pads, flashy neon, big hair, acid wash jeans, gold jewelry, hi top fades, hi top sneakers among many totally radical choices. See you on the BCT steps at lunch for photo’s, fun, and a karaoke song battle.

UNI-TEAM DAY: On our final day of Unity Week, Friday, October 30, let’s come together as one, big “uni-team” by wearing your BHS team jerseys or other team uniform. Just like the rest of the week, please make sure to keep your clothing school appropriate. See you at the campus green for one, big team photo at lunch, among other games and activities.

UNITY WEEK 2015! activity

Big Ideas to be Shared at Th!nk B!g

Leadership is organizing an event called “Berkeley High Think Big” and we are seeking a roster of engaging, dynamic speakers to present big ideas. The goal of this event is to allow students, staff, and a few outside community members to share their research or interesting observations with a large audience.

On Thursday, Novemeber 19, speakers will present their ideas on everything from the most appropriate application of big data to the science of happiness, as well as the decline of the radio deejay and the importance of teaching coding within communities of color. Th!nk B!g will bring back recent BHS alum as well as great friends of the BHS community to the Berkeley Community Theater.

Don’t miss out on a chance to TH!NK B!G!

A list of speakers will be available soon.

Secure your ticket online at:

  • GENERAL $5
  • V.I.P. Supporter $50 (Includes front row seat, Th!nk B!g t-shirt, and a special place in our heart)