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We are excited to announce the opening of the leadership applications for the 2019-20 school year. Whether you are interested in getting hands-on experience on policy making groups like the School Site Council and the School Board, or making fun, memorable events for your classmates on a Class teams, ASB Leadership offers a variety of ways for you to get more deeply involved in BHS.

Applications are open as of now and will come in a new format.

For the 2019-20 ASB Leadership teams, we will begin using online forms as the main way of accepting applications.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Applications page of the BHS website.

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winter Holiday Meal 2018 recap

Thank you to our supporters, volunteers, staff members, and guests who made the 2018 winter Holiday Meal a success.

We had between 200-225 guests this year while trying a new format with student servers bring food to the table. We were able to offer soup, salad, a main dish (turkey/ham, ravioli/tortellini, fresh veggies), along with homemade potato and pasta dishes. For dessert, there were at least 400 chocolate cookies made along with donated pies, cakes, brownies, and other goodies. There was also plenty of Peet’s Coffee, tea, apple juice, sparkling water and hot chocolate. In the donation area, the Dorothy Day house contributed timely winter/rain gear along with student made toiletry kits. For entertainment, the BHS Orchestra played as guests entered before giving way to Milton & the Innovators performing their Temptations style Motown hits. All in all, it was a total team effort on the part of everyone in attendance to make this event successful. We surpassed our fundraising goal of $4,000 thanks to generous donors! Thank you also to SemiFreddi’s & Terrance Christianson for donations of bread. Thank you to Tiffani Augusta-Gaines and her mother’s workplace for arranging a huge donation of pasta.

On behalf of Sarah W., Chief of Service and the Holiday Meal committee

Holiday Meal Photo’s


We offer deep gratitude for your service to the Berkeley community.

And in reality there is more that needs to be done to solve or mitigate issues of housing, employment, and access to quality medical care. Don’t despair, get involved! Here are East Bay organizations that work with those in need and possible places for you to offer service:

Alameda Family Services
DreamCatcher Youth Services
2325 Clement Avenue
Suite A
Alameda, CA 94501
DreamCatcher Youth Services has been the only safe landing for homeless and disconnected at risk youth in Alameda County who are between the ages of 13-18. 800.379.1114http://www.alamedafs.org/dreamcatcher/
All Souls Episcopal ChurchMeals & Rides program510.848.1755http://www.allsoulsparish.org/
All Souls Episcopal Church
2220 Cedar (@Spruce)
Berkeley, CA
Meal Service 510.848.1755 2nd Sunday @ 4:00 pm510.848.1755http://www.allsoulsparish.org/
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
1901 Fairview Street
Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Food & Housing Project works with people who are homeless to move them into affordable permanent housing as quickly as possible – and to help them remain housed. To facilitate this, we provide an extensive range of food, housing, and social support services at 6 sites over 3 counties – Alameda, Solano and Contra Costa.
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri* 3:30–4:45pm

*A free spaghetti meal is provided by the Lutheran Church of the Cross on Wednesdays
from 4:00–6:00pm.
BOSS Multi-Agency Service Center
1931 Center Street
Berkeley, CA
The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. 510.843.3700https://self-sufficiency.org/
Dorothy Day House
P.O. Box 12701
Berkeley, CA 94712
P.O. Box 12701
Berkeley, CA 94712
Dorothy Day House Community Meal
2138 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709
Our community breakfast is provided 6 days a week, year-round, at Christ Church of Berkeley, located at 2138 Cedar Street (at Walnut) in north Berkeley. Anyone in need of a hot breakfast can join us between 7 and 8 am.925.519.9881www.dorothydayhouse.org
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Come be a part of God’s work in the world! Twice a month, the Street
Meal serves nutritious hot meals to people in need in the Berkeley
community. Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen and greet the
guests; contact Don Louie to sign up (information below). We are
especially looking for people who can serve on a regular basis as
assistant and lead cooks; to find out more about leading in the kitchen,
contact Fran Sheppard at (510) 524-8003 or franshep@juno.com.
Dates: 2nd & last Saturday of each month
Street Meal
Location: Gym (John Knox A), Westminster Hall
Time: Volunteer between 2:00 & 7:00 pm: Set-up at 2:00 pm; Kitchen Crew Leads at 2:30 pm; Greeters and Hosts at 2:45 pm; Kitchen Crews at 3:00 pm. Dinner begins at 5:00 pm
Free Clinic Berkeley
Address: 2339 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
The mission of the Berkeley Free Clinic is to empower individuals and communities by providing accessible, client-centered health services and information.

Since the Clinic opened, there has been an ever-present, albeit dynamic, need for its services as social conditions have undergone shifts and changes.
Clinic Phone: 800.6CLINIC
Harrison House
711 Harrison St. (at 4th.) Berkeley, CA
You must be referred through the Berkeley Shelter Hotline at (866)-960-2132.
Shelter is closed from 9am-5pm every day, open 24 hours for families. There is a separate wing for women and children.
Night on the Streets
Catholic Worker
In addition to weekly meals, NOSCW serves the neediest residents in the East Bay with an overnight storm shelter in winter (at the Dorothy Day House), pantry operation, soup nights, and a variety of other mail, legal, tax, and health services and other outreach that ranges from hospital and prison visits to advocacy for healthcare for the homeless.N/Ahttps://sites.google.com/site/berkeleycatholicworker/
Online Homeless Resource webpage
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Hot Meals for the Hungry
On the third Saturday of each month, volunteers from St. Mark’s
and the wider community cook for 120 guests. The volunteers work in two
shifts. From 1:30-4 p.m. volunteers set tables, prepare and cook the
meal, and prepare box lunches. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., volunteers serve the meal and clean up.
All volunteers are welcome, including one-time or walk-in
volunteers. Call (510) 848-5107 for further details or just show up and
introduce yourself.
United for Health – Suitcase Clinic (18-25 years old)
2300 Bancroft – St. Marks Church
The Suitcase Clinic is a humanitarian student organization and volunteer community offering free health and social services to underserved populations since 1989. Structured around the principles of public health, social welfare, community activism and empathy, the Suitcase Clinic currently operates three weekly multi-service drop-in centers in the city Berkeley: the General Clinic, the Women’s Clinic and the Youth Clinic.510.643.6786http://www.suitcaseclinic.org/partners/united_for_health-2/
Women’s Daytime Drop In Center
2218 Acton Street
Berkeley, CA
The Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center offers free services to any homeless woman and her children. Mon – Fri 8 am – 4 pm510.548.6933womensdropin.org
WOMXN’s Clinic
Address: 2236 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
This past summer, the Womxn’s Clinic relocated to LIFE Adventist Church. All womxn and children are welcome to receive our services, which include medical and professional services, nailpainting, childcare, and more. 510.269.7242
Youth Emergency Assistance and Housing (YEAH!)
1744 University Avenue
Lutheran Church of the Cross
Our mission is to support young adults (18-24) in Berkeley who are currently homeless. We provide basic necessities, offer case management and counseling, linkages to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement. Monday-Sunday 8 pm – 8 am. Hot meals, Showers, Pets Allowed510.704.9867yeah-berkeley.org/
Youth/ LGBTQ+ Clinic
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
The Y/LGBTQ+ Clinic strives to provide culturally appropriate and accessible services to homeless and street-identified youth, which simultaneously increases their opportunities for positive social and physical well-being. The clinic space is open to those in their teens and twenties and is LGBTQ+ friendly.510.423.3303https://www.suitcaseclinic.org/youth-lgbtq-clinic

Holiday Meal 2018: Here is how you can help

Sarah Weaver, Chief of Service, and her committee are organizing the Holiday Meal this year to prepare for this amazing event where 300-400 meals are served. There is a preparation and set-up shift on Friday, December 14th while the actual meal will be served on Saturday, December 15th from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Our goal this year is to surpass 15,000 pounds of donated food and funds. Here is how you can help:

This year, we are going to attempt to serve a set menu so we will be in the greatest need of prepared food contributions. We are also in need of canned goods and donations for the clothing/toiletry drive. Any extra Thanksgiving ingredients lying in your cabinets would make a great contribution to the meal. Please consider sending your student to school with a few cans to drop off at the bins located outside of the leadership office in the main building.

Our goal is to reach $4,000 for the event. These funds offset staff costs, ingredients, supplies, decorations, and entertainment among other items. We are deeply appreciative of the many supporting donors who make the Holiday Meal possible. We accept CASH or CHECKS payable to “BHS ASB”.

Checks can be dropped off to Mr. Villavicencio’s mailbox or mailed directly to:

Berkeley High School

c/o Mr. Villavicencio BHS Holiday Meal

1980 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704


The following video and photo links demonstrate the magnitude and impact of the meal, if you have not been a part of it before.

Food Drive

Fresh Items Needed:

Please sign-up here to bring fresh food donations for the meal.


  • Turkeys (at least 12 needed)
  • Hams (at least 10 needed)
  • Alternative meat options
  • Desserts (Pumpkin and assorted pies, cookies)
  • Bread (Rolls, loaves, Corn bread)
  • Salads (Various salads w or w/o cheese, nuts, dressing) Yams/Sweet Potatoes/Mashed
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Butter (3 pounds needed)
  • Onions, Garlic, Spices, Herbs, and other assorted seasonings
  • Any Fresh hot or cold dish that you can lovingly donate Fresh food donations can be delivered between 4:30pm-8:00 pm on Friday, December 14 or 8am-12pm of Saturday, December 15 to the main doors of the school at Milvia and Allston. There is a loading zone located here. Please indicate what time you would like deliver your donation.

Canned Foods Needed:

Please bring in amount of the following types of canned foods.
*If you have any questions please ask Mr. Villavicencio or Sarah W in the Leadership Office.

  • Beans (Kidney, garbanzo, black, green, baked, refried) Corn
  • Chili (Vegetarian, beef)
  • Soup (Chicken Noodle)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie filling
  • Tomato Sauce or Diced Tomatoes
  • Pasta, Macaroni Noodles

Other Items Needed:

  • Cooking Oil (Olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • Coffee, juice, tea, or other beverages

Toiletry, toy and blanket drive will take place from November 1 to December 15. With the winter season on it’s way we want to help the homeless community stay warm. We plan to give donations to students in transitional housing here at Berkeley High and give the remainders out during the Holiday Meal. We will have bins for donations placed throughout Berkeley High including near the Leadership Office and in the C-Gallery. We are asking people to donate new or gently used blankets and new toiletries including:

Senior Sunrise & Class of 2019 spellout photo

Congrats to the Class of 2019!!!!


We will eventually have physical copies of this day from My Legacy Matters for purchase. In the meantime, enjoy these two shots from Mattias de los Rios Rogers.

FYI More senior portrait appointment dates with My Legacy Matters will be added and you will be contacted via email and the student bulletin when those dates become available.

Unity Week 2018

Announcing the theme days…activities and event schedule TBA soon!!!

U  N I  T Y     W  E E  K    2  0 1  8

MON 10.15


TUES 10.16


WED. 10.17


THUR. 10.18


60’s(CLASS of ‘22)/ 70’s(‘21)/ 80’s(‘20)/ 90’s(‘19)

FRI. 10.19


For more details, visit us in the Leadership Office.

Unity Week celebrates the passion, purpose, and pride of our big RED & GOLD family. There will be lunchtime activities, an amazing assembly, friendly competitions, in addition to seeing the creative fashion of your friends and teachers.
Keep your fashion classy! In the absence of an official dress code, we ask for students to cover parts of your body that are normally covered at school. Please no weapon-like items and no masks. Be culturally aware of the impact of your fashion choices while being a proud ambassador of JACKET PRIDE in the community.

Is there a list of clubs at BHS? + Jacket Gear + Hip Hop Concert + more!

Hello Fellow Yellow Jackets,
 “Is there a list of clubs at BHS?is the number one question I answer at the start of the school year. Yes, there is a club list and you can always view it online on the main BHS webpage. It is updated weekly until December. Clubs have an open door policy, but consider contacting the staff sponsor to inquire more about the group before you visit. Happy clubbing!!!
The BHS club list is always available online:
And you should definitely go to the FALL CLUB FAIR on Thursday, September 13 from 9:00 – 11:38 am on the Campus Green. In 20 minutes or less, you could get a sense of which clubs are a good match for you.
Jacket Gear Sales end this Friday, September 14! Order a hoodie, hat, shirt, jacket with the awesome BUZZ logo to show your Jacket Pride. The items will be shipped and distributed within 2-3 weeks of the order day.
Order in the leadership office (cash/check) OR online (credit)
If you would like to get into the next home game and all future home games for free, buy an ASB Sticker today! You will also receive a free yearbook and other benefits throughout the year. Complete the attached form and bring your payment to the leadership office.

​The Battle of Bands on Friday, September 21 is shaping up to be an amazing event with at least 8 groups competing for the “Top Band” at Berkeley High! Each group will try to woo the crowd with their sound and showmanship to get a chance to get into the final round​.
​We are still searching for 10-12 Freshmen Leaders! Join the leadership team to plan spirit week activities, host a class fundraiser, and practice ​communication and teamwork towards a shared goal. Applications are in the leadership office OR online:
The SENIOR SUNRISE & SPELL-OUT PHOTO will be FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (***new date***) starting at 7:00 am in the MAIN COURTYARD. Please wear your RED & GOLD to make for the most spirited class photo! Photo will be taken at 8:00 am.

Use this link to schedule your SENIOR PORTRAIT appointment.

Portrait sessions are here at Berkeley High and there are limited dates available so sign up today. https://www.mylegacymatters.us/appointments/
Book your appointments for one of the following dates:
Sept. 12, Oct. 3, 4, 8, 22, 23, 24
You can pay for your session/package online OR pay at your session.

NOTE: Senior Portraits must be taken BEFORE WINTER BREAK for them to get into the yearbook.




CAP & GOWN ORDERS next week at LUNCH in the courtyard. Achievers Inc. will be on campus on 9/12 Last Names A-L and 9/14 Last Names M-Z on 9/14 at LUNCH to take your orders or help with ring sizes. For online orders, please visit this website and use the code bhs510: https://www.graduationorder.com/

​Finally, check out the range of events (music production, photography, after school) happening at the ​MLK Jr. Rec Center and Berkeley Teen Program. In addition to the activities being offered, there is also a FREE concert featuring local artists. The concert is this SATURDAY at 1 pm with BHS grads Marty Grimes (G-Eazy – – -sightings???) and C5. See attached flyers for more details.
Click below for more events and activities at YAP:

Save $$$ Feel the Sting of Jacket Pride with an ASB Sticker!!!

Click here to download the 2018-19 ASB Sticker form


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. 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. The faculty sponsor of yearbook will announce via E-tree and the school bulletin when, where, and how to pick-up a yearbook.