2019-20 LEADERSHIP APPs NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!!

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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

PHOTO LINK TO BE ADDED SOON

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:

OrganizationDescriptionPhoneWebsite
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.
510.649.4976https://bfhp.org/
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
925.519.9881www.dorothydayhouse.org
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
510.848.6242http://www.fpcberkeley.org/streetmeal.asp
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.
510.548.2570
Clinic Phone: 800.6CLINIC
berkeleyfreeclinic.org/
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.
510.525.4469none
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
nonehttp://homelessresource.net/berkeley
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.
510.848.5107https://stmarksberkeley.org/event/hot-meals-hungry/
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
510.423.3659
https://www.suitcaseclinic.org/womxn-s-clinic?p=5948
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

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

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.

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.