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.
Make your own QR code! Learn more by clicking here.
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:
|Alameda Family Services|
DreamCatcher Youth Services
2325 Clement Avenue
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.||800.379.1114||http://www.alamedafs.org/dreamcatcher/|
|All Souls Episcopal Church||Meals & Rides program||510.848.1755||http://www.allsoulsparish.org/|
|All Souls Episcopal Church|
2220 Cedar (@Spruce)
|Meal Service 510.848.1755 2nd Sunday @ 4:00 pm||510.848.1755||http://www.allsoulsparish.org/|
|Berkeley Food and Housing Project|
1901 Fairview Street
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
|BOSS Multi-Agency Service Center|
1931 Center Street
|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.||510.843.3700||https://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.||925.519.9881||www.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: 2nd & last Saturday of each month
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
mission of the Berkeley Free Clinic is to empower individuals and
communities by providing accessible, client-centered health services and
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
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|
|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/A||https://sites.google.com/site/berkeleycatholicworker/|
|Online Homeless Resource webpage||none||http://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
|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.||510.643.6786||http://www.suitcaseclinic.org/partners/united_for_health-2/|
|Women’s Daytime Drop In Center|
2218 Acton Street
|The Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center offers free services to any homeless woman and her children. Mon – Fri 8 am – 4 pm||510.548.6933||womensdropin.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 Allowed||510.704.9867||yeah-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.||510.423.3303||https://www.suitcaseclinic.org/youth-lgbtq-clinic|
Chief of Publicity
Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two
[*] S. CHANG 897 1035
[*] O. ASHLEY 536 602
- SCOTT 207
BLANK 96 99
Chief of Service
Candidate Rd. One
[*] S. WEAVER 875
- KIRTLAND 744
Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two
[*] T. IRWIN 699 874
- SHEIKH 534 778
- RASHADA 443
BLANK 60 84
ASB Vice President
Candidate Rd. One
[*] M. DE SOUZA 1628
School Board Representative
Candidate Rd. One
[*] A. HARIRI 958
- TEZCAN 715
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
- SPENCER 204 252
- PAKTER 100
BLANK 32 39
Sophomore Class Vice President
Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two
[*] K. SULLIVAN 290 346
- O’BRIEN 203 242
- LEI 98
BLANK 34 37
Junior Class President
Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two
[*] E. HEMP 246 316
- GORDON-CH 192 242
- KHAN 131
BLANK 25 36
Junior Class Vice President
Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two Rd. Three
[*] R. ALPER 179 203 304
- SHEN 154 188 284
- TOMASIK 133 170
- 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
THESE RESULTS CERTIFIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS.
Election Returns 2018
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.
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.
This is the first in a series of articles written by student leaders on issues to raise awareness and share a fresh perspective.
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.
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.