Holiday Meal 17: Your $$$ goes further thanks to matching donor!!!!

Folks, We have exciting news. A generous donor has stepped forward and pledged to match each dollar donated to the BHS Holiday Meal from now until November 30…Thank you!!!

BHS Holiday Meal on December 8-9, 2017

The 2017 Holiday Meal is an awesome annual event where over 250 guests receive food and good cheer from 200+ Berkeley High volunteers. Although some of the guests typically are living without full-time housing, the doors are open to anyone who wants a heartwarming meal and entertainment.
We invite the entire BHS community to get involved in this service event in any or all of these ways:
  1. Donate Funds
  2. Donate Food go/5080d4faea62da57-bhsholiday
  3. Volunteer link open on November 13
1. We have an anonymous matching donor from the BHS community. This generous donor will match your donation dollar for dollar to help us reach our goal of $4,000 until November 30. WOW!!! 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
2. We are also in need of donations of canned goods and fresh food. Bins are located in the BHS cafeteria and we are accepting the following items:  
  • 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
Fresh Food donations of pre-cooked turkey/ham, desserts, side dishes, or beverages will be tracked online. Please visit our SignUp Genius page to pledge a donation of fresh food to be brought on the day of the meal. Thank you!!!
3. Holiday Meal volunteers have a tremendous impact on the event whether they are setting up the space on the day before the meal or interacting with guests on the day of the event. We plan to have space for at least 300 volunteers this year, so be on the lookout for the volunteer list when it gets posted in mid-November. The volunteer link will be available beginning November 13.
Please visit the BHS Leadership website to get more information about the event: leadership/?page_id=214

SHOW of UNITY 2017 video

UNITY WEEK CELEBRATES the PASSION, PURPOSE & PRIDE of our BIG RED & GOLD FAMILY. The Show of Unity is the kick off to our celebration of Red and Gold Day. It is a time to celebrate the three P’s- purpose, passion, and pride of our BIG Red and Gold family. Today we have a lot of performances to share with you so please give them your support.


Opening Message by Principal Schweng and Mr. Rok
Message of Solidarity by Ms. Malhi and Mr. Estrada along with students
Introduction by Genna S and Mr. V
Cheer Squad coached by Tiffany Williams
Sing Along Contest
BTA performance with Will Tinson
Class of 2019 performance
Class of 2018 performance take 1
Staff performance
Class of 2018 performance take 2

Thank you to our student videographers!!!  Liam C and Cosmo W.

ASB Speaker Series: Panel Discussion on Homeless Crisis

The ASB Speaker Series returns for the 2017-18 school year. We will offer student-led presentations each month hosted by student clubs and local organizations.

On Thursday, September 28th Berkeley High will host a school wide panel discussion regarding the homeless crisis in the Bay Area. We will be joined by The Honorable Mayor of Berkeley Jessie Arreguin, his senior advisor Jackie McCormick, Osha Neumann, East Bay Community Law Center), and Akiba Bradford (a senior field rep from Assembly member Thurmond’s office). In the panel, Soren W will lead a discussion in hopes to educate himself and his peers on how to proactively combat poverty, using our local public institutions.
ASB Speaker Series: Panel Discussion on Homeless Crisis
Thursday, September 28
2nd period and 3rd period (repeats each period)
Little Theater


0:00-6:15 Introductions6:15-12:00 Responses to who are the homeless and why is this happening?

12:00-19:30 Audience Questions19:30-25:15 Responses to What’s being done to address the crisis?
25:15-29:00 Responses to What can students do to help?
29:00-35:00 Audience Questions
35:00-48:00 Responses to What can students do to help?

ASB Speaker Series: In Celebration of Latinx Culture hosted by CLUV


ASB Speaker Series: In Celebration of Latinx Culture hosted by Chicano Latino United Voices

Classes were invited to the celebration on October 12 to be a witness to an inspirational display of Latinx culture during National Hispanic Heritage month. Acts include traditional mariachi singing, spoken word, dance, and a film examining the effects of DACE on the BHS students.

CLUV hopes that the BHS community will watch this presentation with open minds and hearts, only to leave feeling they have learned about the valuable culture Latinx students bring to campus.


Assembly agenda

  • Introduction by Marielena R
  • MC Diana G, Abbib B
  • Reggaeton Dance by Alejandra C-H, Winston, Francesca L
  • Poem By Elicia G
  • Salsa Performance by Nelly Maldonado, BHS ’04
  • Poem By Leo G
  • Mariachi by Yesenia V
  • DACA video by Anjuli A
  • with footage by Jeffrey Kimmich, Media Tech
    Anjuli A. (Videotaped second pd. assembly)
    Xyra M. (Videotaped the third pd. assembly)


CLUV assembly part 1

CLUV assembly part 2

DACA video by Anjuli …Contact Anjuli directly to access this video in its entirety




Overall Unity Week Unity Week celebrates the passion, purpose, and pride of our big RED & GOLD family.

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 to be a proud ambassador of JACKET PRIDE to the community.

2nd Period Classroom Spirit Competition Hey teachers, please take a tally of the number of students in your class dressed in today’s theme. We highly encourage 2nd period classes to continue collected canned soups, beans, vegetables or pasta for the annual Holiday Meal. There will be prizes for the top 3 classes for greatest participation in these activities and a raffle for a fourth class to win.

On Thursday 10/19, teachers please submit any collected food and the dress tally sheet to the leadership office to the leadership office at lunch or after school. Thank you for your participation. Winners announced tomorrow!

On Friday 10/19, here are the winners of the 2nd period contest…Also, don’t forget to take a class photo and submit for the most spirit class photo contest. Thank you for building community and spirit!

10/13 Friday – Show of Unity assembly – Jacket Gear Fellow Yellow Jackets, October is the Show of Unity. To get into the unifying spirit, wear anything that has BHS or Berkeley High School on it aka “Jacket Gear”. See you in the theater in the afternoon for an amazing show!
10/16 Monday hosted by Freshman – Pajama Day On Monday, 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. Please cover parts of your body that are normally covered at school. See you at the Pajama Jammy Jam Fashion Show for giveaways and games on the Community Theater Steps (BCT) at lunch. Class of 2021, be on the lookout for events hosted by the Freshman Class Leadership team and Link Leaders this day!
10/17 Tuesday hosted by Sophomores – Superhero Day Who is your superhero? Superman, Wonder Woman, Luke Cage, or maybe members of your family, friends, or teacher. On Tuesday, we ask you to to celebrate, in fashion, those superheroes who you believe help bring out the good each day. Please remember that no masks can be worn on campus and to keep any weapon-like items at home.
10/18 Wednesday hosted by Juniors – West Coast Wednesday On Wednesday, represent the diverse cultures of the West Coast. From music to food, lifestyle to fashion, we have a lot to be proud of here on the left coast. Think Tupac, E-40, Burrito, avocado, Surfing, Thrifting. Hope to see you in the courtyard for games and soaking in the good vibes of fall time in the Bay Area. Remember no swimwear and please cover parts of your body that are normally covered at school.
10/19 Thursday hosted by Seniors – Decades Day (60s Fresh, 70s Soph, 80s Junior, 90s/00s Senior) On Thursday, there will be four decades of amazing fashion. Shoulder pads, flashy neon, big hair, acid wash jeans, gold jewelry, hi top fades, hi top sneakers among many totally radical choices. Freshman – 1960’s, Sophomore – 1970’s, Junior – 1980’s, Senior – 1990’s/2000’s. See you on the BCT steps at lunch for great music, games, and photos. Also, come join the thousands of dancers at 12:10 to for the largest group Cha Cha Slide ever attempted. Everybody, clap your hands!
10/20 Friday hosted by ASB – Red & Gold Day On our final day of Unity Week, let’s come together as one, big “uni-team” by wearing the school colors of Red and Gold. Just like the rest of the week, please make sure to keep your clothing school appropriate. Cover parts of your body that are normally covered at school. See you at the campus green for music and fun hosted by 106 KMEL.