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April 26, 2023

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Come to Berkeley High School men’s volleyball senior night at 5:30 to support our seniors! Ceremony at 5:15 in the Donahue.

Come see Beyond The Cut on May 3


Come see Beyond The Cut, an Exhibition of some of the best work from BHS Video Productions Classes, on Wednesday, May 3rd in the Little Theater from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Doors open at 6pm and the program is free. Check out great films from over 30 of our school’s filmmakers!

Fundraiser Fashion Show


Tickets are now on sale for the fundraiser fashion show on April 27th from 5:30 to 8 pm. There will be live music, small businesses to shop art, clothes and jewelry, and a fashion runway showcasing student designs. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. 

You can buy a ticket through the link on their Instagram @bhsfashionshow23 or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/586397218867

BSEP / SSC Student Representative Election

There will be another student leadership election this week for the position of BSEP/SSC student representative. 

The BSEP/SSC committee is the most powerful decision-making group on campus, composed of the principal, teachers, administrators, parents, and students. They decide on the school schedule, distribute resources to small schools and programs, and approve the school safety plans.

The top 4 candidates will be placed according to their order of finish as the vote will determine voting status at meetings in the fall.  Not all student representatives that are elected are eligible to vote as the number depends on the number of staff and parent members.


Here are the four candidates. 

Lenka Simon Class of 2025 BIHS

I have already been a BSEP/SSC representative for half a year now, and besides just being a member, I have become one of the co-chairs of the committee. As a co-chair of the committee I have been responsible for setting the agenda for the meetings, leading the meetings, and meeting with Mr. Raygoza to discuss our hopes for the committee. I have fought for funding for compensation for letters of recommendation for teachers, reviewed the school safety plan, and reviewed the goals for the school. When I was running for this position last year I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The role of a BSEP/SSC representative is difficult to understand unless you’ve been through it, which is why I think it would be valuable to re-elect me instead of electing someone new. As co-chair of the committee I have not only attended the meetings, but I’ve run them and I had the opportunity to understand the nuances of my role. I would make a good candidate for BSEP/SSC representative because I have already been BSEP/SSC representative for half a year, I’ve fought for things that benefit the students and teachers, and I’ve learned the ins and outs of my role.

Sami Khayatei Houssaini Class of 2024 BIHS

My name is Sami Khayatei Houssaini and I am running to be your BSEP/SSC committee representative. In this role, I would always represent the interest of the whole student body. Any decision that impacts students in the slightest should always be made with their consultation before. That is why I will always seek out your input and make it so that your opinions and ideas are heard from those who will be making the decisions that will affect you on an everyday basis. Our school should be more transparent to its students about how these decisions are made and taken. I will make sure that is the case. 

Maya Dang Class of 2026 BIHS

I’ve been on Leadership for the past year and gained extensive knowledge on how to work together with a team in order to be successful with a project and being collaborative with each other. While working on the candy grams project during the 1st semester of the ’22-’23 school year, I learned that it’s valuable and important to have a plan and to make sure that if you want people to participate in it, you have to market and advertise a bunch in order to spread the word across campus. I also learned that it’s important for everyone to stay on the same track, as it’ll help if challenges arrive – everyone knows what’s going on and can help the project get back on track. It’s also important to communicate since it’ll help the project be executed well and leads to the success of the leadership team. I’ve also been helping out with filming media for groups such as the BHS Latinx Heritage Club, Adv Dance Lab, and MLK Middle School’s garden and I’ve collaborated with friends on these projects too. I learned that it’s valuable that everybody knows what’s happening and that you’re staying up to date with communication. I think that the things I value most when working with others is clear communication, good working bond between my group-mates, agreeing and negotiating when somebody might not agree with the current project, being respectful and staying positive. 

Sifora Kahsay Class of 2025 Multilingual Program 

“Participating in team activities has taught me how to collaborate and work together with others. I’ve come to appreciate that all voices in a team matter, and even the smallest contribution may bring about a major shift. I have also gained skills such as communication and leadership, as well as being willing to take risks in order to achieve a shared goal and quickly adapt to new situations. Being part of the debating team and playing soccer with teammates has enhanced my socialization skills. I learned to cooperate with people to achieve a common goal and improved my ability to listen and form opinions. By representing my school in debating matches, I gained confidence in my speech and public relations, while making new friendships.  In soccer, I learnt to take responsibility for my mistakes and trust in my teammates for support. Trying my best to represent my school in both activities taught me the importance of reliability and allowed me to develop relationships with my peers. The ability to interact closely with my peers has allowed me to gain invaluable experience and develop interpersonal skills. I have gained a wealth of experience over the past three years, living in and learning about various cultures. I’ve seen how different people interact with their traditions and how each culture is unique. I had to adjust to different educational systems, learn to converse with unfamiliar people, and work with others in diverse settings. Adjusting to and learning different educational systems has been especially eye-opening. I am proud to have built relationships and engage with many people from different backgrounds, expanding my knowledge and understanding immensely.

I have gained valuable skills through team activities such as communication, leadership, problem-solving and conflict resolution. I have learned to appreciate all perspectives and work together with others and recognize the importance of recognizing each member’s contributions. In teams, I’m confident in my ability to add value and collaborate to maximize the team’s success. Working in teams has given me valuable lessons on how to build collaboration, communication, and leadership skills. I’ve come to understand the importance of each member’s input and how, together, we can achieve great results. Participating in team activities has been a rewarding experience that I will never forget.


Wondering about climate change?

Interested in the intersection of social justice and the climate?

Join us on Thursday April 27th, 6:30pm in the BHS Library!!!Learn more about the film.
submitted by ziagv@berkeley.net

Guest Speaker at STEMinist club Meeting


Come to the STEMinist club during lunch today to hear from molecular and cell biologist Samvardhini Sridharan to learn how she uses genetics, mathematics, statistics, and computer science to study human evolution. See you there!

Submitted by bhssteminist@gmail.com 


Become a Link Leader

Support the incoming Class of 2027 9th graders as they make their transition to Berkeley High. You and your Link Leader partner will welcome these on their first official day as a high schooler. Check out the application for more details…

Learn more about the due dates, election timeline and more by clicking here.

due date is midnight on MAY 23

Contact Mr. V with any questions.

Need Gender Affirming Clothing?

The Alliance of Gender Expansive Students has raised money to buy gender affirming clothing for students who can not otherwise access it. If you have money to buy the clothing but can’t access it because of other reasons, we can provide the clothing if you give us the money for it. If you don’t have the money for gender affirming clothing, we can use our fundraised money to buy it. However we haven’t fundraised a ton, so if you can pitch in for your clothes please do. 

To get clothes there will be a google form linked in the bulletin email. There will also be posters up around campus with a QR code to the form. Other than a way to contact you, it can be filled out completely anonymously.  

Submitted by BerkeleyhighAGES@gmail.com 


Spring Football starts May 16th!!! 


Calling all returning football players AND all interested 9th, 10th, and 11th graders! The CIF allows football teams to have 10 May practices to get ready for the fall and to recruit more players. Practices are non-contact and no pads. This year, BHS football will run spring practice from May 16th to May 26th after school. Athletes, including returners, must be cleared on Home Campus – directions can be found by going to berkeleyhighathletics.org and clicking on the “Athlete registration” link under resources. You can also scan the QR code. When you log into Home Campus, register for football for 2023-2024.

For all questions and scheduling conflicts, please email Coach David Perry at davidperry@berkeley.net 



Girls Flag Football 

The State of California recently approved adding girls flag football as a new CIF sport. Berkeley High School is exploring the possibility of adding flag football to the slate of sports options for our female athletes. We are hosting an “interest meeting” in the Donahue gymnasium THURSDAY (427) AT LUNCH for athletes interested in learning about flag football. We’ll cover what the CIF plans to do in terms of rules, number of games, what our league is considering, season of sports, etc.

 Submitted by athleticdirector@berkeley.net 


Open Gym Basketball

Berkeley High School basketball will be hosting open gyms in the month of May every Tuesday and Thursday in the JACKET GYM from 3:45-5:30. As per rule, open gyms are open to anyone, including staff, interested in playing pick-up basketball. Have fun! The first open gym is Tuesday May 2nd. 

 Submitted by athleticdirector@berkeley.net 


Team Berkelium attended the Robotics World Championships

This past week, Team Berkelium attended the Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas! They were in the second alliance in the Milstein Division and won!! They went on to place 7th at Einsteins, the final playoffs. They’ve spent the past few weeks raising money and working on the robot in order to go to championships, and this wouldn’t have been possible without their hard work and the support of families, friends, and mentors!  

Huge thank you to the wonderful mentors, Kelly, Cyndia, Mr. Lam and Mr. Wright, and to all the team members! Congratulations on such a huge win!!

​​submitted by robotics@berkeley.net 


Congratulations to the Berkeley High SLAM Team 


Congratulations to the Berkeley High SLAM Team who took 2nd place in the Youth Speaks Unified Slam on Saturday night. Competing with 15 Bay Area Schools, Berkeley brought the heat with poems about resistance, music, social media and school violence. Julia, Azaria, Cruz and Lol-be recited with passion and precision. This was a big accomplishment for a first year team. 

Congratulations Berkeley High SLAM 2023. 


Calling all Latinx-identified seniors! 


Latine (Lat-een-eh) Student Graduation will take place on Wednesday May 31st from 7-8pm in the Little Theater! Music, food, and drink will be provided outside prior to the ceremony from 5:30-6:30pm for students and families, but please make sure to RSVP using the flyer linked in the bulletin and posted around campus. 

All students wishing to receive a Latine (Lat-een-eh) graduation sash and/or wanting to attend the ceremony need to RSVP no later than Monday, May 1st

We can’t wait to celebrate! 

Interested performers or speakers for the event need to contact Ms. Moreno at amandamoreno@berkeley.net or stop by C126 for more information. 

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month. The Jacket is accepting student submissions for our celebratory issue! Any student can submit a piece of work to the Jacket honoring this month and what it represents. Submissions are due on Friday, April 28th by 7pm.

Submitted by stephaniejersey@students.berkeley.net 


Come to Queer Prom 2023! 


This is a dance for LGBTQ+ students and allies. It will be held May 6th from 7-10 PM in the Berkeley High School cafeteria. Guests can expect food, drinks, music, photos and more! Tickets are on sale now and cost $15.50. Use this link to purchase a ticket:. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20, assuming they are not sold out.

To come to Queer Prom, students must have good attendance (no more than 30 unexcused absences in the second semester) and no discipline problems. 

Berkeley High students may bring up to one guest from another school. The guest’s school must fill out this form for them to attend

Email berkeleyhighschoolgsa@gmail.com or dm us @bhsqueer with any questions.

Salsa Dance Party with the BHS Jazz Band


Come join us on May the Fourth as we use our new outdoor space for the first time — for a wonderful Salsa Dance Party!  This event is FREE to everyone — bring your friends, family, younger siblings….  

There will be food trucks, a dance lesson, and all 5 BHS jazz bands will play Latin dance music.

Hope to see you there–

Denim day is Wednesday, April 26

denim day asks students to make a social statement with their fashion statement. Wear jeans on this day, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

Visit denimday.org to learn more and visit joinonelove.org to learn how to spot the signs of healthy & unhealthy relationships. 

Remember to wear denim on Wednesday April 26! 

Class of 2023 Graduation 

We are looking forward to sending you off in style at the BHS Graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 3rd.

Please help us know more about your plans for attending the large graduation ceremony and the anticipated guest list by completing the following form:


*form only accessible to BUSD email accounts

Thank you!

We will share any updates regarding graduation directly via student email, the BHS e-tree, the BHS website, the senior letter among other means.

We will recruit student speakers or student performers that represent the heart and spirit of the Class of 2023. Please submit a video clip of your audition speech or performance by May 1.

P.S. If you have ordered a cap & gown loaner OR did not pay for shipping with Achievers Inc., then you can expect to pick up your graduation orders on TUESDAY, MAY 9th in front of the DONAHUE GYM at lunch.

Dance Production Tickets

Tickets for the Dance Production show are now available. Find the link on instagram @berkeleyhighdance in our bio. The show is April 28th and 29th at 7pm in the Little Theater. Tickets are $5-$25, pay what you can. 

Link for tickets


This week in BHS Athletics!


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Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy

The Berkeley Unified School District is committed to providing a hostile-free working and learning environment. The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, based on actual or perceived race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding/lactation status (related medical conditions), religion, color, national origin (including language restrictions and possession of a driver’s license (issued under Vehicle Code), ancestry, immigration status, physical or mental disability (including clinical depression and bipolar disorder, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, epilepsy, seizure disorder, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and heart attack), medical condition (cancer-related and genetic characteristics), military and veteran status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age (40 and above), genetic information, political belief or affiliation (unless union related), a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation in any program or activity it conducts or to which it provides significant assistance.

Discrimination is different treatment based on a protected characteristic in the context of an educational program, work or activity without a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason that interferes with or limits the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the District or includes an adverse employment action.

Hostile environment harassment occurs when a target is subjected to unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic, which is both subjectively offensive to the target and would be offensive to a reasonable person of similar circumstances/characteristics and is sufficiently so severe, and so pervasive to interfere with or limit an individual’s ability to effectively work or to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by the District. Harassment may take many forms, including but not limited to, verbal remarks and name-calling, graphic and written statements, or any conduct that may be threatening or humiliating. Harassment based on any of the above protected categories is a form of unlawful discrimination and will not be tolerated by the District and can result in disciplinary action against the offending student or employee.

Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, based on actual or perceived protected characteristics, school personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so. Once a school/office has expressed notice or reason to know of such conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate, determine what occurred, take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has been created and prevent the conduct from occurring again. These steps should be taken regardless of whether an individual makes a complaint or asks the school/office to take action. Complaints are protected from retaliation. The District prohibits retaliation against any person who files a complaint or an appeal, reports instances of noncompliance, discrimination, harassment, bullying, and intimidation, or who participates in the complaint-filing or investigation process. This nondiscriminatory policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within any school/office under the jurisdiction of the Berkeley Unified School District. 

For more information, or to file a complaint please contact:District Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer Berkeley Unified School District, 2020 Bonar Street, Room 117, Berkeley CA 94702 Phone: (510) 486-9338; Email: complaints@berkeley.net

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