On Saturday, November 1, the Young People's Symphony Orchestra will be starting its 78th season featuring works from a variety of French composers, including Claude Debussy’s “Fetes and Nuages” and Camille Saint-Saens’s “3rd Symphony.” The concert will be held at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley. Price: $10 students, $15 adults
For many students at Berkeley High, academia is dominated by Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum. For some this is a good thing, for others, perhaps not. Either way there’s no doubt that AP classes can give students an edge when it comes to applying for college. However, the opportunity to take AP classes has not always been available to students in small learning communities such as AMPS, CAS, AHA, and Green Academy.
The college application process is undeniably greuling for students. Throughout portions of junior and senior years of high school, there is often so much to do and so many possible ways to approach it that it may seem like it would be entirely impossible to stay organized and manage everything successfully. From maintaining grades, to preparing and sitting for standardized tests, to actually selecting the best schools to apply to and writing essays, there is a seemingly endless list of tasks to complete.
I don’t believe in spending thirty dollars on a tiny piece of cloth at pricey stores with famous logos or hand-blended cotton. It seems excessive, (unless it is a really nice tank top) so I naturally turn towards the shelves of Forever 21 and other similar stores that are ridiculously cheap and fairly functional. But every time I buy a two dollar tank top, every time I hand the cashier that blue plastic card or slide a crisp bill across the counter, I face a moral dilemma.
It doesn’t say “guilt trip” on the label, but maybe it should.
The newly established Berkeley High Cooking Club is eager to set new goals and evolve as a community. Motivated by their love for cooking, BHS juniors Morgan Boals and Alex Soe were driven to create an environment where students curious about the preparation of food could hone their skills and learn the fundamentals of cooking. Using the leadership gained from previous clubs and classes, Boals and Soe successfully managed to turn their fantasy of a cooking club into a reality this fall.
On Wednesday, I had an unwelcome and intrusive addition to my otherwise familiar and comfortable independent study routine. On any given school day at 8:30 AM, I am either starting to roll out of bed and begin my day, or I have already been up for three hours stressing over some (math) homework assigned last week that is due later that day. In this case, it was neither. I had been signed up to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on Wednesday at 8:30 AM, at the REALM Charter School in Berkeley.
When you think of some of your favorite teachers, you think of their amazing accomplishments and every single wonderful thing they have done, but you never stop to think about the magical help they get. Davy Reed has been working at Berkeley High for about a month now as a Media Technician, using audio-visual and computer media equipment for Phil Halpern’s video class. Halpern is a CAS Arts Video Production teacher who is very involved in the CAS community.
Walking down the extremely crowded hallways of Berkeley High, it is common to catch little snippets of conversation while maneuvering to your next class. It is very likely that an individual will hear sentences like, “stop acting so sus,” “juug me that last slice of pizza,” “dang, your eyebrows are on fleek today,” I’m so wet at golf,” or “5th period was so burnt, we had to write an essay.” Words such as “sus,” “burnt,” “wet,” “fleek,” and “juug,” as well as many others, are uniquely uttered in the Bay Area and especially at BHS.
For the past nine years, when it came time for students to take Advanced Placement Spanish, many looked forward to the possibility of it being taught by Janelle Bugarini. In the past, she taught IB/AP Spanish and the Native Spanish Speakers class. This year, however, Bugarini is in the D-Building as the new Dean of Attendance, replacing Daniel Roose, who is now Vice Principal of Berkeley High School.
September 20, 2014 was the Ocean Conservancy’s 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup. Many students and teachers from Berkeley High School joined the rest of the community in cleaning up the shores of the Berkeley Marina. According to the City of Berkeley, over 4,313 pounds of trash were collected that weekend in Berkeley, Alameda, and Emeryville alone.