The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) reached a tentative agreement on October 1 with the Berkeley Council of Classified Employees (BCCE) regarding health benefits and transfers for the district’s employees.
Berkeley High School’s fire science class has recently been approved as a G science elective by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).
The BHS class is one of the only high school fire science classes in the country. This course teaches what someone will need for a foundation of firefighting as a career.
To be approved as a UC elective, the class has a college preparatory curriculum that is submitted to the UCOP. Once it is approved, a student will get ten units per class for their transcript and twenty application credits for the UC system.
As of October 1, 2014, a new ordinance concerning the feeding of wild animals in parks and public places was passed in Berkeley. This law will be enforced by a one hundred dollar fine for first time offenders, and up to five hundred dollars for multiple offences within a year.
This year Berkeley Unified Schools are no longer letting sixth graders test out of pre-algebra. In years past, sixth graders have been able to test out of pre-algebra and go on to take geometry as eighth graders. The changes are part of the Common Core, which is working to regularize education standards across the United States. Berkeley High School’s math curriculum will also significantly be changed to compliment the Common Core.
On October 2, safety officer Robin Cummings found a noose hanging on a tree on the Berkeley High Campus Green. The noose was immediately removed, and the administration, along with the Berkeley Police Department, is investigating who is responsible. Since there is no security footage from that afternoon, and because no student reported seeing the noose, finding the perpetrator may prove difficult.
UC Berkeley celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement (FSM) last week, a series of student-led protests that revolutionized political activism. FSM veterans returned to the campus to give speeches, conduct panels, and honor the significance of their activism half a century ago.
“Who’s got the power?” Dolores Huerta asks the crowd. “We got the power!” the audience responds in unison, and the feeling of empowerment in the room is unmistakable. On Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Dolores Huerta came to speak at the Berkeley High Florence Schwimley Little Theater. Huerta is most well known for her work as an activist who founded the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) along with Cesar Chavez. The evening ended with a call and response portion, a method used to inspire activists during the farm labor movement Huerta led throughout the sixties and seventies.
Students passing the school entrance may have noticed the giant bulldozers and mounds of dirt blocking off a street next to Berkeley High. As some curious onlookers may have guessed, this isn’t your average street paving. In fact, workers are installing a permeable paver roadway on the block of Allston between Martin Luther King Jr Way and Milvia Street. Although the technology is advanced, the basic concept is exactly what the name suggests: bricks in the pavement allow water to drain straight through to the underlying soil, rather than run off into drains.