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Art expressions created by students on November 9, 2016
BHS Interdisciplinary Arts-Based Research Program
A New Way to Teach Art
Teaching & Learning Arts Based Research
In this video, BHS art teacher Kimberley D'Adamo Green and her students show us and tell us how big interdisciplinary topics can be explored deeply through the lens of art and artistic practice.

Student inquiry and artistic voice is developed through student-driven research, writing, discussion and reflection, all captured in the  students' metacognitive  (thought)
work bo oks.

Jonah Arreola-Burl, who attended Cragmont, King, and graduated in 2016 from Berkeley High explains that "the workbook is a window into our minds, what we are thinking about, what we've researched, and the process we took to make our art."

The art elective course featured in this video is open to students in 11th and 12th grades from both of the large learning programs at Berkeley High School
(AC and BIHS).
School Leadership: Building the Future of our Schools Together: Thur., Dec. 1

Don't miss the chance to hear Superintendent Evans on district priorities and initiatives for 2016-17 and to attend workshops that will help us continue to build strong school leadership together. All are encouraged and welcome!

Admissions Events 
Do you have a child starting a new school next fall?

If so, mark your calendar for the Kindergarten & New Families Information Fair on Dec. 3 from 10-1 at LeConte Elementary.

Elementary school visitation schedules and  more on the steps to elementary school enrollment page here.

Berkeley High School Information Night for Families New to BUSD
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7-8pm
BHS Community Theater

Free and Reduced Lunch Form
Please help us qualify for state and federal funds available to serve our students. We need every family to complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Form.
District Meetings & Events

No School: Mon., Nov. 7 and Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 23-25

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:
School Board Policy Subcommittee
Agenda items include: Protection of Undocumented Students
Friday, Nov. 18, 3:00
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, Room 126 

LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
Nov. 17 (6:00 - 8:30pm)
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, Room 126 

Nov. 16 (7:15pm)
School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison Street.
All School Board meetings are viewable live on local cable channel 33 and on  the BUSD YouTube channel .
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Record High Voter Approval for BSEP Measure 
On November 8, voters in Berkeley gave a resounding "Yes" to Measure E1, which means the Berkeley Unified School District will receive at least $28 million per year in special local tax funding through the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP) for the next eight years.

While the count is not yet official as of this date, the reported  88.65% approval was the highest ever achieved for the BSEP special tax measure, which requires at least 66.7% to pass. BSEP was first placed on the Berkeley ballot 30 years ago in 1986, as a response to school funding shortages in the wake of Proposition 13, and has been renewed and revised in 1994, 2004, 2006, and now 2016.

The BSEP measure currently provides 20% of the funding for the Berkeley Public Schools, including paying for one-third of our teachers, all of our school libraries, our grades 4-8 music program, our middle school counselors, discretionary funds for each site for special programs, tutors, instructional materials, technology , and much more.

"We are grateful to the legions of volunteers - parents, teachers, students, staff, alumni, friends and neighbors who helped create the measure and get the word out to the voters about this crucial support for our schools," Superintendent Evans and BSEP Director Natasha Beery wrote in a  community message on the BUSD homepage .

They also said, "Berkeley voters understand 'that public education is the cornerstone of our democracy and our schools are the lifeblood of our community.' With the renewal of BSEP funding, Berkeley voters are investing in our children, our community, and the future of our nation."

Five Standout BHS Athletes -- All Female -- Headed for Major College Teams!
The BHS library may be sedate most of the time, but it resonated Wednesday night with rafter-ringing cheers and applause from family, teammates and coaches. It was National Letter of Intent Signing Day, and the library hosted a festive celebration for five young women who all signed to play Division 1 college sports.

The event was special not only because we had five athletes signing at major colleges at one time -- the most for BHS in at least the past four years and perhaps ever  -- but also because all five were female! It was a spirited event with lots of smiles, support and congratulations all around.
The five, from left to right in the photo above are:
  • Xina Foreman, Cal State Fullerton, basketball
  • Roxie Wiblin, University of San Diego, volleyball
  • Mikaela Hammond Holland, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, crew
  • Bella Marshall, University of California at Berkeley, crew
  • Robyn Wampler. University of California at San Diego, softball
"There are five really gnarly women up here," Marshall said to appreciative audience laughter. "I'm super happy. When I first read through all the names of the people who were signing, it was all girls. I thought, my god, that is so exciting! ... It says something about our program and the way we support athletes, and women athletes, in Berkeley and at Berkeley High."
Read Each Day
Did you know that research correlates independent reading time and reading volume with growth in reading enthusiasm and achievement? As part of the Year of the Reader initiative, elementary school children are working to increase how much they are reading every day, both  at home and at school. 
As you can see, these Thousand Oaks students relish their reading time. Special book bags are used daily to transport books between home and school, and nightly reading homework is given top priority. As a motivational tool, each classroom is tracking reading volume and tallying up the numbers of pages read in order to celebrate their achievements together.
Save the Date: Research Symposium for Berkeley Families and Educators
Exact time of this event and more details will be out very soon.
Run or Walk in the Berkeley Half Marathon/10k/5k to Support the Berkeley Public Schools Fund!
Team Schools Fund Runner Madan Kumar
Team Schools Fund Runner Madan Kumar talks about why he runs for the Schools Fund.

In the past three years, the Schools Fund has raised $90,000 in total with its Berkeley Half team - that's about 150 classroom grants for Berkeley teachers. You can Race for Free in exchange for a modest fundraising goal for the Schools Fund.  See why Malcolm X Vice-Principal, Susanne Reed, is running here.

Berkeley Half Details
Sunday, November 20, 2016
5k, 10k and Half Marathon
Just click "Get Started" on the   Fundraising/Team Page.