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School Board to hold Special Board Meeting on Berkeley High School Redesign: 
Wed., Feb. 15, 6-8pm

After a period of more than 18 months of research, dialogue, and extensive engagement with Berkeley High faculty, staff and students as well as parents, and community groups, the School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 15 from 6-8pm to discuss the core elements of the first phase of the BHS Redesign that are being proposed for implementation in the 2018-19 school year.

More information on the BHS Redesign proposal and process is available here.
Support for Undocumented Students & Immigrant Families
A new board policy, board resolution, and letter from Superintendent Evans outline the Berkeley Unified School District's support for undocumented students and immigrant families. More information (including Superintendent's letter in Spanish and Arabic) is available here.
This district web page provides additional information on local resources for immigrant families.
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up:
 Authors' Reading for Fred Korematsu Day 

Since 2010, California has designated January 30th as Fred Korematsu Day  of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. This year, BUSD parent and author Laura Atkins and co-author Stan Yogi released a new book called   Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
and visited  with students at Jefferson and Longfellow to share the heroic story of Korematsu's fight against discrimination.
The Year of the Reader Webpage has useful links to family reading resources!

Next one is February 11! 
Attention 8th grade families! Incoming 9th Grade Information Night for Students & Parents/Guardians: 
Wed., Feb 8, Information Tables open at 6pm/Info Session at 7pm - BHS Community Theater
Go Jackets!

Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy
The Berkeley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, ethnic group identification, disability, medical condition, homelessness or foster status, in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Discrimination based on protected class includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, and bullying. 

Please visit this webpage for all inquiries or concerns regarding BUSD's nondiscrimination policy 5145.3 or the filing of discrimination complaints.

Dr. Susan Craig is currently serving as the Interim Title IX Coordinator.
District Meetings & Events

No School for Students: Feb. 17 & 20 - President's Weekend

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

Feb. 7, 7pm

Feb. 8 (7:30pm)
Feb. 15, 6-8pm: Special Board Meeting on BHS Redesign

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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Classified Employees Recognized:  WE CARE Awards
Congratulations to each of the Berkeley Unified School District's WE CARE award recipients for 2016! Each award recipient demonstrates Willingness, Empathy, Consistency, Aptitude (knowledge), Responsiveness, and Effectiveness (quality).

Victor Alves, Storekeeper
Johnny Billups, School Bus Driver
Rodderick Carraway, Maintenance Tech
Jocelyn Foreman, Family Engagement & Equity Specialist
Jennifer Gordon, Library Media Specialist
Janet Helton, Custodian II
Lona Kelly, Human Resources Technician
David Luu, Student Welfare & Attendance Specialist, BHS
Rodney McNab, School Safety Officer, BHS
Brazil McIntyre, After School Program Specialist
Rita Mcintyre, Nutrition Services Satellite Operator
Yvette Rodriguez, I.A. Early Childhood Education
Deanna Woods, School Admin Assistant II
Berkeley High Students Visit UC Berkeley Law School
As they analyze, critique, and evaluate the U.S. criminal justice system, high school students in James Dopman's Law and Social Justice course examine the best practices and contemporary issues within law enforcement, the courts, and prisons. So it was with great interest that the BHS students in Dopman's Career Technical Education (CTE) course headed up to Cal last week to sit in on a class at Boalt Hall to hear a talk on the death penalty given by School Board President Ty Alper.
In this photo, UC Berkeley Law School Dean Melissa Murray welcomes Berkeley High School students to the Law School. 

One of the goa ls of this new "Law and Social Justice" CTE pathway, in development at BHS, is to expand student thinking about how their passions, talents, and interests connect with a variety of college and career possibilities. You can learn more about Career Technical Education in BUSD here .
Ninth Annual Caring Elders Day at Longfellow
Each year the Longfellow community builds on the successes of the prior year's Caring Elder Day, and this year's event was a delightful culmination of those nine years. Close to 100 guests were 
welco med to spend the day sharing their life experiences with students. The day began in Longfellow's brand new cafeteria, now open for service, and was followed by classroom panel discussions of the wise elders talking about social justice, human rights, and appreciating diversity. Later during an assembly, students performed to honor and appreciate their elders. All in all, a great Longfellow tradition!
Music in the Schools Honors Natasha Beery
The Berkeley Symphony honored Natasha Beery, Director of BSEP ( Berkeley Schools Excellence Program) and Community Relations for Berkeley Unified School District at the Symphony's 9th annual Music in the Schools Luncheon on Monday, February 6.

The well-deserved accolade was to honor Beery's leadership of the planning process for the new BSEP Measure which provides nearly 20% of the funding for our public schools. In her acceptance speech, Beery talked about the power of the many engaging community conversations that happened during the planning stages, resulting in such broad support for BSEP. The new tax measure garnered resounding voter support this past November, with a record voter approval rate of 88.9%. 

Both BSEP and the Berkeley Symphony provide music education in Berkeley's public schools, with the Symphony's support including coaching and classes for students, curriculum guides for teachers, and opportunities for students to perform in concert with members of the Symphony. 
BSEP provides many benefits in addition to music in the schools, including smaller class sizes, school libraries, professional development, technology and much more.
Next Parent Champion Series Workshop Saturday, March 4
The BUSD Office of Family Engagement and Equity is hosting a series of parent/guardian/family workshops.  The purpose of the series is to empower parents to use their social, economic, and parent capital to leverage the parent voice for strategic action so that students of color achieve better academic outcomes.
Who:     Parents/Guardians/Caregivers
When:   2 more Saturdays in the new year
               March 4 & April 29
Time:     9:30 AM - 12 noon  
Where:  BUSD Board Room, 2020 Bonar Street                   (entrance on Addison St.) 
Enriching childcare, snacks, attendance incentives & awards will be provided

Session 2 is happening MARCH 4, 2017, and will be facilitated by Tovi Scruggs:  The mindset, values, and skill-sets of "educational parenting"; how to navigate in schools and districts.

School Year Calendar 2017-18
School Year Calendar 2017-18 Now Available

The first day of school for next school  y ear has been set for Tuesday, August 29.

The full 2017-18 school year calendar can be found here.
New Year, More Schools Fund Grants Awarded
In January, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund approved the last round of Strategic Impact Grants for the 2016-2017 school year, bringing this year's total to over $178,000.  These grants involve collaboration between teachers or coordination with an outside organization on a project that goes beyond a single classroom. 
This year's grants-which include Community Partnerships with organizations such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley Symphony, Community Resources for Science, and others-supported teacher professional development across grade levels and subjects, and almost $76,000 for arts programs and over $47,000 in STEM grants. Take a look at the full list of Strategic Impact Grants  here