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Annual César Chávez-Dolores Huerta Essay/Poetry/Spoken Word/Art Contest
Cesar Chavez

March 8 - April 8, 2016

Students in grades 2-12 encouraged to participate!

Notice: Information on Court-ordered Release of CDE Student Records 

You may have heard in the news about the lawsuit filed against the California Department of Education in April 2012 by parents in Morgan Hill (Santa Clara County) concerned about state oversight of special education programs. 

Recent developments in the case are favorable to keeping student data private, but the case is complex and it is useful to follow our school district website blog posts for updates.

Watch: What is BSEP? in less than 3 Minutes!
Come Join the
Community Conversation About BSEP's Future! 

March 10, 7-8:30 p.m. 
Rosa Parks Elementary

March 14, 4-5:30 p.m. 
Malcolm X Elementary

March 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
LeConte Elementary (en español)

RSVP online , or just show up!
Don't miss the third workshop in a series of  Tech Talks for Parents

Tech Workshop 3: How is your child using technology in school and how can you support that at home?

Thursday, April 7, 6-8 p.m.
Jefferson Elementary School 1400 Ada St.

Black Parent Affinity Group (BPAG) Dinner and Movie  
Tuesday, March 8 6-8pm  at Malcolm X Elementary Library 

Join BPAG for a viewing of More Than A Day (Race and Equality in Post-Racial America), with interactive discussions.
District Meetings & Events
School Board Members Hold Monthly "Office Hours"
Join a board member in a local cafe and bring your ideas, suggestions, and questions.
 
Find the Board Member Office Hours Schedule
Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:
BSEP Planning & Oversight (P&O) Committee Meeting
Tues., March 8 from 7:15-9:30pm
2020 Bonar St., Room 126

Wed., March 9, 7:30 p.m.
(School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison St.)
All School Board meetings are televised live on local cable channel 33 and stream live on  the BUSD YouTube channel .
2016-17 School Year
Calendar 

Note: The first day of school is TUESDAY, August 30 (not Wednesday as in prior years)!
California State Seal
Don't Wait, Vaccinate!
Starting January 1, 2016, a new state law (Senate Bill 277) no longer allows parents/guardians of students in any school or child-care facility, whether public or private, to submit a personal beliefs exemption form for any currently required immunization.

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Students Shine in Celebrations of Black History 
This year's Black History Month celebrations gave students new platforms for creative and cultural expression. 

At Longfellow Middle School, the Black History Assembly Crew (photo above) spent great time and energy putting their memorable school community event together. Students performed spoken word, teachers rapped, and the community shared pride in black heritage. You too can experience a little of the inspiration in the room; here's a clip of 
Longfellow 6th grade student, Jalayah, reciting Maya Angelou's
Cagebird

We've shared some of the other happenings from Black History Month in our schools on this web post
Berkeley Teacher Honored as CUE Outstanding 2016 Teacher

Berkeley Technology Academy (BTA) teacher Margaret Agbowo-Onyewuenyi was awarded Outstanding Teacher by the CUE Awards Committee in February 2016. The CUE Outstanding Teacher award recognizes a classroom teacher who is making a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. At BTA, Ms. Agbowo is known for infusing her classroom with technology so students are exposed to industry-standard tools and "learn to learn" to keep up with trends. Using technology to support standards-based curriculum is a key factor in being selected for this award.

Are you all Dr. Seuss? Guest Readers in our Preschools

Berkeley's youngest students were delighted to have special readers pour into their BUSD preschool classrooms on March 2 in celebration of reading - and Dr. Seuss' birthday!

Staff from the BUSD District Office and the Transportation Department gleefully glided into read-aloud positions and shared a recently discovered Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?

Of course, the young students had plenty of recommendations to answer that question! Sharks and kangaroos seemed to be the most popular suggestions...
City of Berkeley's College & Career Summit:  March 7-11

Berkeley's children and youth are getting an extra dose of discussions and activities this week focused on college and career paths.

As part of College & Career Week events, a Summer Opportunities Fair took place Monday at Berkeley High School and Cal's Oski is out and about talking to students about college! 

Berkeley High School Students Welcomed the Year of the Monkey with a Chinese Fair

Berkeley Public Schools Fund Awards Strategic Impact Grants
In January, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Board awarded the final round of Strategic Impact Grants for the 2015-16 school year, bringing this year's total to over $195,000.  Strategic Impact Grants are larger grants serving the grade, department, school, inter-district, or District level.

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 projects in a wide range of subjects including STEM (Science, Technology, Math, Science) and the Arts.

The Berkeley Public Schools Fund is entirely supported by contributions from the community.