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Berkeley Students' Voices - January 20
"The Future Looks Like This!"
Wall of Hope & Empathy
A big thank you to the parents, community members and staff who came out the evening of January 12th for an update on our school district's 2016-17 priorities and initiatives, and to attend workshops designed to promote and support parents and staff as school committee leaders. You can view the superintendent's slide presentation here .
Attention 8th grade families! Don't miss Incoming 9th Grade Information Night for Students and Parents/Guardians
Go Jackets!

Save the Date: Berkeley High School Winter Information Night for Incoming 9th Grade Families
Wednesday, Feb. 8 begins with an Information Table Session at 6pm in the Food Court, followed by presentations from  7-9pm. 
BHS Community Theater
Admissions Notice: For a TK-8 student moving to a new school in the fall, please submit enrollment materials by Friday, February 3 in order to participate in the first school assignment lottery.

The Year of the Reader Webpage has useful links to family reading resources!

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: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

There is no committee meeting on Jan. 24.

Jan. 25, Feb. 8 (7:30pm)
Feb. 15: Special Meeting for Board Study Session 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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Student Contributions Celebrated on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
Congratulations to the BUSD students honored at Berkeley's 6th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast on Jan. 16! 

Each one of these students was recognized for representing the ideals of Dr. King through their individual contributions to their school communities and for their shared commitment to bringing about positive change.

Next Generation Awardees:
  • BHS - Jada Imani Carter, 12th grade
  • BHS - Chaltu Rashid, 12th grade
  • BTA - Kimora Ashby, 12th grade
Middle School Awardees:
  • King - Alondra Bahena Tapia, 8th grade
  • King - Frances Lebowitz, 7th grade
  • Longfellow - Damonie Perkins, 7th Grade
  • Longfellow - Jordan Barnes, 8th Grade
  • Willard - Heleena Getahun, 8th grade
  • Willard - Akram Alwasim, 8th grade
Berkeley Students Choose Mock Newbery Winner 
The count is in! With roughly 350 of Berkeley's fourth and fifth grade students enthusiastically voting for this year's best contribution to children's literature (aka "Mock Newbery Book Award"), our elementary students gave the district distinction to: Ghost by Jason Reynolds. District honors went to three other fantastic books:  Ghosts  by Telgemeier,  Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementar y by Shovan, and  Pax  by Pennypacker.  School by school selections can be found here: BUSD Mock Newbery Results.
One of the Berkeley Mock Newbery contestants became the nationally proclaimed 2017 Newbery Medal winner on Monday -  The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly Barnhill. Find out more about the national award winners here.
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 was moved to 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.

Local Control & Accountability Plan in Action
Since 2013, state education funding for each public school district is allocated based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which provides Berkeley Unified with both base funding for every student, and additional supplemental funding based on the number of English learners, low income, and foster youth students. The use of these supplemental funds is determined by the goals set forth in the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP):

Goal 1: High Quality Classroom Instruction
Goal 2:  Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Systems
Goal 3:  Safe, Welcoming, and Inclusive School Climates

Although these goals are supported by multiple funding sources, you can find the specific staffing, programs, and services paid for with LCFF supplemental funds toward the bottom of this LCAP webpage.

Each school has a parent representative that serves on the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), a group that meets regularly to provide feedback on LCAP-funded programs, data, and progress.

In upcoming editions of the A+ News, we will share more information about the LCAP programs and services.
Community Report Available Online
This report was mailed to all Berkeley residents this past December, and includes useful information about the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP), Literacy and the Year of the Reader, and Instructional Technology, as well as a fiscal update and developments in Career Technical Education.
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.