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This is College & Career Awareness Week!
The 2017 College & Career Awareness Summit is part of a week-long series of events to engage Berkeley's students in college and career related activities beginning on March 6, 2017. 
The goal is to create several opportunities for students to "dream forward" about future college and career possibilities.
Students of all ages, preschool through high school and beyond, will participate in the summit that includes guest speakers talking about their professions, hands-on activities, fairs, presentations, student panels, school library programs and more.

Mayor Arreguin, Board President Alper, Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng, and Berkeley City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley among others will participate in the  "Summit Kick Off,"  Tuesday morning, March 7th at 10:30am at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

There is also a Pathway to College event for parents on March 7 at 5:30pm in the YMCA Teen Center.
March is Women's 
History Month
March 8 is International Women's Day.
Support for Immigrant Families: Free Presentation & Legal Screening
A free "know your rights"
presentation and legal screening, ( La Presentación de Conozca sus Derechos y Consulta Legal Gratís con abogados de inmigración) will be held 10 a.m. to noon on March 18 at LeConte Elementary School, 
2241 Russell St.

The event is offered as a special resource for immigrant families and is sponsored by the East Bay Community Law Center & East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. It is being held in conjunction with a citywide Emergency Prep Fair the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LeConte.
This District web page provides information on local resources for immigrant families. 
Continued Protection for Berkeley's Transgender Students
Two days after President Trump's administration revoked the Obama administration's federal mandate allowing transgender students to use the restrooms of their choice, School Board President Ty Alper and Superintendent Donald Evans on Friday issued   a statement  that the new federal policy will not affect BUSD protections for transgender students and existing restroom policy.

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

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

March 7, 7pm
Room 126, 2020 Bonar St.

March 8 & 22 (7:30pm)
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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Berkeley High Students Choose to Become a "Green Dot"
On February 8th, 32 Berkeley High students were the first cohort of students to participate in a one-day intensive Green Dot Bystander training to "become a Green Dot" and eliminate power-based personal violence in the Berkeley High community. Green Dot is a nationwide evidence-based program for eliminating bullying, relationship violence, and sexual harm. 

During the recent training, students reflected on their own experiences with interpersonal violence and learned reactive and proactive strategies and techniques for stopping power-based violence and harm. The Green Dot movement is about gaining a critical mass of students, staff, and faculty willing to do their small part to actively and visibly reduce power-based personal violence and creating a safer campus culture.

No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something. Green Dot teaches students that they have a choice to do something.

Subsequent cohorts of students will be selected to receive the same training later this year, and in coming years. The training, led by Vice Principal Tamara Friedman, Dean of Students Kiernan Rok, and School Safety Officers Rodney McNab and Johnna Quist, is part of a series of trainings and informational presentations for students and staff at Berkeley High to promote a positive school environment for all.  

Another valuable resource for students is this  Teen Safety Card.
State Superintendent Torlakson Speaks Out on Student Rights and Protection
Amid increasing enforcement efforts against undocumented immigrants, California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said Thursday that the California Department of Education is taking measures to ensure the rights of all students to attend school in a safe and welcoming environment.

"We're doing everything we can to keep them safe at school and well-protected," he said in a keynote address that covered a number of his top education priorities at the annual California School Public Relations Association in Sacramento. "Schools cannot and should not be arms of ICE."  

In December, Torlakson issued a call for the state's public schools to be declared "Safe Haven" schools. So far, 38 local school districts and county boards of education have done so, according to state education officials.

The BUSD School Board adopted a policy to protect the rights of undocumented students in December, which was followed by a Board-approved resolution in January

Guidelines are being issued to clarify the protections for privacy of student records, along with other concerns. State education officials estimate there are 300,000 undocumented students in California public schools and one million students are living with an undocumented parent.
BUSD Family Survey: Open until March 8
Will you please take a few minutes to provide the Berkeley Unified School District with feedback about your child(ren)'s experience in our schools by completing the District family survey?

The survey, available in English and Spanish, will only be open for two more days. 

The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and has an open-ended section for you to provide us with your thoughts and ideas.

Your participation provides us with important feedback on the programs we've designed to meet the goals of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

In March, each school's School Governance/Site Council and the LCAP Parent Advisory Council will receive the information gathered from this survey to help with program and funding decisions.
Special Exhibition of Student Art at Berkeley Art Center
Celebrate the work of our talented student artists with a visit to the Berkeley Art Center this month. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley Art Center , a juried exhibition of art works by BUSD elementary and middle school students will be held at the Center from March 11 to April 9.
Works in the Forever Young! Exhibition were selected by district art teachers. The show is timed to coincide with   Art IS Education Month.

The exhibition kicks off with a free, public Opening Reception, with music by the Berkeley High Jazz program, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on March 11.
Berkeley Emergency Prep Fair: March 18
Kids growing up in earthquake country need a disaster-prepared household.  Pet owners need to know how to keep pets safe in a disaster. At this FREE community-wide event, we invite people at all levels of preparedness to take steps towards emergency readiness for their whole family.

Immunization Notice
If your child is new to Berkeley Unified School District or starting preschool, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or 7th grade , you will need to provide your child's school with documentation that your child has been fully immunized.

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