April 11, 2018
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In this Edition:
  • Emerson Named Distinguished School
  • Honor for Superintendent Evans
  • BHS Art Installation - Don't Miss!
  • High School Student Summer Opportunities Fair
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Preschool Open House
  • School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • Committee Meetings
  • Upcoming Events/Meetings
  • 2018-19 School Calendar, and more.
Emerson Elementary Named California Distinguished School
Emerson Elementary School has been selected by the California Department of Education as a 2018 Distinguished School.
“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in an announcement on April 2.
Emerson Principal Susan Hodge said, “I’m very proud of the hard work all my teachers and staff, past and present, have put into making this a fine school, and I am glad that they are being honored for their exceptional efforts.”
Emerson is among 21 elementary schools chosen for the distinction in Alameda County.

Here Emerson students are enthralled with a classroom visit from Berkeley firefighters that happened as part of College and Career Week in March.
Honor for Superintendent Evans
Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent Donald Evans has been honored with the Marcus Foster Distinguished Educator Award from the  California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators  (CSAAASA).

According to the award letter sent to Dr. Evans from the Association, he was selected by a panel of educators for exceptional talents and leadership qualities and for making a significant impact in the field of education.

Dr. Evans was honored for the leadership training and professional development provided over the past several years for CSAAASA. He started the First Annual Recruitment Fair for African-American administrators, and each year along with Linda Darling Hammond, he brings together top African-American researchers to help identify, support and provide strategies for educational justice for African American and other underserved students in California.
Shown with Dr. Evans are BUSD colleagues (left to right): School Board member Karen Hemphill, Professional Development Coordinator Susanne Reed, John Muir Elementary School Principal Audrey Amos and Director of Schools Maggie Riddle.

The full story is on our webpage.
Not to Be Missed: Annual BHS Art Exhibition - April 19
Students from all parts of Berkeley High School have produced over 200 inter-disciplinary artworks exploring gender identity, race & power, human rights, mental health, ocean pollution, bio-mimicry and more.

Come visit the galleries of the Berkeley Community Theater to see how art promotes deep student-driven learning!
Summer Opportunities Fair for High School Students: April 25
Summer is a great time for teens to develop their interests, experiment with college and career pathways, and seek out opportunities to expand their horizons.

The Berkeley High School annual  Summer Opportunities Fair  is designed to show teens some of the possibilities available to them.

Please encourage the BHS students in your life to visit the fair on  Wednesday, April 25th from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm  on the BHS campus. The event provides a space where students can talk one on one with representatives from organizations offering volunteer positions, learning experiences, college class work, and employment.  This year the fair will have representatives from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, The Bread Project, Youth Radio, and the UC Theater among many others. 
Berkeley City College will also have a table at the fair to talk about concurrent enrollment and opportunities for high school students to take community college courses during the summer session. Enrollment is now open.
From the DigiTechTeach Blog: Using Technology to Promote Academic Conversations
Middle school teachers have been exploring how tech tools can promote academic conversations (such as Socratic seminars and fishbowl discussions). One example is from Caitlin Alastra’s sixth grade classroom where last spring students at Longfellow Middle School used Padlet to reflect on the major themes from the novel they had just read, The Outsiders. In this online discussion board, Caitlin set-up five discussion questions, and students rotated through the prompts, posting their ideas and responding to their classmates. Read the full story on the blog.
School Bus Driver Appreciation Day: April 24
Please mark your calendars for April 24. It’s School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
Our bus drivers successfully shoulder the awesome responsibility of safely transporting students back and forth to school each day. Schools and families are encouraged to think of a way to take this opportunity to recognize Berkeley's awesome school bus drivers! One way is to send a message to them at transportationdept@berkeley.net
Preschool Open House: April 28
Are you the parent of a preschool student or know a family looking for a great preschool option for their child, aged 2.9 - 5 years old?

A Preschool Open House is being held on Saturday, April 28 from 10am-12pm. Come see the inside of our preschool classrooms and learn more.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
School Board Meetings
Wed., April 11, 7:30 pm

Board Meetings are held in the Board Room, 1231 Addison St, unless otherwise noted.

School board meeting agendas/materials are posted at least 72 hours before meetings on the School Board Meeting Information page of our website.
School Board Members hold office hours at convenient cafe locations in the city.

BSEP Planning & Oversight Committee
Tues., April 24, 7:00pm

Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP) P&O Meetings are held at 2020 Bonar Street on the first floor of the district offices in Room 126.

This is a Brown Act Committee and meeting agendas and minutes are posted on this webpage.
The BSEP Planning and Oversight (P&O) Committee, comprised of representatives from each school, meets regularly to review the implementation of Measure E1 of 2016, and to ensure that the annual BSEP funds ($29 million) are spent in compliance with the Measure.

In Case You Missed It
2020 Vision College & Career Awareness Summit
On the first day of the 2020 Vision College & Career Awareness Summit, a panel of four students from Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley spoke about their particular experiences as students of color attending college. Panelists discussed how they accessed campus resources and found a community of support, as well as their feelings of validation for their effort and success and how they have embraced being agents of change to make college more welcoming for students of color. Robael Gizachew, a Berkeley High School graduate and current junior at UC Berkeley, says that it is important for high school students of color to meet college students that look like them and to hear that they too are meant for college.

“I have the privilege of being so close to Berkeley High School and being able to give back,” Gizachew says. “I really would like to see more students of color from Berkeley High School go to Cal.”

In the series of events that followed, professionals from more than ten different fields, such as medicine, performing arts, public service, Carpentry, Stagecraft, and computer engineering, shared their career paths from high school to their current career positions. Panelists discussed the varied paths that led to their current careers, life in the workplace, some of the many roles available and the job requirements in the various fields represented. 
In the panel on mental health professions, speakers included a clinician, a family therapist, a social worker and a community health advocate. They shared with students the importance of their life experiences and academic training to provide effective service.

The later part of the week-long summit concluded with a community college fair and an interactive workshop where BHS students engaged with entrepreneurs as they explored business plans and the entrepreneurial process. 

Talking about college and career got many high school students thinking and asking about upcoming summer learning opportunities. If your teen is looking for work experience, please direct your student to this page of the Berkeley High School website to get started.
2018-19 School Year Calendar
First Day of School is MONDAY, August 27, 2018
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