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Students Reflect on Climate Change in Chávez Huerta Art, Poetry & Essay Contest  
This year's Chávez Huerta Annual Essay Contest was expanded to include visual art and poetry. Students responded in creative ways to prompts that  explored the importance of addressing climate change. Students from every elementary school participated with a record number of entries. The students with the winning entries were recognized this past week.
Resolution & Public Hearing Calling for Placement of the BSEP Measure on November 2016 Ballot
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 18th during the School Board Meeting. More details will be available on the district website within 72 hours of the hearing.
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

Note: No School Mon., May 16
Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

Tues., May 10, 7:15-9:30 p.m.
2020 Bonar St., Room 126

Wed., May 4, 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)!
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Re-Opened UC Theater to host BHS Jazz Ensemble and Pacific Mambo Orchestra: June 3
The Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble is opening for the Grammy award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra on  Friday, June 3rd  at the brand new UC Theater!   Click on the image to read more.
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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Super Science Saturdays Are Here Again!
Building excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for our youngest students is the goal of the "Super Science Saturday" program, now in its third year in the Berkeley Unified School District. The hands-on, interactive learning program is bringing 301 elementary school students to school on Saturdays! Some Saturdays are dedicated to exploration beyond what's possible at school, and include field trips to the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Exploratorium, the California Academy of Sciences, and Chabot Space & Science Center.

Support from state funding and from the Berkeley Public Schools Fund have made it possible to expand what began as a pilot program in 2014 to a sustainable model that now operates in three elementary schools and is open to students from all BUSD elementary schools.

Family Workshops for Re-Design Effort at Berkeley High School 
Over the course of this school year, Berkeley High School has been considering ways to re-design the high school program in order to better serve all students. You are encouraged to join one of the upcoming Family Workshops, and get involved!

The Family Workshops will provide:
  • Information on what BHS has learned so far in the redesign process,
  • An update on current efforts strengthening services and supports for students, and
  • Opportunities for community input, ideas, and feedback on proposals for positive change to benefit future Berkeley High School students.
BHS Family Workshops*
  • Wednesday, May 4, BHS Family Forum 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in BHS library
  • Thursday, May 5, Chicano/Latino Bilingual Family Workshop, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in BHS College and Career Center
  • Saturday, May 7, Parents of Children of African Descent (PCAD)-sponsored Forum in BHS Library, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, Chicano/Latino Spanish Only Family Workshop, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in BHS College and Career
Middle School Family Workshops*
  • Wednesday, May 11: Longfellow Family Forum 2016, 6:00 - 7:30
  • Wednesday, May 18: Willard Family Forum 2016, 7:00 - 8:30
  • Wednesday, May 25: King Family Forum 2016 7:00 - 8:30
* If implemented, proposals for change in the school structure at Berkeley High School would begin with the class entering BHS in 2017-18, which is our current 7th grade students.

More information on the re-design process is available here.
School Board Seeks Representation on Youth Commission and Facilities Committee

The Board of Education is currently seeking individuals interested in representing Board Directors on the Youth Commission  to fill immediate vacancies. Youth Commissioners must be residents of the city, between the ages of 12-25, and at least half must be junior or high school students. 

The Board is looking for parents, educators and community members to serve on the Surplus Facilities Committee for the purpose of determining the possibility of "surplussing" a small strip of land on the Gilman Street side of the BUSD Transportation facility. School district property can only be leased or sold if it has first been determined "surplus" by the School Board with input from a representative community committee.
English Learners Recognized for English Proficiency
One hundred and twenty-seven students, previously identified as English Learners, were recognized during the Annual "Reclassification" Ceremony. With hard work and determination, these BUSD students achieved English proficiency on rigorous state English language assessments. 

Student speakers spoke eloquently and from the heart about their experiences as English Learners.  They thanked their families for helping them with their homework, recognizing that their parents were also learning English. Students also thanked the teachers and staff who gave them the opportunity to learn English, and shared how they can now better help their families. Proud teachers, staff, and families filled the room in their honor.
Celebrate Music Education at Schools Fund Spring Lunch this Friday
The Berkeley Public Schools Fund will celebrate music education this Friday at its annual Spring Luncheon. This event raises funds that are directed to teacher requests for field trip costs, classroom supplies and enrichment.

May 6, 2016, 11:00 am-1:30pm
Hs Lordships Restaurant, Berkeley Marina