BIHS Students Explore Roots of Free Speech Movement

Berkeley High teachers Ross Parker and Robin Vegt were recently lucky enough to tap into an amazing resource available FOR FREE to further explore Berkeley's Free Speech Movement. On December 17th and 18th, nearly 250 of their students were able to meander through and study the artifacts in Berkeley Historical Society's  exhibit: "Looking Back: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty". This field trip was part of the second major unit of study in the IB History of the Americas course: Social Movements and Civil Rights. More here.

Miss your chance to read the Fall 2014 Berkeley Public Schools Bi-Annual Report?

This edition includes: a letter to Berkeley residents from Superintendent Evans, and highlights Berkeley's Local Control & Accountability Plan, school libraries, updated schoolyards, and more.
You can read it online here.
January, 2015: Elementary & Middle School Information Nights for New 2015-16 Families

More about admissions process and school visits here:
 Elementary Schools
 Middle Schools
 Berkeley High School
BUSD Meetings and Events Google Calendar

Schools Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 19
No school for students: Mon. Jan. 26
Google Calendar
School Board meets Wednesdays, Jan. 14th and 28th, 7:30pm
1231 Addison (at Bonar)

BSEP Planning & Oversight Committee meets Tuesdays, Jan. 13th and 27th, 7:00pm 2020 Bonar St., Rm. 126

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Update: Facilities Planning to Address Enrollment Growth  
A number of possible facility-related options to grow the capacity of our elementary schools have been under consideration by district staff and the school board. Following a series of board meeting discussions on this topic, the School Board is expected to take action this Wednesday (Jan. 14) on short- and medium-term recommendations to increase capacity in anticipation of the continued enrollment growth.

Predicting the number of students who will enroll in the future is complex, and as a result, planning is being done through the establishment of a progressive list designed to respond to varying increases in enrollment. With the first enrollment deadlines coming in early February, staff expect to have a better estimate of enrollment for the 2015-16 school year in early Spring.

The possible short-term and medium-term solutions under consideration involve using a few current "flex" rooms as regular classrooms, the addition of portables at two or three school sites, and/or the movement of some transitional kindergarten classes to a preschool location(s). These are outlined in detail in item A-1 (p.52) of the school board packet that includes charts listing "One-Year Accommodations" and "Two-Year Solutions". These will be discussed in full at the board meeting on Jan. 14. The possible long-term solution of opening a new elementary school will not be up for a vote but may be discussed at the meeting.

Previous editions of the A+ News provided more background on this topic.
Don't miss the second weekend of Berkeley High's Winter Dance Performance:
Jan. 16 & 17, 7pm
Come see one of the best showcases of youth choreography in the Bay! Berkeley High School's Dance Production is one of the most entertaining evenings of theater around. This is everything dance can be: artistic, moving, sensual, hard-hitting, entertaining, thought-provoking and silly. It's a great evening of theater. Bring family and friends. Come support great youth art. Purchase tickets at the door starting at 6pm, or order them ahead online. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion Held 
Just before the holiday break, Berkeley Unified School District sponsored a panel discussion about what we can do as a school community to respond to the social justice issues underlying the court decisions in the Ferguson and New York.

You can find links with more information about the forum, as well as a full video of the panel discussion here. 
Berkeley High School Permanent Principal Search Underway: Tues., Jan. 13, 7pm BHS Community Theater
District and BHS staff have partnered with The Cosca Group to conduct the executive search for Berkeley High School's next principal. Drs. David Brown and Lynne Kennedy will be leading input sessions this week to discuss the qualities desired in the next school leader for BHS. Staff and students will have opportunities during the week, and these two parent sessions have been scheduled.
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7pm 
Saturday, Jan. 17, 10am
Please bring your ideas to the BHS library. 
La Importancia de la Educaci´┐Żn Biling´┐Że - The importance of Bilingual Education: Thurs., Jan. 22, 6pm
LeConte and Thousand Oaks principals, teachers, parents, and alumni will discuss the value of bilingual education and describe the bilingual programs available for Spanish-speaking students in our district.  The forum will be conducted in Spanish.  Childcare and a light dinner will be provided starting at 5:30pm.

Location: Board Room, 1231 Addison St.
LCAP Town Hall Meeting: February 5
Please join Superintendent Evans, district leaders, and members of the Parent Advisory and District English Learner Advisory Committees for a Town Hall on Thursday, February 5th at Longfellow Middle School at 7:00pm. This is a chance for those in the larger school community to receive an update on the first six months of implementation of Berkeley's LCAP, and to ask questions and offer thoughts for moving forward. You can learn more about our plan by starting here.

Note: The role of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is to consult, review, and comment on the district's Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP). The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) advises the school board on programs and services to English Learners (EL), and its members play an important role in providing feedback on the EL services funded through the LCAP. Members of both parent groups represent each K-12 school.
Facilities Safety Maintenance Oversight Committee 
The School Board is recruiting applicants for the Facilities Safety Maintenance Oversight Committee to provide oversight of and input into an expenditure plan developed annually by District staff to use the tax proceeds for maintenance and safety consistent with the intent of Measure H.

If you are interested in serving in this capacity, details on applying are available here.