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Don't Miss Berkeley High School's Annual Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition - This Thursday!
BHS students explore questions of ethics, economics, identity, politics, science, psychology, and how the brain works with over 300 original artworks. 

Thursday - April 7th 
5:30-8:30 p.m.
BHS Community Theater Galleries
Free Admission! Free Food! GREAT Art! 
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.
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
Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

Tues., April 12 from 7:15-9:30pm
2020 Bonar St., Room 126

Wed., April 6, 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)!
California State Seal
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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Spring Break Launched with First Fully-Accessible Family Field & Fun Day
Joined by volunteers from the Human Resource Department, our Special Education teachers and staff invited families to Berkeley Unified School District's first Fully-Accessible Field & Fun Day, sponsored by the Special Education Department. Wheelchair basketball, specially adapted bicycles, and sunny spring weather kept everyone moving and smiling! 
Berkeley Unified School District's Credit Rating Upgraded
The credit rating of Berkeley Unified School District was upgraded two levels by Standard and Poor's (S&P) from AA- to AA+ based on tax base growth and operating performance, and by Fitch Ratings who gave a AAA rating based on tax base growth and an AA rating for operating performance. Deputy Superintendent Javetta Cleveland explains that "The upgrade from AA- to AA+ and AAA is significant, and speaks to the hard work throughout our organization in the management and oversight of our resources, and the stable investment of Berkeley taxpayers who continue to be so supportive of Berkeley public schools." 

The District is the process of refinancing some of its general obligation bonds, and this upgrade will lower interest cost and increase the amount of savings to the taxpayers of Berkeley.

Berkeley Unified School District is one of very few districts in the state with AAA and AA+ ratings. 
Join us for Family Night on California's Smarter Balanced Assessment
This spring all public schools in California are participating for the second year in the statewide student assessment program now known as the "California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress" (CAASPP). This computer-based assessment is designed to measure student learning of the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Math for grades 3-8, and 11.*

You are invited: A workshop for families about the state assessment will take place on April 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the School District Board Room (1231 Addison St.). 

*Exact testing dates are specific to each school.

Community Input Helps Move BSEP Measure Planning Forward
The current version of the BSEP tax measure expires at the end of next school year. Our community has been engaged in a planning process to prepare a renewal measure to go before the voters in November 2016. Over the past several months, many parents, students, staff, teachers and community members have participated in a series of substantial conversations about the essential programs BSEP provides for Berkeley's public schools.

The current measure allocates 66% of BSEP funding to create smaller class sizes in every grade than would be possibly with state funding alone. With the renewal of the measure, one of the key considerations is finding the optimal class size configuration for Berkeley's elementary schools.

The community has been discussing a model of providing small class sizes in the elementary grades so that all classes from grades K-5 would over time have an average of 22 to 24 students, rather than the current model which provides classes of around 20 in K-3 with a jump to larger classes, averaging 26 per class, in fourth and fifth grade. The "balanced" approach would keep class sizes smaller than state averages K-5, and be more financially sustainable, while also restoring "flex" rooms to be used for other purposes at many schools.

A measure planning update, which includes a summary of community feedback and voter poll information will be discussed at the School Board meeting on April 6. (All School Board Meetings can be viewed on Cable Channel 33 and on the district's YouTube Channel.)

John Muir Elementary Awarded Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Certification
Award
As an Elementary Teacher Librarian, one of the ways Eric Silverberg works with schools across the district is by helping to develop a culture that promotes digital citizenship and guides students to be safe, respectful and responsible online.  Working with Principal Audrey Amos, Library Media Specialist Steve Healey and the 3rd-5th grade classroom teachers,  John Muir Elementary was recently recognized as the first BUSD school to meet the requirements for the Digital Citizenship Certification set forth by Common Sense Education.

Thank you, Mr. Silverberg, the entire John Muir Team, and all those leading digital citizenship efforts in our schools!