Berkeley High School & Berkeley Technology Academy
Back to School Night
Thursday, Sept. 24
Save the Date: Thursday, October 22
Community BSEP Budget Workshop - Be a part of building the next measure!
The current BSEP Measure, which provides nearly $25 million annually to our schools, is up for renewal in November 2016.
The special tax known as BSEP has made a significant difference in the quality of our schools since 1986, providing class size reduction, libraries, music, and much more.
To learn more about BSEP, and engage with other community members in discussing what should go into the next measure, please come to the first Community BSEP Budget Workshop on October 22.
The workshop follows the annual Orientation for School and District Committee Members taking place at Malcolm X Elementary School.
Find event details, including the online registration link, on the new BSEP Blog.
September is Attendance Awareness Month!
The new Supervisor of Family Engagement & Equity, Ann Marie Callegari and Student Welfare & Attendance Specialist Merlin Edwards III remind students and families about the importance of attending school every day!
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|Welcome Back to the School Gardens!
This year, the
Gardening and Cooking Program
will provide students with hands-on experience in the garden using an innovative preschool through fifth grade district-wide
Garden-Based Learning Curriculum
. Building upon many years of educating our students in the garden, the curriculum is designed around
concise and easy-to-follow 45 minute lessons that connect
to grade-level standards in science, math, language arts, physical education, nutrition, and health.
This new curriculum is evidence of our community's continued dedication to educating the whole child with hands-on learning in the school garden, and to improving
our students' physical and mental health. New curriculum projects for use with students in our middle school and Berkeley Technology Academy (BTA) gardens are also being developed.
|Every Kid in a Park
The "Every Kid in a Park" initiative is arriving to Berkeley public schools this week! Our schools are taking part in a nation-wide campaign, lead by the Obama administration and the National Parks Foundation, to invite all 4th grade students and their families to
visit our national parks for free
during the 2015-16 school year.
California author Mike Graf is coming to each elementary school to present an assembly for all 4th grade classes about our national parks, and about realistic fiction.
Adventures with the Parkers
is Graf's realistic fiction series that follows the Parker family as they solve a mystery in each of the national parks they are exploring.
Graf's presentation is a dynamic way to continue our schools' focus on writing skills while ensuring that all families are encouraged to avail themselves of the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative. As an additional treat, at some of the presentations a National Parks Ranger will also be present - in full uniform!
|Leaders in New Roles for 2015-16
|Emergency Epinephrine Auto-injectors in All Schools
In the last year, California State Legislature approved SB 1266, establishing policy for the use of Emergency Epinephrine Auto-injectors in schools. In summary, the bill requires school districts to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to individual school sites and to train personnel who have volunteered.
Trained personnel may use epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which can occur after exposure to an allergen or an insect sting.
All BUSD schools are now compliant with this legislation and are currently in possession of the EpiPen auto-injectors and have trained staff familiar with their use.
Note: These injectors are for emergency use only and should not be considered supply for students with a known allergy.
|Action Steps to Address Sexual Harassment
Superintendent Evans and Berkeley High School Principal Sam Pasarow
sent a joint letter to the Berkeley High community
several of the most recent prevention and response efforts undertaken to increase awareness about sexual harassment, and prevent it from happening in our school district.
|Learn about The Berkeley Public Schools Fund - Watch New Video
The Berkeley Public Schools Fund is debuting a new video about how they make a difference for students in Berkeley's public schools.
The video features teachers and staff from several schools in the District, including preschool teacher Niki Reif, Kevin Anderson from King Middle, BHS band director Karen Wells, Assistant Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi, and many more!
|Expanded Access to School Board Meetings
We've expanded a few online tools to increase community access and facilitate the work of the School Board. Now you can follow the initiatives and issues that interest you the most, when and where it's the most convenient for you!
The new online board agendas and public meeting materials are easy to read and scan, and provide improved access to the related board documents.
Live Streaming Online
School Board meetings are now streamed online, and also continue to be shown on B-TV Cable Channel 33. All televised board meetings are archived as part of the process.