Berkeley High's Annual Holiday Meal Feeds 300+

Berkeley High students raised $3,700, collected cans, clothes, toiletries and other items, signed up over 150 volunteers, and served over 300 meals to homeless and needy families in our community this past Saturday. This annual event brings out generous student, staff, and parent volunteers who orchestrate the entire event.

For the first time, signs were posted two days before the event announcing that all shifts were more than fully staffed! 

Fall 2014 Berkeley Public Schools Bi-Annual Report released to Berkeley community

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.
Check your mailbox, or 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
School Board Members Hold Office Hours
Members of the Board of Education are holding office hours as part of their efforts to make themselves available to the community.  This is an opportunity for parents, students, teachers, staff and community members to have one-on-one communications with the Board. Office hours and locations are available here.
BUSD Meetings and Events Google Calendar

Winter Break Schools Closed: 12/22 - 1/2
School re-opens in 2015: Monday, January 5
Google Calendar 

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Hour of Code & Computer Programming HourofCode  
From kindergarten to high school, students in schools across Berkeley, and around the world, participated in the 'Hour of Code' last week in honor of Computer Science Education Week.  This worldwide movement helps students understand what computer programming is, why it is important, and gives them a chance to learn about careers that use programming. The goal is to get more young people excited about careers in computer science and make programming feel accessible to them. Watch this fun video to see who's talking around the world about Hour of Code.  
Exposure to computer programming is on the rise in our schools. Currently, eight elementary school teachers are piloting a 6-week computer programming class taught by Allison Krasnow and Wally Gutierrez, both district Teachers on Special Assignment in Instructional Technology.  Several middle school math teachers have begun to infuse computer programming into their curriculum, and programming is taught in middle school technology elective courses.  At the elementary level, some schools have worked with their PTAs to offer programming after school, and starting in January, 4th-8th grade students will have the opportunity to sample computer programming through the new web-based learning environment Code Monkey.  

Although technically Hour of Code has ended, tutorials are permanently available at, and coding can be practiced by all ages. Consider visiting the public library or taking some time at home over the winter break to have your children try it out. Even parents who've never coded before like it! 
Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion: Wed., Dec. 17, 6:30 
Berkeley Unified School District middle and high school students and families* are invited to a panel discussion about what we can do as a school community to respond to the social justice issues underlying the recent court decisions in the Ferguson and New York police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Pastor Michael McBride will open a panel discussion with Dr. Evans, Superintendent of Schools, Sheila Quintana, Principal of Berkeley Technology Academy, and Kadijah Means, BHS Black Student Union President, as well as several others from our school community.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, December 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the BUSD Board Room, 1231 Addison Street, just south of the administration building at 2020 Bonar Street.

Contact Charity DaMarto for more information: or 510-644-8991.
*Childcare will be provided.
LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)  Meets Thurs., Dec. 18, 6pm
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed last school year to consult, review, and comment on the district's first three-year Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP). PAC members represent each K-12 school and serve as an important link to our families as we strengthen the programs and services detailed in the Plan.

Date & Time: Thursday, Dec. 18, 6pm
Location: Longfellow Middle School Library, 1500 Derby St.

These meetings are open to the community. The meeting agenda and more information about the PAC is on our website.

An update on LCAP implementation was made to the School Board on November 19th, and the overview of the presentation is posted here.
Fourth and fifth grade students at Emerson Elementary participate in Mock Newberry Nominations 
Kids love to talk about the books they are reading. What it seems they love even more is to convince others why their favorite books are worth reading. In her Great Kid Books blog post, Emerson librarian Mary Ann Scheuer talks about how the Mock Newberry Nomination contest underway at Emerson is creating a terrific buzz around school about some amazing books. Seventeen book titles were nominated and students have been working their way through the list. They will be narrowing down the list and voting on the award worthy books in January. You can find the nominations listed here, and also read other posts about some holiday book ideas.
Middle and High School Fall and Winter Concerts performing arts
Thanks to the Berkeley community's support of the special tax known as the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP), our 4th-8th grade students all have access to an excellent music education program, and many of them continue their musical education in high school.
Fall/Winter concerts are a great opportunity for students and families, as well as BUSD teachers and staff, to enjoy student performances at the middle and high schools. The upcoming concert schedule is here.