September 19, 2017
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In this Edition:
  • The Mock Newbery Book Club has Launched
  • Illuminate Portal for Secondary Families
  • Pauline Follansbee, Interim Assistant Superintendent
  • BHS Teacher and Students in KQED Radio Piece
  • Makerspace at Longfellow
  • Upcoming Events/Meetings, and more
At the lunchtime book club, Emerson students listen attentively about the plot of one possible Mock Newbery selection:
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora.

More images and information on our webpage .
The 2017-18 Mock Newbery Book Club has Launched!

Each Berkeley public elementary school is launching a second year of Mock Newbery Book Clubs, following the resounding success of the first venture last year. 

The Newbery Award is the most prestigious literary award for children’s literature in the United States, awarded annually by the  American Library Association  (ALA).
Following the same guidelines as the official ALA Newbery Committee, our students will read and analyze works published in 2017 to determine which author has made the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 

Here's a journal entry from District Library Coordinator Becca Todd who shares the excitement that filled the school library last week when John Muir Elementary School was the first school to launch a Mock Newbery Book Club.

Today, Wed, 9/13, John Muir Elementary School Library. They streamed in. And streamed in. And…kept streaming in! Must have been attentively listening when Ms. Sanders visited their classrooms to invite them to the Mock Newbery Book Club, in addition to seeing the signs all over campus this past week...

Lit Coach Ms. Sanders and Library Media Specialist Mr. Healey assured the enthusiastic passel of 4th and 5th graders that there would be many months to read or listen to at least 5 of the 10 nominated Mock Newbery books. 

BUSD students who participate will place their vote for this year's BUSD Mock Newbery Award in February, just before the American Library Association releases its official Newbery Award.
Illuminate has replaced PowerSchool in BUSD
All BUSD schools are now using Illuminate, an online student information system, to track attendance and student assessment data, and record grades.

For our middle and high schools, there is a new Illuminate portal designed for students and parents/families to be able to log in to check grades and attendance. Illuminate has replaced PowerSchool.

Students can log in using their email login; no other password information is needed. Information for parents/guardians to be able to log-in is being mailed to each residence on file for all middle and high school families.

We've noted some of the benefits of this new system on our webpage .
Teachers/staff attended Illuminate
workshops in August.
Pauline Follansbee, Interim Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
Pauline Follansbee has been named Interim Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Berkeley Unified School District, assuming many of the responsibilities formerly shouldered by Javetta Cleveland who served as Deputy Superintendent for ten years.

Ms. Follansbee (in photo) previously served as the Director of Fiscal Services, and is a 10-year veteran of the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD). Read more about the expanded role Ms. Follansbee has taken on as she leads the departments of Fiscal Services, Nutrition Services, Transportation, Technology, Risk Management, Purchasing and Payroll.
You can also take a look at who else has a new role on the district management team this year!
BHS Teacher and Students Featured in KQED Radio Piece
It's not often that there are microphones recording what's going on inside the classroom to hear what our high school students are wrestling with, or to demonstrate the agility and skill with which our teachers lead critical discussions with students.

That's why we're sharing KQED Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis' recent radio report of a recent visit to Hasmig Minassian's 10th grade history class at Berkeley High School, where we hear students discuss their answers to two thoughtful questions.
  • What makes a just society?
  • How do you know if you are living in a just society?

Upcoming Meetings and Events
Back to School Thursdays in September
Back to school nights continue on Thursdays in September.

September 21 - Berkeley Technology Academy
September 28  - Berkeley High School
Please Remember:
We need every family to
Click on the menu to find the calendar of daily elementary and middle school meal menus and some seasonal recipes for families to try at home.
RENEW DACA: September 21
September 21, 6:00-8:00 pm
Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby St.

This is an opportunity to receive FREE help with DACA renewals for those whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

Please contact the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant to register and secure the proper information needed to participate in this DACA Renewal event at Longfellow Middle School.
School Board Meetings
September 27, 7:30 pm

All regular Board Meetings are held in the Board Room, 1231 Addison St.

School board meeting agendas/materials are posted at least 72 hours before meetings on the School Board Meeting Information page of our website.
In case you missed it
Superintendent & Board President Statement on
President's Decision to End DACA

Schools Fund Awards Grants, Includes Makerspace at Longfellow Middle School
The Berkeley Public Schools Fund awarded over $170,000 in Strategic Impact Grants to Berkeley teachers for the first half of the 2017-18 school year!

Over $10,000 was directed to the  Longfellow Makerspace  to purchase tools and consumables to get things started with an elective "Maker Lab" course offered in Longfellow's old cafeteria. If you're interested in helping out with this great project, there's a work day at Longfellow to build tables for the Makerspace this Saturday from 10-1.
Family Engagement & Equity Staff Greeted Families, Hand Out School Supplies at San Pablo Park
Many Berkeley school youngsters received a free bag of school supplies at Berkeley’s San Pablo Park on Saturday, Sept. 9, during the 6th annual school supplies giveaway.

Read all about it on our website posting.
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