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Hear BHS student leader Alecia Harger's Th!nk B!g talk on "Race and Racism: Blackness in an Educational Context" by clicking on image above.
Berkeley High Th!nk B!g Talks Available Online
Berkeley High Th!nk B!g was modeled on the TED Talks, and it lived up to that inspiration by offering an impressive lineup of speakers, including experts from the community, BHS alumni, and current students.  

Berkeley High Think Big Dacher Kelter
Listen to Dacher Kelter's presentation on "The Science of Happiness" 

Admissions Season Underway 2016-17
Elementary School Visits Happening Now

Kindergarten and Middle School Information Nights: Jan. 6 - 27, 2016 

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

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm 
BSEP 2016: Essentials for Excellence
Come to a community workshop at Malcolm X Elementary School to discuss the future of the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program tax measure. 
BUSD School Year, Meetings and Events Google Calendar

Schools Closed for Winter Break: December 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Google Calendar

Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

School Board
Wed., Dec. 9
(School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison St.)

BSEP Planning & Oversight (P&O) Committee Meeting
Tues., Dec. 8, 7-9:30pm
2020 Bonar St., Room 126
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The Schools Are Alive with Music 
With funding from the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP) and support from community partners, our district-wide music program in grades four through eight is like few other in the country.

Our vibrant elementary and middle school music education program is made possible with the dedication and expertise of the 18 music teachers who travel from school to school to teach our students.

Much goes on behind the scenes to make the music program possible, including storing and repairing of instruments, lesson planning and professional development, and peer collaboration.

Check out this short film that documents the activity in Berkeley Unified's music program facilities over the course of an average week!

Winter Concert Schedule
As winter draws near, come enjoy the sound of music and holiday spirit happening in our school community. Musical performances are always a highlight for students, parents, and teachers alike.

Willard Band & Orchestra, Dec. 9, 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
(2407 Dana St.) 
BHS Band & Orchestra, Dec. 10, 7:00 pm
BHS Community Theater  
Longfellow Middle School, Dec. 16 
i n the Auditorium
6:00 (mariachi, chorus, 7/8 band & orchestra
7:15 (6th grade band, 6th grade jazz, 7/8 jazz
King Chorus, Orchestra & Band, Dec. 17, 6:30 
in the Auditorium

Visit the district website for details on other student performances, including: Berkeley High's  See Rock City and Other Destinations Musical, and Berkeley High's African Haitian Dance Performance: Power Within.

The last issue of the A+ News covered the first Saturday Academy at Longfellow.

Enjoy the twelve minutes of highlights from Ms.Warburton's parent workshop: 13 Things You Can Do to Help Your Child in Math and Beyond.

You can also find parent resources on the Common Core Math Blog, including "Family Letters" that explain the math by modules with tips for parents/guardians.
Schools Fund Awards       Classroom Grants to Teachers

The Schools Fund approved special project funding for 2015-16; awarding projects for over half of the teachers in the District for a total of $242,475.
Every year the Schools Fund supports teacher projects for all grade levels, schools, and subject areas to provide enrichment and support for students. This year, there was a significant increase in science-related grants that expand opportunities for students, such as:
  • It's a Gas! Inquiry-based Science at Berkeley Arts Magnet,
  • Outdoor Science Camp at several schools,
  • Coding for Kids at Malcolm X,
  • STEM opportunities for students with special needs at Oxford,
  • Racing with the Sun: Creating a Solar Car at all three middle schools,
  • "STEMify" the curriculum at Berkeley Technology Academy, and many more!
See the full list of the teacher grants here.

The Schools Fund is supported by community donations. This is a great time to become part of the community of donors who are making a difference!
Did You Miss the BUSD Research Symposium?

Last month, BUSD's Office of Research, Evaluation, & Assessment sponsored a symposium for the community that was chock-full of cutting-edge research and new ideas in education. Take a look!