A+ news masthead
A+ News Edition: 
Week of March 20, 2017
Student Logo Design Selected
Congratulations to Berkeley Technology Academy (BTA) senior Noraj "Rico" Penny, whose 2020 Vision logo design was honored at a special event at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre!
Joined by his counselors and mentors, Rico shows off a hat with his winning 2020 Vision College & Career Summit logo design, also seen below on the event flyer . He undertook the project as part of a design challenge created by the 2020 Vision partners and Project HOPE, a mentoring program for young men of color at BTA provided in collaboration with the New Bridge Foundation's ASPIRE program and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. 
March is Women's 
History Month
Resources for Immigrant Families
This District web page provides information on local resources for immigrant families. You can also contact the principal, family engagement specialist at your child's school, school counselor or other trusted staff member if you would like to know how schools are supporting immigrant families.
Important Letter to Middle/High School Families Addressing Sexual Harassment/Bullying Prevention Efforts
On March 8, Superintendent Evans, Board President Ty Alper, and BHS Principal Erin Schweng sent a letter to all BUSD middle and high school families about the district's commitment to safe and welcoming schools for all which also provided an update on efforts to address sexual harassment and bullying in the middle and high schools.

The letter announced Dana Clark as the new Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer for the district and shared a summary list of actions taken to address sexual harassment over the last three years.

Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy
The Berkeley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, ethnic group identification, disability, medical condition, homelessness or foster status, in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Discrimination based on protected class includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, and bullying. 

Please visit this webpage for all inquiries or concerns regarding BUSD's nondiscrimination policy 5145.3 or the filing of discrimination complaints.
District Meetings & Events

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

March 21, (7:00pm)
Room 126, 2020 Bonar St.

March 22 (7:30pm)
Board Room at 1231 Addison Street

All School Board meetings are viewable live on local cable channel 33 and YouTube. (The live link is posted before each board meeting on the district homepage.) 

Records of board meetings are archived on  the BUSD YouTube channel .

Board Office Hours:
Visit this webpage for information on how to contact members of the School Board or to find out when monthly office hours are scheduled.
Give us your feedback on the A+ News

Let us know what you think of this edition, or what you'd like to know more about! 
Send an email to:

Student Artists Shine at Berkeley Art Center
For an uplifting look at the creativity being nurtured in our schools, head over to the  Berkeley Art Center to see the current exhibition of art works by our elementary and middle school students.

Works in the juried show, "Forever Young! / BUSD Youth Exhibition," were selected by district art teachers. It's timed to coincide with  Art IS Education Month in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Berkeley Art Center.

The exhibit ends April 9. The Art Center's visiting hours are Wed.-Sun., 11 am - to 5 pm. Admission is free. The Art Center is located at 1275 Walnut St., in the eastern section of Live Oak Park.
New California School Dashboard Unveiled by CDE
The California Department of Education (CDE) launched a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools.

The new California School Dashboard is several years in the making and replaces the Academic Performance Index (API) as the state's accountability and improvement system. Unveiled to the public last week in the form of a field test, the Dashboard provides multiple measures of success that the state calls "Indicators," including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates.

The Dashboard relies on five color-coded performance levels to demonstrate grades of success (from red to blue, see image). Each color grade is determined by two measures of performance -- how student performance (status) compares to the standard for achievement and how much the district's or school's performance has improved or declined over time (change).

"Educators are continuously assessing student performance and we use several measures to track our progress. Now we have a 'report card' that gives the public a more holistic view of what we are doing well and what areas need improvement," said Superintendent Evans. "The Dashboard will become more useful over time and more meaningful for parents and our community as it evolves and as more recent data becomes available."
California School Dashboard
California School Dashboard

Read More
Berkeley Adult School - Serving Adult Students in Berkeley since 1881
The Berkeley Adult School (BAS) serves as a center for vital programs and services to several high-need groups including the unemployed, underemployed, and disabled, as well as immigrants and the elderly.
A t just about any time of the day, morning, noon or night, teachers are busy serving the more than 2,149 students learning English as a second language at BAS, and the many others earning their high school equivalency diploma, working toward their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification, or updating their computer skills, among other coursework.

In 2015, the Berkeley Adult School joined a regional consortium with the Peralta Community Colleges and three other adult education programs in our region (Oakland Alameda, Piedmont) to work together to meet the broad range of needs and demand for adult education, academic studies, Career Technical Education (CTE) and the other professional training needs of the broader regional workforce. Years of severe cuts to adult school programs across the state propelled educators and administrators to develop a more coordinated and interconnected continuum of regional adult education programs.

Read more here about what's going on at the Berkeley Adult School under the leadership of Principal Thomas Reid, or find out a whole lot more by visiting the Adult School's user-friendly webpage.
Next Year's Local Control & Accountability Plan Under Development
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a planning and accountability tool for districts, describing the actions and expenditures that are expected to improve student outcomes using supplemental state funding for high need students. 

Feedback about current LCAP-funded programs and services has been collected from student groups and on parent surveys, as well as through committee work with the Educator Advisory Committee, the Parent Advisory Committee with representatives from each school, the English Learner Advisory Commitee, and other stakeholder groups. 

A draft plan of LCAP priorties and expenditures of approximately $5 million dollars allocated to serve the district's high need students is under consideration for the coming school year.

Feedback or questions welcome: lcap@berkeley.net
Immunization Notice
If your child is new to Berkeley Unified School District or starting preschool, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or 7th grade , you will need to provide your child's school with documentation that your child has been fully immunized.

The Year of the Reader Webpage  has useful links to family reading resources!
School Year Calendar 2017-18
School Year Calendar 2017-18 Now Available

The first day of school for next school  y ear has been set for Tuesday, August 29.

The full 2017-18 school year calendar can be found here.