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New Year's Message for Families from Superintendent Evans
In a Jan. 6 message, Dr. Evans invited families to the District Update and Workshops this Thursday evening, and shared some thoughts about building on our successes in the new year. You can read the message  here .
January 12 - Join us!

Superintendent Evans will give an update on district priorities and initiatives, followed by  w orkshops on:
Educational Facilities: Planning to Serve Student Needs
School Needs Assessments: Focus on School Climate and Family Engagement
Committee Roundtable: Inclusive, Effective, and Transparent Community Leadership
BSEP, LCAP,  ELAC and PTA: Uniting Goals and Resources for an Effective School Plan

Thursday, January 12, 6:30 pm.
Longfellow Middle School

Please  follow this link to RSVP for this event. Members of school and district committees and any other interested parents, students and staff are encouraged to attend! 
Admissions Information: Berkeley High School - Attention 8th grade families!
Go Jackets!

The deadline for Berkeley High School's incoming 9th graders to enroll for 2017-18 and participate in the first learning community lottery is January 13. Please visit our website for information on how to enroll your incoming 9th grade student at BHS and the Berkeley residency documentation required for registration

Save the Date: Berkeley High School Winter Information Night for Incoming 9th Grade Families
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7-9pm
BHS Community Theater
Admissions Information 

Information on elementary school visitations and kindergarten information nights can be found starting here.


Middle School Info Nights

Willard: January 11 at 7:00 pm

Longfellow: January 18 at 7:00 pm

King: January 25 at 7:00 pm

The Year of the Reader Webpage has useful links family reading resources!

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, national origin, 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 filling of discrimination complaints.

Dr. Susan Craig is currently serving as the Interim Title IX Coordinator.
District Meetings & Events

No School for Students: Mon., Jan. 16 & 30, 2017.

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7:00pm
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley Room 126 

Jan. 11 (7:30pm) & 25 (7:15pm)

School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison Street.

All School Board meetings are viewable live on local cable channel 33 and on  the BUSD YouTube channel .
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AEDs Now in Every BUSD School
Since before the first Automated External Defibrillators (AED) were installed at Berkeley High School in 2014, Dr. Cindy Chang, parent of BHS alums and volunteer extraordinaire, has spearheaded the effort to secure funding and the equipment needed to install AEDs in every Berkeley public school. "We are extremely grateful to Dr. Chang for her commitment to the health and safety of all of our students," said Dr. Susan Craig, who in her role as Director of Student Services has partnered with Dr. Chang and others in this effort.

An Automated External Defibrillator is a portable device that delivers a shock to the heart to help restore normal heart rhythms or restart a stopped heart. AEDs can help prevent unnecessary deaths from sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in adults and children, which often occurs unexpectedly even during normal daily activities.

The AEDS have been installed  in carefully selected
locations in each school, and staff and administrators at each school have been given information on sudden cardiac arrest and trained on the proper use of an AED. Important information is also posted next to every AED and annual training is part of each school's safety plan.

In the photo above, Dr. Chang is shown training students in 2015 at Jefferson Elementary School, the first elementary school to have the AEDs installed.
Next Parent Champion Series Workshop Saturday, Jan. 21
The BUSD Office of Family Engagement and Equity is hosting a series of parent/guardian/family workshops.  The purpose of the series is to empower parents to use their social, economic, and parent capital to leverage the parent voice for strategic action so that students of color achieve better academic outcomes.
Who:     Parents/Guardians/Caregivers
When:   3 more Saturdays in the new year
               Jan. 21, March 4 & April 29
Time:     9:30 AM - 12 noon  
Where:  BUSD Board Room, 2020 Bonar Street                   (entrance on Addison St.) 
Enriching childcare, snacks, attendance incentives & awards will be provided

Session 2 - Jan. 21, 2017 will be facilitated by Tovi Scruggs*:  The mindset, values, and skill-sets of "educational parenting"; how to navigate in schools and districts.

*Tovi Scruggs is an author and a visionary educator who has been a school principal for most of her career.  She is certified in both integral coaching at New Ventures West, and mindful leadership at Search Inside Yourself.  She is passionate about designing and facilitating workshops in family engagement for both families and educators.

Winter Break Field Trip to Oaklan d Museum of California
During the winter break, students in the  BEARS  after school program were able to participate in a full day program; one day included a visit to the Oakland Museum of California. Elementary school students visited two current exhibits - All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 and Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture . The museum visit was followed by group activities to promote discussion about the exhibits and the highlights for students. 

To everyone's surprise, Angela Davis was seen visiting the Black Panther exhibit at the same time our students were there! 
Research Symposium for Berkeley Families and Educators
The BUSD Research Symposium, Equity in the Bay: Making Our Schools Work for All Students , is open to families, educators and community members and will be held Jan. 21 from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Ave.
BHS Athletes Score High
Fall varsity teams at BHS score high not just as athletes but as scholars too. A total of six teams were named Scholastic Champions this year by the NCS (North Coast Section).

The award goes only to the top three NCS varsity teams in each division or classification in each sport with the highest composite GPA. "Recognizing that there are 176 schools in the NCS, this is indeed an outstanding achievement," said BHS Athletic Director Britta Fjelstrom.

Composite GPA for each team:
Tennis, Girls                   3.74
Waterpolo, Boys             3.63
Waterpolo, Girls             3.68
Volleyball, Girls               3.63
Cross Country, Boys       3.76
Cross Country, Girls        3.79

"Congratulations to all of these student athletes on demonstrating such high standards!" Fjesltrom said.   
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.
Congratulations to Two Newly Published Berkeley Teachers
Brook Pessin-Whedbee, Response to Intervention (RTI) Teacher Specialist at Rosa Parks, is the author of a new children's book, " Who Are You? The Kids' Guide to Gender Identity, " illustrated by Naomi Bardoff. Pessin-Whedbee  and Bardoff will share stories at a dinner/book launch at Rosa Parks on Fri., Jan. 20, 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.

BHS math teacher Carol Dorf has published her first book of poems and will give a reading from "The Theory Headed Dragon at the Bay Area Writing Project's monthly reading at Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley, on Sun., Jan. 15, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.