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2015 Newbery Medal Winning Author and Poet Kwame Alexander to  Visit Berkeley Families
Come join us for a Berkeley Family Night Out with Kwame Alexander!

June 2, 6:30 - 7:30pm followed by book signing

Details here
In BHS African American Studies Performance Students Use "Language of the Soul" to Tell Stories
Twice a year audiences are thrilled by the inspirational, high powered, nonstop dance performance put on by the Berkeley High School African-American Studies Dance Program. This past Friday's performance was no exception with a full program of dance, drama, spoken word, hip hop, Mexican folk dance, praise dance, interpretive, modern woven to create a visual tapestry of stories told by the New Generation and their place in this era of change.  Over 100 dancers and musicians performed for an audience of nearly 1,000.
BHS African American Studies Dance 2016 Part One
BHS African American Studies Dance 2016 Part One
BHS Re-Design Workshop for Middle School Families
BHS Community Theater

Willard Family Forum: Wed., May 18, 7:00 - 8:30pm
King Family Forum: Wed., May 25: 7:00 - 8:30pm

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

Note: Last day of school is Friday, June 17; New school year 2016-17 begins on Tuesday, August 30
Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

Tues., May 24, 7:15-9:30 p.m.
2020 Bonar St., Room 126

Wed., May 18, 7:30 p.m.
(School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison St.)
All School Board meetings are televised live on local cable channel 33 and stream live on  the BUSD YouTube channel .
Re-Opened UC Theater to host BHS Jazz Ensemble and Pacific Mambo Orchestra: June 3
The Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble is opening for the Grammy award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra on  Friday, June 3rd  at the brand new UC Theater!   Click on the image to read more.
Don't Wait, Vaccinate!
Starting January 1, 2016, a new state law (Senate Bill 277) no longer allows parents/guardians of students in any school or child-care facility, whether public or private, to submit a personal beliefs exemption form for any currently required immunization.

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New Glass Tile Mural: 
One School
Berkeley High's Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) unveiled a beautiful glass tile mural mounted outside of the M Building (the new South of Bancroft classroom building) in early May. The Berkeley High "One School" mural was conceived by students who had the opportunity to work with master artist Jos Sances, and BHS teachers and artists Miriam Klein Stahl, Eric Norberg and Andrea Sanguine. (Photo of mural team above.)

The mural honors and commemorates the peaceful march of over 2,000 BUSD students in November of 2015 and the ongoing struggle for racial justice. There is a small plaque next to the mural honoring the students' leadership and empowering future generations of BHS students to continue to work together to make positive change in their community and beyond.

As part of the on-going work to reach every student in every classroom, teacher leaders at Berkeley High school renewed their focus on culturally responsive teaching this year with training and self-reflection. Culturally Responsive Anti-Racist teaching will be the focus of BHS school-wide Professional Development next year.
Receive School Notices on your Smartphone: 
SchoolMessenger's InfoCenter (IC)

Would you like to receive important messages from your child's school and the school district immediately on your smartphone? There's now a free app for that! 

Just follow this link to a page with links to the App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play (for Android) and download the free SchoolMessenger Information Center (IC) app! Then, all you need to do is click the "new user" button and create an account using the email address on file with the school district. The app offers easy options for tailoring the kinds of messages you'd like to receive, from those that are emergency only, attendance notices, and friendly reminders.

We've posted a "how-to" on our website to help you get started.  We're working to offer you more control over how and when you receive school and district communications.
BSEP Renewal: Public Hearing & Resolution, May 18
Following an intensive process of preparation for the measure renewal, including public workshops, stakeholder and focus groups, voter polls, budget workgroups and educational priority papers, the Board of Education is holding a Public Hearing to ensure that the community has an additional opportunity to review and comment before the Board considers the resolution in support of the BSEP Measure Renewal.

The public hearing will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. during the Board Meeting at the District Board Room, located at 1231 Addison St. 

The Board will also consider a Resolution Calling for an Election to place the Measure on the Ballot o n November 8, 20 16.
 

John Muir Elementary Turns 100
Students, families, alumni and friends gathered at John Muir Elementary School to celebrate its 100 years as a school that was founded on the banks of Harwood Creek on what was once a 19th century country estate.

As is fitting for a school named after American naturalist, John Muir, the auditorium is preserved in its original condition, and was built in Craftsman tradition of using handcrafted materials in harmony with nature.
School Board Seeks Representation on Youth Commission and Facilities Committee

The Board of Education is currently seeking individuals interested in representing Board Directors on the Youth Commission  to fill immediate vacancies. Youth Commissioners must be residents of the city, between the ages of 12-25, and at least half must be junior or high school students. 

The Board is looking for parents, educators and community members to serve on the Surplus Facilities Committee for the purpose of determining the possibility of "surplussing" a small strip of land on the Gilman Street side of the BUSD Transportation facility. School district property can only be leased or sold if it has first been determined "surplus" by the School Board with input from a representative community committee.