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A+ News Edition: 
Week of May 22, 2017
Bursting with Book Covers 
In honor of BUSD's Year of the Reader, young artists at Cragmont Elementary shared their enthusiasm for reading and love of books in this artful display of every student's favorite book cover.  Up just in time for elementary school open house night, students were excited to help their parents find their special art piece.
As we've seen with our popular Mock Newbery Book Club and the thrill generated by the Battle of the Books program in all three middle schools, Berkeley students love talking about and sharing their favorite books with others! 

You can find family resources for reading on the Year of the Reader web page.
Screenagers Showing at BHS
BUSD families are invited to a free screening of the award-winning film " Screenagers," which explores family struggles over screen time, including social media, cell phones and internet addiction.

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm)

Where: Berkeley High School Library, 1980 Alston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Screenagers looks at the impact of screen time on kids and offers solutions on how we can help kids find balance.
Resources for Family Preparedness Plans
All BUSD families have been emailed a letter from Superintendent Evans  about the importance of family preparedness plans, with special advice for immigrant families, many of whom have concerns about keeping their families together due to the potential for immigrant enforcement actions (ICE).

Please visit our webpage to read the letter and find important resources for family preparedness plans for you to know about and share with others in the community.
District Policies & 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.

new web page  about the effort to support immigrant families in public schools across California was launched by the California Department of Education.
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
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public

May 23 (7:00pm)
Room 126, 2020 Bonar St.

May 31 & June 14 (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.

Note: No School Monday, May 29. Last day of school: Friday June 16

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César Chávez Dolores Huerta Commemoration Period Ends in Celebration
Congratulations to all the young writers, artists, and activists in our schools who participated in the annual César Chávez/Dolores Huerta Contest. 
The contest, open to all students in grades 2-12, featured winners in art, essays and poetry:
  • Art & Essay group winner - Megan AbramsonWard's 2nd grade class - Thousand Oaks Elementary
  • Art - Marcia Gonzalez - 3rd grade, LeConte Elementary
  • Essay - Lola Taylor-Wang, 2nd grade, Emerson Elementary
  • Essay - Lucilla De Anda-Casteneda, 8th grade, Longfellow Middle School
  • Essay - Laird Schiller, 2nd grade, Thousand Oaks Elementary
  • Poem - Luca Adnan Mirza, 5th grade - Jefferson Elementary
  • Honorable mentions
    - Group: Lisa Rossi's 2nd grade class - Jefferson Elementary
    - Art: Luis Gonzalez, 9th grade - Berkeley High
Hats Off to Our Classified Employees!
For many employees in the Berkeley Unified School District, the May 17th work day ended at the Dining Commons of King Middle School with lots of smiles and appreciation. A widely anticipated annual event, the Classified Staff Recognition Celebration honors school district employees who play a valuable role in providing a quality education for our students. Special recognition and pins were accorded those who've reached milestones of service of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years.Together these employees have given 810 years of service to our community!
Congratulations, Berkeley High Athletes! 
Boys Tennis Team - 2017 Conference Co-Champions!
For the first time in this century, the Berkeley High boys tennis team claimed the crown of conference co-champions this spring, sharing the honor with Piedmont High School. 
It's been 23 years since the BHS team won the title for their league, the West Alameda County Conference (WACC).

Girls' Softball Team - 2017 League Champions!
As League Champions, Berkeley is seeded #6 and will play seed #11 California High at California High on  Tuesday 5/23 at 5:00 p.m in the North Coast Section Play-offs.
Boys' Baseball Team - 2017 League Champions!
Berkeley is seeded #10 and will play #7 Acalanes High at Acalanes on 
Wednesday 5/24 at 5:00 p.m.
in the North Coast Section Play-offs.
And if you are in town over Memorial Day Weekend, the BHS Track Team will be at the Meet of Champions on May 26-27 at Cal's Edwards Stadium.
Schools Fund Spring Luncheon Draws Large Gathering, Honors 2 Science Educators & BHS Student
This year's  Berkeley Public Schools Fund  Spring Luncheon not only raised needed funding for the schools but also celebrated two important STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) initiatives in our middle schools and the people leading them.

Read about the impactful work of BUSD parent and UC Berkeley Associate Professor Mary Wildermuth and BUSD teacher Matt Hinckley.

Special recognition and a turn at the luncheon stage were given to Berkeley High senior Amber Lee. Amber shared how the AVID program has made a big difference in her life, a college readiness program that got its start in BUSD with support from the Schools Fund. Commended for her achievements, dedication to dance and recent admission to UC Berkeley, Amber was also the subject of a recent KPIX "Students Rising Above" feature.
DigiTechTeach Blog: New Posts Up  
Read the latest blog posts on new tech tools in our middle schools and how st udents at Emerson Elementary are using Google Slides and Screencastify.
BHS Juniors Start The College Search at Sixth Annual College Fair
Continuing its support for the College and Career Center (CCC), the Berkeley High School Development Group (BHSDG) sponsored its Sixth Annual College Fair for juniors on April 30, 2017. The event began in the morning with Mock Admissions Reviews known as "case studies," during which parents/guardians and students from all learning communities analyzed sample college applications together in small groups with college admissions officers.  These officers came from colleges and universities near and far to talk with families about the admissions process including how high school transcripts and standardized tests affect admissions decisions, how extracurricular activities are evaluated, and what admissions committees look for in an essay.
Following the morning sessions, representatives from forty-eight colleges and universities gathered in the Jacket Gym for the College Fair. 

This was all made possible because of the dedicated staff in the College and Career Center, a committed group of volunteer parents, and the leadership and support of the Berkeley High School Development Group. High school juniors now head into summer with lots to think about and plan for!