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A+ News Edition: 
Week of April 10, 2017
Annual Performing Arts Showcase
The Annual BUSD Performing Arts Showcase on March 26th was a joyous celebration featuring student performers from across the school district and served as a testament to the robust music education available to our students thanks in large part to the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP).
Here's a close up of the first joint choral performance with singers from all three middle schools, Longfellow, King, and Willard, and Berkeley High on the stage at the BHS Community Theatre.
César Chávez-Dolores Huerta Commemoration Period
In honor of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, students in the Berkeley Unified School District are preparing entries in four categories - essays, poetry, spoken-word composition and visual art. The submission deadline was extended to April 17 at 4pm.

" Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world." Dolores Huerta

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 webpage  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

Google Calendar
Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

April 11 & 25, (7:00pm)
Room 126, 2020 Bonar St.

April 12 & 26 (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.
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School-wide Arts Extravaganza at BHS Arrived with Spring
The Berkeley High campus was in full bloom with art and performances in the week before spring break.

Described as the "the First Annual BHS Visual and Performing Arts Showcase," the rich palette of events from March 24 to March 31 included art exhibitions in multiple buildings, Afro Haitian and other dance class performances, music, film, stage combat by drama students, open studios in classrooms and more.

"The talented students and arts teachers put together a week of events to showcase the incredible creativity of our BHS students, across ALL art forms," said Art Department Chair Kimberley D'Adamo, who served as showcase impresario.
With New Science Standards Comes Proposal for Physics 1 for 9th Grade
The BHS science department is planning a new course sequence beginning this fall (August 2017) that will, in the following year, be extended to all incoming 9th graders. This shift involves changing the science course that incoming freshman take from Biology to Physics 1.

If approved by the School Board this spring, all incoming 9th grade students in Berkeley International High School (BIHS) and the Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) learning communities would begin with Physics 1 in fall of 2017; the change would be fully implemented for all 9th grade students in 2018-19.

You can find out more about the Next Generation Science Standards and the proposal for Physics 1 for all 9th grade students explained in more detail here. Come learn more from BHS science teachers on April 18!

Information Meeting for Families
When:   Tuesday, April 18, 7-8pm 
Where: BHS Library, 1980 Allston Way
State Testing Workshop for Families: April 19, 6:30pm
Once again this spring all public schools in California are participating in the statewide student assessment program. Students will have computer-based tests that are designed to assess learning of English Language Arts and Math for grades 3-8, and 11. This year there is also a new pilot test in Science for students in grades 5, 8, and 10.

Join district specialists from the Berkeley Research Evaluation and Assessment (BREA) Office for a family workshop about state testing designed to help familiarize parents and students with the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) testing tool.

When:  Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: BUSD Board Room, 1231 Addison Street
Come Dine Out April 20 for Gardening & Cooking in Our Schools
Select Berkeley restaurants are donating at least 15% of their sales on April 20th for this year's Spring Dine Out. Please join us on this day for breakfast, lunch, snack, and/or dinner at these restaurants committed to supporting the Berkeley Public School Gardening and Cooking Program. Funds donated by these restaurants directly support our work teaching Berkeley's kids about where their food comes from, as well as math, science, nutrition, and language arts in our 17 school gardens and four kitchen classrooms.

As you enjoy a meal out, please share your Dine Out experiences with us on our Twitter and Facebook . Your support helps sustain  gardening and cooking education in Berkeley's public schools!

Learn more about Spring Dine Out 2017 here .
Malcolm X Grabs Platinum Sneaker Award for Green Travel in Alameda County
Malcolm X Elementary School took a bow in the public spotlight Thursday, March 23, when the Alameda County Transportation Commission presented the school with the annual Platinum Sneaker Award as part of this year's Golden Sneaker Contest. The Platinum Sneaker Award was given to Malcolm X Elementary for being the Alameda County public school with the highest percent increase in students walking, cycling, skating or using shared rides to get to school

The following teachers with the highest green travel participation from all of the five Berkeley public schools that participated received a golden sneaker for their classrooms:
Jefferson       Jonah Cohn
LeConte        Edwin Casallas
Malcolm X     Carol Huntington
Washington   Oscar Zarate
Willard           Ryan Chinn
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.