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Open Letter from Superintendent Evans to Berkeley High School Community
Berkeley High School (BHS) students participated in a peaceful protest led by BHS's Black Student Union on November 5th, as a powerful and united response against the racially-motivated, hateful language found one day earlier on the Berkeley High campus. After spending time on the Berkeley High campus speaking directly with students, parents, faculty, and staff, Superintendent Evans sent an open letter to the entire Berkeley High Community.

Admissions Season Underway 2016-17
Elementary School Visits Begin Nov. 17

Berkeley High School Information Night for Families New to BUSD: Nov. 18, 7-8:30pm 

BUSD Information Fair for Incoming  Kindergarten & New Families: Sat., Dec. 5
10am-1pm, LeConte Elementary

Kindergarten and Middle School Information Nights: Jan. 6 - 27, 2016 

District Meetings & Events
School Board Members Hold Monthly "Office Hours"
Join them in a local cafe and bring your ideas, suggestions, and questions.

Find the Schedule

Note: No School for Students for Thanksgiving Holiday
Wed., Nov. 25 - Fri. Nov. 27
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Brown Act Committees Open to the Public:

School Board
Wed., Nov. 18
(School Board Meetings are held in the Board Room at 1231 Addison St.)

BSEP Planning & Oversight (P&O) Committee Meeting
Tues., Dec. 8, 7-9:30pm
2020 Bonar St., Room 126

Facilities Safety and Maintenance Oversight Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2015
1720 Oregon Street Conference Room, 5:45 - 7:15 PM
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Longfellow Middle School's First Saturday Academy: Math Fun for Everyone!  
Longfellow's Saturday Academy was launched this past weekend as part of school-wide efforts to build community and create opportunities for families to be engaged with their children's learning. The first Saturday Academy focused on having fun with math. During the first hour, district teacher coaches Rebecca Burke and Diederich Bonemeyer joined forces with Longfellow's own team of math teachers to run stations of math games for students in the cafeteria. Meanwhile, Longfellow's National Board Certified Teacher Marlo Warburton led a workshop for parents and guardians on ways to support students in learning and practicing math. The second half of the morning was dedicated to learning and having fun together during family math game time. The morning ended with a special lunch catered by Longfellow's Mr. Robinson and the PTA.

Enjoy the twelve minutes of highlights from Ms. Warburton's parent workshop: 13 Things You Can Do to Help Your Child in Math and Beyond.

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2015-16 BSEP Planning & Oversight Committee Begins Work
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Since the inception of the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP) in 1986, a district-wide advisory committee has taken an active role  in overseeing  the implementation of our local parcel tax.  The BSEP Planning & Oversight (P&O) Committee  has been vigilant in safeguarding the BSEP dollars, ensuring that the funds generated by the voter-approved tax measure are spent according to the terms of the Measure.

The work of this year's committee is already underway. In addition to the planning and oversight involved in monitoring annual plans and program budgets, the 2015-16 committee will be involved in the some of the long-term planning required to develop the next BSEP Measure, which is scheduled to go before Berkeley voters for renewal in November, 2016.

BUSD Director of Special Programs Patricia Saddler, Board President Judy Appel, School Board Vice President Beatriz-Levya-Cutler, and Board DIrector Ty Alper (not in photo) joined Assemblyman Tony Thurmond for the event.
Berkeley School Leaders Joined Assemblyman Thurmond for Education Town Hall
Earlier this month, a lively and informative Education Town Hall took place in Richmond. Leaders from Oakland, Berkeley, and West Contra Costa County school districts joined Assemblyman Tony Thurmond to discuss the implementation of the state's new school funding formula, and ways to work locally, regionally, and at the state level to improve the benefits to students and families. Moderated by Tony Thurmond, the event included both a facilitated panel discussion and open questions submitted by the attending public. Topics covered included teacher recruitment and retention, professional development, school discipline, Common Core, mental health supports for students and families, new legislation defining service to students with dyslexia, and more. The education leaders pledged to seek out regional partnerships and legislative solutions to address common challenges school districts face.
Support the Berkeley Public Schools Fund at the Berkeley Half Marathon

The Berkeley Half Marathon is this   Sunday, November 22. The Berkeley Public Schools Fund is one of the official race charities for the 3rd year in a row. You can support Berkeley Schools by donating to or joining Team Schools Fund  here.

Be sure to stop by the Schools Fund booth   on Sunday-they'll have a photo booth, coloring for kids (and adults!), and cheer signs to decorate. See you there!