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A+ News Edition: 
Week of April 24, 2017
Three Middle School Community Meetings on Berkeley High School Redesign: May 8, 9, 11
Over a period of more than 18 months Berkeley High faculty, staff and students as well as parents, the school board, and community groups have been engaged in an on-going community discussion about redesigning Berkeley High School to better serve all students. 
BHS Community Theater
The Redesign Plan focuses on several key elements that would most directly impact the 9th grade program beginning in the fall of 2018 and will be moving forward to the School Board for discussion at their meeting on May 17.

Come Learn About the Plan: Community Meetings for Middle School Families on the BHS Redesign

May 8:   King Middle School 
May 9:   Longfellow Middle                         School (New) Cafeteria
May 11: Willard Middle School                   Auditorium

Each meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Note: If you currently have a 6th or 7th grade student, these meetings will be of special interest to you! You are welcome at any one of the three meetings regardless of where your child(ren) attends school.
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.
Cook Prize Winner Brings Story of Most Famous Wolf in the West to School Libraries
San Francisco writer Emma Bland Smith has been touring several BUSD elementary schools with her award-winning book about the first wild wolf seen in California since 1924:  Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West.  
Emma Smith seen here with BUSD Library Coordinator Becca Todd

Hot off the press: Emma's book, Journey, is this year's Cook Prize winner - an award bestowed by 3rd-4th grade students participating in the Bank Street for Education's program to award the best STEM-related picture book of the year for ages 8-10. Most of our 3rd and 4th grade students have been participating in this program for the past several years, and many voted for the winner! 

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:

May 9 (7:00pm)
Room 126, 2020 Bonar St.

April 26, May 17 (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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Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner Sylvia Mendez Inspires Students
Sylvia Mendez, who was at the center of the landmark case that led to California being the first state to desegregate its schools, was a popular draw on April 13 when she spoke to students at three schools -- Jefferson, Longfellow and Thousand Oaks. She also gave a public presentation that evening at Longfellow. 

It was 70 years ago this month that the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled segregation illegal in California public schools -- seven years before the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision that struck down segregation nationwide.

At the urging of her mother, Mendez devoted herself to telling the story of her family and the legacy of the case, and in 2011 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

Students at Jefferson Elementary were especially excited to meet Mendez. Last year, Lisa Rossi's 2nd grade students researched, analyzed, wrote and acted in a 16-minute film about the landmark Mendez v. Westminster case. To top that off, the film recently won a 2017 Children's Choice Award at the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival!

New BUSD Blog Focused on Teaching with Technology 
There's no doubt technology is transforming our daily lives right before our very eyes. Some of the most dramatic changes are happening right in our classrooms, and we want you to know about it! 

Now there's  a special blog designed to throw a spotlight on the BUSD teachers and students creating inspiring and impactful applications of technology. The blog serves as a forum to share ideas and best practices with teachers while spreading awareness of the power of instructional technology with the broader community. Twice weekly, new posts will be added, and you'll be the first to know if you subscribe by email. 

As you can read in the first blog post by BUSD Instructional Technology Coordinator, Allison Krasnow "The purpose of this blog is for teachers, administrators, and families to get a glimpse into the varied ways teachers are integrating technology into their classrooms in order to improve engagement and achievement and to ensure that every child in our schools has equitable access to these new tools."
Play a Valuable Civic Role on the Measure I Citizens' Construction Bond Oversight Committee
The Berkeley Board of Education is seeking Berkeley residents to serve on a key school construction bond oversight committee -- a great way to play a valuable civic role in our community!
The new much-needed Longfellow Middle School Cafeteria, which opened in January this year, is one of the many important school construction projects funded by Measure I.

Members of this committee, commonly known as the Construction Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC), are entrusted with the important, independent watchdog role of monitoring and reporting on the expenditures of Measure I - a $210 million bond measure for construction, facility upgrades and school safety - that was approved by 77% of Berkeley voters in 2010.
More about the State Test: Smarter Balanced Assessment 
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. 

Each K-8 family has been sent a letter from Superintendent Evans with important information about state testing, including the testing period specific to each school. Principal Erin Schweng sent a separate email communication on the BHS etree regarding state testing at Berkeley High School.

Here are some additional resources about the state test.

If you'd like to learn more, check out the parent guides in English and Spanish that include sample test items by grade for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. 
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.