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AC Advisory Council Meeting - Friday, February 3 at 7:30 a.m.


The next ACAC meeting will be on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 a.m. in Building D, Conference Room B. Are you the parent of a current freshman, sophomore or junior who has been thinking about getting involved? We need you! Now is a great time to join in and have a voice in shaping AC in the coming years! As always, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The first part of each meeting is typically set aside for public/parent comments and questions.
AC Students Visit Cal Academy of Sciences

 
 
On December 6th, eighty-four AC students and 13 chaperones went to the Cal Academy of Sciences in San Francisco as part of Mr. Skowronski's Advanced Biology class. Groups had to visit 3 of the 4 following destinations in the museum: aquarium and touch tanks; rain forest; Color of Life exhibit; and the naturalist center. In addition, students competed in an Instagram photo competition to photograph (and sometimes comment on) beautiful, interesting, or bizarre adaptations. In the spirit of that competition, - look carefully for the humor in the photo above. It says, "Passing period at BHS be like. . .Thank you to the parents who chaperoned! Thank you to everyone who makes field trips for our AC students possible!
 
 
AP Macroeconomics Class Visits
the Federal Reserve

by Crystal Rigley

 
On January 11th, 26 AP Macroeconomics students hopped on BART and toured the Federal Reserve in San Francisco. This trip was an amazing experience for the students. In class, we learned about the Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy. This trip was an exciting opportunity to expand on our classroom learning. The students' favorite part was seeing the giant vault of cash and the receiving area. The Federal Reserve is responsible for, among other things, changing out used money and holding bank reserves for banks that don't have enough room in their vault. The students were definitely blown away by the security, the piles of cash and the workers whose only job was to count money all day. Each student left with a bag of shredded money.
Thank you to all the AC parents whose donation made our trip possible. 


AC Advisory Committee (ACAC) January Meeting Notes

The January ACAC meeting opened with public comments. There was a discussion of how parents might support Principal Sam Pasarow, freshman parent, Erica Etelson wanted to address the issue of homework, a second Classroom Matters workshop was planned and the Budget Committee gave a report. In December, the following requests were authorized by the Budget Committee: classroom supplies, two field trips to the Oakland Museum and Ms. Rigley's field trip to the Federal Reserve,(see above). Also, a big thank you to our long time outgoing treasurer, Rakhi Rao and welcome to incoming treasurer: freshman parent, Karen Chapman. To learn more about the meeting and read the minutes, go to: http://berkeleyschools.net/ac/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ACAC6Jan17Minutes.pdf
Petition Regarding Principal Pasarow

The Berkeley High PTSA is asking parents to read and consider signing this petition asking the BUSD school board to give a credible reason for Principal Pasarow's leave or have him re-instated. To learn more and sign the petition, go to this link:

https://www.change.org/p/busd-administration-berkeley-high-principal-pasarow-families-deserve-information
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