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AC Advisory Council Meeting 
 December 2 at 7:30 a.m.


The next ACAC meeting will be on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 a.m. in Building D, Conference Room B. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.! The first part of each meeting is typically set aside for public/parent comments and questions.
Mr. Carton and Ms. Guzman's classes attend
It Can't Happen Here at the Berkeley Rep


 
Thanks to a generous donation from the ACAC, Ms. Guzman and Mr. Carton were able to take their American Literature classes to see Berkeley Rep's production of It Can't Happen Here on November 1. The students were not only treated to incredible performances, they also took part in a Q&A session with the actors after the show. A splendid time was had by all!
ACAC Gives Key Support to School-wide Staff Breakfast
by AC Parent, Christine Staples
 

Pictures by AC student, Johanna Staples-Ager


On Monday, November 7th, Berkeley High held something that the school hadn’t seen in quite a while: a school-wide breakfast meeting for staff; teachers, administrators, safety officers, librarians, custodians, all together. The goal was to build community across the school, while working together to improve their ability to offer culturally responsive teaching and outreach to students.

 

Professional Development lead teacher Monique Debrito envisioned the event, with tons of outreach and support from Ms. Parker and Leticia Amezcua of the Parent Resource Center, parents Laura Marlin and Ana Hoover, team-building exercises designed by Eddie Estrada, Dagny Dingman and Karen Zapata, support from Principal Pasarow, and terrific help from the custodial staff. Table assignments and exercises mixed folks up from all over the school.

 

And the food: pitched as a giant potluck for 230 participants, with parent volunteers bringing the food and decorations, setting up, serving and cleaning up afterwards, all on a day when there was no school - it was a major undertaking.

 

By Thursday afternoon of the preceding week, potluck sign-ups were looking alarmingly skimpy. That’s when the Academic Choice Advisory Council decided to spring into action; with the goal of ensuring that the breakfast helped build community by making staff feel loved, appreciated, and free to work collaboratively, AC Council members quickly put together a grant request to pay for needed food for the event. The next morning, the Council enthusiastically and unanimously voted to give $750 to the event leaders to pay for food.

 

When Monday morning arrived, the food was plentiful, the flowers and tablecloths lovely, and staff members were seen enthusiastically filling their plates with the bountiful goodies that parents had provided. One of the major highlights of the event was the visit donated by BHS parent Bill Choy: his Travelin’ Joe espresso and waffle cart. Bill and an assistant proceeded to churn out high quality espresso drinks and fresh waffles for hours, and staff members were observed literally doing a happy dance as they awaited their treats.

 

Many thanks to the parent community for their generous gifts of food and effort to the event, to AC for the money, to all of the staff who put it together, and to Bill Choy and Travelin’ Joe for the coffee love.


November ACAC Meeting Re-Cap and Notes

The November ACAC meeting included a terrific discussion of student voice issues in lieu of public comments. AC Parent, Candy Rupp, reported on the need for a Budget and Finances Committee and the group voted to approve the creation of a B & F Committee. AC VP, Ms. Phillips, thanked Lisa Miller of Classroom Matters for the excellent and well attended workshop on Time Management. If you and your student missed the workshop, very helpful handouts can be found in the link to the minutes below.

Also, in the past month the following funding requests were granted: $17,000 to buy mobile security computer carts, $880 for a matinee viewing of It Can't Happen Here at Berkeley Rep for Mr. Carton and Ms. Guzman's American Literature classes, $800 for Ms. Coppola's AP US History class to go on a field trip to see Birth of a Nation and $750 from ACAC for the November 7th All School Breakfast.

All of these discussions were quite interesting and worth learning more about! The complete minutes can be found here: http://berkeleyschools.net/ac/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ACAC4Nov16Minutes.pdf

 

AC Teacher Wishlist

There are so many ways to give during this season of giving! Our teachers are still in need of little things like hand sanitizer and boxes of tissue as well as some big ticket items like a document camera, map sets and more If you can, please consider donating something off our AC teacher wish list! Thank you!

AC Teacher Wish List on SignUpGenius:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E084EACAC2AAAF58-acac


Items should be clearly marked and brought to the BHS front desk. Ask the front desk volunteer to put the item(s) in Ms. Felicia Phillips' office. If you order something online to be delivered to the school, be sure the name of the teacher it is intended for is part of the order.
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