Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling. Photo: Green Schools Initiative Berkeley schools are making a renewed commitment to recycling and composting after efforts slacked off over the past five years. This year, a local non-profit, Green Schools Initiative, has worked with eight Berkeley schools, revitalizing recycling and composting programs. Green Schools […]
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Rosa Parks chickens found dead, buried on campus
The Rosa Parks Elementary School chickens one day after they were born in April. The two lighter-colored chicks, in the back left corner, were the ones that were stolen. (One of them is hard to spot and appears more like a blur.) Photo: Tanya Stiller Two chickens that were stolen from an outdoor coop at […]
Thief steals 2 school chickens from Rosa Parks campus
The Rosa Parks Elementary School chickens one day after they were born in mid-April. The two lighter-colored chicks, in the back left corner, were the ones that were stolen. (One of them is hard to spot and appears more like a blur.) Photo: Tanya Stiller The Rosa Parks Elementary School community is asking for the […]
Rosa Parks Elementary flips the switch for solar power
Fifth grade students from Rosa Parks flick the switch to activate the new solar installation. Photo: Lance Knobel Rosa Parks Elementary School became Berkeley’s fifth solar school on Monday when students flicked a switch to activate a new rooftop installation of solar cells. According to Pauline Follansbee, fiscal services director for Berkeley Unified School District, […]
Berkeley school dominates regional math competition
A triumphant Rosa Parks team poses with their teacher, Mary Martin, after dominating the MathMatters competition. Photo: Cindy Leung Fifth grade students from Rosa Parks Elementary School in West Berkeley took home four of the top ten spots in a regional math competition Saturday, besting a field of more than 90 students from public and […]
Berkeley schools show gains on standard tests
The California Department of Education yesterday released its 2012 Accountability Progress Report, which show significant gains for Berkeley schools on both the state Annual Performance Index (API) and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). (Details of both district and individual school results for API and AYP can be seen on the state’s Accountability Progress Reporting site.) […]
School edible programs get reprieve from the feds
Three Berkeley elementary schools secure additional federal funding for their cooking and gardening programs for the next academic year.
New group with Berkeley roots aims to get kids outside
A new global group — with roots here in Berkeley — wants to put the play (and some risk) back in childrens’ outdoor environments.
Berkeley district votes to fund at-risk edible programs
Kids eat the fruits of their labor at Berkeley's Malcolm X Elementary School. Photo: Rivka Mason Late last night, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board voted to authorize funding up to $350,000 for three elementary schools — Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Washington — that were in danger of losing their gardening and cooking […]
Community seeks life support for school edible programs
The end of salad days for some BUSD students? Photo: Rivka Mason This week, Berkeley parents and community members rallied to find ways to secure funds to save the gardening and cooking programs at three local elementary schools. The programs at Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Washington, whose combined budgets are $372,000, are threatened because, under existing guidelines, […]
Berkeley school gardening, cooking programs face cuts
Cooking and gardening programs at three Berkeley elementary schools may face cuts.
Concerns raised over expansion of Jefferson School
Rendering of new library and offices at Jefferson School/ WLC Architects The Berkeley Unified School District is planning a major expansion to Jefferson Elementary School in 2013, but the plan to add new offices, classrooms, and a gleaming new library has drawn criticism from some parents. The school district does not have enough space in […]