Parents say the crowded elementary school needs more staff. The district says that is easier said than done.
The new portables are on Washington’s annex campus on McKinley St., across from the school’s main campus Over the summer, Washington Elementary School in Berkeley got a new set of portable classrooms. The new classrooms replaced a group of portables which dated back to the 1960s, even though they were installed originally as a temporary measure. The new […]
As principal of Washington Elementary School in the 1960s, Herb Wong, center right, seen here with Duke Ellington, invited world-class big bands to perform for students. Photo: Suzanne McCullough As principal of Washington Elementary School in the 1960s, Herb Wong, center right, seen here with Duke Ellington, invited world-class big bands to perform for students. Photo: Suzanne […]
Parents desperate to get their kids into some schools, including Berkeley High School, cheat their way in. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel When Sarah James went to the first meeting for her daughter’s freshman crew team at Berkeley High School, she wanted to form a carpool for the 6 a.m. practices. But James (not her real name) lived in Oakland […]
The portable classrooms at Washington Elementary School were installed in the late 1960s as a temporary measure. Photo: Google Street View A school district proposal to replace decades-old portable classrooms at Berkeley’s Washington Elementary and Berkeley Arts Magnet schools with a set of newer ones that are being removed from the Berkeley High campus, has been […]
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 […]
A boy and two girls were arrested on suspicion of robbery, and a gun was recovered, on Tuesday Feb. 26 near Washington Elementary School in central Berkeley. Image: Google Berkeley police have arrested three juveniles who reportedly used a gun in a robbery near Washington Elementary School on Tuesday evening, according to authorities. Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said police […]
Three Berkeley elementary schools secure additional federal funding for their cooking and gardening programs for the next academic year.
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 […]
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, […]
Cooking and gardening programs at three Berkeley elementary schools may face cuts.
Kim Laurance and Hilary Mitchell, teachers at Washington Elementary School, were honored by the BPEF. Photos: Mark Coplan Three Berkeley school teachers and a parent-run educational support organization were honored Friday at the Berkeley Public Education Fund‘s annual fundraising spring luncheon. The event, which was attended by more than 450 supporters, raised over $180,000 for […]