Berkeley Unified School District continues in our efforts to increase awareness about sexual harassment and bullying, in our efforts to prevent them from happening in our schools.
October included sexual harassment assemblies at the middle and high schools, like these at Longfellow and Berkeley High.
Longfellow Sexual Harassment Assembly October 2015
The assembly included a video presentation by Berkeley High students who were on hand for Q&A; introductions of Longfellow’s amazing mental health counselors and an all school pledge against sexual harassment. See video and photos. Video Photos
Berkeley High School SPARK Freshmen Assembly
All Berkeley High ninth graders arrived at school on Wednesday October 14th to discover the campus was reserved for the morning, just for them. Seniors had the morning off and every classroom in the C and M buildings were full of juniors and sophomores who were busy taking the PSAT.
First freshmen attended one of two simultaneous SPARK (Student Power Actualized through Respect and Kinship) assemblies (Little Theater and Community Theater) designed to make them feel safe and empowered at Berkeley High. Following the assembly they broke out into small break out groups with 25 freshmen and one teacher, discussing next steps for Berkeley High around some critical issues.
Working to build a positive school culture is one of the goals this year and so staff, parents, and students have been planning for weeks to bring students this informative and empowering presentation, and it really showed in the assemblies, as students listened intently to every part of the program. See photos and video of the assembly in the community theater.
Berkeley High School SPARK Freshmen Assembly Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53901376@N04/albums/72157659439510800
Berkeley High School SPARK Freshmen Assembly Video: https://vimeo.com/142439755
September 2015 – We’d like you to know about several of the most recent action steps we have taken to increase awareness about sexual harassment, in our efforts to prevent it from happening in our schools.
Read a letter to the Berkeley High School community from Superintendent Evans and BHS Principal Pasarow (September 24, 2015). Spanish
A document outlining BUSD’s action steps to address sexual harassment over the last 16 months provides more detailed information on the district-wide efforts to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, and build a positive school climate in which every student can thrive.
You can also view a short video clip of some of the messages from administrators and students regarding prevention of sexual and gender-based harassment, and building a positive and inclusive school climate that were shared with all students at the Welcome Orientation held this week at Berkeley High.
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