All Berkeley High freshman arrived at school this past Wednesday to discover that a whole section of campus was reserved just for them.*
In order to accommodate and engage the entire freshman class, two simultaneous SPARK (Student Power Actualized through Respect and Kinship) assemblies designed to make first year high school students feel safe and empowered at Berkeley High took place in both the Community and Little Theaters. Following the assembly, teachers led small break-out groups to facilitate deep discussions how the youngest students on campus can take leadership and ownership, and positively influence the student experience at Berkeley High. Among other prompts, students worked on answering “What do you believe in that is bigger than yourself?”
This special assembly for freshman is part of the on-going work of teachers, staff, and the administration as well as students and parents to build a positive school culture at Berkeley High. Take a look at the photos or view the clip to learn more about this informative and empowering presentation and student workshop.
*This was possible because every classroom in the C and M Buildings was filled with sophomores and juniors who were busy taking the PSAT, while seniors had the morning off to catch up on school work.