BHS News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Unity During Unrest

    Whenever I have occasion to speak about what makes BHS stand out, one of the four things I address is our unusually diverse community and how much this diversity positively contributes to our school environment. As one of the most diverse independent schools in Los Angeles, we strive to embrace all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, orientations, beliefs, and learning styles. This is why now, more than ever, we look to the strength of our community to stand in the face of our nation’s (and the world’s) current displays of racism and violence. 
     
    It is our firm belief that as we actively practice respect for diversity in all its forms, express compassion for those whose opinions and experiences might differ from our own, and develop a growth-mindset that recognizes the unlimited God-given potential of every individual, we help ourselves and our children create an increasingly kind and inclusive world for all to peacefully and equitably share.
     
    Childhood is precious and all too brief.  As the adults in our children’s lives, we are aware of the fact that they are listening to us and looking to us to address their feelings of anxiety and concern, and we must do this as we simultaneously handle our own emotions of dismay, fear, and anger. We are encouraged that our community of like-minded, character-based individuals have the deep care to be mindful of what our children are taking in. As these events bring up issues within each of us, we are grateful for the foundation of our core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion. Our students possess and practice these values, as do we.
     
    Below are some resources which may help support you in having conversations with your children about the current violence and unrest in our city.
    Please feel free to reach out to me or to any of our teachers or administrators. We are here for you in any way that would be helpful. Our hearts and our prayers are with all those who are so deeply affected by the issues at the forefront of our nation and we, as a community, can feel very proud that we stand together as a diverse community with a unified mission.
     
    With sincere appreciation for our families,
     
    Lisle Staley, PhD
    Head of School 
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  • Difference Maker BHS Alum Merritt More

    Our third and final Difference Makers Series event of the year was spearheaded by our JH Student Council. In preparation, they researched and chose the guest, formulated questions, and practiced interviewing and vocal technique along with on-camera presentation. Their guest is former BHS student Merritt Moore, acclaimed astro-physicist and professional ballerina. Please enjoy the professionalism of our JH Student Council as they talk with BHS alum Merritt Moore in this Difference Makers Series presentation.
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  • 1st Grade Authors Tackle Series Books

    Remote learning can't stop BHS superstar writers! Since the switch to remote learning, first grade authors have been bravely learning about a totally new type of writing... realistic fiction series. They have loved learning how to harness the power of their imaginations and create their very own unique characters who get in (and out!) of trouble. To allow readers to get to know the characters even better, these young authors made MANY stories about their character, instead of just one, and created whole series.
     
    For mentoring and help along the way they looked to one  favorite series author, Cynthia Rylant, who has written the Mr. Putter and Tabby series, the Henry and Mudge series, and the Annie and Snowball series. Through studying her work, the 1st grade authors learned more about how to unfreeze characters, add in tiny realistic details, use patterns, build suspense, and organize their stories into chapter books. Their growth from a distance has AMAZED the teachers! To celebrate the completion of their first individual series, authors hosted read-alouds, created box sets, and shared with other authors on Zoom. They were glowing with pride and ready to tackle one more series before the year ends!
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  • Jun
    10

    Graduation

    Uhlmann Performing Arts Center in Hodges Theater
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Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.