Berkeley Hall News

List of 10 news stories.

  • Student Council Welcomes Step Up on Second Director

    Did you know: Student Council members in grades 1-8 had the opportunity to hear from Mr. Tod Lipka, the Director of Step Up on Second, an organization that helps put people challenged with homelessness into permanent housing with any support services they may need.
    • Only 1-2% of homeless people choose to be homeless. That leaves 98% who want to be housed but don’t always have the means to do that alone.
    • Many homeless people have jobs, but the wages they earn, are not enough to support the expense of maintaining a home.
    • The first step to addressing homelessness is for us to each make the change in our own thinking about the problem of homelessness. The best we can do for homeless people is to express empathy and compassion; no labels, no limit, lots of love. 
    • The next step is to provide donations to organizations through money or supplies. Most homeless people have access to meals on regular basis through shelters. The greatest need is for community help providing supplies such as blankets, towels, toilet paper, dental care items, first aid kits, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc. These items are best distributed through an organization that supports homeless people. Organizations can provide services and distribute supplies in a more efficient way than giving things to individuals one at a time.
    Thank you Student Council members! Your questions and comments were thoughtful and you are ready to lead our school in helping the BHS community address the local challenge of homelessness.
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  • BHS 5th Grader on Olympic Development Team

    Fifth Grader, Greyson, returned to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this November to compete in the Men’s Gymnastics Future Stars National Championships. He improved his standings from 2017 and came in 3rd place in the country making the US National Development Team 🇺🇸. He’ll continue his training at the OTC this summer and is so grateful for the support of his BHS family as he pursues his academic and athletic dreams. #teamusa🇺🇸
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  • Have You Been Out to the Pumpkin Patch Yet?

    Tracy Cheney
    Have you picked out your perfect pumpkin for Halloween? Fourth graders learned to turn circles into three-dimensional pumpkins with shading and overlapping techniques. The light from the moon creates an eerie evening out in the pumpkin patch. It's getting to be that spooky time of year!
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  • Little Women

    Students in this year's JH Drama Elective class put on a splendid rendition of Little Women, the classic by Louisa May Alcott. The story follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy— in their passage from childhood to womanhood. Our Berkeley Hall ensemble cast did a fabulous job portraying the diverse characters. With the help of Director Gabe McManus and Musical Director Geoffrey Fontaine, along with Stage Manager and Makeup Supervisor Cindy Hygate, these students put on an excellent program enjoyed by our whole community.
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  • Bobcat Gymnast State Champ

    Sixth grader Emma R. is a State Champion gold medalist on the uneven bars. She won the California state competition in March in San Diego. Emma is a Level 7 Junior Olympic gymnast who trains at Gymnastics Olympica in Van Nuys and will be traveling to Kansas next week to train with Olympic Coach Al Fong. Emma has been a gymnast since she was 2 years old and hopes to be a college gymnast some day. Congrats to this Bobcat on her State Championship win!
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  • 6th Grade Invitational Dance

    This Berkeley Hall tradition pulls at the heartstrings every year when sixth graders are welcomed so enthusiastically by the older students to their very first dance at BHS. After being announced by the DJ, sixth graders ran through a tunnel of junior high students to enter an exquisitely decorated room with a masquerade theme. Students prepared for this semi-formal dance by learning and practicing swing dance in PE class for several weeks. Students danced the night away, ate some fabulous food provided by the parents, and enjoyed being with their friends and showing off their moves. The culminating event of the evening, the Swing Dance Competition, revealed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning couples from each grade. It was a great night! A special thank you goes out to all the parent volunteers, led by JH coordinators Sasha Brauer and Vanessa Kiss, who made Hodges look so special.
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  • BHS Difference Maker Treats Kids to Movie

    Berkeley Hall sixth grader Jai heard on NPR how underprivileged kids were being treated to see Marvel’s new action/adventure movie, Black Panther. He sold some of his DCR crypto currency and hosted more than a dozen of Charmaney Bayton’s kids (along with adults) to see the movie.
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  • Sasha G.

    Doodle for Google Student Art Contest

    Among the art contests happening in March during Youth Art Month, Google hosts one, too. These 5th grade students entered this contest for Intermediate-aged children:

    Sasha G.
    Marianna M.
    Kimaya P.
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  • 4th/5th Grade Girls Win Championship!

    R. Jones
    The girls put up a strong performance against Wise School to finish their season as champions of the 5th Grade Varsity 2 Girl's Basketball Division! Not only are the girls champions of their division, but they didn't lose a single game this season. The girls demonstrated their developed understanding of basketball with passes to different combinations of players, with every team member getting the opportunity to touch the ball. They also vastly improved their shooting and rebounding, scoring an astounding 36 points, even with their patience to share the ball and pass to everyone.
     
    Ava S. had an opportunity to be an assistant coach for a quarter, including calling a timeout and drawing up a successful play for a shot. The girls started with very basic knowledge of basketball and have ended the season understanding how to protect the ball and create opportunities to score. A big congratulations to Ava B., Ava S., Laila V., London I., Luna K., Tate L., and our two last-minute subs, Channing B. and Zoe B. Great job ladies! And congratulations to Coach Van Vleck and Coach Jones!
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  • Difference Makers Trash Free Lunch Challenge

    Our first Difference Makers Speaker this year was with Allie Bussjaeger from Grades of Green to introduce Berkeley Hall to the Trash Free Lunch Challenge.
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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.