Berkeley Hall News

List of 10 news stories.

  • Citrus Singers Perform at BHS

    Citrus Singers Perform at BHS

    For the past 5 years, the Uhlmann family has gifted our community with a Christmas choral and hand-bell performance by the Citrus Singers from Citrus College. This nationally-renowned acapella choral ensemble of young singers performs in a wide variety of venues including on television, at the Rose Parade and the Super Bowl, and in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for an audience of 7000! We are truly blessed to have them sing for us! Director Ben D. Bollinger said after the performance, "We always enjoy performing at Berkeley Hall because we love it when the little children sing along to Jingle Bells."
     
    Their performance this week included some holiday classics. Enjoy their expression of Soul.
     
     
    During Jingle Bells, you can faintly hear the little children singing along in the background, and you can see the faces of the singers look back at them with big smiles. 
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  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2019

    This was one of our favorite Grandparents and Special Friends Day ever! Our guests enjoyed performances from the Bobcat Chorus, Primary students on recorders, and ECD children in song. Our Head of School Dr. Lisle Staley spoke to a very full Hodges Theater about what makes Berkeley Hall so special, which was followed by a presentation about our newly renovated Innovation Lab. After the program, guests visited the classrooms to spend time with their student hosts and then returned to Hodges for a House activity. Each of the four Houses (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Compassion) choreograph a dance with the help of our visitors and then students and their guests performed their dance together for everyone present. It was such a joy to host our special guests for the morning, and we enjoyed seeing all the love expressed by generations of Bobcats!
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  • Bobcat Family Campout 2019

    Berkeley Hall is a vibrant community of students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff who love to have fun! One of our beloved traditions is the Bobcat Family Camp Out - our biggest friend-raising activity of the year! One Friday night in September, BHS families are invited to pitch their tents and camp overnight on our football field in the middle of our 66-acre, mountaintop campus. Families come together to enjoy each other's company and have an evening of exciting games, delicious BBQ, s'mores by the campfire, a movie al fresco, sleep under the stars, and wake to a gourmet breakfast. This year, over 500 people participated in this annual tradition. It was a blast!
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  • "I Pledge Allegiance"

    The EK students have learned the meaning of all the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. They painted the flag as they learned the symbolism of the 13 stripes, 50 stars, and all the colors. And now they're more than ready to be on stage and lead their Grandparents & Special Friends in the Pledge of Allegiance and America the Beautiful on Tuesday's Grandparents & Special Friends Day.
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  • BHS Mock Trial Team Shines in the Courtroom

    The 2019 BHS Mock Trial team did a superb job on their two evenings at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse using their critical thinking skills in fielding questions and objections from the opposing teams while adapting to directives from the bench. Both Alex W. and Bella L. were awarded MVP by the opposing teams for their outstanding work as attorneys, however, every member of the team had a chance to shine - and they did! Congratulations to one and all!
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  • Congrats, Bobcat Chorus!

    Chelsea Rousselot
    Bobcat Chorus shined in their first performance of the year! They did an outstanding job performing two pieces in two-part harmony. The first piece was the theme song to the movie Neverending Story which was re-popularized by the Stranger Things series this year. Their second piece was High Hopes from the band Panic! At The Disco. This performance was a huge success!
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  • Kindness Buddies

    This week, 2nd graders were super stealthy kindness buddies! As a class, we read the book What Does it Mean to Be Kind? and brainstormed things we can do here in class to show kindness to others. Then, each student picked another student’s name out of a hat to be their super stealthy kindness buddy. Their task was to complete one act of kindness for the other person by the end of the day. They kept it a secret, slipping in compliments, favors, and kind words all day long. Finally, at the end of the day, they had a big reveal and each student found out who their secret buddy was! "We had a blast and it kept the good vibes going all day long," said one teacher. Check out the pictures for a sample of some of the kind things they did for each other.
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  • 3-Pronged Approach to Safety

    As we think about and pray for those directly affected by the tragic shooting in Santa Clarita, we also continue to revisit our three-pronged approach to safety: educating our children, refining our safety protocols, and unifying as a community.
     
    The events prompted by a student within Saugus High School remind us once again that there is much more power in creating safety from within than imposing it from without and after the fact – more power in increasing our students’ agency and social-emotional learning than in only ramping up physical security.
     
    We start by educating our children to feel worthy and connected to themselves, their peers, and the world around them – to feel a part of a larger whole in which they play a unique and important part. Through social-emotional learning, children are given tools to constructively deal with their feelings and to practice healthy interactions with others. I remain grateful to all of you and to our teachers for our continued partnership to rear children who know the value of respecting themselves and others, who take responsibility for their actions and their community, who are honest in their communication, and who shine the light of compassion on every person and situation.
     
    In addition to putting a priority on social-emotional learning, Berkeley Hall has very strong safety procedures and protocols in place. Because the safety of your children is our number one priority, our leadership team continuously monitors our emergency procedures, reviews safety plans with local authorities, and mindfully implements and refines safe practices on campus. 
     
    This combined approach keeps our community safe from the inside out. We are grateful that every member of our community plays a part in this effort, and as a community, we stand united in support of our core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, and compassion.
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  • BHS Mock Trial Defense Team Wins

    BHS Mock Trial Defense Team Wins

    The Berkeley Hall JH Mock Trial Defense Team presented their murder case and won at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and Defense Lawyer Bella L. was named MVP. Congratulations Bobcats!
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  • Math Olympiads Kicks Off at BHS!

    Kelly Neale
    The Math Olympiads is an annual contest that is now in its 41st year, with over 5,200 teams made up of 120,000 students participating from every state and thirty-five countries around the world. It's an opportunity for students to compete as mathletes and to stretch their mathematical reasoning skills. Berkeley Hall will compete with two teams, one made up of 4th-6th graders and the other of 7th-8th graders. This week was the first of five contests this year and winners will be announced next spring. Go Bobcats!
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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.