Berkeley Hall News

List of 10 news stories.

  • Change in Office

    Just as we all experienced the change in office for the President of the United States this week in Washington, D.C., so too, did the change in office occur at BHS! Our Primary/Intermediate Student Council members rotated office. (JH Student Council members are elected for a 1-year term.)

    The purpose of the Berkeley Hall Student Council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out the mission of the school through student-led activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, Student Council is the voice of the student body. 

    Trimester 1 Student Council Class Representatives, after learning about two orphaned bobcat kittens being cared for at the CA Wildlife Center, wanted to support the care of these kittens and initiated and carried out a school art auction resulting in a donation to the Wildlife Center of $416. Way to go leaders!  

    Please join us in thanking those leaving office and welcome those stepping in to leadership roles for Trimester 2. Please read more to see the names.
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  • Live Drive-Through Tour at BHS

    A favorite during the pandemic among prospective parents: the personally-guided drive-through tour!
    BHS offers guided, drive-through tours of the campus with your own personal, live, remote guide to take you each step of the way. As you drive, our admissions associate will be on the phone as the voice in your car to guide you around our 66-acre campus to see all the sights. 

    Please email admissions@berkeleyhall.org or call 310-476-6421, ext. 216 to schedule a time for your personally-guided drive-through tour.
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  • Mock Trial Wraps Up a Successful Season

    The 2020 Mock Trial team ended it's award-winning season with two "Best in LA County" awards for "Outstanding Prosecution Attorney" to Daryan R. and "Outstanding Prosecution Witness: Drew Marshak" to Moises D. Two students were singled out by the opposing teams with the MVP award going to Keanu F. and Ava S. This year, all students on the team were 8th graders. The trials, which are traditionally held at the downtown Los Angeles Courthouse, were held on Zoom. Congratulations to one and all!
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  • BHS Represented at The Pollyanna Conference

    Berkeley Hall School was represented at the recent Pollyanna Conference, the 4th Annual meeting of its kind at Harvard Westlake with the purpose of exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion. The theme of this year’s conference was “Courageous Conversations: Learning to Connect Authentically and with Compassion.”  

    The purpose of the day was to give space to learn specific strategies for engaging in courageous conversations on numerous topics that easily divide communities from commonly marginalized groups. 
     
    The mission of Pollyanna is to create a platform "where groups of people can explore together diversity, inclusion, and equity and share ideas, experiences and knowledge in order to become change agents in their immediate communities.” 
     
    The day began with brief opening remarks and a special keynote speaker followed by workshops in which school representatives discussed navigating difficult conversations around inclusion. Following lunch, there was a dynamic student presentation and continued conversations about next steps for school conversations.
     
    Participating schools were encouraged to send student and parent representatives. Berkeley Hall was generously represented by several parents: Susan Evans, Zully Gonzalez, Hamdeep and Sehanjot Singh, and Shannon Westmore; our student body was represented by Student Council Co-President, Moises D.:
     
    "This year's topic of discussion was "Courageous Conversations." Leading the first half of the conference was a presentation by Baratunde Thurston. He is an activist who's hosted many shows and Ted Talks and he comes from a family of hard-working people of color. In his presentation, Thurston talked about our country’s democracy and history. He focused on calling out racism in schools and in public. And how to be open to diversity.
     
    After the presentation from Mr. Thurston, we went off into breakout rooms and talked about how we can make our schools more diverse. And from there we went to zoom rooms specifically for the Berkeley Hall community.
     
    It was an honor attending such an empowering and amazing conference. I learned many things from the others who attended the conference. And from what I heard, Berkeley Hall is going in the right direction, and we must keep on going in that direction to achieve the goal of having more diversity, more inclusivity and more equality."
    - Student Council Co-President, Moises D.
     
     "The Pollyanna Conference provided a meaningful springboard into a larger conversation about DEI. After attending workshops with parents from other schools, it was insightful to share viewpoints with BHS parents and eighth grader, Moises Diaz, discussing what’s working well at Berkeley Hall and ways to further strengthen our community."
    -Susan Evans
     
    “We enjoyed the Pollyanna Conference! It really opened many conversations for students and parents to converse about diversity and inclusion. We discussed some ideas of ways we can bring even more diversity to Berkeley Hall.”
    -Hamdeep and Sehanjot Singh
     
    BHS is making strides in our work with diversity, equity, and inclusion and we look forward to sharing our progress and next steps with soon.
     
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  • Mayor Garcetti

    LA Mayor Gives Shout-out to BHS Student

    In the middle of his speech, Mayor Garcetti gave a shout-out to our very own 7th grader, Evelyn! Here's why. Evelyn started a mask business for the summer. Mom Sabrina says, "It has been a fantastic learning experience for her and kept her very busy all summer. She has sold over 650 masks (and made even more!) through her Etsy shop. As part of this project she decided to write political figures (Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, AOC, the Obamas, Newsom, and Garcetti) and gift them her California and Democratic masks. Her letters included talking about things that were important to her including homelessness in our country/city, women’s rights, BLM, etc. SO the mayor’s response in the video was the first she has gotten. Garcetti then wore the mask at the opening of a homeless shelter which was so awesome. Evelyn is donating some of her profits to a local homeless shelter where she has volunteered that helps homeless families in the San Fernando Valley. Check out the video and picture by clicking the headline.
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  • Follow Those Paws

    To make physical distancing more fun, our facilities team is hard at work laying down paw prints on our sidewalks.
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  • 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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  • Valley Community Healthcare Workers

    Berkeley Hall Donates Masks

    “Thank you so much for the drop-off this week, that was a welcome sight and our staff is truly grateful. So thank you!” - Paula Wilson, mother of Tyler Cushman BHS Class of '09; President & Chief Executive Officer of Valley Community Healthcare. ⁠

    When BHS received word through Ms. Wilson that the healthcare workers at Valley Community Healthcare were in need of N-95 masks, we donated the 200 that were in our emergency supplies to help support the healthcare workers.⁠

    Berkeley Hall is so proud to have a community of outstanding Difference Makers! Valley Community Healthcare has been serving the healthcare needs of low income men, women, and children of the San Fernando Valley since 1970. We're grateful for all they do.⁠

    Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat! ⁠
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Special Events

All Events Postponed Due to COVID

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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.