Grandparent Permits Set to Launch in BHUSD
At its June 14 meeting, the BHUSD Board of Education approved the first reading of its revised interdistrict attendance policy with a 4-0 vote, with Board member Rachelle Marcus abstaining.
At its June 14 meeting, the BHUSD Board of Education approved the first reading of its revised interdistrict attendance policy with a 4-0 vote, with Board member Rachelle Marcus abstaining.
The Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) class of 2022 celebrated the end of the year with the Senior Awards and Scholarship Evening on June 1, where seniors who excelled during their years at BHHS were honored.
The changes reflect an effort to improve transparency and accessibility to the district’s governing process.
The class of 2022 is the first graduating class to complete three full years at Beverly Vista since the District’s reconfiguration.
Promotion ceremonies took place on June 1 for Beverly Hills elementary students at both Horace Mann and Hawthorne Elementary Schools.
The award was initiated by Bosse to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and hard work.
The school’s video production, audio production, culinary, and fashion design classes joined together for an event featuring catered spreads, original music performed by live musicians, and a vibrant array of runway-ready outfits inspired by the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
“The Board of Education is very pleased that we received such a positive response to our [request for proposals] and we will now move quickly to the vetting process,” School Board President Mary Wells told the Courier in a statement.
Police later arrested an individual for pointing an airsoft gun at the school and posting a photo on social media.
Beverly Hills High School won the CIF Division 4 Boys Swimming and Diving Championship on May 7.
The immersive camp was geared towards students in advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes, as well as those in the advanced aerospace classes.
On April 27, Mayor Lili Bosse, members of the Arts and Culture and Human Relations Commissions, BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy and artist Alexandra Nechita attended a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the Sing for Hope piano created by Nechita to the Beverly Hills High School Music Program.
Each application is for a single school site. Regardless of how many applications are submitted across the state, everyone must get one of their applications funded before another can go back to get funding for multiple applications.
The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education unanimously agreed to take a more lenient stance on COVID-19 testing, despite an uptick reported at its April 5 meeting.
Last week, Beverly Vista Middle School (BVMS) participated in “Dude. Be Nice” week, a national initiative to promote kindness and practice empathy on school campuses.
As we emerge from the most restrictive aspects of a pandemic world, parents and students alike are cheering a return to normalcy in education.
“I’m so glad that we are in a different place today because this is not only a rite of passage, but an area that we can celebrate the success of our students, our staff, and also our school district,” Bregy said. “This is an amazing event.”
Frustration among trustees has also grown since TCDS came on board in 2017, with members complaining about a lack of transparency on the part of Blake and TCDS.
Two Beverly Hills high students have been named as semifinalists in The Music Center’s 34th annual Spotlight (Spotlight) program, a nationally acclaimed performing arts competition, scholarship and artistic development program for teenagers.
AYSO held its 2022 Western States Championships this past weekend at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex in Northern California, featuring the champion teams from the four AYSO Sections that cover all of California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada.
Fourth graders in Dessie Jeffries’ class at Horace Mann School closed out Black History Month with a special in-person visit from Jerry Weiser, a Holocaust survivor.
Beverly Vista Middle School (BVMS) students took part in the Beverly Hills Junior Chef competition on March 8, cooking up creative dishes in 90 minutes with a mystery box of ingredients.
Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) students of all ages are being recognized nationally for their achievements in the arts and sciences.
The Beverly Hills Unified School District Parent Teacher Association Council is holding a district wide donation drive, collecting new and gently used items to help Ukrainian refugees.
Fourteen students from Beverly Vista Middle School (BVMS) competed virtually in the Los Angeles Regional Science Olympiad on Feb. 23.
A proposed expansion of Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy met stiff opposition from the Planning Commission on Feb. 28, with Commissioners citing years of traffic issues related to pick-up and drop-off at the school.
At its Feb. 22 meeting, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education unanimously approved a universal transitional kindergarten (TK) program, approved the issuance of Measure BH bonds, and reviewed enrollment data and projections.
Alexa Kreshek knew the heat was on late Saturday morning as the Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) girls’ soccer team warmed up for its CIF Southern Section playoff match.
The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education reexamined the district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy at its Feb. 8 meeting.
On Feb. 1, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education held a Special Meeting during which the board authorized staff to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Bond Management Services related to the district’s construction program.
On Jan. 25, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education held a special COVID-19 Study Session after a host of parents voiced frustration last week regarding mask mandates at school and other safety measures.
In addition, limited passport services will be offered. Passport photos will not be offered; those seeking passports through the library will have to supply their own official passport size photo.
“I thought it would be a mess [with] cars waiting in line. It’s really fast. I’m really surprised,” said one parent named Sarah who declined to give her last name.
The new variant has led to an eerily familiar scene of last-minute cancellations and postponements for events. The American Film Institute postponed its awards luncheon scheduled for Jan. 7 at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills citing “concerns over current health conditions,” according to a statement.
Libow’s donation paid for the latest equipment and new instruments, bringing the music center to a higher level of professionalism, school staff told the Courier.
In a unanimous vote at its Nov. 9 Special Meeting, the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) Board of Education approved Gabriel Halimi as its provisional appointee until November of 2022. Halimi will fill the vacant seat previously occupied by Tristen Walker-Shuman, former Board of Trustees Vice President.
“I just want to acknowledge a hearty thank you for the honorable Mr. Goldstein for putting his hat in the ring.
“One day I saw an ad for a cyber competition, and I was pretty interested and then I started competing,” Bulexa said.
Nystrom, who has a Masters in Earth Sciences from Boston University and a Certificate in Sustainability from UCLA, brings her environmental knowledge to bear on environmental justice, climate change and social justice—and how to communicate those principles to a broader audience.
The group’s holiday carol songbook includes “Angels We Have Heard of High,” “Spin, Spin, Little Dreidel,” “Winter Wonderland,” “S’Vivon,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and more.
The resolution came after the board’s Sept. 28 vote approving that the vacancy be filled by a provisional appointment instead of holding a special election.
“I have no one in mind, and I’m going to be very open minded when it comes to selecting a new person,” BHUSD Board President Rachelle Marcus told the Courier.
Walker-Shuman told the Courier that she plans to “continue taking care of my parents and family, finishing graduate school and advocating for education.”
The program included singer and songwriter Jess Hoover, who shared her own mental health journey with students while also inspiring them to create their own masterpiece.
With the rise of anti-hate sentiments and acts of violence increasing over this past year, this clinic comes at an important time to show inclusion and diversity triumph over intolerance and bigotry. The success of the Abraham Accords has demonstrated what people of different cultures can achieve when working together.
The fact that the D.A. found that no actual “crime” has been committed does not signal an end to the investigation of this matter, however. During the lengthy public commenting period at the Sept. 14 meeting, parents called on Walker-Shuman to resign or respond to the allegations.
Walker-Shuman characterized Marcus’s call for an investigation as an overstep of her authority, saying that “she violated board policy by issuing a statement in her official capacity that was not agreed upon by the whole board.”
Bregy underscored that the numbers are changing each day. “Just today alone, four or five new families came in to register,” he said. Last week, 41 new students registered.
Little comes to Beverly Vista with a decade of experience. He previously worked at Animo Westside Middle School, a charter school in the Green Dot Public Schools network, where he taught as a history teacher and spent five years as an Assistant Principal.
Today, BHEF uses a variety of methods to raise and distribute as much as $700,000 a year to BHUSD schools.
“We have a purchase order for bond management for security in the amount of $2,800,000,” Wells said. “My issue with it is that I am not comfortable approving this when I do not have an overview of the security program…until we have this information, I’m just not comfortable approving dollars in this amount.”
“For too many, 2020 wasn’t just about a deadly virus, it was about an epidemic of hate,” said Bonta, himself the state’s first Filipino-American attorney general.
“Motions brought by UTLA members at regional Area meetings are not the official expressed opinions of UTLA or its elected leaders,” UTLA said.
“In looking at the accomplishments of the current team, I feel fortunate to work with individuals who not only value education but place student outcomes at the center of their decisions,” Johnson said in a statement released by the District.
Bregy added,“By offering Live@BHUSD as well as the ILC, we were able to meet the needs and cover just about everybody,” Bregy added.
“I really want to commend the people that worked on those and organized them,” Board President Rachelle Marcus said of the ceremonies.
Each graduate has been given four allocated seats.
“So, we will be looking to select a new consulting firm and we’ll have a committee of various stakeholders,” Chism said. “We’ll have board members, community members, staff, parents, students all involved in that in that decision so we can continue to move forward.”
“What we didn’t know at the time was that our match was going to make or break the whole thing,” Maya Goldkorn, a junior at BHHS, told the Courier.
Both Shim sisters will perform in newly choreographed numbers. Sixth-grader Elle will dance in “Les Petites Étoiles,” Mozart’s charming piano composition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” a new piece choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Caprice Walker and featuring the pre-professional performance company’s younger dancers, to be accompanied by live piano.
This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2019 when over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
Objection to the hiring of CWI was the topic of an impassioned plea during the meeting.
“Anytime anything like that happens, it’s a concern for us as a community and for our students and for their safety,” BHUSD Board of Education President, Rachelle Marcus, told the Courier.
Upward Bound House provides families in crisis with short-term emergency shelter on the Westside and in South Los Angeles.
“COVID is a lie, I know you hate that mask,” one protester, Asefeh Shirafkan, told a student. “You don’t need to wear a mask.”
“I am thrilled that the District and the Union were able to reach an MOU to return to full five days of instruction,” Board of Education President Rachelle Marcus, told the Courier.
“The practice did not match the policy and we were just putting the house in order,” Margo told the Courier.
Under his leadership, El Rodeo achieved California Distinguished Schools Status prior to the reconfiguration.
“After COVID for a year and a half, we all just want to celebrate,” a student who identified himself as John told the Courier.
During the Superintendent’s report portion of the meeting, Dr. Michael Bregy shared that updated health protocols include maintaining three feet of physical distance between student desks, and six feet of distance between staff and student desks.
The BHUSD statement added, “It is always exciting to recognize our students’ accomplishments over the years, but throughout a pandemic it is quite outstanding to honor their work especially throughout these times.
As someone who spends her life training teachers, leading workshops for teens, and supporting parents, I know the pain and frustration that so many of you feel. And as we all sit here and reflect on the one-year anniversary of school closures, we’re all longing to find anything positive from the past year – what is that silver lining, if any.
“As I have indicated through some correspondence, we have allocations that are being provided to us for a vaccine for our employees through L.A. County,” Bregy said at the meeting.
“We are thrilled to be moving forward as a team together with our teachers, staff, students, and parents to reopen our schools,” Beverly Hills Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy told the Courier.
We can all agree our teacher’s safety is important, but as a physician myself, my life and the lives of all health workers are just as important. The lives of grocery store workers, police officers, firemen and all the other essential workers are as important. Yet we all have been working the past year for you and your families while our BHUSD teacher’s union is playing politics with our children’s education. The rest of the country and nation is getting back to school.
Rita Creagh, beloved El Rodeo School teacher, passed away on Jan. 16 from COVID-19. Creagh worked as a special education and 3rd grade teacher at the school for 32 years.
Outdoor, high-contact sports such as basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, rowing, soccer and water polo may resume all activities, including practices, training and competitions.
UPDATE March 1: The Beverly Hills Unified School District (District) and the Beverly Hills Education Association (Association) have tentatively reached an agreement after mediation over the weekend. Pending the approval of District and Association leadership, elementary grades TK-2 will return on March 8 and grades 3-5 on March 9. Additional details will be posted as they are available.
When a student asked why he shares his painful story, he replied, “I try to keep the memory alive so the next generation knows what happened during the Holocaust and World War II.”
The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) has thus far made great strides in preparing for a return to classrooms.
“During an unprecedented year, BHHS female students have demonstrated perseverance and dedication in their study of AP Computer Science,” said Dustin Seemann, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services.
“I think if we continue to decrease, you might hit that number in like two to three weeks,” Ferrer said. “We dropped pretty significantly just in one week. I think we were at 75 cases per 100,000 like a week ago. And I think now we’re 45 — these are adjusted rates that the state uses.”
“We’ve extended invitations to people in the state to provide those vaccinations for our staff and perhaps our community,” Bregy said.
Abrahams’ painting chosen by the AP Art and Design Board is titled “Adam and Eve,” inspired by the creation narrative in the Book of Genesis.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an icon for women, for the LGBT community, for workers, and every progressive value that West Hollywood holds,” said Councilmember Sepi Shyne. “Justice Ginsburg expanded access to the American promise of liberty and equality for all. Her legacy is felt by all of us and her decisions have positively affected every person living in West Hollywood.”
Elementary students will transition back to physical school five days per week for instruction in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
The teddy bear workshop on Dec. 21 takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is recommended for ages 16 and older. This workshop requires basic hand sewing skills, and a sewing machine is highly recommended.
“We are delighted to hit the ground running with our newly installed Board of Education. I have every confidence that they will lead us through what is now the worst time of the pandemic for our community toward the best educational decisions for all of our students, staff, and families,” Bregy told the Courier.
“It’s never too early for students to think about college and their futures, even during a pandemic,” Jeffries, a USC graduate herself, told the Courier.
“I never expected such mass participation during the pilot ranging from high schoolers all the way up to individuals in their 70s,” said Bradley Cook, chair of the Next Beverly Hills Coding Bootcamp.
What does this mean for current juniors, sophomores, and freshmen? As it stands now, the most competitive schools plan to require the ACT and SAT for next year’s application cycle.
“I wanted to share as of this morning, there are no oil derricks on the high school property,” Donald Blake, senior executive bond program manager said. “That is a milestone, and I cannot tell you how happy we are.”
“Work is now in progress to address minor leaks on the two wells previously identified to require additional plugging work. This additional plugging work is anticipated to be completed by December 2020,” Beverly Hills Director of Public Works Shana Epstein told the Courier.
Senior Max Love told the Courier he has “studied Shakespeare for three years in anticipation of playing his dream role,” the lead in Hamlet.
“However, and it’s not a popular thing to say. But it certainly would not be my recommendation to bring back these students in December, right before winter break,” said Bregy at the Nov. 10 meeting.
Given the ongoing pandemic, the Jewish Club implemented strict social distancing measures and mandatory face coverings at the memorial.
Arts & Culture Commissioner Deborah Frank pointed out the groundbreaking nature of the new collaboration.
While BHUSD is not able to bring back the student body in its entirety yet, the 77-page “Ready Together” reopening plan provides a thorough blueprint for all on how to safely return to—and stay in—the physical classroom.
The Courier asked the seven candidates vying for one of three open seats to describe how each would address some of the biggest challenges the District faces.
On Oct. 1, the Simon Wiesenthal Center released a statement commending Newsom’s veto of the bill.
“Twenty-five years is a long time,” Ghez said of her career.
“For voluntary service, I did a few things. I tutored through one of Beverly Hills’ After-School Programs.
Since sundown on Sept. 18, Jews around the world began observing their holiest days on the calendar in the strange, virtual format of the era of COVID-19.
While you’re in planning mode, encourage your kids to pin passwords and Zoom log-in information right on their desks, where they can see it easily to avoid a mad scramble during school hours. And be sure they set up systems—binders, digital folders for various subjects, and workspace areas—to help stay organized.
“We are delighted to be able to offer at no charge an abundance of fresh, healthy produce for all Beverly Hills children!
I’m looking forward to creating more kindness walls across the United States because I saw how much of an impact it had on others and I saw how much it really changed our school overall.
“I’m so excited for you to meet your teachers and see what they have planned for you,” Bregy said.
Beverly Hills High School student Alana Morgan was crowned Miss California Teen USA on Aug. 9.
The Courier spoke to the seven candidates vying for one of three open seats on the BHUSD Board of Education. Here is what they had to say.
In an Aug. 1 statement, BHUSD Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy emphasized that the ultimate goal remains to return to the classroom safely.
During this time, the troop will welcome new members for the 2020/21 school year.
“I do want to touch on the unique obstacles that are going to be the hardest for the middle school to think through,” Think Tank member Frank Chechel noted.
Finally, I suggest that students always keep their camera turned on during class – this allows teachers to see that they are engaged. Plus, there’s nothing like knowing you’re being watched to keep you on your best behavior!
The virtual ILC option for the fall remains the same, offering online learning exclusively for the first full semester. The deadline to enroll in the ILC has been extended to July 27 at 8 a.m., and those who do not apply for the ILC will be automatically placed in Live@BHUSD. As of July 21, 441 students — 13 percent of the student population —have enrolled in the ILC.
Friedman said the City was pleased to continue its strong partnership with BHUSD.
I suggest encouraging your teen to use this summer to pursue twin goals: 1) prepare for adulthood, and 2) relish the joys of childhood.
“SMMUSD staff want to reopen in-person as soon as possible and had been preparing to recommend an in-person option (Model B, the hybrid model that includes both in-person and distance learning). However, the steady upsurge in coronavirus cases in our region over the past several weeks combined with the advice of public health experts has led us to the conclusion that distance learning is the most prudent model to start the 2020-2021 school year.”
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