Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The totaled Ford Focus outside Berkley High School warns juniors and seniors, who celebrate prom Thursday at the Lafayette Grande Banquet Facility in Pontiac, about the dangers of distracted driving.
The shattered and crumpled car parked outside Berkley High School is a stark reminder for students during prom week that distracted driving can have devastating consequences. The school's Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter hopes the totaled Ford Focus will inspire BHS juniors and seniors to be safe when they celebrate prom Thursday, May 16, at the Lafayette Grande Banquet Facility in Pontiac. "The crash car is designed to send a message to students that this time of the year is exciting for students but joy should never be at the cost of their lives and the lives of others," BHS English teacher and SADD staff sponsor Tess Ferrara said. SADD notes the following statistics related to distracted driving – whether while impaired …
Holly Shifman was among more than 250 recipients of WXYZ-TV's annual honor.
Channel 7, WXYZ, recently honored more than 250 recipients of this year's "Brightest and Best" award – including one from the Berkley School District – with a special luncheon at the station in Southfield. Among the winners for 2013, the 34rd year of program, was Holly Shifman of Berkley High School. The station teamed up with Gardner-White Furniture again this year to present the awards. Click here to see the complete "Brightest and Best" list.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
It was No. 22 among 82 schools in Michigan that made the magazine's 2013 America's Best High Schools list.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. Newsweek recently ranked Berkley High School on its list of the top 2,000 high schools in the country. Berkley High School was ranked at No. 594 in the United States and No. 22 among 82 schools in Michigan that made the magazine's 2013 America's Best High Schools list. The honor marks the sixth consecutive year BHS made the list. "We are thrilled with this public recognition again, as it truly represents the depth and breadth of curriculum we provide in each of our classrooms – pre-K through high school,” Berkley School District Superintendent Dennis McDavid said. “We are very proud of our students, teachers, parents, and our community in achieving this national ranking.” Newsweek sent out a …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Currently, students in the Berkley School District are required to take at least two years of foreign language classes.
The House Education Committee, hoping to free up more options for students when it comes to high school electives, approved two bills last week in Lansing that would eliminate the foreign language requirement for graduation. The proposal aims to give students not headed to college more vocational options in school by eliminating the two-year foreign language requirement, but the Michigan Department of Education opposes the bill, according to The Detroit News. [What do you think of the possible elimination of a foreign language requirement in Michigan schools? Leave a comment!] "Students, regardless of post-secondary plans, will benefit tremendously with at least one additional language to be competitive in the global marketplace," …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Angela Church is among 58 teachers from 22 local school districts who will be recognized for their contributions in the classroom during a ceremony Thursday at the Oakland Schools campus in Waterford.
Oakland Schools will honor Berkley High School educator Angela Church on Thursday during the 26th annual Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards in Waterford. The 37-year-old Berkley resident, who was named top high school teacher in the county, is among 58 nominees from 22 local school districts who will be recognized during National Teacher Appreciation Week for their contributions in the classroom. Other nominees from Berkley and Huntington Woods who also will be honored include Rogers Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Stacey Bronoel of Southfield; Berkley resident Lori Wettlaufer, who teaches in the Bloomfield Hills Schools district; Norup International School math teacher Amy Carter of Madison Heights; and Jason Gillespie of …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Berkley High School orchestra and a cappella choir students receive a standing ovation Tuesday evening for their world premiere performance of the cantata.
A thunderous standing ovation rewarded Berkley High School orchestra and a cappella choir students Tuesday evening for their world premiere performance of "My Name is Anne Frank: A Cantata." Composer Volker Blumenthaler and lyricist Alexander Gruber, both from Germany, joined Holocaust survivors, parents and officials representing Berkley and Huntington Woods in the audience at Berkley High School's packed auditorium. The cantata kicked off a series of events the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills will hold to celebrate its acquisition of one of 11 saplings from the chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank's window in Amsterdam and gave her hope as she hid during World War II. BHS Orchestra Director …
Find out what's on the ballot, when and where to vote, and more. Stay tuned to Patch for updates and results!
Voters in Berkley and Huntington Woods go to the polls Tuesday, May 7, to decide two Berkley School District millage renewal requests. [Click here to view a sample ballot.] The proposals ask voters to renew the general operating fund and sinking fund millages, which would not increase residents' tax rate. Here are the key facts: [Read: 2013 Berkley School District Millage Renewal Quick Facts] Here's the rest of the information you need to know before you go to the polls. All polls are open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. There are seven precincts (map) in Berkley and five precincts (see attached PDF) in Huntington Woods. If you are unsure of your precinct number, call Berkley City Clerk Cheryl Printz at 248-658-3310 or Huntington Woods City Clerk Joy …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A vote on the General Operating Fund and Sinking Fund millages will be held Tuesday, May 7.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Find out how to watch the world premier of "My Name is Anne Frank" performed in its entirety for the first time Tuesday, May 7, at Berkley High School.
Community members who did not snag a ticket to the Berkley High School orchestra and choir performance of "My Name is Anne Frank" on Tuesday can watch the event live online. [Read: Berkley Students to Perform World Premiere of Cantata Based Anne Frank's Life] Bookmark this link and click here at 7 p.m. May 7 to watch the cantata's world premiere, presented by the Berkley School District and the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills. "The HMC is out of tickets," according to a comment on Huntington Woods-Berkley Patch by the Berkley School District. "If any parents of students who are in the Symphony Orchestra or A Cappella Choir need additional tickets, a limited amount is available from Jessica Stilger, …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Composer Volker Blumenthaler and lyricist Alexander Gruber will visit from Germany to speak about their inspiration and hear "My Name is Anne Frank" performed in its entirety for the first time May 7 at Berkley High School.
The Berkley School District and Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills are proud to announce that the Berkley High School orchestra and choir will perform the American premiere of My Name is Anne Frank, a cantata written in commemoration of the life of Anne Frank, on May 7. Starting at 7 p.m. at the BHS Auditorium located at 2325 Catalpa, the performance is the world premiere of the composer Volker Blumenthaler's complete and original orchestration. The program features solos by Hazzan Daniel Gross (of Adat Shalom Synagogue) and Cantor Penny Steyer (of Temple Shir Shalom). [Read: BHS to Present U.S. Premiere of Cantata Based Anne Frank's Life] This is a big moment for music education in the state of Michigan. …