[BHS Etree] ADMIN: Message from Principal Scuderi
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Thu May 1 08:04:18 PDT 2014
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Dear BHS Families:
One week after our annual report to the Board of Education on Berkeley
High School, we have received extremely positive news regarding our
graduation rates, and preliminarily we can report that for the 2012-2013
school year we have collectively generated one of the
highest graduation rates in the history of our school; in addition, we
have raised graduation rates for African-American students, Latino
students, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities. The
district office will release the precise numbers in the coming days.
We have raised attendance rates across the school, assessed our
students' academic writing abilities on an unprecedented scale, dropped
suspension rates, steadily grown our academic performance index over the
last four years, and strengthened teaching capacity as well as developed
coherent instructional language across our vast and diverse faculty.
While there are still many proverbial rivers to cross, our work has
moved us in the right direction.
This work will continue as a core group of administrators, teachers,
counselors, and classified staff continues to expand their contributions
to the improving outcomes we have engineered together for our students.
As this work continues, I write tonight to inform you that my role in
that work will be shifting in the fall.
At the close of this school year, I will be given the tremendous
opportunity to join Superintendent Evans' cabinet and to expand my
leadership role in public education by assuming the post of Assistant
Superintendent for the Berkeley Unified School District.
Superintendent Evans' vision of a world-class education system is one
that I believe in deeply, and one that I am eager to support at the
district level working on strategies, systems, curriculum, and
instruction. I will continue to support the effective work BUSD is doing
now and will work to develop even stronger connectivity and creativity
in pursuit of that vision from pre-K through high school.
An absolute priority for me will be to continue to support the
leadership and learning outcomes at BHS and to ensure that our upward
I care deeply about the kids, the families, and the staff at BHS; it has
thus far been the centerpiece of my career. That concern will
remain, and these new developments represent an opportunity for me to
grow as an individual professionally while also staying very much
connected to the professional family and community that have prepared me
for my next endeavor.
We have another few months to get through the home stretch of another
school year and yet another class to graduate. During that time I will
be as immersed in my work as I have been over the past four years and
will communicate openly about relevant details regarding the transition.
As always, I offer you sincere thanks for the opportunity to work with
your kids and look forward to continuing that work from a new platform
Berkeley High School
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