Congratulations to BUSD Educator –and Cragmont parent!– Dave Stevens: The California Educational Research Association’s 2014 Outstanding Paper was awarded to Dave Stevens for his work on developing the Academic Support Index (ASI), which helps identify students who might benefit from additional support. After three years in use at Berkeley High, the ASI is now being considered for use district-wide. To better understand the ASI, you can read his award-winning paper that outlines the research and thinking behind the benefits, or attend the LCAP Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 19th.

SAVE THE DATE for Cragmont Literacy Night: Thursday, 2/5 from 5:30-7:00p.m. Dinner and Childcare provided. Free books, door prizes and workshops for adults! If you would like to help, please contact Jenn Pfotenhauer. Learn more or download the flier.

Winter Auction Friday, Feb 27, 7-10pm: The Winter Auction is coming up, so get your babysitter booked! We are currently looking for donations – for more information, please visit the Winter Auction page.

Middle School Info Nights: 5th grade families – don’t forget that Info nights are coming up! King on 1/21, Longfellow on 1/28, and Willard on 2/4.  All sessions will be held at 7:00pm. Preference forms are due to the admissions office at 2020 Bonar Street by 2/6/2015.

Berkeleyside Op-ed on overcrowding: Written by a Cragmont parent, here.

Sign up for AmazonSmile: An easy FREE way to raise money for Cragmont PTA every time you purchase anything on Learn more and link your current account to AmazonSmile here.

Common Core State Standards: Cragmont has transitioned to the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math and English. Want to learn more? Click here. The National PTA has put out a Parents’ Guide to Student Success by grade level that is a helpful resource for families wanting to understand what is expected of their children in each grade and how they can support their students at home. Also, here is a great overview (by grade) of the Story of Units mathematics curriculum from BUSD.

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