Beverly Hills Unified School District is getting help from a rather unlikely source–Indiana.
From planning a district-wide walk-out to keeping tabs on what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has planned, Beverly Hills students are taking the lead in standing up against Metro as it prepares to run a subway tunnel beneath the City’s only public high school as part of the Purple Line Extension.
Now starting in on his second year as head of Beverly Hills High School, Principal Mark Mead is no stranger to education.
Love was in the air last fall when Beverly Hills High School alum Jason Friedman (Class of 2013) received a message at his new job after graduating college from Emory. He recalled reading through email at his Delta Air Lines office in Atlanta, Georgia as an analyst in Customer Engagement and Loyalty, when he received something that was a bit out of the ordinary.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Beverly Hills High School Science and Technology Center (STC) elevator is projected to continue breaking down throughout its remaining lifespan, on Tuesday the Board of Education unanimously voted to approve an emergency resolution to spend $149,418 to modernize the elevator in order to more expeditiously fix it in the future. The STC elevator, which is currently operational, has broken down and been repaired at least three times this year.
For most people, when an elevator is out of service, taking the stairs might be considered a healthy alternative. For 15-year-old Rhiannon Carter, a Beverly Hills High School freshman who was diagnosed with childhood arthritis at the age of two, walking too many flights of stairs might land her in a wheelchair or in braces.
Beverly Hills High seniors got creative this week, making pennants to signify their college plans for next year at the school’s “Pennant Party.” The BHHS College Center and PTSA supplied free pizza and snacks while students won raffle prizes while creating their pennants. Pictured, from left: BHHS seniors Ben Dahan, Sophia Goldberg, Dominique Petrie, Jamie Kim and Jonathan Artal.
The power of words echoed poignantly throughout Beverly Hills High School last Friday following a series of intimate assemblies where around 200 students at a time packed the Salter Family Theatre and listened to speakers address the topic of racism.
For the first time in almost 30 years, Beverly Hills Unified School District teachers have reached an impasse with the school district, leading formal bargaining negotiations to be suspended as a third-party mediator now steps in to try to achieve consensus.
It was a great weekend for Beverly Hills High School’s Academic Decathlon team, which placed fourth overall in Division 3 of the State Academic Decathlon competition, winning 15 individual medals plus a team medal for bronze in the ‘Super Quiz’.