The Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education officially inaugurated the first consolidated middle school at Beverly Vista in BHUSD’s 82-year-old history on Aug. 12.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Beverly Hills City Councilwoman and Beverly Vista alumna Lili Bosse led the Pledge of Allegiance and was followed by an address from Superintendent Michael Bregy and a message from board president Noah Margo, as well as principal Kevin Allen, PTA president Tina Wiener and Beverly Hills Education Foundation President Cindy Trost. The ribbon was cut by BHUSD Board of Education members with gold, engraved 40-inch scissors.
“Reconfiguring our district was not done in isolation,” Bregy said. “The road was prepared by many, many people before us and has come to be realized through the dedication and hard work of every single person in our community. From staff to students, parents to the wider community, I thank each and every person for their contribution. With your help, we are able to offer 38 elective choices, an additional 26 opportunities for learning and exploring. The environment at the middle school will better prepare students for a rigorous and comprehensive high school experience. This will be achieved through having a cohort of students develop and solidify friendships prior to 9th grade and transition more seamlessly from both an academic and social-emotional perspective.”
“Today has been one of the most exciting moments for me as an alumnus, to stand here and see history being made,” Bosse said.
Allen said the change has made a competitive educational landscape in Beverly Hills.
Beverly Vista Middle School is now a 6-8 grade school. To support student continuity, it is structured to have a looping assistant principal and counselor format, where each grade level leader will move to subsequent grade levels with their students.
“This school brings together the talent and expertise of our wonderful district. It is an honor to be a part of this inaugural venture,” 6th grade Assistant Principal Jeanne McCrea said.
“For the first time, all middle school students will have access to the same robust curricular and extracurricular offerings, including athletics, theatre arts, music and choir,” Beverly Vista Middle School PTA President Tina Wiener said.
Also in attendance was Vice Mayor Lester Friedman and City Councilmembers Julian Gold and Robert Wunderlich. The Beverly Hills Police Department was represented by Chief Sandra Spagnoli and Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood.
The school also incorporated extensive physical upgrades over the summer, including security cameras around campus, a new dance room and additional art room, an upgraded kitchen and food court, the removal of elementary level play structures, a new staff conference room and modification to the school’s wrought-iron fencing, among other changes.
For information, visit bhusd.org.
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