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B is for Berkeley Merluzzi

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S: B is for Berkeley

BC: Acknowledgements Thank you to our 2nd grade teachers Mrs. Arnaoutakis, Mrs. Levine, and Mrs. McElroy for guiding us to create this book. Thank you to our computer teachers Mrs. Driscoll, Mrs. Henderson, and Mrs. Kennedy for all their help, too!

1: B Is for Berkeley By Berkeley Second Graders Class of 2021 B.P.S. Publishing Company 2011 Phyllis Sumpter and Michael Casey Cover Art by Scott Jorgensen and Patrick DeMeulder

2: This book is dedicated to Mr. Joseph Merluzzi, with gratitude for being our Headmaster at Berkeley Preparatory School. Amy Wotovich and Natalie Bono

3: A is for Alma Mater. Alma mater is a Latin phrase that shows respect for a school. In our school song we sing: "To thee O, Alma mater, Our years ahead will see, That our days with you were glorious, Berkeley, hail to thee!" Our parents' high school Alma mater is Berkeley. One day Berkeley will be our Alma mater, too! Isabella Malmqvist and Ellie Dickey

4: B is for Berkeley. We go to Berkeley Preparatory School, built in 1961 in Tampa, Florida. We are Berkeley Buccaneers, along with 1,271 other students. We don't like to brag, but we think Berkeley is the best private school from Bangkok to Timbuktu! Olivia Dowdy and Rafa Redei

5: C is for classrooms. On the beautiful Berkeley campus there's a community of classrooms! From the Pre-K arts and crafts rooms to the senior chemistry labs, creative learning occurs every day! Caleb Munger and Asher Ellis

6: D is for diversity. Berkeley has three divisions: the Lower Division, the Middle Division, and the Upper Division. There is a diversity of students and teachers in each division that makes all of our differences so interesting! Johnny Zelenka and Katie Fletcher

7: E is for Education. At Berkeley everyone gets the best education money can buy! Ethan Folkman and Lucas Odom

8: F is for the Fine Arts. Studying the Fine Arts is important at Berkeley. Students take music, drama, and art classes every week. We have opportunities to perform on stage, show our art exhibits, sing in choirs, or join the pipe and drum band when we're old enough. Samir Saeed and Zoe Bandes

9: G is for graduation. When students graduate from Berkeley we are definitely prepared for college. We're in the graduating class of 2021! Aubrey Rahaim and Charlie Doering-Powell

10: H is for headmaster. Mr. Joseph Merluzzi has been Berkeley’s dedicated leader for 24 years. During that time our school has grown so much. He is a great headmaster! He is also our grandfather! Daniel and Patrick Merluzzi

11: I is for integrity. Discipline, diligence, and integrity are written on the Berkeley shield and many other places, too. George Dowdle and Spencer Rose

12: J is for the Johnson Field House. There are many wonderful buildings at Berkeley. The Johnson Field House is just one of them. Brooks Johnson and David Engel-Penaloza

13: K is for kindergarten. Kindergarten is where all the fun learning begins at Berkeley! But, don't forget before kindergarten, there's pre-kindergarten. We think all the little preschoolers are soooo cute! Bennett Cruse and Matthew Kolligian

14: L is for library. At Berkeley there are two libraries: the Jean Ann Cone Library and the Rudolph Library. We spend a lot time reading and using computers in the Rudolph Library. Jordyn Koche and Madison Sakalosky

15: M is for Mrs. Moore. Mrs. Moore has been the director of the Lower Division at Berkeley for 20 years. She leads convo every morning and always tells the children to go in peace. She is the best! Quincy Combs and Emily Bekesh

16: N is for nurses. Berkeley has a clinic with two nurses. They take good care of the students who get sick or hurt during school. Sofia Harwood and Catherine Touchton

17: O is for obey the touchstone. We have a touchstone that says, “At Berkeley Preparatory School, we respect and care for one another. We are disciplined and diligent learners, responsible for our words and actions. We are honest in what we say and do, letting our integrity shine through." Gibraan Jooma and Andrei Leonov

18: P is for P.E. P.E. means physical education. All Berkeley students participate in P.E. We think P.E. is a lot of fun because we have swimming and rock climbing, too. Andrew DiMisa and Ross Miller

19: Q is for quality work. All the teachers at Berkeley encourage students to do quality work. Brantley Deady and Patrick Horan

20: R is for recess. Going out on the playground for recess is the best part of the day! The Parents' Club bought us wonderful equipment to climb and run around. We have fun playing together with our friends during recess. George Saba and James Horan

21: S is for sports. Berkeley has many sports teams. We root for the football, baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. Those are just a few of the 65 different sports teams here at our school! Ben Hochberg and Carson Duncan

22: T is for teachers. Berkeley has very loving, hard-working teachers who care about their students. They teach about technology or even turtles. You name it! Our teachers are the best! Maroula Pavlakos and Lindsey Foushee

23: U is for uniforms. Students wear cool uniforms at Berkeley. Every Friday all the boys wear coats and ties. Nolen Levin and Colin Lawrence

24: V is for virtues. Learning about virtues is important at Berkeley because "Berkeley puts people in the world who make a positive difference." Jaela Bandes and Camryn Carlo

25: W is for writing. Berkeley students go through a lot of pencils because we are always writing our thoughts and ideas. Thatcher Crouch and Brianna Serafin

26: X is for XtraMath. XtraMath is excellent, and so are all the other extra activities at Berkeley! Henry Ferrelli and Bryan Miller

27: Y is for young. Berkeley students start when they are young preschoolers and stay until their senior year of high school. Savannah Young and Audrey Adler

28: Z is for zigzag. Sometimes the path to learning is not a straight line. At Berkeley it could zigzag for all the creative thinkers! Jenny Forman and Daniel Patrick

29: About the Authors Class of 2021 Berkeley Preparatory School Back Art by Heath Chancey and Matthew DeMeulder

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