PTA/Town Hall meeting

Join us on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 for Superintendent Dobbs Town Hall meeting at Bret Harte. Join in the conversations about the budget, Common Core Standards and school safety. Students, staff and parents are welcome to attend this meeting. Students will receive extra credit for attending and participating in this event.

College Bound!

"College Bound Hayward" is in action!  This new district African American student program provides college tours, college application workshops, how to pay for college information for both parents and students. Students and parents meet the first Saturday of each month.


Bret Harte is in the news for our impressive +28 point growth on the STAR Exam!  Congratulations to the Bret Harte students and staff for increasing achievement in many different subjects this year.  There were two Bret Harte 7th graders who scored perfect "600" scores on the Algebra Exam.  We had six 8th graders score "600" on the Science Exam!   Bret Harte is focused on "staying on track" this year, we want to move our API from 776 to 800 this year.

Puente Time!

At Bret Harte, got college is not a question, it is an expectation!  Bret Harte students and staff have been in the college spirit all year.  We have been selected as a middle school PUENTE site for next school year!   We now have both AVID and PUENTE in our elective program.  Bret Harte students have definitely opened the doors to our students next steps in being college eligible and prepared.


2013-2014 School Year

Mar. 5-Progress Report Day 2-6 PM

Mar. 8-- college trip to East Bay-free, register on line

Mar.15--Girls college trip to Skyline

Mar.22-- Health Fair 8:30-12:30

Mar. 26--Open House 6:00 PM

Mar. 31-School Closed

June 11-Promotion Day 11:00 AM


Every Bret Harte student and family should be familiar with the Student Handbook.  Click here  to view a copy.

Bell Schedule


Bret Harte Middle School

        Bell Schedule


        A period   7:20-8:17

Breakfast Service—8:00-8:15


1st        8:20 – 9:24   (64)

2nd      9:27 – 10:27 (60)

3rd    10:30 – 11:30 (60)

4th       11:33 –12:33 (60)


Lunch Service-- 12:33-1:09   (36)


5th      1:12-2:12     (60)

6th      2:15-3:15     (60)






Wednesday Bell Schedule

A Period    7:20 – 8:17

1st               8:20 – 9:04

2nd              9:07– 9:51

3rd               9:54 –10:38

4th               10:41-11:25

5th               11:28-12:12

6th               12:15- 1:00

Bret Harte Middle School

 Bret Harte Middle School


"Where Excellence is the Expectation"



Shared Vision

Bret Harte Middle School shares a vision of consistently

high expectations and equity

for every student.


Shared Mission

Our purpose is to work

together to instill the confidence,

teach the academic skills, and

provide the support students need to become

eligible for college admission

and make a positive difference

in the world.



Parent teacher conferences are on March 5 from 2-6 PM. Call our office-723-3100- to schedule an appointment with any or all of your students teachers.

Health Fair

Our free Bret Harte Health Fair in conjunction with Delta Alumni Sorority is on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30-12:30. Stop by the many tables and booths to pick up health information. Participate in gardening, music and Great food!  Don't miss out on this fun event!

BH Students Partnering for Peace

Bret Harte continued learning during YEP with a panel presentation on Anti-Gun Violence on October 17.  Congressman Swalwell offered his thanks to Bret Harte and the Hayward Tri-City Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for hosting this outstanding event, (be sure to click below for his message.) The seats were filled and students were busy learning strategies to support our Anti-Gun Violence stance.  Students pledged to be safe and stay away from guns and to report any concerns about gun violence in their community.  Special thanks to our YEP team, Bret Harte faculty and the Hayward Tri-City Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for bringing this program to our school and to the lives of our students.

Congressman Swalwell was able to record a video message for our event,  he was not able to physically attend due to the government shut down. You can view it here:


Million Father 2013

Bret Harte welcomed our students and families on the first day of school with the annual Million Father March.   The morning included a reception for our many Father who brought their students to school today. We welcome having our parents and community active in our school including serving on our School Site Council, PTA, African American Parent Team and our ELAC.  We encourage all of our parents to complete the new Volunteer Packet and be active in all of many school events and learning opportunities.


School Calendar of Events

Attendance Counts

Attendance Counts, Every Student,  Every Day!  Please help us improve your students academic progress by ensuring your student arrives to school on time every single day.  Each day of absence cost our school $40 in funding.  Help us keep our programs by making sure your student attends school on time every single day.  All of our "A" period classes begin promptly at 7:20 AM.  Please be sure to arrive on time to class if you are scheduled for an "A" period  PE or Music class.  If your student has an appointment please bring them to school before and/or after the appointment.  If your student is absent call our school office at 723-3100 x 40111 to report the absence.  Trends and patterns of absences or tardies may generate a truancy referral to our School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and our School Resource Officers (SRO's) for investigation and support.