Back to School Night


Hello Bret Harte family


This is a reminder that Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, September 17th at 6:00 pm.  At this event you will follow your child's schedule.  You will have the opportunity to meet the Bret Harte staff, find out about your child's classes, and hear from their teachers. 


We will also be recruiting for our Parent Teacher Association.  It is important that all parents sign up for the Bret Harte PTA.  We have some great ideas, but we really need a strong parent group to take the lead. Please make sure your sign up for the Bret Harte PTA.  We will also have our PTA election on September 22nd at 6:00pm in the Bret Harte library.  If you would like to run for PTA President, Treasurer or Secretary please let Mr. Redmond or Mr. Morales know at Back to School Night and come to the meeting on September 22nd.


College Bound!

"College Bound Hayward" is in action!  This new district 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.  Applications are available in the school office!


2014-15 School Year

August 13--Office opens for new registrations

August 13-14-Student orientation days

August 21--First Day of School

September 1-School Closed-Labor Day

September 24-Open House 6 PM


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      9:28 – 10:27 (59)

3rd    10:31 – 11:30 (59)

4th       11:34 –12:33 (59)


Lunch Service-- 12:33-1:09   (36)


5th      1:13-2:12     (59)

6th      2:16-3:15     (59)






Wednesday Bell Schedule

A Period    7:20 – 8:17

1st               8:20 – 9:04

2nd              9:08– 9:51

3rd               9:55 –10:38

4th               10:42-11:25

5th               11:29-12:12

6th               12:16- 1:00

Parent Corner


At Bret Harte we want your child to be successful, and we know how important your support is to your child’s success.  As the school year is beginning we want to emphasize “GET ORGANIZED”.  Organization is  key to academic success, at middle school, high school, and also in college.  We ask that you help your child by monitoring his or her organization of binders, backpacks, homework folder, and all other school materials.  Thank you for your support!


En la escuela Bret Harte queremos que su hijo tenga exito, y sabemos que su papel como padre es muy importante.  Como el año empieza, queremos destacar la organización.  La Organización es esencial en la escuela intermedia, la preppa, y la Universidad.  Pedimos que apoyen a su hijo en ayudarlo con la organización de su mochila, sus carpetas, la agenda, y  todas las materiales.  Gracias por su apoyo. 

Bret Harte Middle School


Welcome to Bret Harte Middle School, where “Excellence is the Expectation”. On behalf of the faculty and staff of Bret Harte Middle School Mr. Morales and I would like to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year!  We have had a successful start of the school year. 




Important dates:


1- School closed- Labor Day
2- Football and Spirit Squad Information meeting 12:50 (During lunch)
9- PTA 6:30pm
10- Dept.
12-"Picture Day"
16- Subject Matter
17- AVID & PUENTE 5:30pm
"Back to School Night" 6:00 pm
18- AAParent 5:30pm
      ELAC 6:00pm
23- "Welcome BBQ" 5:30 - 7:00 pm
25- Parent Lunch Day
26- Cherrydale fundraising Kick Off
29- SSC 5:30pm

Hello Students, Parents, and Guardians



We expect our students to be in class by 8:20. Please make sure your son or daughter arrives at school on time. Starting today September 2nd, any student who is late to school will receive lunch detention. It is important for your child to be in class on time every day.  We will also be rewarding the 1st period classes that have the highest percentage of students in class and on time with an ice cream social on Friday. 


Morning traffic

Please make sure we follow the safety guidelines for dropping students off in the morning. I have noticed that the traffic coming into to Bret Harte is really bad in the morning. 


Some ideas:

Dropping students off at the field and let them walk through the field and up the hill

Leave 10 min earlier, because the traffic is really bad around 8:00.


Jupiter Grades

Your child should receive their Jupiter Grades log in this week, please make sure you log in to monitor assignments, grades, and homework.


Dress Code

 This is a friendly reminder.  Students are not permitted to wear inappropriate shorts or crop tops at Bret Harte.  If a student is caught wearing inappropriate clohes they will  have to change in the office.







Crossfit at Bret Harte

Puente at Bret Harte

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.

Million Father 2014

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.