Vision Statement

All Bret Harte Middle School students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.

Mission Statement

Bret Harte Middle School’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.

Principal Chat

Held in Staff Dining Room. Check calendar for dates



Other Information

Welcome to Bret Harte Middle School

8th grade leadership

web group 2016
Web group

Class colors

talent show
Talent show - guitar club

Spirit Day

Bronco Branding for Sixth Graders

Kitchen Staff

Ms. Vanlaarhoven - Principal

L2 Heroes

8th Grade Spanish

war ball 2016

7th grade improv show 2016
Seventh Grade Improv Show

college day 2016
College Day


Morhinweg Dance

Front of School


twin day 2016
Twin day

Halloween 2

8th Grade Foods

Band Concert
Band Concert

8th grade drama

School Sign
School Sign


Mr Ching

Class colors 2

8th Grade Promotion

8th Grade promotions are coming up. Documents related to 8th grade promotion can be downloaded using the following links:Promotion Photo, Panorama, Promo Dance, Great America, Dress Code, Promo Activities

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress program - CAASPP

Last spring, schools and districts across California participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress program, also known as CAASPP. This set of assessments provides information on student progress under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), supporting more rigorous instruction in San Jose Unified School District and increased expectations for students.

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852, each year school districts are required to notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the CAASPP tests. In addition, districts are required to inform families of their right to exempt their student from taking the CAASPP tests. For families wishing to exempt their student from a CAASPP assessment, a written request specifying the test(s) to be exempted must be submitted annually to the school site.

To learn more about the CAASPP assessments your student may take, or the exemption process, please click here.

Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil - CAASPP

La primavera pasada, las escuelas y distritos escolares de todo California participaron en el programa de Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil, también conocido por sus siglas en inglés como CAASPP. Este conjunto de evaluaciones proporciona información del progreso de los estudiantes con respecto a los Estándares Académicos, Comunes y Fundamentales del Estado (CCSS). Los resultados de la evaluación brindan apoyo para impartir enseñanza más rigurosa en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de San José con el fin de aumentar las expectativas académicas de todos los estudiantes.

De conformidad con las reglamentaciones del Código de California, Título 5, Artículo 852, cada año a los distritos escolares se les requiere que notifiquen a los padres y tutores acerca de la participación de sus hijos en los exámenes CAASPP. Además, a los distritos escolares se les exige que informen a las familias que tienen el derecho a pedir que se les exente a sus hijos de tomar los exámenes CAASPP. Las familias que no deseen que sus hijos tomen una evaluación CAASPP, deberán pedirlo por escrito, especificando cuál examen o exámenes no desean que tomen sus hijos y entregar dicha solicitud escrita a su escuela, cada año.

Para obtener más información de las evaluaciones CAASPP que podrían tomar sus hijos o sobre el proceso para pedir que a sus hijos se les exente de tomarlas, por favor haga clic aquí


College 101 and careers

Use the following link for a recent presentation by school counselors College 101 and Careers. This presentation can be found year round on Counselor’s corner

Next Generation Science Standards - NGSS

The Next Generation Science Standards are now available. Twenty-six states and their broad-based teams worked together with a 40-member writing team and partners throughout the country to develop the standards. Find more information see Next Generation Science Standards, NGSS - Parents Guide, Mr. Berwald’s homepage

Looking for coaches

Parents, guardians and community members, we’d like your assistance. We are in need of enthusiastic coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. Without coaches, sadly, many of our sports will have to be cancelled. We are searching for a head track coach, assistant track coaches, assistant cross country coaches, a basketball coach, cheerleading coach, head wrestling coach, and possibly other sports as the school year progresses. Please email Carrie Genise at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are interested. Thank you for your support!

Parent’s Corner

For district and school related news and updates pertinent to parents and the community, please visit Parent’s Corner.

Student’s Corner

For school related news and updates pertinent to Bret Harte students and student projects and accomplishments, please visit Student’s Corner.

Athletic/Cheer Participation

Sports participants, please complete all forms required prior to tryout and practice. See information at Parent’s Corner for details.

Common Core Information

Introduction To Common Core
Middle School Pathways
Common Core Video Link

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