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

Front of School


Morhinweg Dance

war ball 2016

Bronco Branding for Sixth Graders

L2 Heroes

Mr Ching

8th grade drama

8th Grade Spanish

college day 2016
College Day

talent show
Talent show - guitar club

Spirit Day

School Sign
School Sign

Halloween 2

Band Concert
Band Concert

Kitchen Staff


Class colors 2


8th Grade Foods

7th grade improv show 2016
Seventh Grade Improv Show

Class colors

8th grade leadership

twin day 2016
Twin day

Ms. Vanlaarhoven - Principal

web group 2016
Web group

Financial Support

Our financial support of the school is made possible through the generous contributions of parents during our “Build a Better Bret Harte” Donation Drive that starts at the beginning of the school year. Donations are accepted and welcome any time of the year, and for every $100 you donate your family will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card of your choice (available gift cards are Costco, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Safeway, Kohls, Starbucks, and iTunes).  The sooner you donate the more chances you have to win. As an added bonus, if you donate before Friday, Sept. 30, your students will be entered into a drawing for lunch time pizza party with 5 of their friends.  If you’d like to make a donation please use the Membership Form. Forms are also available throughout the year in Student Services. Any questions, contact Erin McCabe at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Or Donate online with PayPal, click below: Forms are also available throughout the year in Student Services. Or Donate online with PayPal, click below:

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

Quick Links

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Daily Announcements
Principal’s Weekly Email
Media Center
Parent’s Corner
School Accountability Report Card
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Late orders for Fall pictures 2015

Gale Password “SanJoseUSD”

Instructional Calendar

2015-2016 School Year
Calendario de enseñanza

School Infomation

BHMS Channel5 News LIVE at 8:55
Bell Schedule
Infinite Campus Parent Portal

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