Monthly Archives: September 2014

Welcome to PUSD 2014-15

August 20th welcomed all PUSD Students back to school for the start of the 2014-15 school year! Whether you are new or a returning parent, all PUSD educators thank you for entrusting us with your children. Our theme for the year, “Living in Beta”, comes from Molly Schroeder, our Keynote Speaker during the August staff…

Connected Learning – Millennium High School

Millennium High School was the starting point for our Connected Learning pilot.  All MHS students unboxed Dell Chromebooks on the first day of school, participated in an orientation on expectations, and the staff even prepared a test for them.  Teachers and students then put the devices to use right away! Students are engaged in class…

Welcome to Piedmont’s “Connected Learning”!

student with chromebook

One of the most exciting projects of 2014-15 is our one-to-one mobile learning pilot for 6th, 9th, 11th graders and their teachers this year. We are calling the project “Connected Learning” to emphasize the goal- learning with a capital “L” – rather than focus on the device or platform. Students in grades 6th, 9th, and…

National Merit Scholarship Awards

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT)–a test that serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation…

Everyone’s Favorite School Topic: Homework!

For years people have debated the topic of homework.  Some students love it; other students dread it.  Same with parents.  On one continuum are parents who ask teachers for additional homework while others talk about homework causing them and their children a lot of stress.  Even teachers debate homework.  For every person who strongly advocates…

The “Counterfeit Bill” Math Problem

According to George Polya, famous mathematician, “A problem is not a problem if you can solve it in 24 hours.”  This month, over 200 PUSD 5th graders, their teachers, and parents were given a math problem that they continued to debate, long after 24 hours had passed.  Give it a try and see what answer…

Piloting Math Curriculum K-8

This year PUSD is undergoing the process of adopting math curriculum that aligns to the Common Core Math Standards.  An essential part of the process is piloting new instructional materials.  To start the year, K-2 math teachers are piloting EDM4, the Common Core version of Everyday Math, our current math adoption.  Teachers in 3rd, 4th,…

Hour of Code, for Teachers

Last year over half of PUSD students participated in the Hour of Code, an introduction to programming and computational thinking. As part of the Education Speaker Series, Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, will be talking about coding, how it compliments our math and science instruction, what free curriculum available, and will walk us through some…

Summer Professional Development

The Summer of 2014 was a busy time for many teachers and administrators!  PUSD faculty members attended a variety of professional development sessions, including a week-long institute hosted by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative and attended by teachers and administrators at all levels, 3 days of SpringBoard training attended by PMS math teachers, and a…

Millennium High Engages in Service Learning

At Millennium High School, each school year starts with an all-school retreat.  This year’s day-long retreat, held at Juaquin Miller Park, included community-building activities designed to build relationships and break down barriers among MHS students and teachers.  The retreat also built on the service learning curriculum developed last year concerning economic disparity in the Bay…