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 development day. We were all challenged to think about how during such a tremendous time of change and innovation, meaningful and relevant education happens when we give both our educators and students the freedom to fail, learn, and re-launch. “Living in Beta” means that as a school district, we embrace change and innovation as an opportunity for both our staff and students.
PUSD, like so many other school districts across the nation, is experiencing tremendous change: the common core state standards, the next generation science standards, coding and the computer science teacher’s association standards, an unprecedented focus on student safety, health, and well-being, innovative classroom technologies, and new administrators, teachers and support staff. As we all adapt to meet the needs of Piedmont’s students, we must stay agile in our thinking and flexible in the ways we deliver curriculum to students.
We know that our students’ success is also dependent on our parents and community. We thank you for your tireless support. Motivated, supportive and engaged parents are vital to our collective success and I urge you to get involved in your child’s school in one of the many volunteer capacities available to you.
The first few weeks of school have been filled with amazing opportunities for students and staff. Students are engaged with Common Core Standards and participating in new courses at PMS and PHS. All Millennium High School Students are learning with Chrome Books in each of their classes as part of a Connected Learning 1:1 Initiative, with 2nd-5th, 6th, 9th, and 11th grade elementary and secondary students soon to follow. Staff members have been actively engaged in professional development throughout the summer and fall in the areas of math, technology, reading, and writing.
We all look forward to teaching and learning together!