Monthly Archives: October 2014

Progress Report on Implementation of District Goals

Each year, the PUSD Board of Education sets goals to enhance its K-12 educational program, and District staff then develop an Action Plan to achieve these goals. At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 23, the principals of all six PUSD schools, along with the Director of Instructional Technology and Director of Curriculum…

Elementary Family Math Festivals

Come join us for some family math fun!  Wildwood hosted the first of the elementary family math festivals on October 14th, and it was a HUGE HIT!  The Wildwood Auditorium was packed with students in kindergarten through fifth-grade, along with their parents and siblings.  The math theme of the night was Number Sense, and students…

What’s a POM?

Problem of the Month (POM) The tri-school teaching staff attended a professional development session led by elementary specialists, Sarah Kingston and Jessica Roine, on Problem of the Month, an approach to providing differentiation for math problem-solving.  All students in kindergarten through fifth grade at all three elementary sites will be working on Level A of…

K-12 Math Teachers Unite

Elementary math specialists and secondary math teachers came together at the Professional Development day to learn several key math instructional practices presented by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI).  These math practices, which include Problem of the Month, math talks, and a variety of assessments, given before, during, and after a math unit, are key…

Literacy Learning Abounds!

On October 13th, K-12 teachers participated in a full morning of professional development to support their Common Core Literacy instruction.  Cheryl Wozniak led teachers of all grade levels and content areas in a session that focused on three key literacy strategies: interactive read-aloud, shared reading, and close reading.  Teachers had an opportunity to hear an…

Teachers Prepare for Connected Learning

Teachers of fourth through twelfth graders worked on Monday October 13th to explore effective instructional practices with technology.  This was the second full day of training for teachers of 6th, 9th and 11th grade courses this year focused on a successful implementation of one-to-one chromebook devices in our Common Core Classrooms!  With Director of Instructional…

High School Assemblies Make an Impact

As a vital component of a 21st Century Education, both Piedmont High and Millennium High students are exposed to rigorous levels of both academic learning and social and emotional development. On Tuesday, October 7th, PHS/MHS hosted two assemblies to continue to support the social and emotional development of our students: The tenth annual Consent Assembly,…

Music Notes Math Sensation at PMS

On Tuesday October 7th, PMS students enjoyed three grade-level concerts performed by the fabulous Mr. QUE, Mr. D, and Jimmy​ P​ of Music Notes.  The math educator rappers taught students about integers, the order of operations, graphing in the coordinate plane, the area of a triangle​, and more​​, encouraging all kids to be a ​”math sensation”. …

High School Prepares for Connected Learning Roll-out

The Connected Learning pilot takes its next steps with preparations for PHS 9th graders to begin using devices October 23rd.   The devices will enhance our Common Core implementation permitting teachers and students to collaborate, research and create in real-time with 21st century tools. Prior to deployment students will be ●      reviewing a digital citizenship/expectations slideshow with their tutorial…

Po Bronson to Speak on October 21 at 7:30 in Alan Harvey Theater

The second event in the 2014-2015 Piedmont Education Speaker Series (ESS) features best-selling author Po Bronson, who will discuss the findings from his book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children on Tuesday, October 21, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Alan Harvey Theater at Piedmont High School.  In NurtureShock, Bronson and co-author Ashley Merryman…