Monthly Archives: November 2014

Connected Learning October-November Update: Access, Balance

The Connected Learning Initiative pilot has grown significantly in October and November. Access: Over 400 Chromebooks have been distributed to PHS 9th and 11th graders.  In total over 700 devices are in the hands of students at Millenium (9th-12th), PMS (6th) and PHS (9th and 11th).  With all this activity teachers and students have reported many…

Special Education Resources for Families

Although the world of Special Education may feel enigmatic for most parents, we cannot create healthy and safe learning environments without understanding. In response PRAISE has created an information pamphlet entitled, “Communicating with Our Children about Their Classmates in an Inclusive Community”.  This pamphlet gives an overview of ways to talk to our children about…

PHS and MHS Students Study — and Serve — Culinary Arts at Piper Cafe

Starting this school year, PUSD is offering a Culinary Arts course for PHS and MHS seniors.  This year-long course is a career training program designed to prepare students for careers in the foodservice and hospitality industries.  The class, which meets in the Piper Cafe kitchen, emphasizes the development of culinary knowledge and skills. At the…

Calling All Parents of Students in Grades 3-5!

Parents of students in grades 3-5 are invited to join us on November 19th from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Wildwood Auditorium to learn about several of the mathematical models being used to teach the Common Core Math Content Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  PUSD teachers, administrators, and staff from the Alameda County Office of…

Genius Hour at Beach – Passion and Creativity Come Alive

“The idea is very simple,” says Michael Corritone, principal of Beach Elementary. “Allow and support students to work on something that interests them.” Google allows its engineers to spend 20 percent of their time working on any project they want and this policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50 percent of Google’s…

Prop 2 – PUSD Reserves

Following the State-wide passage of Proposition 2 earlier this month, many questions have been raised about the impact of this measure on PUSD’s ability to maintain reserves, whether for textbook replacement, deferred maintenance of facilities, or to stabilize the District budget during temporary reductions in State education funding.  Although some questions about Prop 2 will…

Math Task Force November Progress Report

The Math Task Force (MTF) was created to help inform decisions, to be made by the PUSD Board of Education later this school year, about the implementation of Common Core Math in this district.  The MTF, which is made up of math teachers, parents, students, and administrators, is charged with considering and recommending options for…

Facilities Planning for a 21st Century Education

On October 21, 2014, the Board of Education held a special meeting to consider the condition and functionality of District facilities and discuss next steps for addressing facilities needs. The Board focused on facilities issues that were not addressed during either the seismic safety program (completed in 2013) or recent tech infrastructure upgrades (completed in…

PHS Students “LEAP” into Service Learning

On November 4, all Piedmont High School students participated in the first of several service-learning programs that will culminate in a “Day of Service” this Spring.  This service-learning initiative, called “LEAP,” is designed to help students: Learn from their community, Engage in service, take Action, and Partner with other organizations to foster a more empathic…