Monthly Archives: March 2015

“Keep Calm and Parent On”

Approximately one third of secondary students utilize the PUSD Wellness Center’s services. This fall the Wellness Center provided 1400 counseling visits between the three schools it serves (PMS, PHS and MHS).  When we share this number with others, more often than not people are shocked at the high number of usage. Should we be worried that so…

Millennium High School Community Dinner

Millennium High School, Piedmont’s alternative high school, is a community of self-paced, independent learners.  One of MHS’s truly unique traditions is its annual Community Dinner, which is this Sunday, March 22 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm at the Veterans Hall.  The Community Dinner is open to all.  Tickets ($20 per person, students are free) are…

PHS WASC: A Mid-Cycle Review

Piedmont High School, like all high schools, must go through a process every few years of program review and goal-setting to maintain accreditation.  The purpose of this accreditation process is to foster continuous improvement of school programs, to meet the needs of diverse learners. PHS recently completed a progress report on the goals established in…

Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas!

A total of 11 teachers from PHS, PMS, and tri-school, along with 4 administrators, attended the Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas in February.  Based on the work of differentiation expert, Carol Ann Tomlinson, presenter Cindy Strickland led 2 days of training that reinforced what many of us knew to be best practices in classroom differentiation but also…

Connected Learning in Action – Camilla Thayer

 In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Camilla Thayer is an enthusiastic user of the chromebooks in her sixth grade science classes.  While ninth and eleventh grade PHS students are only 1:1 in English and social studies classes, every sixth…

Connected Learning in Action – Lucas Denman

Mr Denman

 In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Though new math curriculum and adoption has been the focus of his department this year, 6th grade math teacher Lucas Denman has adopted the use of chromebooks in his 6th grade Common Core…

Connected Learning in Action- Mercedes Foster

Ms. Foster

In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. High school English teacher Mercedes Foster declares the Chromebooks to be “an excellent tool for use in my classroom.”  She has her freshmen are using Membean, an online vocabulary site, to learn…

Connected Learning in Action – Rosie Reid

In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. PHS English teacher and English Language teacher Rosie Reid uses the Chromebooks in her classes to actively engage in the writing process. For example, during a recent class Reid had students identify a paragraph…