Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Magnolia Message – A Letter from the Superintendent

PUSD Families, Welcome to the Spotlight on Student Learning!  The Spotlight is the District’s monthly electronic newsletter, and each edition will feature a mix of news, information, and articles by educators about classroom practice and innovation.  The Spotlight also features information about opportunities for families to learn, engage and provide input about District initiatives, and…

The Education Speaker Series Starts Its Fourth Season on September 15

Parent education is an important means of promoting communication and engagement within the school community.  Now in its fourth year, Piedmont’s year-long Education Speaker Series features a mix of local and nationally-known speakers, addressing a range of topics related to raising healthy children and young adults.  To the extent possible, the speakers offer workshops for…

Connected Learning Initiative – Community Engagement

student with chromebook

Part of building a successful learning program, digital or analog, is building partnerships within the entire school community (especially parents!).  As the Connected Learning Initiative expands to cover all students in grades 6th through 12th, communication will be vital to success in the classroom and at home. The district uses several methods for communication and…

Social Communication Skills

In keeping with this Spotlight’s theme of communications, important and effective programs that promote the development of healthy social communication skills are essential.  For some students, communication strategies need to be explicitly taught and practiced. At the elementary level, students use the Second Step curriculum to learn self-regulation and social emotional skills, giving language to…

CAASPP Test Results Delayed

Reporting of results of the 2014-15 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which is also known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), has been temporarily delayed by the State. CAASPP is the State’s new, computer-based assessment in English language arts and mathematics.  The computerized assessments are adaptive, and take into account the student’s…

Digital Discussions

The start of the school year is a great time to establish family expectations for technology use by having a “Digital Discussion.” To get you started, consider clarifying the norms and rules of your family on these topics: Where will your students use their devices to do their homework? In a shared visible location or…