Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Magnolia Message – Letter from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Spotlight on Student Learning, the District’s monthly electronic newsletter. Each edition of this year’s Spotlight will have a different theme, and this month’s theme concerns the year-long assessment, which is now underway, of the adequacy of school facilities to support our changing educational programs.  This assessment is sometimes referred to as “facilities…

Please Take a Few Minutes to Complete the District’s Instructional Calendar Survey

Under the District’s current instructional calendar, high school students study and complete school work over the December holidays.  The students take exams after the holidays and then almost immediately start the second semester.  If, instead, exams and projects were completed before the holidays, students could spend their vacation time free of school work.  This approach…

Budget Advisory Committee to Consider Key Budget Issues This Year

On September 15, the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) met for the first time this school year.  The BAC meets regularly to review the District’s General Fund budget and make recommendations for the Board of Education to consider in the budget development process.  The BAC includes representation from school sites, employee associations, administration, school support groups,…

Elementary School Gardens Support New Science Curriculum

By guest author, Ms. Anne Dolid, Principal – Havens Elementary School Last summer, a wonderful new garden was created in the heart of the Havens campus.  Planned in coordination with teachers, administrators, and dedicated parent volunteers, the garden serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory, supporting and enhancing science curriculum for all 1st through 5th…

PUSD Begins Year-Long Reflection and Goal Setting

Following the passage of Proposition 30 in 2013, the State developed a new formula for allocating money to school districts.  This formula is intended to stabilize education funding and reverse the cuts to public education that started in 2008.  The new funding rules require each school district to adopt a “Local Control Accountability Plan” (LCAP)…

GATE Parent Information Night for Parents of Advanced Learners

Co-hosted by: The Piedmont Unified School District and the Piedmont ALPS Parent Group Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 13, 7–8:30 PM Venue: Havens Library, 323 Highland Avenue Come learn what resources are available and being developed to support advanced learners in all disciplines in the Piedmont Schools.  Whether your child has specific academic sills, intellectual abilities, or leadership qualities,…

High School Students Transform Unused Space Into Vibrant Memorial Garden

By guest author, Ms. Courtney Goen, PHS Social Studies Teacher On Thursday, September 17th, Piedmont High School held a ceremony to dedicate the Eileen Rohmer Memorial Garden, which was created last year by students as part of an environmental  service learning project.  Ms. Rohmer, a Chemistry teacher with an extraordinary gift for engaging and inspiring…