Monthly Archives: October 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 use of instructional technology across the District to support our educational programs. To lay the groundwork for the following articles on technology, I’m going to address…

Middle and High School teachers focus on online writing

“I can’t wait to implement.” “This was the best professional development day I’ve ever attended!” Middle and high school English and Social Studies teachers had high marks for the training they received on October 12th’s professional development day.  The topic was timely and focused on their subject matter- exploring strategies for implementing online writing in…

How Can We Make Our Schools As Safe and Secure As Possible?

On October 1st, a student walked onto the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon and fatally shot nine people, injured nine others, and shot at two police officers before taking his own life.  The details of the event are not only horrifying, but also disturbingly familiar.  All of us recall the senseless mass shootings…

Opportunities for Engagement

The District encourages all families to get involved and participate in some of the many committees that help shape District policy.  Upcoming meetings and events, all of which are open to the public include: The Board of Education, Wednesday, October 28, 7:00PM, City Hall Council Chamber, 120 Vista Avenue. PMS Facilities Master Planning Meeting, Monday,…

Questions for Science Teacher Logan Medina

Logan Medina teaches 8th grade Science at Piedmont Middle School.  He studied Marine Biology at UC Santa Cruz and has been teaching middle school Science for seven years — in Half Moon Bay, Monterey, and for the last two years at PMS.  He and the team of PMS Science teachers are implementing California’s new Science…

Journalism Class Interviews Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter

On October 20, the Piedmont High School Journalism class interviewed Matt Richtel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and best-selling author.  Richtel was on campus to address students in the second annual “Safe Driving Assembly” and to talk with parents about the distracting and addictive effects of technology.  In between the student assembly and…

Newsela Current Event Articles Support All Levels

Piedmont teachers using the Newsela service can be found at all of our schools.  Newsela.com rewrites articles from today’s headlines for five reading levels, allowing an entire class to read the same content, but at a level that’s just right for each student from primary readers to college-level!  The results: engaging, relevant nonfiction reading and…

Digital Citizenship Week October 18th-24th, 2015

With 92 percent of teens going online daily and nearly three-quarters of kids age 0–8 using apps, it’s time to have “the Talk.”   As parents and educators, we want to raise kids to be safe, responsible, and ethical in the digital and analog world. Giving kids a solid understanding of how we expect them…

PUSD Readmont 2016: The Martian

We are pleased to announce the official launch of Readmont 2016, Piedmont’s “one city, one book” project, now in its sixth year! All Piedmonters are encouraged to read The Martian by Andy Weir. In this work of science fiction, an American astronaut is left behind on Mars and must rely on his knowledge of botany…

Connected Learning in Action: Debbi Hill and Membean

In this continuing series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Below is an email sent by Connected Learning coach Debbi Hill to PHS staff about the personalized vocabulary service Membean students access from their Chromebooks.  The service is free for individuals, so…