Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Magnolia Message – Letter from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Spotlight on Student Learning, Piedmont Unified’s monthly electronic newsletter.  The theme of this Spotlight concerns the challenge of balancing the District budget due to costly new mandates imposed by the State.  To maintain the financial health of the District, Piedmont Unified must re-balance revenue and expenditures and redefine priorities in the development…

Spotlight on Jan D’Annunzio – Supporting PUSD’s Performing Arts

Jan D’Annunzio has been supporting Piedmont Unified’s performing arts programs from behind the scenes since 1999.   With a background in both public administration and music from Miami University in Ohio, Ms. D’Annunzio has been instrumental in nearly every aspect of these programs, from ensuring that the pianos are tuned to organizing and producing concerts…

Elementary Schools Celebrate with Holiday Concerts

by Adrian Behrendt This week at the elementary sites we are showcasing students as they sing, play, and dance in “a moment of time”. We afford each class an opportunity to share a song or two of mostly American folk music that is tailored towards children in their melodic and rhythmic elements. We anticipate transitioning…

School Orchestras Showcase Their Accomplishments

by Catherine DeVos On Tuesday, December 8, the Sixth Grade Orchestra,  Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestra, and High School Orchestra presented a very successful concert in the Alan Harvey Theater.   They performed works by living composers as well as famous composers ranging from the Baroque through the Romantic periods.  Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Handel, Mozart and…

PHS Dance Department Presents Dances About Identity

by Amy Moorhead The Piedmont High School Dance Department presented Footprints: Dances About Identity in the fall concert performed on Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4 to enthusiastic crowds in the Alan Harvey Theater. The performance showcased very special and original choreography, created by the students, exploring the theme of identity. This fall/winter’s company…

PHS Acappella Choir Performed for a Full House on Wednesday Evening

by Joe Piazza The Piedmont High School Acappella Choir performed their annual winter concert on Wednesday evening in front of a packed house of students, family, and friends. The 140 voice choirs features our Men’s and Women’s Chorus along with our 65 voice Chamber Choir.  Our repertoire includes classic motets from the Renaissance to the…

Why Computer Science?

Why Computer Science? This week is National Computer Science Week, celebrated across the country with Hour of Code.  As our world increasingly uses technology, understanding how it works, and how we can use it to solve problems, becomes increasingly more important.   The growth of jobs that depend on computer science knowledge is increasing- in…