Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Magnolia Message: Letter from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Spotlight on Student Learning, Piedmont Unified’s monthly electronic newsletter.  This edition of the Spotlight focuses on service learning and related programs at the high schools that are designed to instill a sense of purpose beyond oneself.   These service learning initiatives are based on research showing that adolescents who engage in community service…

MHS Promotes a Culture of Service

by Sati Shah, Millennium High School Principal At Millennium High School we strive to integrate service learning into the educational experience of all our students. To do this, Millennium students access service learning opportunities in a variety of ways including through our Associated Student Body (ASB), Falcon Meetings, the annual spring service project and whole…

Piedmont High LEAPS into Service

By Courtney Goen, PHS Social Studies Teacher The Piedmont High School service-learning program LEAP (Learn, Engage, Act, Partner) encourages students to collaborate, problem-solve, organize, and hone their leadership and communication skills–tools they will need in the “real world.”  Service-learning curriculum also builds empathy, leading to a more positive climate on campus, which, as research shows,…

A Summer Farm to Table Journey

by M’Lisa Kelly I have been a professional chef for 23 years.  Along with this way of life that I am so passionate about, I have made some amazing friends and colleagues of local food purveyors and farmers.  No one becomes a chef or a farmer to become wealthy. Most folks who grow or prepare…

Questions for Stefanie Manalo-LeClair, Counselor at MHS

This year, the Spotlight on Student Learning includes occasional profiles of teachers or staff who serve a unique role in supporting students.  This month, as the Spotlight focuses on service learning initiatives at the high schools, we decided to profile MHS counselor Stefanie Manalo-LeClair.  We sat down with Ms. Manalo-LeClair in her office on a…

The Education Speaker Series Concludes Its Fourth Season on March 22 with New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni

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 topics related to raising healthy children and young adults.  The Education Speaker Series is intended to promote collaboration, as well as common language and opportunity for…

Summer Programs Offer Service Learning

by Ashley English, PHS Counselor The Academy for Integrated Studies and Community Engagement (“AISCE”) is a service learning summer program for students entering 9th-12th grades.  AISCE (pronounced “ACE”) integrates community service with small-group seminars that emphasize discussion, exploration and reflection.   AISCE students work in a variety of settings around the East Bay with disadvantaged…