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Common Core Math: New Online Math Resources Offer Differentiation Tools for PMS Students

by Lucas Denman Recently, the Piedmont Middle School math department has begun to develop a new website for students.  The website,mathhorizon.org, will offer a variety of extension activities and problems for students to browse through and explore. These activities will focus on real-world applications of mathematics, modeling, problem-solving, and reasoning.  Students will learn more about…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…