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Incoming 6th Graders Start the School Year with Scots Camp

This is certainly an eventful time in the Piedmont schools, with new staff members, new curriculum, and new ways our educators and students are using technology in the classroom. These are just some of the exciting changes and program innovation underway in the schools. Another example of this innovation is Scots Camp, a new program…

Common Core Math: Differentiated Learning

Differentiation is an area of focus for the District.  In addition to the new PMS math website, teachers of all content areas are working on developing and refining strategies for differentiation to meet the needs of all learners.  Last year, a group of teachers and administrators attended a national conference on differentiated learning.  This year,…

Upcoming PUSD Educational Engagement Opportunities for our Community

The District values the input and collaboration with all of our stakeholders throughout the community. We invite you to participate in the following distinct engagement opportunities across the District: PUSD Board of Education – Workshop on Advanced Placement/Honors Course Enrollment at Piedmont High School On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 9:30am, the PUSD Board of…

The Magnolia Message: October 13, 2016 Letter from the Superintendent

Dear PUSD Families, As students are now settled into the routines of the school year, Homecoming weekend is behind us, and Halloween is fast approaching, I’m writing with an update of the work now underway to meet the District’s goals for this year.  The District’s goals and action plan — called the Local Control Accountability…

Next Generation Science Standards — Board of Education Gets Hands-On Lesson from Teachers

On October 10, 2016, the Board of Education held a special workshop on the new science standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Similar to Common Core Math, the NGSS emphasize reasoning, critical thinking, and the skills to demonstrate and explain scientific principles, rather than memorization of facts and formulas.  The NGSS also emphasize…

The Magnolia Message: Letter from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Spotlight on Student Learning!  This edition of the Spotlight provides an overview of Piedmont Unified’s many initiatives to develop and deliver relevant curriculum through innovative instructional strategies. Over the last few years, teachers at all levels have been teaching new curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards and have been implementing new…

Common Core Math: Secondary Math Textbook Adoption

Since 2013, Piedmont Unified has been working toward the full implementation of teaching the Common Core Math Standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice.  Currently our students in kindergarten through 9th grade are enrolled in Common Core-aligned math classes. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice promote a deeper understanding of mathematics and require students to solve…

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…

NGSS Update: Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards at PMS

by Dan Kessler and Camilla Thayer The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent a shift in the way students learn and are taught Science K-12.   The NGSS represents “3-Dimensional” instruction, where students learn what scientists DO, how scientists THINK, and what scientists KNOW.  Students use information gained by investigation in one situation and apply this…

Elementary STEAM Expo and the Importance of Arts-Centered Learning

by Tracy Broback   Imagine my surprise when I attended every workshop I could find on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education at the National Arts Educators Association (NAEA) meeting last Spring and found that art educators weren’t necessarily keen on the idea.   I was right in the midst of reimagining the annual…