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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…

School’s Consent Assembly Turns 10

Piedmont High School has been ahead of the curve for 10 years.  Though Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that requires California high schools to teach the issue of sexual consent, PHS has been presenting its version of consent education in an assembly to the freshmen class since 2005. In 2005, the PHS Advanced…

Wellness Center’s 5th Annual FallFest 5K is a Great Success

The District’s Wellness Center provides a range of services and programs to support students and families in meeting the challenges of adolescence through education, early-intervention, and prevention.  Each year, the Wellness Center hosts the community-wide FallFest 5K to raise funds to support and promote awareness about its counseling and leadership programs for Piedmont Unified’s middle…

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 year-long assessment, which is now underway, of the adequacy of school facilities to support our changing educational programs.  This assessment is sometimes referred to as “facilities…

Budget Advisory Committee to Consider Key Budget Issues This Year

On September 15, the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) met for the first time this school year.  The BAC meets regularly to review the District’s General Fund budget and make recommendations for the Board of Education to consider in the budget development process.  The BAC includes representation from school sites, employee associations, administration, school support groups,…

Elementary School Gardens Support New Science Curriculum

By guest author, Ms. Anne Dolid, Principal – Havens Elementary School Last summer, a wonderful new garden was created in the heart of the Havens campus.  Planned in coordination with teachers, administrators, and dedicated parent volunteers, the garden serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory, supporting and enhancing science curriculum for all 1st through 5th…

PUSD Begins Year-Long Reflection and Goal Setting

Following the passage of Proposition 30 in 2013, the State developed a new formula for allocating money to school districts.  This formula is intended to stabilize education funding and reverse the cuts to public education that started in 2008.  The new funding rules require each school district to adopt a “Local Control Accountability Plan” (LCAP)…

GATE Parent Information Night for Parents of Advanced Learners

Co-hosted by: The Piedmont Unified School District and the Piedmont ALPS Parent Group Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 13, 7–8:30 PM Venue: Havens Library, 323 Highland Avenue Come learn what resources are available and being developed to support advanced learners in all disciplines in the Piedmont Schools.  Whether your child has specific academic sills, intellectual abilities, or leadership qualities,…