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The Magnolia Message: June 7, 2016 Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Families, I want to thank all members of the Piedmont educational community for the remarkable collaboration during this school year, my first as Superintendent.  This has been a year of sweeping curricular and other changes across the District, and this year-end edition of the Spotlight provides an overview of our initiatives this year. Some…

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…

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…

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…

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 social and emotional learning — a vital component of k-12 education — and programs that offer support for students’ social and emotional needs.  Please read on! Piedmont Unified is committed to educating and supporting the whole…

NEXT ESS: Raising Resilient Girls & Rethinking College Admissions

The Education Speaker Series (ESS) provides an exciting mix of programs related to raising healthy children and young adults. Many of the speakers throughout the year speak closely to our Social Emotional Learning programs and services.  The Education Speaker Series is presented by the Piedmont Unified School District and Piedmont Adult School, with the generous…

Social Psychology – An Introduction

by Anne Peacock   Social Psychology is a discovery course that fosters the development of the teenage mind to arrive at informed decisions about how to understand and take responsibility for their health and behavior. This course covers the following topics for sophomore students: health and wellness, stress, peer pressure, communication skills, eating disorders, interpersonal…

Questions for Alisa Crovetti, Clinical Supervisor of Piedmont Unified’s Wellness Center

Alisa Crovetti, Ph.D. organizes and directs counseling and mental health services for Piedmont Unified’s middle and high school students.  She is a licensed psychologist and certificated school psychologist.  With a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents and young adults, Dr. Crovetti worked…