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Introducing the Elementary Social-Emotional Curriculum: Second Step

“Stop, name your feelings, calm down!” sing the second graders, as they dance to a tune that was designed to teach a valuable lesson while having fun.  This is one of many songs in the Second Step curriculum, as students in grades TK-5, learn about the skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving…

Piedmont Unified’s Wellness Center Promotes Social-Emotional Health of Middle and High School Students Through Counseling and Other Services

By Alisa Crovetti, Ph.D. The Piedmont Unified Wellness Center was founded in 2007 in response to findings from a self-study that revealed a need for the district to address social and emotional well-being of our high school students.  At its inception, the Wellness Center served mainly high school students, but within a few years,  services…

Northern California Safe and Healthy School Conference

On November 13, 2015, Nathaniel Pedan, Tyler Ellis, Emilia Rivera, Elizabeth Bjork, Julia Pappas and Ting Hsu Engelman represented the Piedmont Unified School District Wellness Center at the Northern California Safe and Healthy Schools Conference. The conference is designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs to prevention professionals and educators. …

The Magnolia Message – Letter from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Spotlight on Student Learning, Piedmont Unified’s monthly electronic newsletter.  The theme of this Spotlight concerns the challenge of balancing the District budget due to costly new mandates imposed by the State.  To maintain the financial health of the District, Piedmont Unified must re-balance revenue and expenditures and redefine priorities in the development…

Spotlight on Jan D’Annunzio – Supporting PUSD’s Performing Arts

Jan D’Annunzio has been supporting Piedmont Unified’s performing arts programs from behind the scenes since 1999.   With a background in both public administration and music from Miami University in Ohio, Ms. D’Annunzio has been instrumental in nearly every aspect of these programs, from ensuring that the pianos are tuned to organizing and producing concerts…

Elementary Schools Celebrate with Holiday Concerts

by Adrian Behrendt This week at the elementary sites we are showcasing students as they sing, play, and dance in “a moment of time”. We afford each class an opportunity to share a song or two of mostly American folk music that is tailored towards children in their melodic and rhythmic elements. We anticipate transitioning…