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School Orchestras Showcase Their Accomplishments

by Catherine DeVos On Tuesday, December 8, the Sixth Grade Orchestra,  Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestra, and High School Orchestra presented a very successful concert in the Alan Harvey Theater.   They performed works by living composers as well as famous composers ranging from the Baroque through the Romantic periods.  Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Handel, Mozart and…

PHS Dance Department Presents Dances About Identity

by Amy Moorhead The Piedmont High School Dance Department presented Footprints: Dances About Identity in the fall concert performed on Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4 to enthusiastic crowds in the Alan Harvey Theater. The performance showcased very special and original choreography, created by the students, exploring the theme of identity. This fall/winter’s company…

PHS Acappella Choir Performed for a Full House on Wednesday Evening

by Joe Piazza The Piedmont High School Acappella Choir performed their annual winter concert on Wednesday evening in front of a packed house of students, family, and friends. The 140 voice choirs features our Men’s and Women’s Chorus along with our 65 voice Chamber Choir.  Our repertoire includes classic motets from the Renaissance to the…

Lt. Gov. Newsom Visits with MHS Students

On January 29, 2015, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom held a town hall-style meeting at Millennium High School, discussing a broad range of issues facing California, challenging the students to take risks, persevere, and learn from mistakes, and inspiring them to become leaders and improve their communities. Newsom came to MHS at the invitation of Ken…

PUSD Winter Concert Season for Students of All Ages

The PUSD Music program is in the throes of their busy concert season. The festivities began a week before Thanksgiving with a concert at Beach Elementary Auditorium showcasing the PHS Jazz Band class, Jazz Lab Band, and the student run PHS Jazz Combo. Music by jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Nat Adderly, and Sonny…

Math, Math, and MORE Math!

Lots of work is happening in the area of math learning and instruction.  Here are a few of the highlights: Math Resources for Elementary Parents – On November 19th, approximately 60 elementary parents attended an evening event where they learned about 5 different math models and how teachers are utilizing these models to teach deeper conceptual…

K-12 Science Teachers Travel to Long Beach

Twenty-two teachers and administrators from PUSD traveled to Long Beach to attend the National Science Teachers Association regional conference on December 3-6.  In preparation for transitioning to teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science teachers attended over 100 sessions to strengthen their science knowledge base and improve their instructional practices. The conference is timely as the 2014-15…