News Archive

Schoology

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Schoology is PUSD’s Learning Management System. With Schoology, students may digitally submit homework assignments, participate in interactive discussions, receive announcements and feedback, take tests, write academic blogs, and more. Schoology brings together the digital elements of your child’s education into one location!

As a parent, you can use Schoology to:

  • View your student’s courses
  • View your student’s upcoming, current and overdue assignments
  • Monitor school and course announcements
  • Stay involved in your student’s education
  • Monitor student grades and performance

For more information on how parents can use Schoology, please see the Parent Guide to Schoology.

Looking for Scots Camp Counselors!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Current 7th Grade Students,

The 8th grade counselors for Scots Camp 2014 will lead the new PMS sixth grade orientation to middle school. One goal of Scots Camp is to make positive connections between the new sixth graders with the eighth graders on campus. Over 40 eighth graders will be selected to serve as Scots Camp counselors and will lead activities and serve as mentors to the sixth graders. We know that these positive mentoring relationships will be valuable to everyone involved.

Scots Camp Counselors will serve as mentors to the incoming 6th graders and will be in a position of leadership and responsibility. Therefore, students applying are asked to demonstrate and explain positive leadership qualities, your background experience in student leadership roles, your experience working with younger children and/or on cooperative teams, and your characteristics that show responsibility, follow-through, and good decision-making. When selecting the Scots Camp Counselors we will consider all these criteria as well as three specific school related areas: Academic, Behavioral, and Attendance.

See the attached application below!

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Final Exam Schedule January 2014

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The final exam schedule for January is available.

Finals exam Jan 2014

PMS participates in Hour of Code, 12/9-12/15

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Piedmont Middle School supported Computer Science Education Week by participating in “Hour of Code” activities.  Over 420 6-8 graders participated, contributing to the surpassed goal of 10 million students worldwide! The goal of “Hour of Code” was to introduce some of building block concepts of computer science and programming with self-paced, engaging activities. These simple computer science activities, worthy in their own right in our digital world, complement the district’s mission to further nurture creativity and problem solving skills.

In Piedmont, “Hour of Code” was undertaken in class, after school, as homework, during special lunch promotions and continued at home by many students on their own. We heard “After getting everyone signed in, a silence came over my room… well except for the clicking of the keyboards. Students were engaged and challenged!” from Ms. Kerwin at PMS. Ms. Cart reported “They helped each other, were completely concentrated on the tasks, and they were proud of their successes! It was a wonderful lesson.” “Yes!” overheard Ms. White in the library, “I’m on the zombie level!”

Try them out yourself! Explore the Hour of Code activities @ http://csedweek.org/learn

“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.” Bill Gates

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Turn in proof of Tdap booster prior to August 17

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Please provide proof of immunization to the PMS office as soon as possible for all 6th graders. Parents objecting to obtaining the vaccine may request a waiver form from the office.

Last Message of the Year from Principal Jeanne Donovan

Monday, June 11th, 2012

The end of the year is here and so many exciting events have taken place in the last few weeks.

Thanks to the Community Resource for Science (CRS), all students participated in hands-on science experiments led by a group of young researchers and scientists from UC Berkeley. In May, 6th graders worked on mountain building, 7th graders on spring mechanics, and 8th graders on optics.

This year Core 6 students raised $15,229 for the Walk-a-Thon fundraiser. Wow! What an accomplishment and kudos to them and to their teachers. The students supported three charities with the proceeds: East Bay SPCA (animal shelter), Shepherd’s Gate (shelter for women and children), and Cure Epilepsy Foundation.

The 8th Grade Boat Dance was a huge, smooth-sailing success. The boys were so handsome in their sports coats and ties and the girls looked absolutely stunning in their dresses. Thanks to our parent coordinators, Christine Crowley, Sheila Addiego, Kristen Dixon and to all the parent volunteers who helped to make this event a memorable one. What a fabulous evening! And…there is still the 8th Grade Celebration to look forward to. What a wonderful way to end the school year.

Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to express my gratitude to the community for your commitment, support and dedication in our efforts to provide your children with a superb learning experience. You are an invaluable component to the success of our school. I applaud the work that all of you do. Thank you again for a most memorable and exhilarating school year.

Have a safe, fun, and relaxing summer!

Alameda County’s CPR 7 Program

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians of 7th Grade Students,

The American Heart Association has called for a national effort to train individuals to perform CPR. Alameda County’s response to this challenge is the CPR 7 program.

In Alameda County only 30% of the victims that sustain cardiac arrest receive CPR in the critical minutes before professional help arrives. Without CPR a person’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10% every minute. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 300,000 people annually.

Alameda County has embarked on a program utilizing 7th graders to increase community capacity. On Friday, February 10th, your 7th grader will be trained during one class period in CPR with their personal CPR kit that they will take home and keep. We ask that the students train friends and family members using the watch while learn CPR Anytime kit. The kit is yours to use at home to practice those important CPR skills. Students will be asked to have friends and family members “sign off” on a survey form and return the completed form to their teacher.

Thank you for your support and participation.

Tim Wisniewski
Piedmont Middle School Physical Education Teacher

For questions contact:
Jamie Hintzke
Community Relations Coordinator
Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
Jamie.Hintzke@acgov.org
510.618.1956

Or (Tim Wisniewski: PMS PE Teacher)

7th/8th Course Electives for 2011-2012 School Year

Monday, January 17th, 2011

January, 2011

Dear Parents of 6th and 7th Grade Students,

Happy New Year!

We are busy working on the master schedule for the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Carera, our 7th/8th grade counselor, will conduct an elective
assembly with the 6th and the 7th grade students on Wednesday, February 2, to give them an overview of the Course Catalogue and the Elective courses from which to choose.  Elective teachers will then give short presentations to describe their elective classes.  Ms. Lasky, grade 6 counselor, will also be going into each Core 6 class to further explain the elective course selection process and to answer any questions.

The Course Catalogue may be accessed on the PMS website at http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/pms/new/uploads/Course-Directory.pdf
on Feb. 2nd.

The Elective request cards will be distributed to each 6th and 7th grade student in their core classes on Feb. 2.  All elective cards are due to core teachers by Wednesday, February 9th.  Please be sure to have your student return the elective cards by the due date, otherwise their electives will be automatically chosen for them.

Every effort will be made to place students in their top choices.  Yet, given the complexity of the master schedule, sometimes it is just not possible.  There are many factors to consider when building a master schedule.  These include projected enrollment, number of full-time employees allocated to teach these courses, number of sections, minimum number of requests necessary to offer an elective course, the finite number of available seats, balance of class size and gender, availability of teachers who also teach at other school sites, room availability, etc.  Hours and hours of hard work go into meeting the needs of students and teachers as well as meeting academic requirements.  The planning requires that every student have a seven-period schedule at the correct grade level.  At the same time, it must also allow space for new students who enroll throughout the school year.

As we build the master schedule for the next school year, we build it with one important goal in mind – all students will complete the academic program that will prepare them for high school and beyond.  Consequently, as in prior years, we may not be able to accommodate all of the elective requests.  However, we will make every effort to do so consistent with the aforementioned complexities and our primary academic requirements.  As always, we appreciate your understanding, cooperation, and support.

Jeanne Donovan
Principal

@ Our PMS Library

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

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Saturday School

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

November 5, 2010

Dear PMS Families,

In recent weeks, PMS has experienced an increase in students who are habitually tardy as well as students who cut class.  As educators, we take our obligation very seriously to confront these offenses appropriately and effectively.  Because experience shows that suspending students for these violations is counter-productive, the school has chosen to use lunch and/or after-school detentions as consequences for these infractions.  Unfortunately, these consequences— even when incorporated with warnings, counseling, parent conferences, coverage during grade assemblies, etc.—are currently failing to make an adequate impression on certain students.  It is time to try something new.

Commencing in November, PMS will initiate Saturday Detention School–a four-hour session from 8:00am to 12noon–as a consequence for truancy in lieu of suspension.  We hope that this program will deter students from being habitually tardy or from cutting class by producing an effective “disincentive” for students.  The following students will be required to attend Saturday Detention School:

  • Students who have six or more unexcused tardies, or
  • Students who are absent from class of their own free will, without a legitimate excused absence (such as those related to medical conditions)

Students will be assigned to a four-hour session from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and will be supervised by a certificated staff member.  The student’s family will be responsible for any necessary transportation.  Failure to attend an assigned Saturday Detention School session will result in two Saturday Detention School sessions.  Both student and parent will be notified of the assigned Saturday.  Students will be assigned either academic work or work around campus or in classrooms. Students who fail to attend, when assigned, may be suspended from school.  The terms are non-negotiable.  In other words, students must attend Saturday Detention School on the assigned day.  Parent support around complying with terms, including attendance on the assigned day, is crucial to effecting change in student behavior.  All school rules apply to the student’s presence on campus.  Any disruptive and/or defiant behavior will result in dismissal from Saturday Detention School and subsequent suspension.

This program is under construction and students and parents will be kept informed as it evolves.  Please feel free to contact Dan Bonnin if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns.

Yours truly,

Jeanne Donovan         Dan Bonnin                             Kech Carera                Jaimie Lasky
Principal                     Assistant Principal                 7th/8th Counselor         6th Counselor