Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff

January 2017 Edition

Message from the Interim Superintendent:

Happy New Year, #TeamPUSD! It was such an honor and pleasure to get back to work after the long holiday break. January has been a whirlwind of busyness district wide, with finals, a professional growth day, concerts, and two board meetings, just to name a few.

Unfortunately, the new year brings new challenges: on January 10, 2017, Governor Brown released his budget proposal. It does not favor education funding. Next week you will receive a District budget update, explaining what the Governor's proposal means for PUSD. I hope you will all read it, so that you fully understand what our District is facing as we move forward together. We will also provide an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Poway Unified has a long history of excellence. As you'll read in this latest edition of the newsletter, there are some fantastic things going on in PUSD. Even in past times of economic recession, our District has worked hard to maintain excellence through collaboration and sacrifice. I know I can count on #TeamPUSD to do what it takes to preserve our commitment to educating our kids.



Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The LCAP is how the Poway Unified School District decides our funding priorities based on our five District goals. Our Learning Support Services team conducted site-based training for our directors, principals, parents, teachers, and classified employee representatives, who will in turn be hosting LCAP forums at each of their schools and departments in the month to come. We look forward to hearing your input, as it is vital in determining how the District’s budget is best used for student success. This is especially important as the District experiences its current budget challenges. If you can’t attend a forum in person, your feedback is welcome online.

Staff and Student Achievements

Nat'l Teacher of the Year Finalist

Del Norte High School's Megan Gross, (PUSD, San Diego County, and California Teacher of the Year), is one of only four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. One of these finalists will be named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year later this spring, and will spend the next year traveling the country to represent educators and advocate on behalf of teachers and students. As a special education teacher, Megan has advocated and supported students' transitions from segregated Special Day Classes, to an instructional day including general education academic and elective classes. In addition, she facilitates social inclusion and extracurricular activities such as the Del Norte High School Best Buddies Club. Read more about Megan here.

Heroic Actions by PUSD Athletic Trainers

RBHS' Robbie Bowers and WVH's Christina Scherr performed lifesaving CPR on a man who went into cardiac arrest during a basketball game. The two are credited for saving the man's life. They will be publicly recognized at the January 31st Board meeting. You can read more about their incredible efforts here.

State Honor Choir

The following PUSD students were selected to be members of the 2017 California All State Honor Choir. Students who were previously selected for All Southern California Honor Choir were eligible to apply. After a rigorous audition and rehearsal process, the students will perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference, February 16-19, 2017, in San Jose.

Mixed Choir:

Esheta Garg, Del Norte High School

Jessica Trost, Del Norte High School

John Lettang, Poway High School

Nandini Rajgopal, Westview High School

Women’s Choir:

Celeste Tolley, Mt. Carmel High School

Sarah Butikofer, Poway High School

Natalie Marriott, Poway High School

Ashling Rogerson, Poway High School

State Honor Ensembles

The following PUSD students were selected to be members of the 2017 California All State Ensembles. These students are considered among the top young musicians in the state and will perform in San Jose at the California All-State Music Education Conference, February 16-19, 2017.

Junior High School Concert Band

Joshua Jang (Trumpet), Mesa Verde Middle School

Naomi Liao (French Horn), Oak Valley Middle School

Junior High School Symphonic Band

Andre Carvallo (Tuba), Bernardo Heights Middle School

Samuel Levy (Trumpet), Mesa Verde Middle School

Gary Lin (Bb Clarinet), Mesa Verde Middle School

High School Full Orchestra

Valerie Chen (Cello), Del Norte High School

Kevin Zhang (Percussion), Westview High School

High School Symphonic Band

Chae Yoon Baek (Bb Clarinet), Del Norte High School

Kaylee Tran (Tuba), Rancho Bernardo High School

Eddy Lanois (Trumpet), Rancho Bernardo High School

High School Concert Band

Daniel Ota (French Horn), Rancho Bernardo High School

Bailey Munro (Trumpet), Rancho Bernardo High School

Helen Zhu (Flute), Westview High School

Richard Knapp (French Horn), Westview High School

Raghu Tekumalla (Trombone), Westview High School

High School Wind Symphony

Daniel St. John (Bassoon), Westview High School

Excellence in Education: Biomedical Science Pathway

Our third “Excellence in Education” video focuses on the career pathway of biomedical sciences. Every month, PUSD students will be producing professional quality videos that will increase awareness of programs that support our District’s mission of college and career readiness. “Studio 701” is a new pilot internship created by Career, Technical, and Adult Education (CTE) and the Communications Department for Advanced Digital Media students. Contact Christine Paik at cpaik@powayusd.com if you know of a program that should be featured or a student interested in applying for the internship program for the 2017-18 school year.
Poway Unified "Excellence in Education": BioMedical Pathway
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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Fun Photo Gallery

All-District Choir Festival: Magnificat

On February 19th choir students performed for a packed house at the Poway Center for Performing Arts. The all-District high school choir sang John Rutter's Magnificat.
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Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen

On January 12th, Tony Award-winning performer Ben Vereen and Westview High Orchestra students put on a concert at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, to benefit performing arts education in PUSD. Watch a video about this unique partnership here.

Professional Growth Day

Friday, January 13th was an all-District day of learning for staff. #TeamPUSD took the day for professional growth, from online library skills and quality physical education, to next generation science standards and music/art education... and a little dancing too!
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Upcoming Dates

2017 Parent Education Workshops

As parents we expect that love will be enough, but parents also need skills! Sign up for our fun, highly acclaimed parent workshops. No boring lectures, not just theory, but fun, interactive learning. Get results you can see immediately! Isn’t your child worth it? A proud service of the Student Support Services Department.

For more information on dates, times, and sign-ups click here.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2017, "School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential," will be celebrated from Feb. 6-10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.
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February is Black History Month

The celebration of African American history was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” To learn more about Black History Month click here.

About Us

The Poway Unified School District is located in northern San Diego County, California. PUSD operates 25 elementary schools (K-5), one elementary & middle school combination (TK-8th), six middle schools (6-8), one continuation high school, five comprehensive high schools (9-12), and one adult school. 24 schools are located in the city of San Diego; 11 schools in the city of Poway; and 3 in the County of San Diego. The District serves approximately 36,000 students and is the third largest school district in the county.

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