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Piedmont Unified School District Newsletter - January 2023

PUSD Elementary Schools Named 2023 California ‘Distinguished Schools’

Students and staff of PUSD got some great news over Winter Break, learning all three of the District’s elementary schools have been named 2023 ‘California Distinguished Schools.’ Read more on the District website.

New Board Members Sworn In

With the Piedmont City Council's certification of the results of the November 8th election on December 19, PUSD can officially welcome Ruchi Medhekar and Lindsay Thomasson to the Board of Education. Both new members were sworn in and took their seats at a Special Board Meeting December 21 at the District Office. Congratulations and welcome to the Board!

PUSD Celebrates Outgoing Board Members

The Board, PUSD staff and the community said goodbye to Megan Pillsbury and Amal Smith at their final Board Meeting December 14 (Tribute starts at 22:00 of meeting video). On behalf of PUSD, thank you for your service to our students, staff and community!

Piedmont Middle School Crowns Top Spellers

After a long week of competition, Piedmont Middle School crowned its 2022 Spelling Bee Champion December 16. Congratulations to 6th-grader Sophia Li (center), who took first-place, 8th-grader Zoe Snyder (left) for finishing 2nd, and 7th-grader Emahn Sheikh (right), who placed third. The annual contest is organized by 7th-grade teacher, Ted Scherman. Sophia now has the opportunity to qualify for regionals in the spring.

High/Middle School Bands & Orchestras Host Winter Concerts

High School and Middle School Bands and Orchestras hosted a series of Winter Concerts at the new Alan Harvey Theater December 6-8. Visit the PUSD YouTube Page for videos of each group.

Affinity Mentorship Program Hosts Open House

PUSD's Affinity Mentorship program hosted an Open House December 21 at Millennium High School. The program's 38 mentors invited mentees and their families for an afternoon of games, crafts and food to celebrate the end of the year. See more photos on the PUSD Facebook Page. Thank you to Program Coordinator Jean Takazawa and all student-mentors for your great work!

PHS World Language Classes Face Off in Singing Competition

Piedmont High School World Languages classes squared off for a friendly Singing Competition December 5 in the amphitheater. See more photos on the District Facebook page and videos on PUSD's YouTube Page.

PUSD News & Notes

Superintendent Message - PUSD Interim Superintendent, Donald Evans, sent his monthly message to families on December 16. The message can be viewed on the District website.

Superintendent Search Update - Representatives from Leadership Associates (LA) provided an update on the search for PUSD’s next Superintendent at the December 14 Board Meeting. LA met with 50 groups, representing PUSD and the community, over a three-day period in November and also received 417 responses to an online survey. Feedback was incorporated into a position description. The position has been posted and applications are due January 16. LA will bring all applications to the Board on February 1 to select candidates for interviews which will take place later that month (Update begins at 1:10:00 of meeting video). Visit the Superintendent Search Page on the District website for more information.

Website Update: Happy to report we are in the home stretch of rolling out PUSD's new website. Template pages for the District and school sites have been created, staff training is taking place and we have begun the process of moving content over from the old site. We are tentatively scheduling a soft launch of the new site during February Break. If you are interested in a preview, a Technology Advisory Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 30, 3:45-5:00pm, at the Havens Elementary Library. You can RSVP here.

Office Hours with Dr. V - As part of the ongoing effort to strengthen engagement across the district and the Piedmont Community, PUSD Director of DEI, Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, is scheduling in-person and virtual "office hours" as an opportunity for small group dialogue about equity, social justice and engagement. In-person meetings will be held in Dr. V's office in the 40s building one floor below Millennium HS. Sign up for a face-to-face meeting. Dates available are January 30, February 27, March 13, April 24 and May 22. If you choose a virtual meeting, the link will be sent to you the day before. Choose the 15-minute time slot that best fits your schedule. This will not limit your ability to stay in the face-to-face meeting for the entire time. This schedule is designed to ensure all participants have the time to focus on the conversation.

Secondary School Plan for Student Achievement - At its December 14 meeting, the PUSD Board of Education approved the District's secondary schools’ respective School Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA). The California Education Code requires school site councils to develop an SPSA. The purpose of the plan is to create a cycle of continuous improvement of student performance and to ensure that all students succeed in reaching academic standards set by the State Board of Education. The SPSA is developed with the input of all Site Council stakeholders and reflects the current educational needs of students. Visit the District website to view the plans, as well as Tri-School SPSAs that were presented on November 9.

Adult School Spring Session - Registration is now open for the Spring 2023 session of Piedmont Adult School. The session runs January 9 through May 30. To view course offerings and register, visit www.piedmontadultschool.org. For more information call 510-594-2655. Piedmont Adult School offers in-person as well as online classes. Classes are open to all adults age 18 and over. Applicants age 55 and over are eligible for a $10 discount for regular adult classes, excluding single-day and special classes.

Hello, Dolly - Piedmont High School presents Hello, Dolly! the musical comedy with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. Set in 1890's New York City, this lively musical tells the story of Dolly Levi, a widow, matchmaker and professional meddler. Performances are February 2-4, at 7:00pm, and February 5 at 6:00pm. All performances are in the Alan Harvey Theater, 800 Magnolia Ave. This is a wonderful musical for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased online.

Board Meeting Summaries - Summaries of all Piedmont Unified Board of Education meetings are available on the District website and social media. Read summaries of recent meetings - December 14, 2022

Work for PUSD - PUSD is seeking candidates for open positions, including full and part-time Special Education Paraeducators. Visit the District's Edjoin page for a complete list of jobs available and to apply online.

Substitutes Needed - Support students while earning up to $200/day. PUSD seeking substitute teachers for the 2022-23 school year. Visit the District's EdJoin page for more information and to apply.

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