#TeamPUSD

Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff

May 2016 Edition

Dear #TeamPUSD, it's hard to believe that the end of the school year is just around the corner. Thank you for all your positive feedback on this new newsletter. Many of you told me you now look forward to receiving it every month. I hope this edition lives up to your expectations! Please keep the submissions coming: cpaik@powayusd.com. Enjoy! -Christine Paik, Director of Communications

Gold Ribbon Schools

A big congratulations to Adobe Bluffs Elementary, Los Peñasquitos Elementary, and Willow Grove Elementary on their California Gold Ribbon School awards. They were honored in a May 10th ceremony in Anaheim with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

Student Achievements

2016 Groff Exhibition

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido's Museum 2016 Groff Exhibition: A Juried Exhibition of the Finest High School Art in San Diego County showcased several works by PUSD student artists. Three were selected by judges to receive cash awards.

The exhibit ran through Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Staff & School Achievements

Classified School Employee Week

May 15-21, 2016 is designated as Classified School Employee Week to celebrate and recognize the contributions of our classified school employees to our schools and District.

These are the many faces of our #‎TeamPUSD‬ Classified Employees. From transporting our students and feeding them, to keeping our libraries running and making sure enrollment goes smoothly, they are integral to public education.

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School Bus Drivers Recognition Day


Tuesday, April 26th was School Bus Drivers Day by proclamation passed by the California Legislature. PUSD's Transportation Leadership Team hosted a breakfast to share their appreciation for the outstanding daily support our drivers provide for our students' safety and their transportation needs. Please take a moment to watch the video for a behind-the-scenes look at their hard work.

School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day with Poway Unified Transportation Department

Teacher Appreciation Week

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd-6th, we asked some of our site Teachers of the Year to write a letter to themselves on their very first day of teaching. They had some great words of advice and encouragement for all teachers out there. You can hear what they said in the video below:
Poway Unified Teacher Appreciation: Letter "To My First Year Self"

Fun Photo Gallery

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  • The next Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, May 31st, at 6pm
  • The last day of school and graduations are Thursday, June 9th
  • Learn more about PUSD and PFT's new Teacher Professional Learning and Effectiveness System in this EdWeek's article.
  • Niche.com recently ranked the best public elementary schools in California. Several PUSD elementary schools are in the Top 100.


Poway Unified School District

The Poway Unified School District is a K-12 district located in northern San Diego County, California. 26 schools are located in the city of San Diego; 12 schools in the city of Poway. The District serves approximately 35,700 students and is the third largest school district in the county.