Navigating COVID-19: PUSD Comes Together During Crisis
(Photo courtesy of Westview Principal Tina Ziegler on Instagram.)
Message from the Superintendent
I love the photo above from Westview High School. It shows that while our schools may be closed, our hearts are always open.
The Spring months bring numerous employee recognitions, from principals to administrative assistants, food and nutrition staff to bus drivers, classified employees to teachers. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize how much of a team effort it takes to make our District successful. And now, more than ever, our community recognizes and appreciates the important role schools play in the health and success of our students. We created this special appreciation video as a thank you to all of #TeamPUSD:
I want to encourage everyone to stay on track with distance learning in our final weeks. Summer is just around the corner, let’s finish strong! I am looking forward to celebrating at the upcoming promotion and graduation parades alongside you!
Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D.
Distance Learning Survey Results
1. Having one consolidated platform to access all apps and coursework
2. Having consistent, rigorous curriculum and direct instruction across grade levels
3. Having clear organization and communication to help students and parents plan their days
4. Ensuring students and teachers are connected, engaged, and interacting
5. More support for students and parents struggling with distance learning
To view all of the survey results and top themes that emerged, go here.
"Words Matter" Kindness Campaign
Schools might be closed, but we're still urging PUSD students to take a stand against bias and bullying online. Join Mesa Verde's No Place for Hate student leadership in their "Words Matter" movement, where students across the district can share virtual encouragement and promote inclusivity.
Here's how to join:
1. Students visit https://flipgrid.com/whywordsmatter
2. Record a one-minute video sharing the kind words that matter to you, and how they impact others.
3. Submit the video, and check back to District social media (@powayunified) regularly. Your video might be featured on our page!
Help us spread more positivity in our community during these uncertain times. Words have the power to impact someone's life, and we hope this movement brings a sense of community to those who need it. Watch the video below from Student Board Representatvies Mariana Akins (outgoing) and Emily Bylsma (incoming).
(NOTE: This is a moderated platform. Video submissions will not be made public to the grid until District staff review them.)
Excellence in Education Video Series
The PUSD Foundation's "Project Know and Grow"
No child should have to worry about going hungry or having access to internet connection during these difficult times. The Poway Unified School District Foundation launched the "Project Know & Grow" fundraiser to actively address these urgent District needs. You have the power to make the difference in our students' lives. Join today and help feed our students’ minds and bodies by making a tax-deductible donation: bit.ly/PUSDGive
To date, the Poway Unified community has raised $100,000 to help feed local students and provide equal access to digital learning. We want to THANK YOU in advance for your consideration. We are proud to be a community that comes together and supports one another during crisis. #StrongerTogether
Due to recent COVID-related job loss or change in income, you may now qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Meals. We are encouraging ALL families who think they might qualify to apply here right away. The application is confidential and secure.
Enrollment for 2020-21 Is Now Open
We are here to help you with this new process, and we can't wait to meet our new students when schools reopen.
The #Classof2020 - Tributes and Memorable Moments
Cap & Gown Distribution
"You Will Be Found" - MCHS Senior Choir
Padres' Ty France Sends Video Message to the #Classof2020
"There is no pandemic big enough to quiet your voice or silence your passion."
A great message to the #Classof2020 - But this is also a letter to the educators, staff, and #PowayUnified community whose school year was cut short due to COVID-19. To the PUSD students and staff that are making the best out of this situation, your positivity and hard work does not go unnoticed.
First Ever VIRTUAL Abraxas Prom
Nothing - not even a global pandemic - can stop the party from happening for our Abraxas Transitions Program! Over 80 students and staff got dressed up and danced to the sounds of J. Soul Productions for the first ever VIRTUAL Abraxas Transitions Prom. JSoul Productions is a San Diego DJ who donated time so students could have their annual prom via Zoom. To everyone who helped make this memorable event happen for our students, THANK YOU. The smiles on all our students' faces say it all.
Abraxas High School’s Transition program in Poway is for young adults with developmental disabilities, ages 18-22. They learn life skills to gain greater independence. They learned about how to dress, how to make fun themed snacks, and many other practical skills to prepare for the big night. Video shared from CBS 8 - San Diego News.
Fun Photos and Videos
Voyager Showcase 2020
To watch the livestream, click here: youtu.be/3rF4rFDuL_0
Interested in learning more about our Voyager program and our #VoyagerShowcase2020? Follow our amazing Ed Tech coaches on Twitter: @edtechspence, @UnexpectedEd, @MsSwissman, @amfousek_ed, @michaelgizzo, Director @ms_nguyen19 and Associate Superintendent @jenniferaburks.
RBHS' Erik Martin Featured on PBS Newshour
Intro to Instruments by Westview Gold
Career Technical Ed Goes Virtual During Emergency Closures
WVHS Robotics Designs & Distributes 3,000 Face Shields to Healthcare Heroes
Friday Flag Goes Digital
Honors & Achievements
PUSD Announces New Leadership at School, District Office Sites
21 Poway Unified Schools Re-Designated as No Place for Hate
We are proud to share that 21 schools in #PowayUnified earned their No Place for Hate® designation for the 2019-20 school year by ADL- San Diego 🎉 These schools have incorporated ADL anti-bias and anti-bullying resources into their programs, and commit to creating positive social change within the community. It's a powerful movement created BY students, FOR students, and is radically changing our campus climates. Congratulations! Read the full release here: bit.ly/pusdnp4h
Administrators: If you're interested in becoming a NP4H campus, the registration period is now open! Visit the ADL-SD website here: sandiego.adl.org/no-place-for-hate/
PUSD CyberAegis Teams Bring Home 2 National Championships from Virtual Competition
Del Norte HS Yearbook Finishes On Deadline Despite COVID-19 Closures
National SAVE Youth Advisory Board
Del Norte High School's Aashi Mittal was chosen (among applicants nationwide) to serve on the National SAVE Youth Advisory Board for the 2020-2021 school year!!
Aashi is a founding member and President for our SAVE Promise Club and a Mentoring Leader in Peer Counseling. She has worked hard this year to establish the SAVE Promise Club in our school community and is dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion on campus. Her work with the Youth Advisory Board term begins this summer.
If you know Aashi, please congratulate her and follow Del Norte SAVE Promise on Instagram @dnhssavepromise
Poway High Robotics Honored Worldwide in Virtual Showcase
PUSD's National Merit Scholarship Winners
Del Norte HS and Westview HS received $2,500 in scholarship funds from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Congrats to Nora Mousa, Pranav Patil, Keerthana Sundar, and Richard Chen on your outstanding work! Read the full press release here.
News Minute: Stay Up-to-Date During Emergency Closures
Every Friday, we share the News Minute during the COVID-19 closures to help keep you informed and inspired. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @powayunified for these weekly updates. As always, the most up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus can be found at PUSD's COVID-19 resource page (http://bit.ly/3cX1khG).
Friday, May 22, 2020
Friday, May 15, 2020
Friday, May 8, 2020
Norte HS big win at the CyberPatriot National Finals, Poway High School named National Project Lead the Way Distinguished School, @spyder1622 @phs_swenext Madalyn Nguyen FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Award, and a fun #TeacherAppreciationWeek!
Celebrations & Resolutions
Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8
Words of Encouragement from PUSD Students
Oak Valley Middle School's Teacher Appreciation Featured on KUSI News
Thank you to OVMS PTSA for the video, and KUSI News for the feature.
Monterey Ridge 1st Graders Make Us Smile!
Twin Peaks Rams Video Message to Teachers
"May the 4th" Be With Our Teachers!
To kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, we shared a video made by 1st grade Teacher Mrs. Kinsey (Los Pen) ❤️ We are so impressed by the quality of the video and its message, and love seeing teachers' creativity come to life.
With "May the 4th" being a big holiday for the Star Wars fans of the world, Mrs. Kinsey birthed the idea of combining her family's (and many students') love for Star Wars with her drive to reach students in unique and engaging ways. We hope you enjoy! bit.ly/mt4bwu
(Note: this video was made for educational and inspirational purposes only, and no copyright infringement was intended.)
Creekside's "May the 4th" Poem
May the 4th be with us, we WILL see you again! We wish it was now and we WANT to know when! Until then, just know, that we are missing you all. The next time we see you, we’ll ALL have a ball!
Tony Gwynn Jr. Thanks Oak Valley MS Teachers
Get to Know Your PUSD Teachers of the Year!
More Photos from Teacher Appreciation Week
Classified School Employee Week (May 18-22)
Congratulations, Mr. Oliva!
"Mr. Dave," a Bus Transportation Aide for students with special needs, truly betters our community with his passion and selflessness. It is an honor to witness his work in our district. David now moves on to the state-level program for possible recognition by the California Department of Education.
Read the full feature here: bit.ly/DavidOliva
National School Lunch Hero Day
To all #PowayUnified Food and Nutrition staff: If that's not a hero, we don't know what is. THANK YOU.
PUSD Food and Nutrition Highlighted in Pomerado News
National Nurses Day, May 6
BioMed pathway students from Del Norte High also created this thank you card to express their gratitude and admiration for healthcare professionals on the front lines of this pandemic.
Memorial Day 2020
May we never forget the names of those who lost their lives in service to this country. Our livelihood is forever indebted to their sacrifice. The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3pm local time. #MemorialDay2020 #PowayUnified
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
If at any time you need to seek professional medical help, contact the SAMHSA National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Confidential, 24/7 access, in both English and Spanish. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth
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