Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff
October 2019 Edition
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Team PUSD,
It is so exciting to see so many of our students engaged and contributing to our schools and community. I believe it's never too early to develop students as leaders. One of those groups is my Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, pictured above. This is a diverse group of students from all six of our high schools. We meet every month, and I am so impressed by their passion, willingness to learn, and desire to represent all students in District decisions. I am excited for what we will accomplish together!
It really seems like October might be one of the busiest months for our schools! I didn't think it was possible to fit so many events into 31 days! From PUSD's Annual College and Career Fair, to multiple band and color guard field tournaments and high school homecomings, to Red Ribbon Week and the Great Shakout Drill, it's been quite a whirlwind! Please continue scrolling through the newsletter below to enjoy some photos and read more about what's been going on in our schools this month. I am so grateful to the staff and volunteers who work behind the scenes to ensure the success of these events and activities on behalf of our students.
Last week, I was invited to represent PUSD in Washington, D.C. to receive our official acceptance into the National Network of Innovative School Districts. It is an honor to be invited to join this group of forward-thinking leaders in education. It's also a good reminder that our work is never finished, as we continue to look for more ways to empower our students to become world-class learners. We know our students are already making an impact in our community and beyond: like Westview's Kara Fan, who was just named America's Top Young Scientist in 3M's national challenge for her project on liquid bandages!
Congratulations to Kara and to all of our students and staff who work so hard each and every day to ensure college, career, and life readiness for all.
I look forward to the upcoming State of the District event next month, where our new leadership team will be able to share all of the progress and accomplishments that #TeamPUSD has achieved in the past year, including academic gains, fiscal improvements, impacts to safety and security, as well as technology and innovation initiatives. Look for more information on the State of the District and our many successes, coming to you soon!
Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D.
Student, School, and Staff News and Achievements
Westview Wolverine Takes Home 3M "Young Scientist" 2019 Award
Poway Unified Students Tackle Dreams, Anxiety and Achievement in Art Exhibition
To read the column, click here.
20 PUSD Students Chosen for Internship Program with Northrup Grumman
Additional PUSD students selected for the program:
- Natalie Gonzalez, Megan Huynh, Dennis Li, Mariyah Salat, Devina Tavathia, Samantha Tinney, Trevor Tran (Mt. Carmel)
- Cole Stephens (Poway)
- Krish Thakkar (Rancho Bernardo)
- Melody Chu, Anushka Gupta, Junyan Huang, Daniel Lee, Dhruti Pandya, Mary Vu (Westview)
PUSD Teams Up With Anti-Defamation League for "No Place for Hate" Video Special
It's no secret that PUSD is a proud partner with the ADL - Anti-Defamation League in making sure all our campuses are a safe and welcoming for students, and are no places for hate. We teamed up with them again on a special project, thanks to the hard work of our middle school principals, and invite you to watch: https://youtu.be/D9xN7jGfMfc
The goal of No Place for Hate is to "inspire a national movement, led by students and educators who are committed to using the power of positive peer influence to build inclusive and safe schools in which all students can thrive." The ADL hosted its annual "No Place for Hate" conference on Wednesday, October 30. Several PUSD schools sent teams of students and staff to empower them with tools and lessons to support their ongoing work at their campuses.
Tierra Bonita Elementary School Named Apple Distinguished School
California Department of Education Visits Poway Unified
Officials representing the California Department of Education visited a few of our Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Model schools on October 1st to gain insight on what #PowayUnified is doing with special education. Our SAI models are Monterey Ridge Elementary, Twin Peaks Middle, and Mt. Carmel High Schools. In addition to asking the California Department of Education, legislature asked members from the State Board of Education and the governor's office to research how special education services can be improved state-wide. They will be meeting with Districts throughout California to do this.
Even though the SAI Model is not a new concept in education, the officials wanted to see how PUSD is improving the model and making a very good thing even better.
To read more about what the special education department is doing, click here: bit.ly/PUSDSPED
Studio 701 "Excellence in Education" Series: Student Wellness
Annual College and Career Fair Has Great Turnout at Rancho Bernardo HS
Link Crew Conference
Fun Photo Gallery
National Custodians Day
Westview High School's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
“People are so worried about saying the ‘wrong’ thing that they don’t say anything at all.” - Stan Collins
Westview High School ASB was proud to host San Diego County Suicide Prevention Specialist and Consultant Stan P. Collins as part of their #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek assembly. Take a look at the video above for a brief recap.
Throughout the week, students and staff created healthy conversation surrounding the topic of mental health and why self-care maintenance, assessments, and outreach is vital.
Local Marines Land at Mesa Verde Middle, Hold "Bootcamp-style" P.E. Class
We're tired just from WATCHING them run the drills! This was a unique opportunity for Mesa Verde Middle School students - not only does it encourage fun physical fitness habits in students, but it gives them the opportunity to connect with local military personnel. These Marines in particular are part of the "Single Marines Program" through MCAS Miramar and Marine Corpos Community Services San Diego. They develop Quality of Life initiatives for other single, active duty Marines through advocacy, recreational activities, special events and community involvement like dog adoption events, P.E. classes, and beach clean ups.
Garden Road Student Council Elections
We were so excited to continue the tradition of #NationalSchoolLunchWeek this year. The theme was “What’s On Your Playlist?" which focuses on the variety of choices Poway Unified offers students to mix and match to fit their dietary preferences
Our Food and Nutrition Department offers balanced, delicious meals that come complete with lean proteins, whole grains, locally sourced milk, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Make sure to watch the video below!
Career Technical Education Fun at Sony
During this Professional Growth Day at Sony in Rancho Bernardo, Poway Unified teachers learned more about college transfer credits and our partnership with Palomar College, student inclusion within the Career Technical Education (CTE) and arts pathways from a presentation by Tiffany King and Mercedes Hubbschmitt, and interacted with fun technologies that could advance classroom learning down the road. We are always thankful for our friends at Sony Electronics for helping us pave the way for technology and innovation that empowers world-class learners.
Poway OnStage Presents: Anti-Bullying Lessons from a Pirate
For most, a pirate is not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about anti-bullying. But "Pirate Professor Billy Bones" (David Engel) is challenging that with a comedic twist on lessons in respect, responsibility, and courage.
Poway OnStage presented the show to #PowayUnified 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders this month and taught them how to stop bullying in and out of the classroom. Take a look!
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Additionally, we shared an article written by Kelli Sandman-Hurley that gives a brief step-by-step overview of tips for those who are navigating a new dyslexia diagnosis. Poway Unified has made a concerted effort in the last 12 months to address this concern, as well. Specifically, Poway Unified offers universal screenings for K-1, and every elementary and middle school has curriculum aligned with the research-based Orton-Gillingham Approach to more effectively meet the unique needs of our students with dyslexia.
For more resources through Poway Unified, visit: bit.ly/SPEDPUSD
Character Counts! and Red Ribbon Week
Garden Road's First Responders
Garden Road ES Eagles were greeted bright and early by a group of first responders, including “King” the Police K-9, to kick off #RedRibbonWeek! These firefighters, military, police officers, EMTs, etc. are Garden Road parents that help keep the community safe on a daily basis and after greeting each and every student, some went around in classrooms to briefly talk about the importance of character and drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence prevention. For more information about The Red Ribbon Campaign, follow this link: http://redribbon.org/about/
We are thankful for #PowayUnified parents who model what it means to be kind, helpful, and responsible each and every day!
Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days
Many of our campuses chose to advocate for drug, tobacco, alcohol and violence prevention during Red Ribbon Week by dressing up for spirit days! Our kids are choosing to take responsibility for their choices, and encouraging one another along the way.
Monterey Ridge Elementary School used their heads (with wacky hair!) to make good choices, and Chaparral Elementary wore college shirts as a pledge to stay in school. In addition to Red Ribbon Week, Westview High School was in the middle of quarter finals testing and showed off the ways Wolverines de-stress and take care of their bodies.
Red Ribbon Week: Middle Schools Advocate for Anti-Vaping
What's a good way to get the message out about the dangers of drugs, vaping and smoking? Write a song about it! This is what Red Ribbon Week is all about:
A handful of students from all of our middle schools had the unique opportunity to partner with MusicNotesOnline, two L.A. teachers who teach life lessons to kids through music and video, to write rap lyrics about the dangers of smoking, vaping, and drugs. Many of them even performed the rap in front of peers, overcoming anxieties in the process.
A BIG thank you to MusicNotesOnline and the San Diego County Office of Education for helping #PowayUnified kick ash to the curb!
Black Mountain Middle Hosts "Lights on After School"
AVID Team Building
AVID Students at Black Mountain Middle School worked on team-building activities during their annual trip to the beach.
Adobe Bluffs Elementary took a school photo, wearing different colors representing the pillars of character.
Sunset Hills TK students have been learning about fire safety this month. One tip from today's visit with Captain Briscoe, retired firefighter and teacher from Mt Carmel's fire science program, was to crawl below smoke to exit a burning building.
AVID Team Building
Employees at the District Office wore pink in support of colleagues who are breast cancer survivors.
All You Can Read Diner
Garden Road Elementary hosted their annual All You Can Read Diner, put on by the school's PTA.
Girls Who Code
Mt. Carmel young coders hard at work on Round 1 of 2019-20 Cyber Patriot competition!
All You Can Read Diner
The "Great California Shake Out" 2019
"Trunk or Treat" at Del Norte
Los Pen's BizTown Interviews
Do you remember your first job interview? We hope you had the confidence that these 5th graders do when you walked into it!
5th graders at Los Penasquitos submitted job applications and interviewed with Poway Unified Board & community members for Junior Achievement of San Diego County #BizTown this month. Our future CEOs, reporters, and more are great at practicing responsibility, public speaking, and good character!
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