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Piedmont Unified School District Newsletter - February 2023

Enrollment for 2023-24 School Year Now Open

PUSD opened enrollment for the 2023-24 school year on February 1. Enrollment - including Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten - is for current PUSD families with new children entering the district, and/or for new Piedmont families enrolling their child for the first time. Families will be required to upload proof of residency, birth certificate or passport, immunization records and TB risk assessment. Visit the District’s Admission and Enrollment page for more information.

Wildwood Elementary Principal Carol Cramer Announces Retirement

After 35 years with the Piedmont Unified School District, including 23 years as Principal of Wildwood Elementary School, Carol Cramer has announced her decision to retire at the end of the school year. On behalf of PUSD, congratulations and thank you to Ms. Cramer for her service to the community and best wishes for a well-deserved retirement. Read more on the District website.

PUSD Awarded $200,000 Anti-Bias Grant

Directly benefiting its commitment to providing a safe and inclusive educational environment for all students and staff, PUSD is grateful to receive a $200,000 grant as part of the California Department of Education’s Antibias Education Grant. Read more on the District website.

PHS Earns AP Computer Science Award for Female Diversity

As part of a commitment to provide equitable educational opportunities for students at all grade levels, PUSD was proud to learn Piedmont High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Visit the District website for more information.

PUSD Accepting Nominations for 2023 Arthur Hecht Volunteer Award

PUSD is excited to announce nominations for the 2023 Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award are now being accepted. The award is presented annually to individuals who have volunteered their efforts over a period of time and made a difference because of their involvement and commitment to Piedmont’s youth. More information and nomination form.

Highlander Robotics Assisting Students with Special Needs

The Highlander Robotics Team is putting its skills to great use in a collaboration with the Oakland Unified Special Education department. During its offseason, a subgroup of Highlanders designed and fabricated iPad accessibility overlays for Oakland Unified students with unique mobility needs. The first installment of 30 custom overlays was delivered before Winter Break. Highlander Robotics was happy to help and to use this opportunity as a learning experience for its newer members.

PHS Student Named Presidential Scholar Candidate

Fresh off being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist in September, Piedmont High School senior, Jasper Zietlow, added another item to his academic resume by being named a candidate in the 2023 Presidential Scholar Program. Read more on the District website.

PUSD News & Notes

Superintendent Message - PUSD Interim Superintendent, Donald Evans, addresses the rash of mass shootings in California and other issues in his monthly message.

Community Pool Project Underway - Construction has started on the new Piedmont Community Pool Project across from Piedmont/Millennium High Schools and the STEAM building. While we are excited to see this long-awaited project get underway, the work will create challenges for our students, families and staff over the coming months. Please use caution when walking or driving in the area. Visit the City of Piedmont's website for more information and updates.

Superintendent Search Update - At a closed session meeting February 1, the PUSD Board of Education reviewed applications with representatives from executive search firm, Leadership Associates, to select candidates for interviews. First interviews will take place with the Board in closed session special meetings February 10-11 with the intent of naming PUSD's next Superintendent and approving their contract at its March 8 meeting.

California Healthy Kids Survey - Piedmont Unified School District is participating in the California Healthy Kids Survey. Students in grades 5-12 will be asked to take the Survey while at school. The survey includes questions about school safety and the learning environment, as well as about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues. Student participation is voluntary. Visit the District website for more information.

Website Update - A year-long process is nearing its end and we are excited to bring a modern website to our families this month! The new site will be far more efficient in delivering news and information on a variety of devices, is ADA-compliant and provides PUSD with a fresh look and greater flexibility for telling its story. A soft launch is scheduled for February 24. Look for more information next week.

Return of Piedmont Bird Calling Contest! - After a 3-year absence, the famed Piedmont Bird Calling Contest is set to return to the campus of Piedmont High School Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm, at the new Alan Harvey Theater. Under the theme of ‘Maskarade,’ guests are encouraged to show their creativity and personality through their masks - bird-themed or not. Tickets will go on sale March 2, 2023, through ShowTix4U.

Governor's 2023-24 Budget Update - On January 10, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom released his Proposed State Budget for 2023-24. This is a critical piece of the District’s 2023-24 budget development process. The proposed revenues will be the only information available until May, when the Governor will provide a May Revision. The State Legislature will begin review and deliberation of the proposal and may make significant changes before final approval of the State budget in June. A summary of the proposal, as it pertains to Piedmont Unified School District, was presented at the January 25 Board meeting. View presentation slidedeck. Presentation starts at 3:35:40 of meeting video.

California School Dashboard Results - The Dashboard is an online tool to help communities identify strengths and weaknesses and pinpoint student groups that may need support. In its sixth year, it reports status on multiple measures of academic and school climate. The Dashboard also focuses on the state priority of closing the performance differences among student groups. Based on results from the Dashboard, the CDE determines districts needing additional targeted support and improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Piedmont continues to demonstrate excellence across multiple measures and was not identified as needing county or state interventions. The PUSD Board received a presentation on the Dashboard at its January 11 meeting. Read full background, view slidedeck and view presentation (2:12:30 of meeting video).

School Accountability Report Cards - School Accountability Report Cards are intended to provide the public with important information about each public school conveniently compiled in one report. The PUSD Board of Education received a presentation at its January 25 meeting. Read full background and view slidedeck. Read SARCs for Beach, Havens, Wildwood, PMS, MHS, PHS.

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 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.

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 -

January 11, 2023

January 25, 2023

Work for PUSD - PUSD is seeking candidates for open positions, including Paraeducators, Food Service staff and Beach Volleyball Coach. 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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