Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff
January 2020 Edition
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Team PUSD,
Over the next two weeks, we will be gathering your input on PUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, which shapes the District’s goals and guides our budgeting priorities. All of our voices matter, so everyone’s participation is crucial and valued.
You will be asked to respond to one question: “What things do we need to focus on to ensure our students are college, career, and life ready?”
Please watch this video to learn more about the importance of this annual survey:
To make it as easy and convenient as possible, we’re once again using an online tool called Thoughtexchange that you can access right from your smartphone or computer. Your responses are confidential, and you can respond with as few or as many different thoughts and ideas as you’d like. After sharing your own thoughts, you’ll be asked to consider and assign stars to the ideas shared by others, to help us discover what’s most important to fellow stakeholders.
Look for a link and instructions when the survey officially opens in a couple days, on February 1. The survey period runs through Friday, February 14, 2020.
If you would like to participate in person, we will be hosting two meetings District wide:
· Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30pm at the Valley Elementary School Library
· Wednesday, February 5th at 6pm at the District Office Community Room
RSVP Here: https://forms.gle/NDXYcrxH2SC5g7AU8
Thank you in advance for your participation and partnership.
Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D., Superintendent
Measure P to Repair and Update PUSD Schools
Next week, our community will begin receiving their mail-in ballots for the March 2020 election. On this ballot is a bond measure that is very important to the future of our schools, students, staff, and PUSD.
While PUSD is proud that our schools are among the best in California in terms of academic performance and providing high-quality educational opportunities, many of our local schools and facilities are outdated and deteriorating and need to be repaired and upgraded to ensure they are meeting current safety and academic standards. By the year 2023, if improvements are not made, 62% of our campuses will be considered in "poor" condition.
Measure P is a $448 million bond measure that would:
- Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint where needed
- Repair or replace leaky roofs, rusty plumbing, failing sewer lines and outdated electrical systems
- Upgrade older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools
- Improve student safety and campus security systems including security fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers
- Provide the classrooms, facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
- Provide modern labs and career-training facilities so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, robotics and skilled trades
55% voter approval is needed for Measure P to pass. Anyone living within the Poway Unified School District can vote on it.
You can find more information about Measure P here, including FAQs.
Student, School, & Staff Recognition
Abraxas High School to Add Laundry, Shower Facilities to Campus
“If by doing this we remove one more barrier so kids can have the opportunity to strive toward what they’re here for, that’s what this grant will take care of,” Principal Alain Henry said.
Read more about this wonderful development: http://bit.ly/ABXHS
Sunset Hills Elementary Safety Patrol Named #1 by San Diego Police
AVID Scholar Nominees
Mt. Carmel National Merit Scholars Recognized at Annual Dinner
Welcome Back, Mr. Carlin!
Eleven Students Advance to Sacramento in 9th District PTA Art Show
New Partnership with Live Well San Diego
Thank you to Chuck Matthews (Live Well SD) and Victoria Floyd (Supervisor Jacob's Office) for their continued commitment in making #PowayUnified the healthiest we can be.
Mt. Carmel Special Ed Department Chair Receives County Lighthouse Award
We couldn't be more proud of Lisa Chohany (Mt. Carmel HS) for receiving the San Diego County Office of Education inaugural #SDEquity Lighthouse Award! As the Special Education Dept. Chair and teacher, she truly is a beacon of light on campus.
SDCOE put it best when they said, "[Lisa] is a passionate student advocate and works to craft engaging student experiences, promote active learning, and support the social-emotional well-being of all students."
Read more about the award here: http://bit.ly/36TXG4U
Del Sur ES Presented with Social Emotional Learning Grant
Thank you to Pre-K Teacher Sharelle Venable, Principal Erik Takeshita and team for bringing Sanford Harmony Social Emotional Learning to Del Sur Elementary...including a grant to continue their important work! We are so grateful to have dedicated educators in #PowayUnified that are always looking to enrich the student experience.
Read more about Sanford Harmony here: www.sanfordharmony.org
Del Norte DECA Team
RBHS Choir Director Named State Teacher of the Year by Veterans Group
Westview Sophomore Internationally Recognized for Research on Public Health in India
Del Norte HS Home to New National Science Talent Search Honorees
Poway Unified Teachers Claim Top State Music Education Awards
Martin Fierro (Westview HS) – Newcomer of the Year Award
Stuart Holmes (Bernardo Heights MS) – Middle School Music Specialist Award
Zachary Christy (Rancho Bernardo HS) – Richard Levin Orchestra Educator Award
Lisa Friedrichs (Rancho Bernardo HS) – Pearson-Silver Burdett Choral Educator Award
Congratulations to our fantastic #PowayUnified educators!
Harbor Freight Program Donates to Abraxas Construction Pathway
#PowayUnified Student Art Featured in City Calendar
Bet you didn't know the San Diego County Water Authority has a 2020 calendar featuring artwork from #PowayUnified students! The beautiful image below is a FIRST PLACE entry from Sophia Shuwen Hu at Monterey Ridge Elementary. (https://bit.ly/384uxnM)
Artwork from 100+ students throughout San Diego County was submitted for a water conservation-themed calendar contest, copies of which are now available to the entire City of San Diego.
Read below for the list of #PowayUnified students that placed in 1st, 2nd or 3rd:
Sophia Shuwen Hu (Monterey Ridge)
Victoria Wang (Canyon View)
Claire Wang (Stone Ranch)
Katherine Chen (Monterey Ridge)
Alice Li (Monterey Ridge)
Fun Photos & Videos
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
Ability Awareness Day At Adobe Bluffs Elementary
Highland Ranch Elementary Plays Role in Australian Wildfire and Animal Relief
If you have 40 seconds, you'll want to watch this feel good story featuring Highland Ranch students! Just how did Mrs. Clyborne's third graders raise $472 for Australian animal relief over the weekend? Watch to find out:
Video credit/courtesy of CBS News 8 San Diego.
Mobile Filmmaking Workshop for Aspiring Creators Takes on Balboa Park
The 15th Annual Constitution Challenge at Mesa Verde
First Career Technical Education Fair at Mt. Carmel High a Huge Success
"Kid-trepreneurs" and Design-thinking at the Maker39 Fair
They IDENTIFIED global needs, INNOVATED solutions, DESIGNED a problem-solving prototype, and IMPROVED models through data collection. They will present their products to a “Shark Tank” style panel in March. Excellent display of design-thinking in action to improve the world! ⚙️
Spotlight: Westview Robotics Team "Option 16"
Here's a recap of the #GirlsinSTEM event hosted by Westview Robotics Team Option 16. The first annual workshop successfully taught over 100 Girl Scouts (of all different ages) the endless possibilities for hobbies and careers in STEM, robotics, and more. Video by #PowayUnified PR intern Jovanna.
The team also presented their work to Executive Director of Poway Unified's Career Technical Adult Education Kathleen Porter.
Click here to learn more about the team: http://westviewrobotics.com/
Mt. Carmel Weather Balloon Captures "Out of this World" View
Quick poll: How often do you get to see the sun rise in the morning... FROM SPACE? MCHS Ham radio Club (W6SUN) recently sent a short duration high altitude weather balloon to 122,000 feet and captured this view
Send-off video courtesy of AP Katie Salo on Twitter. Pictures courtesy of Principal Greg Magno on Instagram.
Mesa Verde Middle, CBS News 8 Say 'Thank You' to Blood Donors
Did you catch Ms. Markopoulos' students on CBS 8 this month? Kyle Kraska stopped by Mesa Verde Middle where they were making 'Thank You' posters to be given to first responders at his "Celebration of Heroes Blood Drive" ❤️ The blood drive is February 13th, and you can sign up here: http://cbs8.com/heroes
All Video Credit/Courtesy of CBS News 8.
New Social Media Account for Superintendent's Student Advisory Council
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