Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff

March 2017 Edition

Welcome Spring! Daylight Savings... not so much! Enjoy this latest edition of the TeamPUSD Newsletter, and take some time to catch up on all the news happening around the District. Submissions are always welcome: cpaik@powayusd.com.


Christine Paik, Director of Communications

Update from Acting Superintendent

Dear Team,

I wanted to offer my sincerest congratulations to the 2017 PUSD Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year. Each of you has a unique and powerful contribution you are making in our District. Mark Lantsberger is preparing students for 21st century in-demand careers. Susan Michelena is empowering future public servants and leaders. Keith Opstad is transforming students into visual artists. Bridgette Padilla is the glue that holds her school together. Linda Farmer is at the forefront of training her colleagues. You are all shining examples of the passion and dedication that make #TeamPUSD what it is today.

I’d also like to send our warmest welcome to our Superintendent, Dr. Marian Kim-Phelps, who will be joining our team on Monday, April 3rd. Please take a moment to introduce yourself to her and let her know why we are so proud of the work that we do together. She is excited to be joining our outstanding District and we are excited to have her join our team.

You have been receiving updates on our budget. There is ongoing work that needs to be addressed moving forward into the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. Budget reductions will need to be made, affecting our overall LCAP Plan. I appreciate the input that each of you put in at our schools site LCAP forums or through the District online survey. This feedback frames our work and budget moving forward. While these are challenging times, I know that we will make it through together as we focus on the success of our students.

Our next steps include presenting our LCAP plan and budget at our May 30th Board meeting. The plan will be available for public input until our June 26th meeting. Some changes you will find are the California School Dashboard data that was just released from the State which measures student, school, and District success. As more data becomes available, we will report it throughout the year.

Take care and enjoy your spring break,


Student, School, and Staff Achievements

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Congratulations to the "Everyday Heroes" award winners. The award honors classified employees who demonstrate excellence in work performance, school and community involvement, and leadership and commitment to our District and students. You can read a full description of each of the winners here (page 21).

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Congratulations to the winners of the TeamPUSD Awards, which recognize an admirable team of employees, who together accomplish an exceptional task or project benefiting the District, an individual, work site, or community. You can read a full description of each of the winners here (page 24).

Cyber Cup Challenge

The following Poway Unified schools competed and placed in the top three at the annual “SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge” on March 25th. In the competition, the students work as a team to defend and secure computers against hackers. The SoCal competition is open to all San Diego County middle and high schools and sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as one of its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach initiatives. The top finishers were awarded prize money and will advance to state and/or national cyber challenge competitions. Watch this video interview with two students from the winning team!

High School Division

1st: Del Norte High School

2nd: Westview High School

Middle School Division

1st: Oak Valley Middle School

2nd: Black Mountain Middle School

3rd: Design39Campus

Odyssey of the Mind

On Saturday, March 11th, 20 teams from the following PUSD schools participated in the Coastal Region Odyssey of the Mind Tournament: Adobe Bluffs Elementary, Black Mountain Middle, Design39Campus, Shoal Creek Elementary, Stone Ranch Elementary, and Westview High School. Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem solving competition where students come up with all of the solutions and do all of the work! The following schools had teams that qualified to advance to the State Tournament on March 25th in the San Francisco Bay Area: Adobe Bluffs Elementary, Black Mountain Middle, Shoal Creek Elementary, Westview High.

First Tech Challenge

Last Monday, FIRST Tech Challenge "Team Inspiration" (comprised of students from Meadowbrook MS and Westview HS) was invited to compete at the FTC World Championship in Houston next month. It is the highest honor a FTC robotics team can achieve. Team Inspiration World Championship is comprised of team captain-Steven Chen (Junior, Westview High), Mabel Szeto (8th grader, MBMS), Colin Szeto (8th grader, MBMS), Aditya Mavalankar (8th grader, MBMS, Madalyn Nguyen (7th grader, MBMS), and Annapurna Saladi (7th grader, MBMS). Visit this link to learn more about the team.

Excellence in Education: Studio 701

Our fifth “Excellence in Education” video focuses on the students behind the videos themselves, "Studio 701": a new internship created by Career, Technical, and Adult Education (CTAE) and the Communications Department for Advanced Digital Media students. We are recruiting interns for the 2017-18 school year. Contact Christine Paik at cpaik@powayusd.com if you know a high school student who wants to apply.
Poway Unified: "Excellence in Education": Studio 701 Internship

Fun Photo Gallery

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10th Annual Golf Classic

Announcing the PUSD Foundation Friday, May 5, 2017 at Maderas Golf Club

Join other education, business, and community leaders at this special event that will include lunch on the golf course, $100,000 Shootout, Helicopter Ball Drop, a post-golf reception, and an auction and awards dinner. Since this falls on Cinco De May, we will have a Mexican celebration with a dinner included for the players and sponsors.

Don’t play golf, but still want to help? You can:

What I Wish My Parents Knew

Have you ever wondered what today's teenagers are really thinking? Join other parents in discovering what our students really wished their parents knew about the following areas:

  • Handling academic pressure
  • Communicating with your teen
  • Managing social media
  • Drugs/alcohol
  • Depression/suicide

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 6:30-8:45pm at Rancho Bernardo High School

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 6:30-8:45pm at Del Norte High School
Register online at www.whatiwishmyparentsknew.com

Youth Enrichment Programs for Summer 2017

Registration is now open for PUSD's Youth Enrichment Programs for the summer. From art and foreign language to computer science and theater, there's something for everyone. Click for the catalogue of classes. All classes will be held at Mt. Carmel High School, unless otherwise noted.

Poway Unified School District

The Poway Unified School District is located in northern San Diego County, California. PUSD operates 25 elementary schools (K-5), one elementary & middle school combination (TK-8th), six middle schools (6-8), one continuation high school, five comprehensive high schools (9-12), and one adult school. 24 schools are located in the city of San Diego; 11 schools in the city of Poway; and 3 in the County of San Diego. The District serves approximately 36,000 students and is the third largest school district in the county.