Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff

June 2017 Edition

I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation so far! The end-of-the-year festivities were a blur, so we tried to capture some of them for you here. The newsletter will be taking a break during July, and will resume in August. Submissions are always welcome; I'd especially love to see your vacation photos. Send them to: cpaik@powayusd.com.


Christine Paik, Director of Communications

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Message from Superintendent

Hello TeamPUSD!

We have so many things to celebrate, including the success of all of our graduates, all 2,700 of them! Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend graduations at Mt. Carmel High School and at Design39Campus, with their first-ever 8th grade class. I know my fellow District leaders and our Board members also attended high school graduations and middle and elementary school promotions. It is in these moments when we realize the impact of all of our hard work and the importance of our mission of college and career readiness. As educators, these opportunities allow us to share in our students' successes and accomplishments. Also noteworthy is the fact that $84-million dollars in scholarships was offered to our students!

At the June 29th Board Meeting, PUSD adopted our Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP for 2017-18. I want to thank #TeamPUSD for your input in developing this roadmap for our continued success. We also adopted the 2017-18 proposed budget which includes the expenditures necessary to implement our LCAP. We must take a proactive, creative, and collaborative approach to working our way out of a multi-year “deficit” scenario. We will need to accomplish this work together, with our staff, employee associations, and our community. We will be forming a District Budget Advisory Committee this Fall to do just that. We will continue to balance our budgets while maintaining our high-quality educational programs for Poway students. I am confident PUSD can and will do what is best for our students, staff, and stakeholders.

I also want to extend a warm welcome to our #TeamPUSD leadership team: Jennifer Burks, Associate Superintendent of Technology and Innovation; Ron Little, Associate Superintendent of Business Support Services; Todd Cassen and Doug Johnson, Executive Directors in Learning Support Services; James Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Student Discipline; and Principals Marie Galaz, Eric Takeshita, and Alain Henry. You can read more about them in the article below. Welcome to #TeamPUSD and we are thrilled to have such talented and passionate educators joining us. We would like to congratulate our dear colleagues who have left PUSD for promotions and retirements.

While many of our campuses may seem to be quieter, staff are busy planning for the opening of the new school year. We also have many summer programs and projects underway: Youth Enrichment Programs, Extended School Year, Summer ESS, Professional Development, deep cleaning, construction and renovation projects, enrollment and registration, the list goes on. Thank you for your ongoing work in support of PUSD. Please enjoy these summer months and I look forward to welcoming you all back in August.

Marian Kim-Phelps, Ed.D.

Student, School, and Staff Achievements

Quiz Bowl Nationals

Westview High School placed second among teams from across the nation and the world at the National Scholastic Championship! The Westview quiz bowl team is composed of senior Rahul Keyal, senior Chaitanya Kore, senior Shivank Nayak, and junior Kevin Yu. You can watch the super playoff match here.

Gold Medalist

Joshua LeClair, a Transition student at Abraxas High School, won a gold medal in golf at the Southern California Special Olympics Summer Games at California State University Long Beach. Joshua played his personal best, making 2 pars for a final score of 47 on nine holes.

AVID Teacher Advocacy Award

Black Mountain Middle School AVID teacher, Danielle Reyes, was awarded the Teacher Advocacy Award, one of only five in the state to receive it. Each educator will receive $10,000 to enhance AVID implementation at their school through conference attendance, classroom equipment and materials (including technology and books), professional development and academic coaching.

AVID Standouts

8th Grade

Congratulations to this year's AVID Standouts. AVID stands for "Advancement Via Individual Determination." AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Each year PUSD middle schools and high schools select one 8th grader and senior student for their academic performance, university potential, and community involvement.

Bernardo Heights Middle: Willow Mitchell

Black Mountain Middle: Jaden Calderon

Meadowbrook Middle: Jordan Duff

Mesa Verde Middle: Anjolie Ly

Oak Valley Middle: Paria Jahadi

Twin Peaks Middle: Andre Gonzalez

High School

Del Norte High: Siana Leggs

Mt. Carmel High: Machelle Sabir

Poway High: Esther Lapite

Rancho Bernardo High: Maleah Gutierrez (not pictured)

Westview High: Bradley Mazon

iVIE Award

Congratulations to PUSD winners of the San Diego County iVIE (Innovative Video in Education) Awards: Design39Campus won in the "How To" Category with "How to Tie a Tie" and Rancho Bernardo High School won the Grand Recognition Award for the documentary "Unmedicated."

Math Olympiad Perfect Score

D39C's Raunak Mondal achieved a rare feat: he achieved perfect scores on all five tests as part of the Maths Olympiad Competition. Last year nearly 170,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated. Raunak, a 4th grader, competed in the 5th/6th grade division. He was awarded the Dr. George Lenchner award, named after the founder of the competition, for his perfect score.

Intel Science Fair

Westview student Daniel Zhang was awarded the prestigious Philip V. Streich Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2017. Daniel earned a two-week trip to the London International Youth Science Forum, an international event attracting science students from around the world. Daniel’s project studies cancer genomes to expose cancer’s weaknesses. Intel will also donate $1,000 to Westview High School to promote STEM education and research.

San Diego County Fair Student Showcase

These are a few examples of PUSD students' artwork that will be on display at the San Diego County Fair's Student Showcase. PUSD is well represented, with multiple Best of Show and Best of Class award winners. For a full list go here.

CIF Champs

Mt. Carmel Boys Track and Field Team secured the CIF Division II Championships. The boys won their 2nd straight CIF Track Title, with a win over La Costa Canyon. Quoi Ellis led the way with his double win in the 100 and 200 and qualifying for state. Simeon Paul also qualified with for state in the 3200. The Sundevils scored points in 7 events, the 4 x 100, 100, 200, 800, 3200, shot and discus.

CIF Distinguished Service Award

Dennis McClanahan, Mt. Carmel Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, received the CIF Distinguished Service Award at the Annual Appreciation Dinner on May 31st. Coach McClanahan, a Sundevil since 1974, has served as a leader in high school athletics for the County and the State, and has led his teams to 26 CIF titles.

PUSD 2017 Volunteers of the Year

The Poway Unified School District is proud to recognize our volunteers and pleased to announce that Rachel Allums, Jenny Burnett, and Cathy Rongey have been chosen as Poway Unified District Volunteers of the Year for 2017 from a very distinguished list of school site volunteers of the year. You can read more about them here.

Introducing: PUSD's New Student Board Representative

Shaina Mishra, from Rancho Bernardo High School, has been selected as the 2017-18 Student Board Representative. Shaina is a leader on her campus, including serving as a peer counselor, Human Relations Commissioner, and Teens in Politics publicist. She interned for State Senator Joel Anderson to gain experience in community service, public programs, and the legislative process. She is also passionate about STEM education, as a member of the robotics team and the founder and president of the Women in Science and Engineering club at her school. Her term begins in August 2017.

Introducing New District Leadership

The Poway Unified School District is pleased to welcome new leaders at our schools and District office. Please read about our new PUSD leaders here. Congratulations to our colleagues who have left PUSD for promotions and retirements.

Excellence in Education: Middle School STEM

The latest “Excellence in Education” video focuses on the expansion of middle school STEM at Twin Peaks Middle School. This video series is created by "Studio 701," a new internship created by Career, Technical, and Adult Education (CTAE) and the Communications Department for Advanced Digital Media students.
Poway Unified "Excellence in Education": Twin Peaks STEM
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Congratulations Graduates!

Middle School Promotions

5th Grade Promotions

Fun Photo Gallery

Celebrating These and All PUSD Retirees:

(Thank you for submitting your retirement photos!)
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Foreign Language in Elementary School

Hurry! Space is limited. Parents with children TK - 5th interested in attending the Mandarin Foreign Language in Elementary School Program at Adobe Bluffs should fill out the Intradistrict Transfer Application for the 2017-2018 School Year. All students at ABES enjoy two weekly session of Mandarin language and Chinese cultural lessons in addition to existing elementary school curriculum.

Notice: Board Meeting Date Changes

This is the revised schedule for PUSD Board meetings for the remainder of 2017:

  • Thursday, August 10

  • Thursday, September 14

  • Thursday, October 12

  • Thursday, November 9

  • Thursday, December 14

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.