Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff

April 2017 Edition

The end of the school year is approaching so quickly! It seems like someone pushed the fast forward button ever since we returned from Spring Break. But I hope you take the time to slow down and read through this latest edition of the #TeamPUSD newsletter. So many good things are happening around the District! Submissions are always welcome: cpaik@powayusd.com.


Christine Paik, Director of Communications

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Message from Superintendent

Dear Team PUSD,

It has been a whirlwind first month, during which I have been able to visit several campuses and meet with staff, parents, and students, as well as meet with local media stations and tour the Twin Peaks Center and District Offices. I also had an opportunity to attend the wonderful Poway Music Festival and meet with some of our PTA leaders at the Palomar Council Meeting. Thank you for your kindness and warm welcome. If I haven’t seen or met you yet, I hope to soon. My listening and learning tour will continue throughout the school year. I want to hear from you about all the things that are going well, as well as your input on ways that we can continue to improve our District.

Many people have asked me how I am feeling about taking on this role. I am excited and ready to begin our work together. I know that I am the kind of leader that can move our great District forward to the next level. Many have also asked me why I took the job. I see it as a challenge and a calling. It is time to refocus our efforts and attention on PUSD’s mission of ensuring college and career readiness for all students. We have to keep our eyes on the prize, and continue to make our children the priority. In this way, PUSD can continue to offer a world class education as well as innovative programs.

As you are aware, the District does have some obstacles and challenges that we will have to face together. The budget situation remains uncertain as we await the Governor’s May budget revision. We need to ensure the District is fiscally stable enough to sustain the demands of our high-performing District while ensuring that we can retain the highest quality employees. I am committed to providing open and transparent communication as we build the trust and integrity of our team and District.

I am proud to be the newest member of Team PUSD. I hope you had a restful Spring Break, and I look forward to working with you.

Marian Kim-Phelps, Ed.D.

Student, School, and Staff Achievements

Gold Ribbon Schools

Del Norte High School, Mt. Carmel High School, Oak Valley Middle School, and Rancho Bernardo High School have all been selected under the California Department of Education’s Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. Poway Unified Superintendent Marian Kim-Phelps said, “These schools are an excellent example of PUSD’s mission of ensuring college and career readiness for all students. Through dedicated staff and innovative programs, they are creating 21st century learners, ready for future success.” Read more here.

Honor Roll Schools

Adobe Bluffs Elementary, Chaparral Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Deer Canyon Elementary, Del Sur Elementary, Design 39 Campus, Los Penasquitos Elementary, Mesa Verde Middle, Midland Elementary, Monterey Ridge Elementary, Mt. Carmel High, Painted Rock Elementary, Park Village Elementary, Pomerado Elementary, Rancho Bernardo High, Stone Ranch Elementary, Westview High, Willow Grove Elementary have all been named Honor Roll schools for the 2016-17 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). Please view the press release for more information.

Science Olympiad Champions

Oak Valley's Science Olympiad Team is headed to Nationals! They are the first Poway Unified team to ever qualify! The National Team members are eighth graders Jason Chang, Arjun Ghoshal, Eagan Kaminetz, Kate Liu, Barath Raj, Kiersten Russ, Arul Salaniwal, Luya Wei, Ian Xu and Jason Zhuang; seventh graders Tanmay Marwah, Aashi Mittal, Kaavya Raamkumar, Devam Shrivastava; and sixth grader Connor Wang. The alternates are seventh grader Vihan Jayaraman and sixth graders Noor Grewal, Ishan Kapoor and Hetvi Trivedi. Read more about the team and their journey to Nationals here.

PHS Robotics Chairman's Award

Poway High School’s FIRST Robotics “Team Spyder 1622” was awarded the Chairman’s Award, the highest award given at the Hawaii Regional Competition. The team was selected out of 37 teams for the award. The award recognizes the team’s efforts over five years, from industrial design to engineering/fabrication, entrepreneurship, mentorship, public speaking, professional writing, and community outreach. As recipients of the Chairman’s Award, “Team Spyder 1622” qualified for the FIRST Robotics International World Championships in Houston from April 19-23, 2017.

National Merit Finalists

The following PUSD students are National Merit Scholarship finalists. Each finalist submits a detailed scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular achievement, awards, and leadership positions. Finalists must also have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying PSAT test performance. A select number of students will be chosen to receive the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.

Del Norte High School: Lillian Bu, Sayan Chatterjee, Ethan M. Chung, Matthew G. Earney, Kaumron K. Eidgahy, Jessica Ho, Brian Sanyu Huo, Katie H. Lam, Albert J. Lee, Hyunjae Lee, Nicholas Li, Angela Ma, Francis T Nguyen, Flora S. Park, Elizabeth Pegg, Archana Penumudi, Daniel Shevchuk, Catherine Xi, April L. Xie, Michael S. Yoon

Mt. Carmel High School: Katherine Asaro, Lili Chen, Rucha Deshpande, Chloe Jiang, Zoe Li, Grace Lin, Maia McNeil, Ryan Storgard, Christina Tan, Bryan Yang

Poway High School: Piper Langer Weida, Parth Nobel, Amy E. Walker

Rancho Bernardo High School: Emma J. Groves, Bryant Huang, Sung Hoon Kang, James D. Lee

Theodore C. Lee, Christine Y. Peng, Allen Tsai

Westview High School: Kathryn L. Chan, Jefferson T. Duan, Matthew R. Duston, Robert Montgomery Furth, Colby E. Hester, Yue Liu, Zhengyu Liu, David Mao, Shivank Nayak, Erwin M. Ni, Shibangi Pal, William Carrigan Pope, Leo Ryu, Anish V. Sathe, Meilynn Shi, Jacob Tao, Irene R. Wang, Allyson Xie, Angela B. Yan, Andrew Zhang, Kevin Zhang, Yuchen Zhang

Excellence in Education: Apple Distinguished School

The latest “Excellence in Education” video focuses on Tierra Bonita, an Apple Distinguished 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. 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": Apple Distinguished School

Fun Photo Gallery

Spring Break Adventures

Whether by planes, trains, automobiles, or even bicycles, our students and staff traveled the country and the world.
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10th Annual Golf Classic

Announcing the PUSD Foundation 10th Annual Golf Classic on 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:

Character & Ethics Film Festival

Don't miss the Character and Ethics Film Festival next week. 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3rd, at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. The students will feel like stars, with a walk down the red carpet and on camera interviews. Click this article for a list of the finalists.

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.

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.

Notice: Board Meeting Date Changes

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

  • Tuesday, May 16 Special Board Workshop

  • Tuesday, May 30

  • Thursday, June 29

  • Thursday, July 13

  • 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.