Navigating COVID-19: PUSD Comes Together During Crisis
Photo courtesy of Creekside Elementary School. (Taken before schools closed)
Message from the Superintendent
Thank you for all of your hard work over the past month and a half! This is an unprecedented period of upheaval and uncertainty for school districts and the students and families they serve.
I am incredibly proud of how Team PUSD has handled the school closures and subsequent changes to how we do our jobs – from a business and operations standpoint to a whole new way of teaching and learning.
The logistics, collaboration, and brain power involved in figuring out how to implement distance learning for over 36,500 students, distribute 7,500 Chromebooks, serve over 4,000 meals a day, clean and secure 39 campuses, ensure our district keeps running… all of this has been a Herculean effort and I’m thankful for each and every one of you.
To our families, you have shown incredible strength, patience, and grace navigating distance learning and trying to balance your own commitments as parents, essential workers, and working from home. Thank you for your partnership.
School as we know it has changed dramatically. We do not know what the future holds. We still have many challenges ahead – including what school will look like when we are finally able to return. What will be the new normal? But I am confident, based on our efforts so far, that we will be able to figure it out together and do what’s best for our students and our community. Team PUSD will emerge from this stronger than ever.
Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D.
Thursday, April 30th is the last day for registration!
TK/Kindergarten Enrollment Opening!
+ The process will be completed entirely online, due to emergency closures.
+ Visit bit.ly/PUSDenroll for more information.
Preschool Open Enrollment
Distance Learning in Poway Unified
April 2-3, 2020: Chromebook Distribution
April 6, 2020: First Day of Distance Learning (Soft Launch)
Distance Learning Pep Talks with Principal Corso
Quick Tips with Mrs. Dykes
April 20, 2020: Bringing the Classroom Home for Students
When Erin Summit's students see her on Zoom, she appears to be in their normal Rolling Hills Elementary School classroom. Read how Erin, a special education teacher, created a sense of normalcy for her TK and Kindergarten students with autism during distance learning: bit.ly/rhessp
Thank you to all #PowayUnified teachers who are finding the silver linings during emergency closures, and continuing to provide stability for our students.
Preparing more Mobile STEM Workshop laptops for use by
Mt. Carmel Sports Medicine Class
Students in Mrs. Lawrance's class were tasked with making an anatomical model of the hip/thigh/pelvis using items they had at home. They came up with some pretty creative products!
Design39 Best Buddies
Staff at D39 are hosting weekly Best Buddies lunch meetings. Club members meet as a large group & then in smaller groups. Clubbers even went on a virtual field trip to Old Poway Park!
Mt. Carmel Sports Medicine Class
Abraxas Zoom Services
Meet Giancarlo Valdez, a student in our Transitions Program hosted at
Virtual Preschool Fun
PUSD Preschool students engage in distance learning with science experiments and circle activities courtesy of teachers from Del Sur, Sundance and Monterey Ridge Elementary Schools.
Rancho Bernardo HS Engineering
Students in Mrs. Barnett's Project Lead the Way Principles of Engineering class are building and using "Fling Machines" to gather and analyze data, and engage in the design process.
Abraxas Zoom Services
Virtual Preschool Fun
Despite the circumstances, Sunset Hills Elementary students work hard to keep their minds and bodies healthy at home. Way to go, Seagulls!
Canyon View Elementary teacher, Samantha Yellen hosted a pajama reading party for her 1st graders.
Talia's Tolerance Tour
Poway High student Talia Schauder took her presentation on her grandfather's Holocaust story online, for a live broadcast.
Excellence in Education Series: Distance Learning
Special Education Resources During Emergency Closures
Visit our Student Support Services website to discover resources we offer for Special Education: bit.ly/powaySPED
Celebrating our #PUSDSeniors
These signs are popping up in front lawns all over #PowayUnified, have you seen them? Join us in recognizing and celebrating the #Classof2020 by posting a photo of your senior with the lawn sign. Use the hashtag #PUSDSeniors and tag us (@powayunified) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Many local print shops are making these signs for parents in response to emergency school/university closures.
10News "Senior Spotlight" Featuring PUSD Students
Poway High School seniors Josie Allen and Chelsea Lomicka as well as Lexie Roche were recently featured on a 10News – ABC San Diego KGTV edition of "Senior Spotlight" - a segment dedicated to highlighting seniors across San Diego County despite the COVID-19 school closures. We are inspired by the resiliency of the Class of 2020.
PUSD Peer Counselors Encourage Staff with Surprise Video
Tim Saeger is Back With Another Virtual Orchestra Performance
These collaborations bring us so much joy. Everyone loved the first project, and PUSD trumpet teacher Tim Saeger does not disappoint - 64 trumpets, 1 bass, 1 drum, and a special guest. "I hope that my students feel a little more connected after having done this project. I look forward to more collaboration with them and when this is all over we can have something positive to show for during a difficult time," Tim wrote on the original Facebook post.
Thank you to our #PowayUnified community for choosing joy in this difficult situation. #alonetogether
Girl Scouts, PUSD Community Donates Hundreds of Face masks for Volunteers
School Lunch Heroes
Westview Girl Scout Gives Back to Senior Community
Anjali Bose, a Westview High School sophomore, and Girl Scout Troop #2927 hold Zoom meetings with residents at local senior living and assisted living communities, read stories to them, play instruments in an online recital and play games.
“Surrounding us are many senior citizens who reside in senior living and assisted living communities, and are unable to have visitors during this time," said Anjali. "As part of our project to give back to the community, our troop will hold Zoom meetings with these residents. We want to be a part of their lives and give them the opportunity to socialize at a distance during this crisis.”
Read the full story here.
Quarantine Can't Stop the #MidlandMagic
See Something, Say Something - Vandals Targeting Closed Schools
If you see an active act of vandalism, call 911. If you see a non-active threat, report to non-emergent authority.
First Ever Virtual PUSD Board of Education Meeting
Honors & Achievements
AVID Standouts Recognized at Virtual Board Meeting
AVID Senior Standouts
AVID 8th Grade Standouts
Poway Unified High Schools Named in Top Performing US Schools
U.S. News and World Report recently released the rankings of top performing high schools at the local, state, and national level. Poway Unified is pleased to announce that our five comprehensive high schools were named as part of this group. Below are the rankings.
Westview High School in Torrey Highlands ranked No. 4 in San Diego County, No. 49 in California, and No. 400 nationwide.
Del Norte High School in 4S Ranch ranked No. 6 in San Diego County, No. 55 in California, and No. 436 nationwide.
Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos is ranked No. 16 in San Diego County, No. 159 in California, and No. 1,121 nationwide.
Poway High School in Poway ranked No. 24 in San Diego County, No. 223 in California, and No. 1,575 nationwide.
Rancho Bernardo High School in Rancho Bernardo ranked No. 27 in San Diego County, No. 272 in California, and No. 2,001 nationwide.
Poway High School's Emily Bylsma Is New Student Board Member
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Bylsma as the new Student Board Member for the 2020-21 academic year. Emily's advocacy for positive social change, both on and off campus, reflects the values of someone who serves as the voice of students. We have no doubt she will thrive in this leadership role. Please help us congratulate Emily in this new position.
To read the full press release, please click here: https://bit.ly/PUSDEmily
PUSD's Dr. Jennifer Burks Named Admin of the Year for 2020 (ACSA)
Upon her arrival to Poway Unified in 2017, Dr. Burks created the District's new educational technology department from scratch. As the first-ever Associate Superintendent of Technology and Innovation for Poway Unified, she oversees both the Information and Education branches of technology.
“The fact that she accomplished so much in such a short period of time speaks to her incredible work ethic and commitment to professional growth,” Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps said. “Jennifer’s dedication to creating inclusive, innovative learning environments for all students is just one of the many reasons why she is deserving of this award.”
Dr. Burks, in addition to the other 2020 recipients, will be featured in EdCal Magazine later this summer and honored at the Leadership Summit Statewide Awards Ceremony on November 6 in San Diego.
PUSD's David Oliva Named San Diego County Classified Employee of the Year
Over the past six years, David has gone above and beyond to ensure students are safe, comfortable, and engaged during these long drives. For example, he created a personalized book for a student to ease their anxiety during the bus ride. He researches educational videos on topics the students are interested in, to keep them learning on the drive.
Congratulations, David on being named San Diego County Classified Employee of the Year. His application will be forwarded to the state competition for consideration.
PUSD Names New Executive Director II of Learning Support
Highlight: Tim Purvis in School Transportation News Magazine
Quick shout out to our Director of Transportation, Tim Purvis, for this magazine feature. Tim has dedicated his career to ensuring the safety and well-being of each and every student that climbs aboard a school bus - each and every day. Campuses might be closed and buses are no longer carrying students right now, but we know Tim and our Transportation Department is eagerly awaiting the day they can take our students to and from school again. Click here to read the entire feature: bit.ly/PUSDt
News Minute: Stay Up-to-Date During Emergency Closures
Every Friday, we share the News Minute during the COVID-19 closures to help keep you informed and inspired. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @powayunified for these weekly updates. As always, the most up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus can be found at PUSD's COVID-19 resource page (http://bit.ly/3cX1khG).
Friday, April 24, 2020
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Friday, April 3, 2020
Celebrations & Resolutions
April is Autism Awareness Month
Our mission is to support each and every student, each and every day. To see them as individuals first. To #CelebrateDifferences. To promote #inclusivity. Although we're celebrating #AutismAwarenessMonth with our students and their families virtually this year, we see you. We miss you. Our Special Education TOSA Megan Gross collaborated on a collection of resources with teachers around the world, to support families receiving SPED services during emergency closures. Check it out here: bit.ly/2K7vr8Y
Visit our Student Support Services website to learn more about the resources we offer for Special Education: https://www.powayusd.com/…/Special-Educat…/Special-Education
Happy Administrative Professionals Day
Earth Day 2020
Bus Driver Appreciation Day
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