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Piedmont Unified School District Newsletter - May 2023

Meet & Greet with New PUSD Superintendent May 8

PUSD invites the community to meet the District’s new Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Hawn. Please join us Monday, May 8, 5-7:00pm, in the Plaza between the STEAM Building and Alan Harvey Theater on the campus of Piedmont High School. Refreshments and snacks will be provided! RSVP on the District website.

Melissa Daymond Named New Wildwood Elementary Principal

At its April 26 meeting, the PUSD Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Melissa Daymond as new Principal of Wildwood Elementary School. She will replace the retiring Carol Cramer on July 1, 2023. Visit the District website for more information about PUSD's newest principal!

PHS STEAM Building/Alan Harvey Theater Project Earns Award of Merit

PUSD's STEAM Building and Alan Harvey Theater project - made possible by 2016's voter-approved H1 Facilities Bond - on the campus of Piedmont High School, has earned a 2023 Award of Merit in the 'Best Educational Project' category of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Awards. Congratulations to all the District's partners on the project and thank you to the Piedmont community for voting to make these outstanding facilities available for our students. Learn more about the H1 Bond and project here.

Piedmont Middle School Hosts Diversity Day

Great day at Piedmont Middle School as Diversity Day returned April 24 after a three-year hiatus. Students enjoyed a variety of presentations and activities, as well as lunch featuring foods from around the world. The day ended with a Wish/Action Tag activity where students hung tags on trees with a wish written on one side and an action they will take on the other. Visit PUSD's Facebook page for photos. Thank you to all the organizers, speakers, and to the PMS Parents Club for making the day possible.

Highlander Robotics Places 3rd at World Championships

Congratulations to the Highlander Robotics Team for placing 3rd in its division at the FIRST Robotics World Championships last week in Houston. Read full story courtesy of the Piedmont Post.

'I Am Here' Assembly Returns to PHS/MHS

Before Spring Break, Piedmont and Millennium High School students gathered for the return of the 'I Am Here' Assembly to close out Diversity Week on April 7. Read more about the event courtesy of the Piedmont Post.

Physics Students Work to Bring Clean Water to Houses in Panama

Students in Ms. Chamberlain’s physics classes are applying lessons learned in the classroom to real world situations through a partnership with Global Brigades - an international non-profit working to meet the health and economic goals of communities around the world. Funded by PUSD’s Department of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI), students have joined with Global Brigades to develop and apply their STEM skills to improve access to clean drinking water for partner communities. Students met via Zoom with a Water Council in Panama on April 28 to discuss efforts to connect houses with the town’s water supply. After interviewing Council members to learn their specific needs, students will spend the next few weeks designing a gravity-based system to bring clean water to residents, present the project to local engineers and fundraise to help make the project a reality.

PUSD News & Notes

Superintendent Message - Dr. Evans looks toward the end of the school year and changes coming to the District in his monthly message.

Community Pool Construction Update - New safety measures around the Community Pool Project construction site on Magnolia Ave. across from PHS/MHS go into effect Monday, May 8. Visit the City of Piedmont's website for details.

LCAP Highlights for 2023-24 - The 2023-24 LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) is the district’s strategic plan for the third year of the plan's current three-year cycle. Very few changes are being recommended for year three. Updated language is being written to provide more clarification on several of the actions that will continue to be implemented next year. The PUSD Board of Education was presented with highlights of the actions for 2023-24 at its April 26 meeting. Material is available for public review and discussion before the final draft of the LCAP is presented over two readings in June. Read full background & view slidedeck. Presentation begins at 40:30 of meeting video.

Title IX Update - After engaging in a gender equity audit of the high school athletic program last year, a taskforce of staff, students and parents identified findings disadvantaging girls in participation equity and in benefits accrued to athletes. Actions were identified in response, as well as improvements to monitoring and reporting. At its April 26 meeting, the PUSD Board of Education was updated on progress towards eliminating the participation gap and the next steps being taken for next year. The analysis of benefits accrued to athletics will be compiled when spring sports conclude and will be presented in the Fall. Read full background & view slidedeck. Presentation begins at 1:40:30 of meeting video.

AP Art Show - The work of AP Art students was on display in the lobby of the Alan Harvey Theater at Piedmont High School for a reception April 27.

Office Hours with Dr. V - As part of the ongoing effort to strengthen engagement across the district and the Piedmont Community, PUSD Director of DEI, Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, is scheduling in-person and virtual "office hours" as an opportunity for small group dialogue about equity, social justice and engagement. In-person meetings will be held in Dr. V's office in the 40s building one floor below Millennium HS. Sign up for a face-to-face meeting. Remaining date available is May 22. If you choose a virtual meeting, the link will be sent to you the day before. Choose the 15-minute time slot that best fits your schedule.

Board Meeting Summaries - Summaries of all Piedmont Unified Board of Education meetings are available on the District website and social media. Read summaries of recent meetings -

April 26, 2023

Work for PUSD - PUSD is seeking candidates for a variety of positions. Visit the District's Edjoin page for a complete list of jobs available and to apply online.

Substitutes Needed - Support students while earning up to $200/day. PUSD seeking substitute teachers for the 2023-24 school year. Visit the District's EdJoin page for more information and to apply.

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Upcoming Events

  • May 8 - Meet & Greet with new PUSD Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Hawn
  • May 10 - Board Meeting
  • May 11 - All School Art Reception
  • May 12 - High School Talent Show
  • May 14-15 - PHS Dance/Choir Concert
  • May 16 - PHS/PMS Spring Orchestra Concert
  • May 17 - PHS Spring Symphonic/Jazz Band Concert
  • May 18 - PMS Spring Band Concert
  • May 19 - Kids Night Out
  • May 21 - Piedmont Maker Faire
  • May 23 - Senior Awards Night
  • May 24 - Board Meeting
  • May 25 - Day of Solidarity
  • May 25 - PHS Guitar Engineering Showcase
  • June 1 - MHS Graduation
  • June 1 - PMS 8th-Grade Celebration
  • June 2 - Last Day of School
  • JUne 2 - PHS Graduation