Message from Superintendent Phelps
Navigating COVID-19: PUSD Comes Together During Crisis
An 8-Step Guide to Staying Mentally & Physically Healthy During a Public Health Crisis
Food and Nutrition
Black Mountain Middle School Staff Lip Sync to "I'll Be There for You"
Westview's Tim Saeger Hosts Virtual Trumpet Ensemble
Watch it here: https://animoto.com/play/4P3rL0XhVp4ehpWYMeLueg
Garden Road Elementary
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/fH_G96eM5Zw
Tierra Bonita Elementary
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/cqAtfbcY8qE
Turtleback Elementary Shout Out
Fiske Family Foundation Alleviates Cost of COVID-19 Expenses
There are no words to express how blown away we were by the generosity of the Fiske Family Foundation (John Fiske is a #PowayUnified alum!) Their foundation graciously donated $50,000 to the Poway Unified School District Foundation to cover the costs of feeding students and ensuring access to technology for distance learning during COVID-19 closures. We are grateful, to say the very least.
To read more, click here: https://www.powayusd.com/Communications/Press-Releases
Words of Encouragement from #TeamPUSD
Thank you to PUSD Custodial Staff!
Adult School Classes Donate PPEs to Palomar Health
During the week of March 23, Poway Adult School staff delivered a wide variety of extra personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Palomar Health Medical Center Warehouse. Much like other hospitals/medical facilities around the world right now, they are experiencing an extreme shortage of critical medical supplies. Big thanks to our medical classes for donating new PPEs to those who need them most, but an even bigger 'Thank You' to all medical professionals for their service during this time. #ThankADoctor #ThankANurse
👉 Info on how you can help: bit.ly/PMCPoway 👈
Stay Up-To-Date Throughout School Closures
We want to continue bringing you the News Minute during the COVID-19 closures to 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).
Student, School, & Staff Recognition
District Teachers of the Year for 2020
We could not be more thankful for our Teachers who make it their mission to empower world-class learners. Please join us in celebrating these visionaries who have such a positive impact on our students each and every day:
Laura Snow, Pomerado Elementary School
Aaron Smith, Bernardo Heights Middle School
Amy Hillebrecht, Twin Peaks Middle School
District Classified Employees of the Year for 2020
These individuals make it their mission to help us unite the #PowayUnified community. And for that, we are humbled. Please join us in celebrating these visionaries who have such a positive impact on our students each and every day.
Anna Noel, Instructional Aide II, Rancho Bernardo High School
David Oliva, Transportation Bus Aide, Transportation
Donna Lawrence, Library Media Technician, Oak Valley Middle School
PUSD is Home to Two ACSA Administrators of the Year
Not one, but TWO #PowayUnified administrators were named "Administrators of the Year" for Region 18 by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)! Congratulations to Black Mountain Middle School Principal Scott Corso, Middle Grades Principal of the Year, and Associate Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Burks, Technology Administrator of the Year. We are grateful for their strong commitment to students and PUSD!
Read the press release here: http://bit.ly/39xZOAq
Abraxas Named "Model Continuation High School" by State Superintendent
Only 43 schools in California made the list this year, and we are exceptionally proud of the positive culture and conditions Abraxas continues to create for our students. Click to read more about Recognition Program, and how Abraxas cultivates a supportive learning environment through programs like the Community Garden: http://bit.ly/abxhsmcs
Black Mountain MS Re-Dedicated as National AVID Demonstration Site
A Gift for Valley Elementary School
National School Counseling Week 2020
Take a look at some of the featured #schoolcounselors from this week's social media challenge!
New "Think Big Reading Room" for Garden Road Elementary
Morning Creek Elementary Student Off to National GeoBee Competition
National Signing Day for PUSD Athletes
Eagle Scout Gives Back to RBHS Performing Arts
“I saw this as a perfect opportunity for my Eagle Scout project, as students in this program needed new and safer dressing rooms for their shows, events and performances.”
Rancho Bernardo HS senior Jimmy Hernandez recently celebrated his Court of Honor for completing an Eagle Project that helped the RBHS drama department. Read his story of giving back to the community: http://bit.ly/3bFPGHC
Biomed Students Honored in White Coat Ceremony
Project Lead the Way pathway!
Mt. Carmel HS Society of Women Engineers Club Awarded $1,000
(Photo courtesy of @principalmagno on Instagram)
RBHS Band Dir. Selected for CMEA State Award
Valley 5th Grader Wins Mathematics Award
Excellence in Communications
Poway High School Senior Honored with Dell Scholarship
As a Dell Scholar, Nhat has won a $20,000 scholarship, a laptop, a scholars network that includes mentors, and $500 in textbook credits to use at any university he chooses to attend.
Fun Photos & Videos
Black History Month
Women's History Month
She kept a diary that revealed life as a Jewish person in hiding during the Holocaust (1942-44). "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
She became the first African-American filmmaker/woman to win 'Best Director' at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. “Don’t wait for permission to do something creative."
She is a Pakistani activist for women's education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. “I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.”
Celebrating 100 Days of School!
Take a look at these photos schools shared via social media:
Celebrating Lunar New Year at Adobe Bluffs
Watch the video below for a recap.
Titans United Week
Building Kindness Bags for Garden Road Families
ReWear Boutique Back at Pomerado Elementary
PUSD Wax Museums
Mt. Carmel Alumna Goes Undefeated on "Jeopardy!"
(Video courtesy of "Jeopardy!" on YouTube)
Representing PUSD at Long Beach Education Conference
2020-21 Continuing Student Registration Opens April 1
The online Continuing Student Registration will be open April 1 - April 30, 2020. Parents and Guardians will receive email notification once the website is open.
We must receive a completed digital packet for all returning students. This will allow for proper placement of your student for the 2020-2021 school year. This annual digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection.
In preparation of this process, now is the time to confirm that you know your parent login username and password. This information will be needed to complete the registration packet. Please take a moment and ensure you can login to https://sis.powayusd.com. If you do not know your username and/or password, you can visit https://password.powayusd.com to retrieve your login credentials.
Please notify your current Principal via email as soon as possible if you do not plan to return to PUSD for the 2020-2021 school year.
Once school resumes, we will be collecting all required signed paperwork.
Now Accepting Student Board Member Applications
The application period for the 2020-2021 Student Board Member position will be open through April 7, 2020. Any high school juniors, in good academic standing, who will be seniors next year can apply. They do not need to be nominated!
The Student Board Member represents all PUSD students at Board of Education meetings, participates in discussions on student-related issues with PUSD District leadership and Board of Education members, serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and learns first-hand about local government.
Please post and forward to any PUSD high school juniors that you think might be interested. You can check the information page here: https://powayusd.com/en-US/Board/Student-Board
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