March/April 2021 Family Edition
PUSD's Final Reopening Stages for 2020-2021
Additional COVID Funds and Expanded Learning Opportunities Meeting
Due to additional COVID funding from both the state and federal governments, we are able to fund additional priorities. We are happy to share that for 2021-22, we are planning to:
- Keep the X-ploration program to provide art, music, STEM, and P.E. for all elementary students
- Expand Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Science, Technology, Engineering, Math curriculum, TK-12
- Hire additional/expand hours for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and student support specialists
- Temporarily decrease class sizes for 4th grade and above, to ensure physical distancing as we fully reopen next school year
- Offer summer school options K-12, and free summer enrichment opportunities for students
- Continue providing high-quality professional development and support for teachers and staff in inclusive practices, blended learning, differentiated instruction, and racial equity
You can also add your thoughts and feedback on "Additional strategies you would like to see implemented or expanded to support student learning and well-being next year" by going to the survey here until Tuesday, May 5 at 11:59pm.
Don't lose your spot for the 2021-2022 school year!
- Families will be requested to select the Learning Model desired for each child (see article below)
- This process allows a family to complete one single "family" packet instead of one packet per student
- Families can access technical help for usernames and passwords by emailing (email@example.com).
2021-2022 Learning Options for Families
- In-Person Instruction (Full-Day, TK-12)
- Connect Academy (Virtual School, K-8)
- Poway Virtual Courses (9-12)
- PHEP (Homeschool, TK-8)
- New Directions (Independent Study, 6-12)
Please click the video below to watch an overview of each option.
Learning Options Webinar
Intra-District Transfer Window Closed
Preschool Registration is Open
Do you or someone you know have a 3 or 4-year-old student who is ready for preschool? Interested families are invited to submit a registration request for the 2021-22 program year (Tuition-based and State-funded). With a variety of program types available at 25 sites throughout the District, we meet #PowayUnified families with what they need.
FREE* Summer Youth Enrichment Program - Registration opens May 4th!
Mark your calendars for May 4, 2021 and visit www.powayadultschool.com to enroll. Camps are open to all PUSD students in grades 1st-8th, with the option to attend one or all three weeks. For more info, email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PUSD Announces New Student Board Member for 2021-2022 Year
It is with great pride the #PowayUnified School District announces the appointment of Westview High School junior Winnie Xu as the Student Board Member for 2021-2022 👏 She was appointed at the April 8 Board of Education meeting.
Winnie is a dedicated student with a strong moral character, whose passion for civic engagement and peer support embodies what it means to be the voice of students. We are confident Winnie will excel in this role, and are excited to welcome her to the Board. Her term of office will be the entirety of her senior year. Read more about her by clicking here.
Seniors: Academic Opportunity
The application period for a CA Seal of Civic Engagement is open until April 23 for seniors who are engaged in democratic government at the local/state/national level! Does your student want to take political action on real-world issues? This prestigious seal would be affixed to student transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of completion. Apply: http://bit.ly/pusd-ssce
Contact your school's Counseling Department with questions.
Open to students, staff, and families!
Achievements and Recognitions: Students, Staff, Schools & District
Black Mountain Middle School Named CA Distinguished School
“It’s amazing, but no surprise to me,” said Principal Scott Corso. “This is because of our bright students, our incredibly supportive families, and our talented, dedicated staff and educators. When times have been at their toughest, Black Mountain Middle School has been at our best.”
Read more by clicking here or watching the video below.
Adobe Bluffs Elementary Receives Innovation Award for Mandarin Programs
Read more by clicking here.
Two PUSD Middle School Orchestras in Running for National Honor
Bernardo Heights Advanced Orchestra
Twin Peaks Advanced Orchestra
Conducting the advanced orchestras of BHMS and TPMS at the 2020 PUSD Orchestra Festival March 1, 2020.
PUSD CyberAegis Teams Win Big at National Championships
Poway Adult School Grad Earns Scholarship from ACSA
PUSD Schools Designated as No Place for Hate (2020-2021)
No Place for Hate is a self-directed program helping all members of the school community create a more equitable and inclusive climate.
PUSD Student Artwork Featured in San Diego Museum of Art, on Power Boxes Downtown
Additionally, the following students will have their artwork on display at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park for "Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet," which explores the environment and sustainability: Alex Auyon (10), Emily Auyon (12), Anjolie Ly (12), Max Walpole (11), and Alice Zhu (12).
Alice Zhu, Grade 12, Acrylic
"Plastic, Not Dinner"
Anjolie Ly, Grade 12, Watercolor
The SDG&E power box in East Village (Downtown SD) that was created from Emily's artwork.
Six PUSD Students Awarded NMSC Scholarships
Congratulations to our six National Merit finalists for 2021 👏🎉 Each were awarded a Corporate Scholarship to be used at a college or university of their choice. The #PowayUnified finalists are:
- Amita Ram (MCHS)
- Kaitlyn Chan (PHS)
- Kate Ahn (RBHS)
- Adam Khoja (RBHS)
- Gary Lin (WVHS)
- Allen Zhang (WVHS)
Read more about the program and our finalists here: bit.ly/pusd-nmsc21
Poway High School Robotics Brings Home Regional, State Awards
NCWIT 2021 California: San Diego Affiliate Rising Star Award
NCWIT 2021 California: San Diego Affiliate Award
NCWIT 2021 National Certificate of Distinction Award Winner
Fun Photos and Videos
We moved forward in our reopening plans, and welcomed secondary students of ALL GRADES back on campus in March. Campuses are open for the four days-per-week A/B concurrent learning schedule. As part of this approach, on-campus students are able to interact with teachers and peers while virtual students learn simultaneously at home.
We so enjoyed seeing our students back on campus and appreciate the members of #TeamPUSD who made the expansion of in-person learning possible. We couldn’t have done it without their efforts.
Westwood Elementary Time Capsule is Opened
It was just as Ken and Suzie remembered: photos of close friends and favorite teachers, letters from classmates about future technology, first edition prints of the “Westwood Press,” memories from school plays, artwork and more. It was a joy to see memories through the eyes of those who experienced them.
A photograph of a Westwood classroom in the 70s. Other photos included plays, artwork and other mementos.
Ken and Suzie's 5th Grade Class
Mrs. Lockwood's 5th Grade class. Ken and Suzie are circled in red.
Ken and Suzie
The two former Roadrunners say they have kept in touch since their days at Westwood.
Eagle Scout Donates to PUSD Youth in Transition
Ability Awareness Day at Adobe Bluffs
Women in Stem Day
MCHS Senior Revamps Sunset Hills Outdoor Space
Westwood Elementary Sends Encouragement to COVID-19 ICU
Celebrating Seniors Across the District
Superintendent's Student Advisory Council puts on 'Week of Wellness"
A Sweet Donation
Community Drive for Feminine Hygiene Supplies
Monterey Ridge's 5th Grade Project
Studio 701 "Excellence in Education Series"
Celebrations and Resolutions
April is Autism Acceptance Month
Westwood Elementary celebrated on April 2 by wearing blue, often seen as the color of Autism Awareness,