Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff

June 2016 Edition

Dear #TeamPUSD, I hope you can experience some rest and relaxation this summer. Whether you're working, taking time off, or both, take a moment to enjoy reading about the positive things happening around the District. The newsletter will be on break in July but will resume in August. Please send submissions to cpaik@powayusd.com

Sincerely, Christine Paik, Director of Communications

Wherever you are right now in your PUSD educational career, Westview High senior Kevin Minear has some words of advice: “Do not take the quality of your education for granted. There is nothing more important than using the tools given to you, and PUSD schools give you so much extra help with schoolwork and personal relationships that it would be foolish to not take advantage of these resources.” Kevin should know, he’s been attending PUSD schools since he was in kindergarten. He’s on the far right in the photo below.
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Class of 2016 (in 2003)

L to R: Danna D'Esopo, Tiffany Nguyen, Faith Thai, Arian Masoumi, Alexander Ly, Tiffany Duong, Jaylynn Elliott, and Kevin Minear
This kindergarten photo was taken at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in the Fall of 2003. Now, these same kindergarteners graduated from high school this month. We snapped this reunion photo after tracking down six of the original eight students:
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Class of 2016 (Today)

L to R: Danna D'Esopo, Tiffany Nguyen, Faith Thai, Alexander Ly, Tiffany Duong, and Kevin Minear

All six are headed to college, ranging from the University of Texas to UC Berkeley. Del Norte High senior Danna D’Esposo, who’s headed to Santa Clara University says, “I think PUSD was very good at presenting college as a goal for my future. I know that college has been talked about in school my kindergarten year through my senior year of high school.”

In fact, their kindergarten class was the first to launch Poway Unified’s district-wide campaign of “College and Career Readiness for All Students.” That remains our mission statement today. We see ourselves as a gateway to our students’ future. Just like proud parents watching their children walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, it is truly remarkable for us, as educators, to witness and reflect on the fruits of our labor. Read more of Dr. Mel Robertson's message here.

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Everyday Heroes honors classified employees who demonstrate excellence in work performance, school and community involvement, and leadership and commitment to our District and students.
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Team PUSD is designed to recognize an admirable team of employees, who together accomplish an exceptional task or project. The recognition is for two or more classified and/or certificated individuals who have made a significant contribution to the benefit of PUSD, an individual, his or her work site, the community, or other volunteer or service organization.


Classified Retirements

Odette Alkire, Rhonda Birich, Carolyn Boyll, Sandra Burgoyne, Pilar Caspelich, Marilee Cochran, John Di Marino, Diane Evans, Denise Hollander, Marcia Klaiber, Karen Long, Cheryl Milinkevich, Nida Prieto, Janette Reynoso, Christina Quiroz, Tony Silva, Judith Smith, Janet Stemfle, Susan Stoneman, Stanley Taylor, Michael Tremblay, Vicki Wahlsten, Sandra Wiese, Dian Woolsey

Certificated Retirements

Debbie Amberg, Christine Arrigo, Cora Bagley, Eunice Brothers, Susan Buhler, Kimberly Callian, Beverly Clark, Jeannie Dickinson, Coreen Gardella, Christopher Carter, Lorraine Carter, Beverly Clark, Sandy DelaMontaigne, Jane Dulong, Steven Ely, Kerry Ferrer, Nancy Flexer, Felicia Gahan, Catherine Glover, Melinda Hamill, Wendy Harper, Susan Healy, Deborah Hibbs, Alice Kemper, Larry Knorr, Mark Liska, Lesley Meisberger, Kim Lundgren, Karen McKenzie, Patricia Penner, Colin Pritchard, Larry Richards, Nancy Rutherford, Smail Saidani, Rebecca Sangalang, Deborah Sather, Susan Sheldon, Wendy Svenson, Colleen Van Nordheim, Noreen Walton

Student Achievements

Staff Achievement

Graduation Gallery

Fun Photo Gallery

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Upcoming Dates:

  • Spirit of the 4th Rancho Bernardo Parade on July 4, 2016 at 3:30pm
  • Check with individual school sites for registration times and dates
  • The next Board of Education meeting is August 23, 2016 at 6pm
  • The first day of school is August 16, 2016