Sharing the Good News and Good Work of Students and Staff

August 2016 Edition

Dear #TeamPUSD,

As a new-ish member of the District, this August 16th was my first "back to school" as both an employee and a parent. It was really fun to witness all the behind-the-scenes work that goes on over the summer to get everything ready for the students to arrive. It just reinforced my sincere appreciation for you, my fellow team members. Enjoy the August edition of the #TeamPUSD newsletter and keep those submissions coming!

-Christine Paik, Director of Communications

Dear Team:

Welcome back to the start of another school year! I would like to express what a privilege it is to lead such a strong team and District dedicated to all students learning and succeeding.

On that note, if you haven't already, please take a moment to watch this video. I think it really sums up what #TeamPUSD is all about. I hope you feel a sense of great pride when watching and sharing it.

Welcome to Poway Unified School District

I would like to assure you, while we’ve experienced some changes in District leadership, our focus and mission of college and career readiness remains for our kids. As we launch a new school year, I look forward to working together with all of you.

In preparation for August 16th, you updated and improved facilities, worked in collaborative teams to develop engaging and relevant curriculum, and increased technology access as well as staffing on our sites, just to name a few.

Thank you for your continued dedication in the months while our students were away and in the months to come as our students return.

As your Acting Superintendent, I will remain student focused. I know you will do the same.

I hope you had a great summer, and best wishes for a successful school year.


Mel Robertson, Acting Superintendent

School, Staff, and Student Achievements

Everyday Heroes and TeamPUSD Awards

Awarded at the June 21st Board Meeting

The PUSD 'Everyday Heroes' Classified Recognition Program honors classified employees who demonstrate excellence in work performance, school and community involvement, leadership and commitment to our District and students. The Team PUSD Award is designed to recognize an admirable team of employees, who together accomplish an exceptional task or project. The recognition is for a group of 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.

PUSD Volunteers of the Year

These Volunteers of the Year, Classified Employees of the Year, and Teachers of the Year will all be honored at the upcoming Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 6pm.

#TeamPUSD Behind the Scenes

PUSD Registration Week 2016
PUSD Campus Cleaning and Beautification 2016
PUSD Teachers Room Prep 2016
PUSD Network Upgrade Project 2016
PUSD Energy Storage Project 2016
Big image

State Testing Results

The Poway Unified School District is pleased to report that the just-released California Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment results show the overall growth in student performance on this state-wide test is positive across the District when compared to the first year of results released in 2015. The assessment, which was administered to over 18,000 students this past spring, saw larger numbers of students in all grade spans achieving the state goal of "Met or Exceeded State Standards." Overall 76% of students in English Language Arts and 67% of students in math met this goal. To see or search the results go here.

Spotlight on Ella Smith: New Student Board Member

We had the opportunity to sit down with #TeamPUSD's new Student Board Member, Ella Smith. Ella attends Westview High School.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about your new position?

E: Working with adults. I have previously worked with student government. I am looking forward to working on larger scale, substantial issues.

Q: What have you been up to this summer?

E: I got to travel with my mom for five weeks. We went to Russia, Italy and Sweden. Did you know a train across Italy only costs about thirty euro?

Q: What are your future plans?

E: I want to go to college and I will probably major in business. I could see myself working for a non profit.

Q: What do you want to accomplish for your final year?

E: I want to help all students feel involved and that they can voice their ideas, big and small. I also want to increase hydration across campuses.

Q: What are some fun facts about you?

E: I like art history and when I was traveling I discovered that I love gnocchi.

Q: Do you have a message for your fellow PUSD students?

E: Yes. Be informed to be empowered. When you are informed you can voice your opinion well and you will feel empowered.

Summer Fun and Back to School Gallery

Scenes from the Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the 4th Parade

Big image

Upcoming Dates: