INSIGHTS AND THOUGHTS FROM OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
At a recent school Board meeting, one of our student representatives made a powerful statement. While his comments were connected to the topic of math placement and acceleration, he was really referring to hearing students in order to inform decisions in general. If you want to be inspired by a student who was vulnerable, strong, insightful, an advocate for his peers, and brave, please consider watching his video HERE.
THE PROMISE ANNUAL REPORT
The PAUSD Promise represents strategic plans to balance organizational goals, student outcomes, and innovative practices. An essential aspect of The PAUSD Promise is the prioritization of goals to maximize impacts. The Promise Annual Report is a comprehensive summary of staff’s dedicated work striving to be Champions of Excellence.
NEW BIRTH REMINDS US OF HOPES AND DREAMS
I became a grandfather a few days ago for the first time. My son and his wife brought Jack into the world, along with a million pictures. They are out of state, so I will not get to hold him until next weekend. I'm looking forward to it!
PARENT EDUCATION FOR PAUSD FAMILIES
In partnership with Children's Health Council (CHC), we are excited to offer two parent education nights for families.
The latest School News Roll Call can be found HERE.
MATH PLACEMENT AND PATHWAYS
There were a few questions about math placement and pathways after a story appeared in a local newspaper regarding a pending lawsuit. While we do not discuss pending lawsuits, I want to share some information to clarify our current state.
PAUSD has experienced a declining enrollment trend over the past several years. We want to take steps to avoid school closures while preserving strong programs despite low enrollment numbers.
As your superintendent, I write most of the content for the weekly updates. This week, I have asked staff to write about safety measures in greater detail. I would like to add my own context before getting to their report.
AD HOC COMMITTEE UPDATE
The District is working towards launching four new ad hoc committees in February. The committees will focus on English learners, student behaviors, dual enrollment, and mental health.
TOPICS ON THE HORIZON
Although it is only January, some energy is shifting to plans for next year and beyond. Some topics will begin with staff discussions and others will work through the committee process.
CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS
The 2023 California Distinguished Schools program, a prestigious statewide honor, is saluting Juana Briones Elementary, El Carmelo Elementary, Nixon Elementary, Ohlone Elementary, and Palo Verde Elementary.