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Superintendent's Update - February 16, 2024

Superintendent's Update - February 16, 2024

From the Office of the Superintendent .  .  .

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PAUSD’s Commitment to Literacy and Equity Showcases Remarkable Progress

The collaborative work among PAUSD educators has been a fundamental aspect of their strategy to ensure that every student excels in literacy. This collective effort has yielded impressive results:

54% of students who were below grade level in Fall 2022 have reached or surpassed grade level according to the End of Year i-Ready Diagnostic Reading assessment.

This progress is a testament to PAUSD's approach to education, one that values not just academic achievement, but also the pursuit of equity and the promise of excellence for every student. The District's initiatives and the dedication of its educators have played a pivotal role in this transformative journey, marking PAUSD as a leader in setting high standards for academic accomplishment and inclusivity.

Read the press release


Early Literacy

For maximum benefit, children should read and talk about books for at least 10 – 30 minutes daily. Your child may choose books available at home, in their classroom, school library, and/or public library.

Additionally, elementary students are able to access i-Ready online individualized lessons at home using PAUSD’s ID Portal. Students should only spend 40-45 minutes per week on this platform.

Access i-Ready Online Individualized Lessons at Home By:

  1. Log in to the PAUSD ID Portal  – https://id.pausd.org
     

  2. Select Clever 

     

  3. Select i-Ready

Should your child need help with their login please visit student tech help webpage.


Firearm Safety and Storage

At Palo Alto Unified School District, we take gun violence prevention seriously. School safety directly impacts the well-being and academic success of our students. When students feel safe and secure, they are more likely to engage in their studies, participate in classroom activities, and form positive relationships with their peers and teachers. The District has implemented a comprehensive 7-step process to ensure the safety and well-being of our school communities. 

Please take time to review the following information:


Paly Student Artwork Showcased in Two Local Gallery Exhibitions

Photographs by Palo Alto High School students, documenting their mealtimes at home, are featured in an exhibition titled,  We Are What We Eat: Culinary Heritage of Our Sister Cities, at the Palo Alto Art Center. Through the universal language of art,  We Are What We Eat explores how food – and our traditions surrounding it – can narrate the story of a country and its culture. Artists from Palo Alto’s eight sister cities, on three continents, contributed to the project, which was curated by Palo Alto arts champion, Harriet Stern.  We Are What We Eat will be on display until March 31. The exhibition runs concurrently with another food-themed exhibit in the Art Center's main gallery, titled  In Feast or Famine.

A solo exhibition titled, Through Their Eyes , aiming to raise awareness for animal welfare within our community, is showcased at the Rinconada Library  (1213 Newell Road). The exhibition highlights the photography of Jai Wadhwani, a student at Palo Alto High School. Wadhwani's captivating images of rescue dogs, cats, and horses beautifully capture the essence of these animals.


PAUSD and Stanford Basketball Community Day Event

Stanford vs Oregon State Beavers

Saturday, February 24
2PM
Maples Pavilion


As part of our Community Day festivities, kids in 6th grade and below will be provided a free Stanford Athletics t-shirt, ice cream and post game autographs for all!


California Offers Investment and Savings Plan for Eligible Individuals with Disabilities

California Achieving a Better Life Experience (CalABLE) is a savings and investment plan offered by the State of California to individuals who developed a disability by age 26. For the tax year 2024 eligible individuals, family, friends, and employers can contribute up to $18,000 per year, and up to $100,000 total, without affecting eligibility for public disability benefits. CalABLE account owners who work can contribute even more to their accounts. Best of all, earnings on qualified withdrawals are federal and California state tax-free when used for qualified expenses.

For more information, please visit the CalABLE web site.


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