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Superintendent's Update - November 18, 2022

From the Office of the Superintendent: 

BOARD OF EDUCATION CALENDAR 

The agenda calendar can be found here.  

MESSAGE OF THANKS 

Earlier this morning, staff delivered gift bags to all of the City of Palo Alto crossing guards who serve our families. They are not District employees; however, their work directly impacts the safety of our streets for pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists. They arrive early for their work and take their jobs seriously. They care deeply about our students and form relationships over time. We are thankful for them. 

Like crossing guards, we have a lot of people who invest in our District. They are all important pieces in the puzzle. For a plethora of reasons, they all chose to work with us. We are thankful for that choice and for their commitment.  

As evidenced during the 1 Palo Alto campaign, we have dedicated parents and guardians who are quick to give. Their partnerships are invaluable to our success and contribute to the spirit of the District. The involvement of our parents and guardians makes us better!  

The holiday season is challenging for some. I still find myself reaching for my phone to share good news and funny stories with my father, momentarily forgetting that he is no longer with us. While many families will have amazing celebrations together, it is important to remember that others may be struggling. It’s a good time to look out for each other and take every opportunity to be kind and give thanks.  

 HEALTHY ATTENDANCE 

As we prepare to take some time off, we are grateful for everyone who has helped restore a healthy routine for our students. Consistent routines are essential for reducing stress and creating a sense of security.  

As long as your child is healthy, please encourage your child(ren) to attend school. Each day is an opportunity for students to learn, as well as to connect with peers and educators.   

We are thankful for:   

  • Families who do their best to make sure their child shows up to class every day  
  • Educators who have gone above and beyond to help make school a welcoming environment  
  • Administrators who help ensure we are healthy and safe overall  
  • Support staff and volunteers who provide the extra hand and attention our children need  

May these days off be restful and healing. We look forward to seeing students again on Monday, November 28. 

AD HOC COMMITTEE UPDATE 

Ad hoc committees tackle complex charges through a calibrated process that represents diverse viewpoints. Please find each committee’s progress here.  

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION ADVISORY (CTE) COMMITTEE 

The CTE Advisory meeting was held on November 17. The purpose of the CTE advisory committee is to work as a bridge between the District and industry partners. With the ever-changing landscape of the modern workplace, it is key to hear from the experts that shape it. Thanks to our industry partners for joining us in the journey of preparing students, not just for college, but also career and high employability in the future. Notes from all CTE Advisory meetings can be found here. Thanks to our industry partners for sharing their expertise to support our students.  

If you have industry expertise to offer, please feel free contact us using the “Get Involved” button on PAUSD’s Let’s Talk app. 

ELEMENTARY CREATIVITY CARTS 

The Creativity Cart Program’s mission is to nurture students’ creativity and resiliency, while developing 21st century skills, and enriching curriculum and instruction. Using recycled materials and career-related themes, this innovative program offers enrichment activities for grades TK-5 and affiliated programs. As of today, we have distributed close to 7,000 kits. This wonderful cross-site cooperation could not happen without the excellent service-learning efforts of high school students and post-secondary special education students.  

MESSAGE FROM STANFORD ATHLETICS

Thank you for coming out to our Men's Basketball game against Pacific! Here is a special discount for our top two matchup against South Carolina! Tickets are only $15!

To place your order, please click here and enter promo code: PAUSD