April 12, 2019

Superintendent’s Office

PROPOSED APRIL 23 BOARD AGENDA ITEMS

The following items are currently proposed for the April 23 Regular Board meeting:

  • Reports
    • Mechanics of creating two Transitional Kindergarten (TK) locations between Duveneck and Barron Park
    • Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) financial report
  • Information
    • Standard metrics reports, including attendance, Public Records Act progress, Let’s Talk! analytics, and legal billing. Additionally, we plan to present a written report about the work of our General Counsel.

STANFORD GUP

We are still in communication with Stanford University regarding the General Use Permit. For your reference, I have included the meetings we’ve had this year referencing aspects of the GUP. As you can see, we have spent a great deal of time noticing and discussing the topic over the past year.

 

Date of Meeting

Title

Type

Notes

1.

Jul. 17, 2018

Legal Contract for Goldfarb and Lipman in an amount not to exceed $20,000

Discussion/ Action

Goldfarb Lipman letter

2.

Jul. 17, 2018

Preliminary Draft Response to Recirculated Portions of the Santa Clara County Draft EIR for Stanford 2018 GUP

Discussion/ Action

 

3.

Aug. 21, 2018

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Discussion

Ad hoc committee

4.

Sep. 25, 2018

Authorization to Increase Legal Contract Amount for Goldfarb and Lipman

Consent

 

5.

Oct. 23, 2018

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Discussion

Goldfarb Lipman letter

6.

Nov. 14, 2018

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) and the Development Agreement Process

Discussion

Special meeting

7.

Nov. 14, 2018

Resolution No. 2018-19.07

Action

Special meeting, waived 2-meeting rule

8.

Jan. 15, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Closed Session

 

9.

Jan. 29, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Closed Session

 

10.

Feb. 12, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Closed Session

 

11.

Feb. 26, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Closed Session

 

12.

Feb. 26, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) Progress Update

Reports

 

13.

Mar. 12, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Closed Session

 

14.

Mar. 12, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) Progress Update

Reports

 

15.

Mar. 26, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Closed Session

 

16.

Mar. 26, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) Progress Update

Reports

 

17.

Apr. 10, 2019

Stanford General Use Permit (GUP)

Closed Session

Special meeting

CITY AND SCHOOLS LIAISON MEETING

We continue to build strong relationships with our partners at the City. Our upcoming meeting will continue discussions about our joint interest in Cubberley, the rail project, PAUSD staff housing, and reports of recent action items. We are still in the process of confirming a joint meeting between the City Council and the Board of Education in the near future.

Education Services

REORGANIZATION OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

It is no secret that PAUSD has a phenomenal visual and performing arts program for students to take advantage of throughout their education in our District. The arts are valued by our educators and by our community! Throughout the school year, we have been reviewing our District’s organizational structure, including the arts, to identify areas in which we can make student experiences more consistent and coherent.

By reallocating funds from administration into classroom art instruction, we are able to establish consistency of art instruction for elementary students. Art instructors will have increased support through an Arts lead teacher who will coach and train our guest artists, develop a continuum of curriculum K-5 to provide consistent skills to be taught, and provide a strong foundation of art skills as students move to middle school. A theatre integration specialist will work with classroom teachers to help build capacity of classroom teachers to integrate theatre art skills into the core curriculum.

The secondary steering committee model will stay intact and continue to function as the main body that supports the middle and high school staff with the arts. Clarity of expectations and roles of this committee will be expanded to improve communication between all secondary sites. This model is consistent with the way we handle all secondary disciplines, none of which have a subject-specific coordinator at the District level.

While the Art Coordinator and Music Coordinator roles are being merged into a singular Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator, the classified support will remain the same. Curation of District art, support for staff, and District liaison between all art staff will continue as usual. Partnerships with the City of Palo Alto Art programs, the District Art show, Meet the Masters, and Art History integration at the middle schools will continue to be supported by the District as well.

The arts are an essential element of every child's instruction in our District and our intention is to provide as much exposure and creative exploration in arts instruction as possible. Creative arts provide students with increased self-esteem, exposure to different cultures, creativity, identity development, and emotional expression. Like all other disciplines, the arts are an essential element in a PAUSD student’s education.

MATHCOUNTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Fletcher Middle School’s Alan Lee has secured a spot on the California State Team competing in the National MathCounts competition in Orlando, FL (May 11-14). His score of 44 tied for the best in the state and he finished second in the state after the tie breaker. The MathCounts Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers extracurricular math programs to students in grades 6-8 in all US states and territories. More than a quarter million students participate in MathCounts. The programs build problem-solving skills and positive attitudes about math, so students embrace challenges and expand their future academic and career opportunities. To earn his spot on the team, Alan successfully competed at his school level, followed by Santa Clara County, Northern California, and finally, California. Alan will be traveling with the California Team to Orlando. MathCounts makes learning math fun!

MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS) TEACHERS BUILD CONSISTENCY AND COHERENCE

The middle school computer science teachers are conferring to review and build alignment among the common CS programs offered to middle school students. After piloting the implementation of programming with robots in the 6th grade wheel in the 2017-18 school year, and the improvements in 2018-19, teachers are formalizing the student learning targets for wheel classes, as well as the successive technology and computer science electives for 7th and 8th graders.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEXTBOOK SELECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Science Textbook Advisory Committee will convene on April 15 to review and analyze teacher, student, and parent feedback on the Round 1 and Round 2 science materials pilots. All meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may find out more about the process on our website.

SILICON VALLEY MATH INITIATIVE (SVMI)

On Wednesday, April 10, the Elementary Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) team spent an informative morning working with SVMI at the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE). The focus was on problem-solving using the Three-Reads Model, which utilizes the following steps:

  • students listen to the problem and visualize what is being asked
  • students follow along with the text and find the numbers used in the problem
  • students come up with clarifying questions

After the Three-Reads, students work in pairs to solve the problem and clearly explain their strategies. The teacher requests students to model various ways to solve the problem, and may also model additional strategies. 

BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (BAS)

The Elementary TOSA team worked with grade level groups at Escondido to analyze and calibrate the scoring of The Fountas and Pinnell BAS reading assessment. This system determines students’ independent and instructional reading levels. Teachers shared classroom experiences and discussed various patterns in the assessment. After the teachers individually scored tests, they compared results in a group. Through these rich discussions, a consensus was reached on each student's reading level and growth areas. Staff appreciated the time spent in professional dialogue and reaffirmed the importance of alignment across grade levels.

Strategic Initiatives and Operations

NEW APP SYSTEM

The District has moved to a new app system that has required us to move away from downloading apps from the app store. We are in the process of learning this system, but in the long run it will allow apps to be pushed out to iPads without needing to make an appointment. Please bear with us as we make this transition.

APP OF THE MONTH

As promised, we are continuing to bring you a regular “app of the month.” These are apps that we use regularly and think might come in handy in the classroom. Many are free or have a free version.

PUBERTY TALK PARENT NIGHT

The final Puberty Talk Parent Night of the year was held on April 8, at Fairmeadow Elementary School. Approximately 33 parents were in attendance. Puberty Talk is offered to 5th graders and is a five-session course, designed as an open forum for pre-teens to ask questions and get medically accurate, unbiased information. Duveneck, Juana Briones, Escondido, and Fairmeadow will begin lessons on April 22. All other elementary sites have finished the lessons. 

For more information on Comprehensive Sexual Health Education in PAUSD, please visit our website. Materials are available for viewing in the front office of your school site and can also be viewed in the Education Services or Student Services Departments at the District Office. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at health@pausd.org.

PALY CHALLENGE DAY

Paly and Gunn hosted their first Challenge Days on April 9 and 10, respectively. Over 150 students, staff, and community members participated in this year’s event. Challenge Day is a day-long experiential social and emotional learning program for grades 7-12 and offers schools and youth organizations an opportunity to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity (source: www.challengeday.org). The Challenge Day Program helps develop student leadership and improve school climate and culture by honoring the diversity of student experiences and building participants’ understanding and compassion for each other. Thank you to the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club for sponsoring this program.

COUNSELOR MEETING

School counselors from the middle and high schools convened for their final Districtwide meeting of the school year on April 11. Counselors from all of the secondary schools participated in discussions, collaborated on best practices, and worked in groups on the following topics:

  • 504 Procedures and Best Practices
  • Professional Learning Sharing 
  • District Alignment 
  • Summer School Articulation of Student Needs
  • Naviance-Course Planning Survey and Staff Next Steps
  • A-G Updates and Timeline for Class of 2020
  • Counseling Program: College and Career Outreach
  • Crisis Response Resources and Procedures
  • Reflecting on the Year and Planning for Next Year

Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (REA)

UPDATED A-G OUTCOMES FOR THE CLASS OF 2018

The A-G reporting design team operated by the Student Services Department and Department of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment has concluded work exploring and revising data for the Class of 2018. In the course of reporting District A-G outcomes, the team explored changes in Infinite Campus that, combined with updated counseling and registrar processes at both sites, resolved graduate misclassification within the Class. It is noted that the data in question was submitted to the California Department of Education (CDE) only for District accountability purposes, and that it was neither transmitted to colleges nor used as part of the application process for any individual student. The team is now putting the updated practices into place for the Class of 2019.

2018 Graduates

% Met A-G

% Not Met

n

Gunn High School

89

11

465

Palo Alto High School

87

13

470

 

2018 Graduates

% Met A-G

% Not Met

n

Asian

94

6

374

Black

39

61

13

Hispanic

69

31

84

White

90

10

381

Multiple

83

17

66

All (including small subgroups)

88

12

935

 

2018 Graduates

% Met A-G

% Not Met

n

Socioeconomically Disadvantaged

68

32

97

Not-socioeconomically disadvantaged

90

10

838

 

2018 Graduates

% Met A-G

% Not Met

n

Special Education

41

59

76

General Education

92

8

859

Source: CALPADS Fall 1 2018 Certified Submission (Final Revision April 2019)

CAASPP: Electronic Score Reporting for Parents

Our Assessment Manager reports that beginning fall 2019, electronic student score reports (SSRs) will be made available to parents/guardians through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal for the following state assessments: 

  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) grades 3-8, 10, 11
  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) for English learners tested TK-12

Electronic student score reports provide the following benefits:

  • Convenient – access through most devices
  • Quick – earlier access to student scores
  • Inexpensive – reduced costs for printing and postage
  • Accessible – available in multiple languages
  • Engaging – opportunities to deliver more dynamic information about student progress

Over the coming weeks, parents/guardians will be receiving information about the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. SSR updates will be posted to the PAUSD Assessment webpage.