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Community Meetings, Survey for LCAP Input Underway

LCAP Sruvery

As part of the state's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF),  all districts are required to prepare a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which describes how we intend to meet annual goals for pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified. As we prepare our 2017 plan, Palm Springs Unified School District is seeking input from our community stakeholders including staff members, parents, business and community members regarding areas of focus, outcomes and strategies.

Please join us at one of the following meetings to become involved in the district’s goals.  We will discuss the current Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and ask you to provide feedback and input into the 2017-18:

Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Edward Wenzlaff Educational Center at 11625 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs or

Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the District Service Center, 150 District Center Way, Palm Springs

Como parte del Fórmula de Financiamiento de Control Local (LCFF) del estado, se requiere a que todos los distritos  preparen  Plan de Responsabilidad de Control Local (LCAP), que describe como vamos a intentar cumplir con las metas anuales para los alumnos, con actividades específicas para atender  las prioridades estatales y locales identificadas . Mientras preparamos nuestro plan 2017-18, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Palm Springs está solicitando la opinión de nuestros grupos interesados de la comunidad, incluyendo los miembros del personal, padres, miembros de empresas y de la comunidad con respecto a las áreas de enfoque, resultados y estrategias.

Por favor acompáñenos a una de las siguientes reuniones para participar en las metas del distrito.  Estaremos hablando Plan de Control Local y Rendimiento de Cuentas del año en curso (LCAP) y le pediremos su opinión y sugerencias para el LCAP 2017-18:

Feb. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Edward Wenzlaff Educational Center at 11625 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs 

Feb. 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m., District Service Center, 150 District Center Way, Palm Springs


 If you cannot attend one of these meetings but would like to provide input, we invite you to provide your input via one of the following surveys. Thank you so much for your time and valued participation. Survey closes March 3.                                         

Si no puede asistir a una de estas reuniones, pero le gustaría proporcionar información, le invitamos a que proporcione su opinión a través de una de las siguientes encuestas.  Muchas gracias por su tiempo y valiosa participación. Encuesta cierra el 3 de marzo.


PARENT & COMMUNITY - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y2JC925

STAFF - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y2HYWBB

STUDENTS - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y2X8K6S


PADRES Y COMUNIDAD - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YYZ5NVL

Kindergarten Enrollment Center Opens March 2

PSUSD's Centralized Enrollment Center opens March 2 at the Desert Hot Springs Health & Wellness Center. Please see attached flyers with information on dates, required documents and resources for 2017-18 kindergarten registration. To access enrollment forms:

Spanish: http://bit.ly/PSUSD_ENR_SPA

English: http://bit.ly/PSUSD_ENR_ENG

For more information, call (760) 416-6030 or e-mail enrollment@psusd.us.

Language Arts Materials Review Through Feb. 24

The Palm Springs Unified School District announces the 30-day public display of the Language Arts materials being considered for adoption for grades 6-11.  The recommended programs are:


McGraw Hill – StudySync with ELD

The materials are on display from 7:30a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, January 23 through February 24, 2017 at the District Office located at Nutritional Services Office located at 150 District Center Drive, Lobby, Palm Springs.

Election Result Does Not Alter Our Commitment, Mission

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As students and staff attend our schools following our national election results, we want to ensure all that the Palm Springs Unified School District administration and staff is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students.   We understand that there may be feelings of fear and apprehension among some of our students and their families.  

All of us here at PSUSD will continue to appreciate one another and our commitment to our students’ success and well-being.  If families have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the District Parent Centers. Our staff is available to assist.

Our Parent Centers are located at 333 S. Farrell Drive, Palm Springs and 11625 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs. You may also contact our District Parent Coordinator Dr. Ingrid Lin at (760) 416-1374 or ilin@psusd.us.


Board Approved Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

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As part of the state's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which is a new way to fund schools, all districts are required to prepare a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which describes how we intend to meet annual goals for pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified. Palm Springs Unified's Board of Education approved the 2016-17 LCAP on June 28, following written from input from community stakeholders (including parents, teachers, students, business representatives and residents).

To review the 2016-17 LCAP, please see the attachments in English and Spanish below.

If you have any questions or comments concerning the LCAP, please feel free to contact Dr. Denise Ellis, Director of State and Federal Programs at 760-416-6069 or by email dellis@psusd.us.



New Board of Education Member Takes Oath Dec. 13

Madonna Gerrell will become Palm Springs Unified School District's newest member of the Board of Education on Dec. 13.

Gerrell, a teacher in the Coachella Valley Unified School District and parent of two Cathedral City High graduates, won the Trustee Area 1 election Nov. 8, replacing Shari Stewart, who did not seek re-election. She will take the oath of office at the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. at 980 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.

In other PSUSD election news, District voters passed Measure I, PSUSD's bond reauthorization measure, with 73.92 percent of the vote.

Language Arts Materials Review Under Way

The Palm Springs Unified School District announces the 30-day public display of the Language Arts materials being considered for adoption for grades TK-5. The recommended programs are:

Macmillan/McGraw Hill – Wonders
Benchmark Education- Benchmark Advance

The materials are on display from 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday through December 4, 2016 at the District Office located at 980 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Educational Services, Suite 201, Palm Springs.

Jerry Argovitz Stadium Naming Held

A one-hour ceremony on the football field at Rancho Mirage High School was held on Dec. 9 for the formal naming of the football stadium after seasonal Rancho Mirage resident and semi-retired NFL “super agent” Jerry Argovitz.  Argovitz recently made a one-million-dollar donation to the Palm Springs Unified School District to establish an endowment-fund at RMHS in support of the newly named Jerry Argovitz Sports Institute, or JASI.

The Institute’s curriculum and activities, overseen by RMHS Principal Ken Wagner, will be designed for RMHS athletes and other District students specifically to introduce them to the wide variety of sports- and sports-related career options open to them separate and apart from playing professionally

Consisting of a series of carefully structured lectures, in-depth presentations, guest-visits, field trips, and workshops by Argovitz and colleagues from the world of professional sports, the curriculum is intended to expose sports-focused students to the multiple career pathways down which their interest in pro sports might take them – from management, journalism, and broadcasting to advertising, communications, coaching, sports medicine, and dozens of other arenas.

According to Dr. Argovitz, “A majority of high school athletes have a desire to go to college to focus on a career in athletics on the field -- but few recognize the opportunities for a career in sports that doesn’t involve wearing a helmet or throwing a football.  Our Institute at RMHS will introduce them to these options, keep them interested in academics and graduating, and build their commitment to character development, integrity, work ethics, moral values, and academic excellence.”  Argovitz stresses that “The reality is, most high school athletes’ dreams of a pro sports career are unrealistic.  Yet if we get them excited about the countless sports-related areas in which they absolutely can build a meaningful career, we’ll keep them in school.”

Ellen Goodman, Executive Director of The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District, worked closely with Argovitz for six months to conceive, develop, and flesh-out the JASI agreement, which, as Goodman has said, “takes Jerry’s longtime interest in mentoring young athletes and would-be athletes, and makes it possible for him to reach dozens and dozens of district students with his wisdom and long experience in pro sports.  Our students will benefit enormously from his insights and guidance.”

Dr. Christine Anderson, Superintendent of Palm Springs Unified School District, will preside over Friday’s ceremony, and has commented, “As a founding owner of a major professional football franchise, Dr. Argovitz has a deep commitment and a genuine desire to help underserved and economically challenged District students especially, and as an agent has represented and mentor many young and talented athletes.  The depth of understanding that he will provide to our District’s students is enormous.”

Of the Argovitz endowment fund, PSUSD Board of Education President Karen Cornett said, “The donation is exactly what the Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District, under Ellen Goodman’s directorship, was set up to do:  secure generous private community funding for initiatives within PSUSD that would otherwise go unfunded or underfunded.  The agreement with Mr. Argovitz is an absolute win-win for us.”