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Title I Input Survey Underway

Dear Parent/Guardian,

All school districts and school sites that receive State and Federal funds are required to gather teacher, parent, and student input each year. This information is used to help design high-quality curriculum and instruction, student interventions, professional development, and parent involvement to better allow all students to achieve at high levels.

The links to the parent surveys are listed below.  The survey is confidential.


Estimado Padre / Tutor,

Todos los distritos escolares y sitios escolares que reciben fondos estatales y federales están obligados a reunir opiniones de los maestros, padres y estudiantes cada año. Esta información se usa para ayudar a diseñar currículo de alta calidad e instrucción, las intervenciones de los estudiantes, el desarrollo profesional y la participación de los padres para permitir que todos los estudiantes alcancen niveles altos.

Los enlaces a las encuestas de padres se enumeran a continuación. La encuesta es confidencial.


Parent Elementary School Title I Survey

Encuesta de Padres con estudiantes en la Primaria

Parent Middle and High School Title I Survey

Encuesta de Padres con estudiantes en la secundaria o preparatoria 


Please take a moment to complete the survey.  The survey will remain open through April 7th.
Thank you for your support,

Tómese un momento para completar la encuesta. La encuesta permanecerá abierta hasta el 7 de abril.
Gracias por su apoyo,

Mark Arnold
State and Federal Programs /
Programas Estatales y Federales 

New Accountability 'Dashboard' To Be Unveiled This Week

California has a new accountability system reported through the California School Dashboard (referred to as the "Dashboard" from this point forward). This new accountability system reports on multiple measures. The Dashboard replaces the former Academic Performance Index (API), which was based on testing results only, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). This  page provides an overview of: (1) the accountability system, (2) the state priorities used to measure school performance, and (3) information on how to read the Dashboard reports. The actual reports will be published on March 15. 

  • California School Dashboard Video  (Video; 5:25)
    This video provides an overview of California's new multiple measures accountability system. It describes the measures in the new Dashboard Report and how performance and improvement are used to determine the performance colors.

The purpose of California's new accountability system is to report on district and school performance based on the state priorities. The state priorities define a quality education more broadly than a single test score. The new system reflects a clear expectation that all districts and schools can and should improve. Also, the new system focuses on closing the performance differences among student groups (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomically disadvantaged, English learners [ELs]) performance.

Districts are held accountable for all of the state priority areas, while schools and student groups are held accountable for five of the state priority areas. For accountability purposes, districts include county offices of education (COEs), school districts, and charter schools. Charter school data are not included in their authorizing district's Dashboard report.

California tiene un nuevo sistema de rendición de cuentas a través del cuadro de mando de las escuelas de California (California School Dashboard; en lo sucesivo denominado “Dashboard”). Este nuevo sistema de rendición de cuentas brinda informes sobre varias medidas. El Dashboard reemplaza al anterior Índice de Rendimiento Académico (Academic Performance Index, API), que estaba basado en los resultados de los exámenes solamente, y al Progreso Anual Adecuado (Adequate Yearly Progress, AYP). Esta página  brinda información general de: (1) el sistema de rendición de cuentas, (2) las prioridades estatales que se usan para medir el desempeño e (3) información sobre cómo leer los informes del Dashboard.Se puede acceder a los informes del Dashboard aquí (el 15 de marzo de 2017).

Propósito del nuevo sistema de rendición de cuentas

El propósito del nuevo sistema de rendición de cuentas de California es informar sobre el desempeño de los distritos y las escuelas basado en las prioridades estatales. Las prioridades estatales definen lo que es una educación de calidad de forma más amplia que la calificación de un solo examen. El nuevo sistema refleja la clara expectativa de que todos los distritos y las escuelas pueden y deben mejorar. Además, el nuevo sistema se centra en reducir las diferencias en el desempeño entre los grupos de estudiantes (por ejemplo, los grupos basados en raza/origen étnico, los de escasos recursos socioeconómicos y los estudiantes de inglés como segundo idioma [English Learners, EL]).

Los distritos son responsables de todas las áreas de prioridad, mientras que las escuelas y los grupos de estudiantes son responsables de cinco de las áreas de prioridad estatales. Para fines de la rendición de cuentas, los distritos incluyen a las oficinas de educación de los condados (County Offices of Education, COE), los distritos escolares y las escuelas charter. Los datos de las escuelas charter no se incluyen en el informe del Dashboard del distrito autorizador.


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.

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.

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.”