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District News

Elementary Schedule Changes Jan. 9

Reminder to PSUSD elementary parents regarding slight schedule changes for drop offs and/or pick-ups beginning Monday, Jan. 9. See attached letter for start and end times.


January 24 Board of Education Meeting to be held at Desert Hot Springs HS”

January 24 Board of Education Meeting to be held at Desert Hot Springs HS”

Election Result Does Not Alter Our Commitment, Mission

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.


District Spelling Bee Jan. 13

Palm Springs Unified School District has announced the 40th Annual Spelling Bee of Champions will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017.  The competition will begin at 9:00 A.M. in the Desert Hot Springs High School theatre.  A total of forty-two contestants, representing sixteen elementary schools and five middle schools, will compete until only one contestant remains.  The winner will then go on to represent Palm Springs Unified School District at the Riverside County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.

Foundation Benefit Concert Jan. 19

http://grabyourseat.brownpapertickets.com/The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District will host a benefit concert in the newly opened Richards Center for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Featuring the pop music group PostModern Jukebox, the event will also launch the Foundation’s “Grab Your Seat’ commemorative naming initiative for the Center.

 PostModern Jukebox is a rotating music collective known worldwide that creates twists on today’s pop music hits, reimagining modern songs into different vintage genres, especially swing and jazz. Tickets range from $75 for rear orchestra to $125 for front orchestra and are available at http://grabyourseat.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling (760) 416-8455.

The band covers songs by artists ranging from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to the White Stripes. Over the years, the group has featured more than 70 different performers and has toured four continents. The January 19 event will be their Coachella Valley debut. 

The benefit is co-chaired by Harold Matzner and Helene Galen, and event ambassadors include Michael Childers, Terri Ketover and Ann Sheffer. Debbie Green, of Deb Len Productions, is producing the event.

The “Grab Your Seat” initiative is the cornerstone of an ambitious five-year capital fundraising campaign for arts education in Palm Springs Unified. The program provides patrons the opportunity to name a theater seat, gallery space or other building amenity in their or a loved one’s honor, designed by commemorative plaques, nameplates and custom lettering.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of this wonderful new venue with world-class entertainment of this caliber,” said Ellen Goodman, executive director of The Foundation . “The PostModern Jukebox benefit concert is a powerful way to bring attention to our ‘Grab Your Seat’ initiative. This will be a fantastic and fun evening, unlike anything else going on this season.”

The newly opened Richards Center for the Arts was named by lead donor and Palm Springs philanthropist Rozene Supple.  Designed in 1958 by architect E. Stewart Williams, it recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that reinvigorated and retooled the Valley film, concert, and theatrical venue into a state-of-the-art performance space for students and Valley culture-lovers alike.

“This historic building has served the Coachella Valley for nearly 60 years, and has hosted world-class popular and classical entertainment of all kinds, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival,” explained Goodman. “We are thrilled to provide the public with the opportunity to be a visible part of the revamped facility through our seat- and interior amenity-naming campaign. Our ‘Grab Your Seat’ naming initiative now enables donors to directly enhance the education and the lives of district students and helps make possible arts education of all kinds in our region for decades to come.”

Members of the public can name a seat in the auditorium for $500. For more information on seat or other naming opportunities, contact Goodman at (760) 416-8455 or e-mail egoodman@psusd.us.


Board Approved Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

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.”