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PSUSD Chosen for Science Initiative

Palm Springs Unified School District is just one eight school districts and two charter management organizations selected to participate in the California K-8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, which will begin its work with a weeklong Academy next month.

Developed by the K-12 Alliance at WestEd with close collaborative input on design and objectives from the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education and Achieve, the initiative will be a fast-start demonstration project to build local education agency capacity to fully implement the NGSS in grades K-8 over the next four years.

Palm Springs Unified was selected in a competitive application process with input from expert reviewers. The project is funded by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. The Districts were chosen based upon previous demonstrated commitment to science education, high capacity to begin implementing NGSS in 2014-15 and a commitment to implementing the CA NGSS Integrated Model for 6-8.

The Inititative will provide teachers and administrators with in-depth, content-rich professional development support from leaders in the state's science education community that have been deeply engaged with NGSS content. The Districts will also be given opportunities to be in the forefront of pilot testing new NGSS-aligned tools, processes, assessment item prototypes and digital and other instructional materials.

LCAP Plan Approved By BOE

As part of the state's new 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. PSUSD has completed its LCAP, and the Board of Education approved the plan on June 10. The final plans are attached in Spanish and English. Feedback was accepted through June 3.

Public comments on the LCAP plan were accepted during public hearings on June 3 and during public comments on June 10 prior to the Board's vote.

Cielo Vista, Rio Vista Named California Distinguished Schools

Cielo Vista Elementary Charter and Rio Vista Elementary were named two of the 424 public elementary schools in California named by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.

In addition to the standard recognition, both Cielo Vista and Rio Vista were also chosen among only 30 "exemplary" schools for outstanding physical fitness and nutrition programs.

“I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson said. “This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support.”

The 2014 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students’ right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.

To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. The process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process focused on the implementation of those signature practices.

 

Golf Tournament Benefits Rancho Mirage High Athletics

The Rancho Mirage Rattler Golf Scramble will be held on May 17 at the Westin Mission Hills Gary Player Course. See attachments for more information on registration and hole sponsorships.

Nutrition Services Assistant Wins, State, Regional & National Honors

Brenda Thompson, a Nutritional Services Assistant at Raymond Cree Middle School, has won the National School Nutrition Association (SNA) "Heart of the Program" award after winning the award at both the state and regional level.

A PSUSD Nutrition Services Department member of the past eight years. According to the nomination submitted for the award, Thompson uses kid-friendly ideas to make her lunchroom environment fun and inviting. Her efforts and enthusiasm have resulted in an increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables at Raymond Cree. She continually trains new staff in the safe practices in a school kitchen and assists the kitchen manager with daily tasks. She is the "lunch lady" who inspires, greeting each and every student with a warm greeting and smile every day. She decorates the lunchroom for each holiday or special school function and knows each student by name.

Thompson was recognized at the state level at the Californai SNA conference in Palm Springs last fall. She will receive her regional and national award at the SNA annual conference in Boston in July.

 

PSUSD's First Summer Common Core Conference June 16-30

Palm Springs Unifed School District's first Summer Common Care Conference, "Electrifying Education," is slated for June 16-30. The conference is aimed at helping our teachers "put a charge" into teaching the Common Core through Digital Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction and Linked Learning. For more information on the conference, visit: http://psusdsccc.weebly.com/

PSUSD Administrator Wins State Honor

Palm Springs Unified School District’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Mike Swize has been named by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) as the Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year for the state of California.

Swize, who has been with the District for his entire education career of 24 years, became a state nominee after being chosen by the AC...SA region honor in that category. Swize, along with PSUSD’s other region nominees, will be honored at the Region XIX Spring Celebration on April 30 at the Palm Springs Hilton. Other PSUSD honorees at the region level include Superintendent Dr. Christine Anderson, Director of Student Services Jane Mills, Director of Career Technical Education Dr. Diana Lamar, Raymond Cree Middle School Principal Dr. Tracy Piper and Cielo Vista Charter Elementary Principal Lynda Lake.

Swize, who has served as a teacher, elementary and middle school principal, Title I coordinator, director of English Learners and director of elementary curriculum and instruction, will be honored at the state level at the ACSA state conference in San Diego next fall.

PSUSD Program Manager Named County Staffer of Year

Palm Springs Unified School District's Mental Health Program Manager JM Evosevich has been named Riverside County's Classified Administrator of the Year. JM will be honored along with other County Educators of the Year at a Riverside luncheon in May.

The Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce will also be honoring all of District Educators of the Year from all three school districts on April 10 at the Mary Pickford Theatre. The event is open to the public. For tickets or more information, visit www.cathedralcitycc.com.

Free Bowling for Kids at PS Lanes This Summer

It's true. No strings attached. All who register their students/children can bowl two free games EVERY DAY during the summer. Information attached. Teachers can go to this same website to learn how to apply for grants for classroom supplies.

PSUSD Teacher of Year Featured At Tech Literacy Summit

James Workman Middle School Teacher Jessica Pack, one of California's 2014 Teachers of the Year, will join Col. Mitchell Paige Middle School Principal Derrick Lawson for a technology panel discussion on April 3 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the "Literacy Summit V Technology in the Classroom: at California State University San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus.

Parents, students and teachers are invited, free of charge, to explore and discover who to connect tablet technology in meeting Common Core Standards through pod casting, digital story telling and creating movies and posters. Get hands on experience and learn real-world strategies, evaluate iPad/tablet applications, books and videos while discovering new ways to use this innovative technology to improve student learning.

The Summit will be held in the Oliphant Auditorium, and parking and admission are free. Participants should bring their own iPad or tablet. The event is co-sponsored by CSUSB Palm Desert Campus and Dr. Ward and Pat Fredericks.

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