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Ten PSUSD Students To Compete in AYSO Nationals

Ten young men from PSUSD schools have earned spots on the Palm Springs AYSO Soccer National’s team that will represent our state in the National Games to be held in Torrance California this summer from June 29th through July 6th, 2014.
Play...ers range in age from 8 to 10 (grades 3 through 5.)

Because of their outstanding play this soccer season, these players have earned a spot on the team, registration for the tournament, guaranteed participation in the National Games Opening Ceremonies as well as complimentary tickets to a Los Angeles Galaxy professional soccer game on the 4th of July where they will have the opportunity to meet professional players on the Galaxy’s current roster.

Although many of the costs have already been covered, transportation and lodging are not a part of the tournament invitation. In order to guarantee that these deserving young men get the opportunity to participate in this highly regarded tournament, Palm Springs AYSO is actively fundraising and accepting donations that will be spent on transportation, lodging, uniform and equipment costs. Many of the players on the roster cannot afford to cover their own costs. The experience for some of these players would be their first extended trip out of the Coachella Valley and would really broaden their horizons. This team will not only get to meet and compete against players from all over the country but will also have the opportunity of squaring off in the qualifying rounds against the tournament’s only international guests -- Trinidad and Tobago.

If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause that would enrich the life of a young Palm Springs Unified athlete, you can donate funds via the following website:
http://palmspringsaysoregion80nationals.weebly.com/about.html

Any amount would go a long way towards helping the team have one hundred percent participation in this National tournament. If you would rather write a check, make it payable to AYSO 80 and sent to Kurt Schieldge at Vista del Monte Elementary School, 2744 N. Via Miraleste, Palm Springs, 92262.

PSHS Music Students Win Six Awards at Festival

On Sunday, January 26, the entire music department from Palm Springs High School travelled to Cal State LA to perform at the Fine Arts Complex as part of the 6th Annual Angel Cup Hollywood Music Festival.

More than 800 students from China a...nd Taiwan travelled to Los Angeles including instrumentalists, singers, and dancers in additon to the 300 Palm Springs High music students who took part in the Festival. The Spirit of the Sands Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Madrigals, Orchestra, and Jazz Band performed and claimed six trophies as part of the Festival:

PSHS Symphonic Band and Visual Corps: 1st Prize Instrumental
Wind Ensemble: Best Leading Innovation Award
Jazz Band: Special Merit Best Performance
Concert Choir: Most Promising Talent Award
Madrigals: 1st Prize Vocal
Orchestra: 2nd Prize Instrumental

The Spirit of the Sands Band and Visual Corps Program, the Palm Springs High school Choir, and Palm Springs High School Orchestra also received three Certificates of Congressional Recognition from Judy Chu, Member of Congress, 27th District.

The Hollywood "Angel Cup" International Youth Music & Arts Festival is hosted by the YCAA--International Youth Culture & Arts Association, and gains great supports from the government in Los Angeles County, California State University, American Chinese Culture Association, Nightingale International Culture & Education Foundation USA, as well as many other music and arts organizations.

For more information, visit: http://www.youthfestivalusa.org/About_Us_History.aspx

 

Workman Student Wins Spelling Bee For Fourth Consecutive Year

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winners. Jenna-May Ingal, right, a 7th grader at James Workman Middle School, won the bee for the fourth consecutive year. Runner-up was Alondra Campos, left, an 8th grade student at Painted Hills Middle School. Jenna-May will represent the District at the county spelling bee in March, and Alondra will be our District's alternate.

PSHS Band Dinner Dance Event Feb. 21

Swing Back Dinner Dance featuring the PS Swings Jazz Band is set for Friday, Feb. 21 at the new Palm Springs High Performing Arts Building. Tickets are $20 including dinner, silent auction and entertainment. See details attached.

Six PSUSD Administrators Win Region Awards

Six Palm Springs Unified School District Administrators have been named Administrators of the Year by Region XIX of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and are now vying for state honors in their respective categories. Congratuations to:

Dr. Christine Anderson – Superintendent

Dr. Mike Swize – Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Diana LaMar – Career Technical Education Administrator

Dr. Tracy Piper – Middle Grades Principal

Mrs. Lynda Lake – Elementary Principal

Mrs. Jane Mills – Pupil Personnel Administrator

 

RMHS Youth Football Camp

RM Rattlers Youth Football Camp for ages 7-14 is scheduled for Feb. 1 and 2 and March 1 and 2 at Rancho Mirage High. For more information see attachment.

DATA-Skills USA at CCHS Holds eWaste Fund Raiser Jan. 25

DATA-SkillsUSA at Cathedral City High is holding an eWaste fundraiser to help support students competing at the state and national levels. If you have any old electronics taking up space at home, please bring them by Cathedral City High School on Jan. 25. 

Items may also be dropped off to room 704 any day leading up to the event.

Accepted items include: computers, monitors, TVs, cell phones, mp3 players, ink & toner cartridges, printers, microwaves, cables and wires, laptops, telephones, etc. 

If you have an item not listed or have a large number that needs to be picked up, contact mcauthron@psusd.us.

DHS Marine Corps JROTC Hosts CV Drill Meet Jan. 25

The Desert Hot Springs High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC, Golden Eagles Company will host the 2014 Coachella Valley Drill Meet on January 25, 2014 at Desert Hot Springs High School. All are invited to attend the event which begins at 8 a.m. 

In the past years, the Coachella Valley Drill Meet only consisted of high schools within Coachella Valley. This year's meet will consist of 10 JROTC Units from high schools throughout the entire Southern California area. 

The MROTC Units will compete in drill competitions, Color Guard competitions and physical fitness competitions. There will be a range of Air Force JROTC Units and Marine Corps JROTC Units. The following schools are planned to participate in this years competitions: La Quinta High School, Valley View High School, Cathedral City High School, Vista Murrieta High School, Yuccaipa High School, Palm Springs High School, Fontana High School, Murietta Valley High School, and Desert Hot Springs High School. 

The DHSHS MCJROTC Unit has invited active duty Marines, Airmen, Sailors and Soldiers to be the judges of the Meet. The Meet will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and will end at approximately 5 p.m. with the trophies and awards presentation closing out the Drill Meet. The trophies and awards are sponsored by AMVETS Department of California. The Drill Meet Coordinator is Marine Instructor First Sergeant Nichelle A. Webb, USMC (ret) DHSHS MCJROTC instructor.

MTU Presents Musical 'Hairspray'

Musical Theatre University at Rancho Mirage High School presents its very first musical, the Tony-winning Best Musical "Hairspray," starring Emmy Winning Actor/Comedian Bruce Vilanch, reprising his Broadway turn as Edna Turnblad, and the MTU students, on January 31 and February 1 and 2 at The Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School.

The students will also be joined by several other Broadway actors including Sal Mistretta (original Broadway "Sweeney Todd," "Evita" and "Sunset Boulevard," and Gwen Stewart (original Broadway "Rent" and the revival of "Big River."  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced from $15 to $35 and can be purchased at www.hgpac.org.

CV Charter Benefit Set for Jan. 26 at Colony 29

Colony 29, a historic artist colony of the 1930s, is the site of this year’s Cielo Vista Charter School Benefit. The event will offer a rare look behind the gates of this now privately owned venue, which has become a popular television production location and photo shoot backdrop.

The 3rd annual fundraising event runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on January 26, 2014. Tickets are $50 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, as well as guided tours of the lush estate grounds that stretch up to the majestic San Jacinto Mountains. Located at 147 South Tahquitz Dr., Colony 29 includes a maze of stone pathways that meander between the six homes that once created a village for pioneer artists. The seven lush acres includes desert flowers, exotic palms, fruit trees and grape vines among unexpected amenities such as a cast-iron outdoor tub, stone massage table, tree house, fire pits, and more.

The benefit will include a silent auction, raffles, plus a showcase of professional and student artists demonstrating their crafts. Principal Lynda Lake will present Community Partner Awards to the Palm Springs Police Department and the Palm Springs Fire Department for their ongoing support of the school including drug awareness, fire safety and citizenship.

Cielo Vista Charter School is a dependent public school of choice and part of the Palm Springs Unified School District. As a charter, the school is open to all students (subject to availability) and tuition-free, however the Cielo Vista community is responsible for raising about one-quarter of the school’s annual budget. Cielo Vista Charter is governed by an independent board of directors, which includes Mark Anderson, David Baron, James Cioffi, William Kleindienst and Frank Tinney.

Sponsors for the event include Colony 29, Sammy G’s, Coachella Valley Brewing Company, Scott Niwa, and Buzz Factory. Additional sponsorships are still available.

For tickets to the Cielo Vista Charter School Benefit go to www.cielovistacharter.com or call 760-699-2939. Parking and complimentary shuttle service will be provided at the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and S. Cahuilla Road on January 26 during the event. The event is organized by the Cielo Vista Charter School Parent Teacher Group, which is a registered 501(c)(3); donations are tax-deductible. Money raised will support student enrichment and classroom supplies.

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