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Rancho Mirage High Presents 'Fright Night 2013'

Rancho Mirage High School's Department of Performing Arts presents "Fright Night 2013," the first collaborative performance at the school's Helene Galen Performing Arts Center on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

The show will feature the Theatre Arts students performing "The Cask of Amontillado," the choirs performing selections from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," two numbers by the dance team and PE dance students performing the dance from "Thriller."

Tickets are $5 and $4 and available online at hgpac.org and at the door if still available. One dollar discount for dressing as a zombie or wearing a costme (at the door only). Rancho Mirage High is located at 31001 Rattler Way, Rancho Mirage. For more information, call (760) 202-6482.

PSUSD Radio Show Live Each Wednesday Evening

'You Learn Something New Every Day' on 1450 KPTR AM 

Palm Springs Unified School District Communications Manager Joan Boiko is hosting "You Learn Something New Every Day" every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. on Progressive Talk 1450 KPTR AM.

The show features news and information about the Palm Springs Unified School District. 

The Oct. 30 show will feature Board of Education President Shari Stewart and Desert Hot Springs Rotary Club President Belinda Olvera. The call-in number for the show is (760) 327-2527. For more information or to suggest future show topics, contact Joan Boiko at jboiko@psusd.us or (760) 416-6010.

Links to past shows:

Cancer Study Needs Participants


Local Residents Sought For 20-Year Study 

The American Cancer Society is asking for the assistance of staff and community members in its Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) study to support cancer research. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years of age who have never been diagnosed with cancer are invited to join the study. For more information, please click here.

PSHS Hosts 'Spooktacular' Oct. 30

15th Annual Event Features PSHS, CCHS, DHSHS 

The District's 15th Annual "Halloween Spooktacular" featuring musical "ghouls" from Cathedral City High, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs High Spirit of the Sands Bands and the Palm Springs High Choir, Orchestra and Visual Corps will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Palm Springs High Auditorium.

Admission is free. Palm Springs High Auditorium is located at 2248 E. Ramon Road. For more information, all (760) 778-0417.

Patriot Ride Benefits PSUSD JROTC Units

Bike Rides Oct. 26 Dedicated to Military, Fire, Police 

The first "Patriot Ride for Our Heroes" on Oct. 26 at La Quinta Community Park benefits charities related to military, fire and police. The event kicks off on Oct. 25 with a vendor expo. On Oct. 26, participants can choose to register for bike rides ranging from five miles to 100 miles. Fees range from $10 to $65. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

Palm Springs Unified School District's Junior ROTC units at Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs High Schools will receive at least 75 percent of the proceeds from registration feels from those who sign up under those organization's accounts. The event is presented by Esser Family Charitable Organization, in memory of Fran Esser. The first 3,000 registrants will be entered into a raffle for a 2-night stay including dinner and golf at La Quinta Resort

CCHS 2004 Graduate Justin Gardiner is assisting in this endeavor.  Justin is a U.S. Army combat veteran who earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan.  Justin also established the Valley's first Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter and named it for Ming Sun, who graduated with Justin in 2004.  The Palm Springs Teachers Association will have a tent in the vendor area with banners, passing out balloons, etc.  For more information: http://www.patriotrideforourheroes.com/

Borba Leads Safe Schools Conference

Dr. Michele Borba, internationally recognized author, speaker and educator on parenting, character education and bullying prevention, will lead Riverside County's Safe Schools Conference for parents and guardians on Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Welcome to 2013-14 School Year

Welcome to 2013-14 School Year

Schools Open For Traditional Calendar Sept. 3

Posted Date: 8/30/2013 2:00 PM

Palm Springs Unified School District opens the 2013-14 traditional school year on Tuesday, Sept. 3. All students are expected to report to classes on that day.

Bus schedules and bell schedules for each school are posted on the District’s website atwww.psusd.us.

Parents are urged to fill out the application for free and reduced lunch when they receive it at the start of the school year. The district receives federal funds based upon the number of students who qualify for the program, regardless of whether students choose to use the services.

All Palm Springs Unified School District students entering the 7th grade this school year, and all new PSUSD students entering 7th through 12th grade, must show proof of an adolescent whopping cough booster (called “Tdap”) to attend school.

For more information, contact your individual school site or the District Office at 416-6000.

Special Education Fair Slated For Sept. 11

Special Education Fair Slated For Sept. 11

Parents Can Learn About Area Services, Resources

Posted Date: 8/30/2013 1:30 PM
Palm Springs Unified School District's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee will hold a Special Education vendor fair on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Rio Vista Elementary, 67-700 Verona Road, Cathedral City. 

Organizations providing information and resources for parents of special needs children will include United Cerebral Palsy, Inland Regional Center, Coachella Valley Autism Society and many more.

Childcare is available with reservation. To reserve a space, call Mayte Perez at (760) 416-8402.

PSHS Marks 75 Years

PSHS Marks 75 Years

Celebration Activities Planned

Posted Date: 8/30/2013 1:30 PM

Palm Springs High School is celebrating its 75th anniversary!


Alumni and community members can help celebrate at the annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 9 on Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs, or by attending the Homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 11. 


As part of the festivities, the Spirit of the Sands will be assembling a very special Alumni Band to join the 2013 Spirit of the Sands music students to celebrate this auspicious occasion. If you were a member, or if you know a member of the Band, Visual Corps (flags), or Orchestra, you are invited to join the group. If you still play, pull out the instrument or the Band might be able to lend you a horn for the game. If you let your instruments slide, you can pick up a kazoo so you too can take the field once again to support the Indians.  For more information, visit psband.org.

The school also has many special events planned as well as many special limited 75th anniversary edition clothing and spirit items available for sale. If you are interested in obtaining more information, contact Tyrus Brown, director of student activities, at 760-778-0490 or emailtbrown@psusd.us.

PSUSD Radio Show Live Each Wednesday Evening

PSUSD Radio Show Live Each Wednesday Evening

'You Learn Something New Every Day' on 1450 KPTR AM

Posted Date: 8/30/2013 9:00 AM

Palm Springs Unified School District Communications Manager Joan Boiko is hosting "You Learn Something New Every Day" every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. on Progressive Talk 1450 KPTR AM.

The show features news and information about the Palm Springs Unified School District.

The Sept. 4 show will feature PSUSD Board of Education members Gary Jeandron and Karen Cornett, who will talk about the Board's goals, new programs and initiatives, faciltiies and budget.

The call-in number for the show is (760) 327-2527. For more information or to suggest future show topics, contact Joan Boiko at jboiko@psusd.us or (760) 416-6010.

Links to past shows:

PSUSD's Director of Career Technical Education Dr. Diana Lamar and CVEP's Vice President of Workforce Excellence Sheila Thornton discuss PSUSD's Career Academies, Linked Learning and Workforce Excellence Plan: http://media.psusd.us/radio/youlearnsomething_082113.mp3

Ophelia Project Director Susan Francis discusses mentoring program for girls, and PSUSD's Director of Facilities Planning talks about district solar projects:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomething_081413.mp3

PSUSD's Director of Elementary Education, Tony Knapp, discusses Common Core Standards, parent involvement and other elementary topics:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomething_080713.mp3

PSUSD's Arts Coordinator and City of Palm Springs Arts Coordinator Discuss City/District Partnerships in the Arts: http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomethingNew_072413.mp3

PSUSD ASES Coordinator and Family YMCA Coordinator Talk About After School Program:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomething_071713.mp3

PSUSD Director of Secondary Education Discusses Career Pathways, A-G Requirements, Virtual University:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomethingNew_070313.mp3

PSUSD Assistant Supt. of Ed Services and Director of Technology Talk All Things Technology:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomething_062613.mp3

Raymond Cree MS Principal and Student Talk about Anti-Bullying Efforts and PSA Project:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomethingNew_061913.mp3

PSUSD Arts partners from PS Art Museum, PS Opera Guild and Steinway Society of Riverside County:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomething_061213.mp3

Attendance Incentive with DHS Police Department and McCallum Summer Institute:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomethingNew6-5-13.mp3

Interview with PSUSD and USC Grad and $1.5 Million Donation to PSUSD:http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomething_052913.mp3

Women's Leaders Forum Gives $100,000 in Scholarships and Workman Teacher County Teacher of Year: http://media.psusd.us/radio/YouLearnSomething_052213.mp3

Salton Sea Forum at Cathedral City High School and the DATA Di students going to a national competition: http://media.psusd.us/radio/SaltonSeaSymposium-SkillsUSACompetition.mp3

Rancho Mirage High Dedication and DigiCom Recap: You Learn Something New Every Day Inaugural