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CSUSB Hosts 'Literacy Summit IV'

Focus on Using iPads in the Classroom

Cal State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus is hosting the "Literacy Summit IV: Using iPads in the Classroom" on Nov. 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, click here.

PSUSD Has California Teacher of Year

Workman Teacher One Of Only Five In State

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that James Workman Middle School teacher Jessica Pack is one of five 2014 California Teachers of the Year. 

“These outstanding teachers have my thanks and admiration for the work they do every day to provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to succeed,” Torlakson said. “They bring talent, dedication, and more to a job that is as critical as it is challenging—and even more rewarding.” 

Pack teaches language arts, social studies, and technology to sixth graders at James Workman Middle School, where she has worked for eight years. She was influenced greatly by the teachers in her own life, using both the good and bad from every scenario as inspiration to develop her own effective teaching practices. Her goals for the classroom are to establish a memorable, extraordinary, and safe place for sixth graders to learn. 

Pack earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Washington State University. She is president of her local chapter for Computer Using Educators and she continues to be an active member in various associations and her community to help bolster a technology-rich learning environment for her students.

Band-O-Rama Nov. 6

Band-O-Rama Nov. 6 

CCHS Hosts 10-Band Exhibition

The Bands Of Cathedral City High School will host the Sixth Annual Band-O-Rama to be held at Cathedral City High School Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Band-O-Rama is a marching band festival for all types and styles of marching units from across Southern California. What sets Band-O-Rama apart from any other marching event in Southern California is that the event is non-competitive and will feature 10 of the finest marching bands in the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire. Band-o-Rama will also feature The Riverside Community College March Tigers special guest ensemble performing in exhibition at the end of the night.
The RCC Band has performed in The Rose Bowl Parade, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Bands Of America Grand Nationals, and travelled extensively overseas. 

Admission to Band-O-rama is $5.00, and tickets can be purchased at the gate at CCHS Stadium, or online at www.cchsbands.org.  Concessions will be sold at the CCHS Stadium Snack Bar.

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.