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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

PSHS Wind Ensemble To Perform At McCallum

PSHS Wind Ensemble To Perform At McCallum

Teaming Up With Desert Chorale for Free 9/11 Concert

Original Post Date: 8/30/2013

The Palm Springs High School Wind Ensemble will be performing in memory of the events commemorating the attacks and remembrance of 9/11.  For the past five years, a concert has been held at the Amphitheatre at Palm Desert Civic Center Park, but this year’s concert will take place at The McCallum Theatre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11

Presented by the Palm Desert Sister Cities Foundation, the hour-long concert will feature The Desert Chorale and the Palm Springs High School Wind Ensemble.

The concert is free, and tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis at The McCallum Theatre Box Office which will open at 5:30 p.m on the day of the event No early tickets will be released or available. The McCallum Auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.

PSUSD Parent Surveys Open Now

PSUSD Parent Surveys Open Now

Feedback Requested By April 1, 2014

Original Posted Date: 8/29/2013 2:30 PM



Dear PSUSD Parents:

All school districts and school sites that receive State and Federal funds are required to gather teacher, parent, and student input each year. This information is used to help provide high-quality curriculum and instruction, student interventions, professional development, and other identified school needs to raise academic achievement. This information is gathered and utilized in each school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).


The 2013-14 Survey window is now open until April 1, 2014.

For PARENTS OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, click on the link below. If you have more than one student in elementary school at PSUSD, please complete a separate survey for each child.


For PARENTS OF MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, click on the link below. If you have more than one student in secondary school at PSUSD, please complete a separate survey for each child:

It is highly recommended that you complete this survey online. If you are unable to do so, please contact your child's school for a paper copy.

Thank you for taking time to complete the 2013-14 PSUSD survey. Your input is valued.

Patriot Ride Benefits PSUSD JROTC Units

Patriot Ride Benefits PSUSD JROTC Units

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

Original Post Date: 8/23/2013 3:30 PM

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.

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.

You can also purchase raffle tickets (five for $5) online as well, and the respective ROTCs will receive credit for raffle sales as well.








Some PSUSD Elementary Schools Start Aug. 1

Some PSUSD Elementary Schools Start Aug. 1

Eight Schools Begin Instruction Thursday

Original Post Date: 7/29/2013 4:00 PM

Eight Palm Springs Unified School District elementary schools begin the 2013-14 school year on Thursday, Aug. 1. The schools that begin instruction on Thursday include: Cahuilla and Cielo Vista Charter in Palm Springs; Agua Caliente, Cathedral City Elementary, Landau and Sunny Sands in Cathedral City; and Cabot Yerxa and Julius Corsini in Desert Hot Springs.

For more information on start times or transportation, contact your individual school site or the District Office at (760) 416-6000 or visit the District web site at www.psusd.us.

PSHS, CCHS Academy Students Take Home National Awards

PSHS, CCHS Academy Students Take Home National Awards

Winners in HOSA Competition

Original Post Date: 7/8/2013 10:30 AM

Palm Springs High School student Rianna Flores took home a national gold medal in the Sports Medicine competition and was awarded a $500 scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers Association at the recent national Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville.

Amanda Hawkins, who along with Flores, is a member of the Palm Springs Academy of Learning Medicine (PALM) and Palm Springs High Sports Medicine team, took home a silver medal in Sports Medicine at the 36th annual HOSA National Leadership Conference June 26-30. Palm Springs High’s Chapter President Crystal Solano was also awarded national recognition for HOSA Week.

Cathedral City High School took 18 members of their Health Environmental Academy of Learning (HEAL) to the conference where the team of Guadalupe Cervantes, Guadalupe Guillen, Yulisa Manjarrez and Keana Tolentino took third place in the nation in the Public Service Announcement category.

2012-13 Economic Impact Aid (EIA) Actuals

2012-13 Economic Impact Aid (EIA) Actuals

Original Post Date: 7/1/2013


To view the Palm Springs Unified School District Economic Impact Aid (EIA) Program Actuals for FY 2011-12 and Estimated Actuals for FY 2012-13 

Documentary on PSHS Band To Screen at Short Film Festival

Documentary on PSHS Band To Screen at Short Film Festival

'Pride of Palm Springs' Showing June 19

Original Post Date: 6/14/2013 4:00 PM

For two years, Palm Springs High Band Booster parent Katy Wilkerson, and her son, Sam, worked on a documentary about the Palm Springs High Spirit of the Sands bands' participation in the PS Pride Parade. The documentary was completed last December and premiered at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs in April.

The film, entitled, "Pride of Palm Springs," will screen at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival on June 19 at 5 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Here is a link to the trailer of the film:http://www.samwilkerson.com/?p=977. For more information on the Short Film Festival, visit:www.psfilmfest.org.