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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.


Head Start Registration Under Way

Head Start Registration Under Way

Children Must Be Four Years Old by Oct. 1

Original Post Date: 6/14/2013 3:00 PM

Palm Springs Unified School District is currently enrolling pre-school age children in Head Start and California State Preschool programs for the fall. Preschools located in Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs and Thousand Palms. Children must be four years old by October 1, 2013 to be eligible for enrollment.

The program provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically. Preschool experience will help children be more successful in kindergarten and includes comprehensive health screenings, hot lunches and nutritious snacks. Family support, parent education classes, family activities and monthly information meetings are also provided.

To register, parents need to provide: birth certificate, immunization record, proof of income and proof of residency. Parents must meet income guidelines for enrollment. For more information on eligibility, call (760) 416-8090. To register, visit the Early Childhood Education Office at 1000 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite C, Palm Springs, weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. except for July 1 through 5 when the office will be closed.

Valley Strings Free Concert

First Public Performance at PSHS Auditorium
The Valley Strings Orchestra, under the direction of Jason Powell, Palm Springs High School's director of strings, will perform in its first public concert on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 760-778-0417.

CCHS Band Featured in Smithsonian Exhibition

The CCHS Bands announce that the CCHS Marching Band will be featured in an upcoming Smithsonian Exhibition about sports called Hometown Teams.

Hometown Teams focuses on small, local teams as well as college and professional athletics to show the spirit, diversity and love of sports all across America. The exhibit is divided into six major themes: Sports Everywhere; Fields of Glory; Take Me Out to the Ballgame; Community Pride; Playing the Game; and Sports Explosion. These themes include personal stories from players, objects, images and videos that convey the impact of sports on people throughout the United States. The marching band clips will be included the marching band clips in an ipad interactive. The exhibit will tour from about Feb. 2014 until Jan. 2021. Five copies of the exhibit tour the country at the same time and will visit a total of 30 states and about 180 venues. These venues are booked through a state’s humanities council and are small, local museums, libraries and community centers. The first five states to receive the exhibit are Illinois, Idaho, West Virginia, New Jersey and Nebraska.

The ipad interactive

The ipad will be in a section about the fan experience. This experience ranges from what people eat at games to the songs they sing and what they do to demonstrate team spirit. The rest of this section includes a look at cheerleaders from the past and today and how they rev up the crowd to show support for their hometown teams. The ipad is a touch screen interactive that displays a map of the US. Visitors will be able to select a state and view videos of talented cheerleaders, marching bands and quirky mascots. The goal of the ipad is to show off the most notable cheerleaders, marching bands and mascots in each state, including the CCHS Marching Band.

Museums on Main Street

Hometown Teams is being created by Museums on Main Street (MoMS), a program within the Smithsonian Institution of Traveling Exhibition Services. MoMS is all about supporting small museums. Our mission is to work with small museums and libraries in rural communities throughout the country. We create traveling exhibitions specifically for these museums and we do so by working with the state humanities councils. It is the Museums on Main Street mission to develop the professional capacity of small town museums and to celebrate local heritage. The CCHS Band is one of several California bands included in the exhibition. Video clips of the band performing in competition are a part of the exhibit. For more information please visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.