Farewell Paly Gym – Celebrating 85 Years of Memories will be an afternoon filled with campus tours, food, a vintage fashion show, a “then and now” display of classic and modern items, a memorabilia booth by the Palo Alto Historical Association, and a special program featuring well known leaders such as Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd, former ESPN Announcer Dave Feldman, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, and beloved basketball coach Clem Wiser. Display booths and tours will open to the community at 12:30 p.m. with the formal program starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Paly gym.
PAUSD, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program. These tests are also called Smarter Balanced Assessments. AB 484 requires all California districts to participate in the field test. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 are expected to participate. We look forward to students and staff supporting us in this important effort and opportunity. Letters from each school site will be coming soon to share the school’s testing schedule.
For an excellent video describing additional rationale for participating in the SBA field tests from a student’s perspective, please click here.
The PAUSD Board of Education has begun the search process to select a new district superintendent. The Board’s objective is to hire a search firm on March 10, 2014, to help solicit extensive community input from PAUSD students, staff, parents, and community members for use in recruiting and selecting a final candidate by late April or early May with the goal of having the District’s next superintendent in place by July 1, 2014.
Community members are invited to attend a special Board meeting on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., in which three search firm candidates will be interviewed: Leadership Associates at 9:15 a.m.; Ray and Associates at 10:30 a.m.; and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates at 11:45 a.m. While the meeting will not be televised, public input is invited in advance at email@example.com, and will be invited following the presentations, at approximately 12:45 p.m. For additional information, please contact Kathleen Ruegsegger at (650) 329-3737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unique Palo Alto Adult School and Garden Court Hotel Partnership Serves Community and Customers Better
At Palo Alto’s Garden Court Hotel, the Core Values of putting guests first and respecting colleagues has blossomed into an innovative private/public partnership with Palo Alto Adult Education to provide on-site English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for multiple team members during the work day on company-sponsored time. ESL instructor Kelle Mason provides two hours of customized instruction per week at the Garden Court Hotel to team members who want to improve their English skills, to build their confidence in using English on the job and in their personal lives, and to develop the listening and speaking skills needed to communicate more effectively with guests and co-workers. The Garden Court Hotel pays for the instructor’s time, provides space for the class, pays the team member for time spent in the class, and schedules additional staff to cover the students’ responsibilities while they are taking class.
The current ESL class is celebrating the end of their 12-week session on Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. Garden Court Hotel is located at 520 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
PAUSD staff is continuing to make significant and steady process in reviewing and creating a revised bullying prevention policy. Additionally, staff has created a robust webpage including information on bullying prevention activities, definitions of bullying and indicators for parents and staff to use as they evaluate student behavior, a process for reporting acts of bullying, supports for students, and a draft bullying policy.