PAUSD Identified as a Top-Performing District Serving California’s English Learners, Uncovers Promising Practices for Student Success

The Education Trust-West released a major report, “The Language of Reform: English Learners in California’s Shifting Education Landscape” that identified Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) as one of eleven districts with exemplary practices. California serves 1.4 million English learners—more than any other state in the country and accounting for almost one-third of English learners in the entire U.S. Too often, these students face insufficient academic supports, ill-prepared teachers, and less rigorous coursework, causing them to struggle academically.

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PAUSD High Schools Lead Competitive South Bay Area High Schools in Newsweek’s National Rankings

Gunn and Palo Alto high schools ranked better than 99.7% of U.S. public high schools in Newsweek Magazine’s “America’s Top High Schools Rankings” released earlier this week.  The 2014 rankings are based on 2011-2012 school data gathered by the national leading research firm Westat Inc. research group and reviewed by the Newsweek Advisory Panel comprised of educational leaders from across the country.

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Palo Alto Unified Offers Second Annual Student Services Fair Journey to Success: Resources to Help Students Thrive

Palo Alto Unified School District will be hosting its second annual Student Services Fair on Thursday, September 25 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Jordan Middle School located at 750 North California Avenue.  The intent of the Student Services Fair is to orient parents to the many resources and supports available to K-12 students to help them experience success at school. Parents will learn information on how to access a variety of services related to: resiliency, academic supports, parent resources, health education, mental health and recreational services, and volunteer opportunities. PAUSD’s Student Nutrition Services will sponsor a demonstration dinner event and childcare (five and over) will be provided for free to all participants.  Spanish and Mandarin translation services will be available.

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Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness Home Safety Faire at El Carmelo Elementary School September 28

El Carmelo Elementary School is pleased to partner with the Palo Alto Emergency Service Volunteers in providing the Emergency Preparedness Home Safety Faire on Sunday, September 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The school’s multipurpose room will be bustling with approximately a dozen organizations and City of Palo Alto departments providing more than twenty stations with free information regarding a wide range of safety and emergency preparedness topics such as building emergency supply kits, bike safety and maintenance, keeping children and pets safe, local resources, and tips on planning prior to an emergency.

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District Announces New Chief Technology Officer

Glenn “Max” McGee, Ph.D., Superintendent, is pleased to announce he will recommend the appointment of Mr. Derek Moore as Chief Technology Officer.  The recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education at the September 9, 2014, regular meeting.  Mr. Moore replaces Ms. Ann Dunkin who recently joined the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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