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PUSD facilities “wish list” cost: $137 million… Read more in The Piedmonter
Crime down a third year, Piedmont police chief says… Read more in The Piedmonter
Scalia death likely to alter outcome in teacher union lawsuit… Read more on EdSource
Park Commission urges adoption of Dracena Park off-leash changes… Read more in The Piedmonter
PEF hires new executive director from Piedmont… Read more in The Piedmonter.
School Board weighs options for bond measure… Read more in The Piedmonter
Turkey Trot Donates $8600 to PUSD, xtry, track and field… The Piedmonter.
Razing Alan Harvey Theater discussed in community meetings… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Piedmont retains control over medical marijuana… Read more in The Piedmonter
Sports groups pledge funds to upgrade Hampton Field… Read more in The Piedmonter
Piedmont schools solvent now and in near future, official says… Read more in The Piedmonter.
PEF receives $60,000 donation from Dress Best for Less… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Message from PUSD Superintendent Booker: “As we lead into the Thanksgiving holiday and the season of giving thanks…” Read more in The Spotlight.
Changes coming to busy intersection next week… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Local crime down, chief says… Read more in The Piedmonter.
California districts moving to new ‘integrated’ high school math pathway… Read more in EdSource
California is ahead of President Obama in reducing testing in schools… More in EdSource
Superintendent Booker on “Connected Learning”… Read more in The Spotlight.
School “Consent Assembly” Turns 10… Read more in The Spotlight.
Middle & High School teachers focus on online writing… Read more in The Spotlight
Business Insider Ranks Piedmont #6
– Excellent public schools help put Piedmont
at the head of the class of 50 best US suburbs. Learn more in Business Insider.
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist’s message to parents: Texting while driving spells trouble…Read more in The Piedmonter
Rec Commission backs Hampton Field project…The Piedmonter
Teachers enhance learning through class trips… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander.
PHS senior volunteers to feed elephant seal pups at Marine Mammal Center… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander.
City Council Oks five-year technology plan… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Supt Randy Booker talks about teaching, community, and what makes Piedmont stand out… Read more.
Teachers Discuss Options for Next Two Years’ Instructional Calendar … Read more in TPH.
PUSD develops facility improvements plan… Read more in TPH.
Piedmont Students Produce Nationally Recognized Films at Camp Reel… Read more in TPH.
Piedmont Makers joins East Bay Maker Faire this Sunday to celebrate DIY creativity, invention… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Gov. Brown signs, vetoes key education legislation … Read more in EdSource
PEF presents grant for nearly $2.7 million to PUSD… Learn more.
School board gives adult ed students diplomas… Read more in The Piedmonter
Sex ed to become mandatory in grades 7-12 in California… Read more in EdSource
Jerry Brown, Arne Duncan had deep, long-standing disagreements… Read more in EdSource
City Council approves changes to fix traffic ‘nightmare’… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Community gathers for memorial garden dedication to teacher… Read more in The Piedmonter
Large crowd attends Education Speaker Series talk on mindfulness… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Town hall meeting focuses on politics, legislature bills… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Piedmont’s 17th Harvest Festival on Sept. 27… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Test scores to be only one factor in measuring school progress… Read more in EdSource.
PUSD ranks high in standardized tests… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Test scores reflect familiar wealth gap among districts, but Supt Booker says, “It’s not just about the money…” Read more in The SF Chronicle
Data Center: Bay Area standardized test scores by school… More in
The new Board of Directors for the Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) met on Friday, Sept 11 to kick-off the school year… More
School Board gets good news about District’s budget… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Newsweek ranks PHS 25th best in US… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Read Newsweek rankings here
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Results Released
Last school year, the CAASPP replaced the paper-based Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. Last spring, Piedmont Students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in the new CAASPP. See the results here.
Crime up 7% in the second quarter of 2015… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Dress Best for Less donates $60,000 to PEF for the schools… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Public safety panel pushing disaster preparedness… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Supt Booker unveils plans — calls on parents to get involved… Read more in the The Piedmonter
Dwindling UC admissions for Californians feeds overparenting and college panic… Read more in The Piedmonter
Wellness Ctr busy planning FallFest 5K on Sept. 26… Read more in The Piedmonter
PEF, APCP merge into single entity… Read more in The Piedmonter
From the Big Top to the classroom; now to Superintendent’s office. As a child, Randy Booker performed as a bareback gymnast, doing flips on the back of a horse. Now, he will be running a new kind of show… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander.
4.0 quake rattles city; no reports of damage… Read more in The Piedmonter
EBMUD reports 9 water main breaks following Monday quake… Read more in The Piedmonter
New Supt Booker releases PUSD reorganization plan… Read more in The Piedmonter.
PNNC welcoming newcomers for 30 years… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Piedmont settles suit over underground utility project… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Retiring Superintendent Hubbard Feted with Fondness and Humor… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Where are they headed? Click here to learn more. (List courtesy of the PHS newspaper, The Piedmont Highlander.)
City’s iconic Fourth of July parade turning 50… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Piedmont teachers to receive 1.25 percent pay raise, stipends… Read more in The Piedmonter.
City parcel taxes will rise slightly… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Piedmonter’s My Word: Teacher support, training keys to Common Core success by Superintendent Constance Hubbard
New assistant principal hired at PHS… Read more in The Piedmonter
PHS and MHS student leaders honored… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Piedmont middle- schooler Hailey Mead going to US Rowing National Championships… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Mini Maker Faire grows in second year… Read more in The Piedmonter.
PHS seniors to receive Eagle Scout award… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Chromebooks hailed as learning tool… Read more in The Piedmonter.
City reviews 2015-16 budget plan, decides to take action… More in The Piedmonter.
Schools face challenge of explaining Common Core test results to parents… Read more on EdSource.
California’s requested waiver from providing test scores denied… Read more on EdSource.
200 students gather, work, create “Learnscape” at PHS… Read more in The Piedmonter.
School districts struggling to get reserves cap repealed… Read more in EdSource.
PAINTS annual Bird House Gala to be held May 29… Learn more in The Piedmonter.
New restaurant KronnerBurger opens on Piedmont Ave… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Survey shows Western students less likely to be enrolled in music classes… Read more in EdSource.
Community honors Fox with Hecht volunteer award… Read more in The Piedmonter.
PMS holds annual Diversity Day… Read more in The Piedmonter
Bly takes reins at the PHS College & Career Center… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander.
PHS Service learning concludes second year on May 22… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander
How California’s new water conservation rules will affect you… Read more in the The Piedmonter.
Crowd turns out to celebrate Arbor Day… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Fox named “Art Hecht” Volunteer of the Year… Read more in The Piedmonter.
PHS Physics class receives $10k PG&E grant… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Piedmont students show their expertise in water conservation… Read more in The Piedmonter.
School District, City officials meet… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Senior Tea and BBQ Remain Separate Events… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander.
PHS Civics Students Speak Out… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander.
PCC Annual Mexico trip makes giving back infectious… Read more in The Piedmont Highlander.
50 years of warbling and bad puns in PHS birdcalling contest… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Christopher Stevens’ legacy, work to be honored at Cal benefit… Read more in The Piedmonter.
Arbor Day celebration to feature rain garden… Read more in
Holy Names High names Hubbard principal… Read more in The Piedmonter.
PEF Endowment nearing $6 million milestone… Read more in The Piedmonter.
PMS Green Team taking on city water usage… Read more in the The Piedmonter
CSL “Heart of the Home” Tour celebrates houses, community, April 24-25… Read more in The Piedmonter
Common Core brings “Great Awakening” for history and social studies… Read more in
Another lawsuit challenges teachers’ union dues… Read more in EdSource
PHS College Center welcomes Allison DuPuy Bly as the new College and Career Center Director… Read more here.
Booker named new superintendent after in-depth search… More in The Piedmonter.
Speaker Series gives frank talk on the impact of marijuana on the teens… More in The Piedmonter
Common Core Standards are natural “next step”… More in EdSource.
Clearer pathway for student learning with the new standards… More in EdSource.
Classes combining Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten pose challenges… More in EdSource.
School Board debates rental fee hikes for facilities’ users… More in The Piedmonter.
Thanks to Prop 30, California’s per student spending gains on the rest of the US, but still lags. And – Prop 30 revenues begin to decline in 2015-16. More from CalBudgetCenter.org
Civics program helps students find their democratic voice… More in EdSource
City scrutinizes issue of short-term rentals… More in The Piedmonter
What can parents do right now to decrease the risk of suicide in their children? “Keep Calm and Parent On.” Words of Wisdom shared by a Palo Alto parent and psychiatrist in response to their community’s tragic spike in teen suicides. Read more in PaloAltoOnline.com.
Interviews conducted for new schools chief
More city news in The Piedmonter
Common Core: Potential exists for ‘much richer and in-depth math experience’…More in
Uneven distribution of needy students challenges some Bay Area districts…More in The Piedmonter
Common Core Standards emphasize “math that matters most…More in EdSource
Task Force unveils plan to overhaul special education…More in EdSource
Math Task Force Proposes New Curriculum… More in The Piedmont Highlander
Piedmont skater competing in world junior championship… More
PHS Advanced Acting presents two spring plays… More
PAINTS, CHIME, Makers work together on “Art is Education” Month, activities for youngsters, festival for families… More
School Board Ready for Superintendent Interviews … More in The Piedmonter
Reupholstered Alan Harvey theater seats cushioned with donated funds… More in The Piedmont Highlander
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Visits with MHS Students… More on Student Learning blog
School Board president releases statement in response to claim of “no job description” posted for superintendent opening. More on The Piedmont Civic Association
Guest Commentary: Policing in Piedmont really not all that complicated… More in The Piedmonter
Community shows high participation rate in search for new school superintendent… More in The Piedmonter
CHIME Benefit Set for Sunday… More in The Piedmonter
Third graders take on key board challenge in preparation for new assessments this spring. More in EdSource
City Council approves project for Highland Ave makeover … More in The Piedmonter
Pinewood Derby returned with fast, family fun…
More in The Piedmonter
How many kindergartners in YOUR school opted out of vaccines?…More in EdSource
Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee: My Word – Piedmont schools’ new chief should prioritize diversity…More in The Piedmonter
200 sign school board petition after ‘Ivy League’ comment…More in The Piedmonter
Piedmont Briefs: Spring Fling kicks off; PHS wins award for promoting global competency and working to prepare students to engage in an increasingly interconnected world…More
Panel told of wish list for new schools chief… More
PHS “Joy of Computing” takes field trip to UC Berkeley Campus…More
Turkey Trot corporation makes its first payments to PUSD…More
School Board extends hours at District facilities…More
Teachers ask high court to hear union dues case…More
LAO, Legislative Analyst Office, backs repealing cap on districts’ reserves…More
Brown, districts at odds over school construction bonds…More
Gov Brown’s budget targets teacher preparation… More
PUSD finances in good shape, auditor reports… More
Teacher survey on tenure and layoff laws… More
Gov Brown’s budget targets teacher preparation… More
New faces and big changes for Piedmont schools and city in 2014 …More
New police captain takes big career step… More
Supt Hubbard retires from PUSD, reflects on long career in education…More
PHS Wellness Center hosts two workshops… More
City plans timely MLK commemoration event… More
Diversity film series focuses on war of drugs… More
Chromebooks put a new shine on PHS classroom experience…More
Service Learning at the high school embarks on second year…More
City moves to update emergency preparedness plan…More
California Districts want to highlight retirees’ costs…More
Report on California’s new LCAPs finds parents more engaged but other results mixed…More
State rethinks how to report test scores… More
New Smarter Balanced assessment tests are still a work in progress…More
Supt search firm selected, approved by School board…More
Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir to celebrate holidays with candlelight concert…More
California has ideal conditions for Common Core implementation…More
Search firm selected to recruit new PUSD superintendent…More
City approves new turf for Linda Beach playfield… More
Oakland teacher pay among lowest in U.S.… More
Turkey Trot a success…More
PMS Shakespeare drama students perform ‘Macbeth’…More
Sleep key to students’ lives, expert says to packed PHS Student Center…More
School board OKs search process for new superintendent after Supt Hubbard’s retirement was announced…More
PHS’ Gabe Watson runs wild in PHS playoff victory…
PUSD rolls out Chromebooks in schools… More
Progress report of the Math Task Force for Common Core integration…More
School Board conducts workshop on facilities planning for 21st century learning…More
Millennium experiments with a new way to teach…More
Piedmont Ave salon raises $5k to fight ALS… More
Piedmont Girls Tennis wins NCS Division II title…More
Superintendent Hubbard announces her retirement…More
Common Core stays after school…More
State board approves new funding rules… More
District LCAPs must include student input… More
Piedmonter’s My Word: Students need to know they are valued for who they are by Superintendent Constance Hubbard
PEF gives grant to District for Professional Development Center…More
Turkey Trot Organization and School Board Reach Agreement…
PHS Highlanders prevailed against Alameda 21-14 to preserve their perfect season…More
Oakland Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf readies for “awesome” challenge…More
Common Core unscathed in California elections…More
California districts find new way to fund technology…More
Opinions differ on impact of heated state superintendent campaign…More
Voters approve Prop 2, Rainy Day Fund limiting local control on dollars for school districts …More
City Council approves permit for Turkey Trot…More
Torlakson wins state school superintendent race…More
New Turkey Trot nonprofit submits documents for race permit…More
Mulberry’s Market owners open “dream” store on Piedmont Ave…More
Opinion poll being conducted about options for sports complex in Piedmont…More
Progress report on implementation of PUSD goals…More
District supports refinancing bonds to save taxpayers money…More
Piedmonter’s My Word: Teacher support, training keys to Common Core success by Superintendent Constance Hubbard
Across the country, teachers want more Common Core preparation…
Crime continues to decline, Police Chief Goede says…More
Alameda County offers weekend voting… More
A look at who’s funding the candidates for state Superintendent of Schools…More
State implements new kindergarten cutoff age…More
California and other states asked to lead on universal preschool…More
Turkey Trot ruffles feathers in meeting…More
Plans move ahead with seven condos at Linda & Oakland Ave…
Documentary covers growing issue of autism; free screening sponsored by PADC & PRAISE…More
Education Speaker Series presents “Nutureshock” co-author Po Bronson…More
State superintendent race heats up as millions pour into race…More
New standards challenge students to succeed in science…More
District adopts new computer science standards…More
PHS football beats Hayward 24-20…More
District & nonprofit at odds over Turkey Trot monies…More
Annual Pumpkin Patch opens at Coaches Field…More
Education groups won’t back Rainy Day Fund…More
Governor Brown acts on host of student-related bills… More
‘Fantastic’ Piedmont Harvest Festival held Sunday…More
Chalk Art fun at Beach School… More
State superintendent candidates Tuck, Torlakson debate union power, lawsuit…
Math task force and leadership team discuss Common Core implementation… More
PHS Football takes Albany 59-7… More
Thiel serves third year as number one singles for PHS Womens Tennis…More
New teachers begin at PHS… More
Board reviews modernization projects; approves donor funds for critical upgrades to aging Alan Harvey Theater until a comprehensive renovation can be undertaken. More
PHS pass rate for CA high school exit exam at 97%…
Officials optimistic about Common Core-aligned assessments to launch this spring…
Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory union dues – More…
Piedmont schools roll out Chromebooks in new tech plan – More…
‘F’ on City’s smoking ordinance sparks debate More…
City welcomes new Rec Dept Director More…
Harvest Festival undergoing changes this year More…
9 PHS students named National Merit Semifinalists – More…
Family creates PEF fundraiser in late grad’s memory – More…
New Piedmont Police Captain is San Jose Veteran – More…
The Piedmont Education Speaker Series (ESS) kicks off its 2014-2015 season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 with a panel discussion on “Preparing Students for the Age of Technology.”
State legislature passes stiffest US bill to protect K-12 students’ online data – More…
Crowd gathers at PMS Learnscape Lunchpark dedication to Bill Drum – More…
The most important figure in school reform we never talk about – More…
State awards Common Core test contract More…
Teachers positive and hopeful at the start of game changing year
Time, support, and culture of collaboration are critical for Common Core integration
Piedmont Boy Scouts’ inventions take flight on Air Day – Photos and more…
Piedmonter’s My Word: “Piedmont police wearing cameras good for all” by Garrett Keating.
PHS football team improves record to 2-0 in a 38-14 romp over Moreau Catholic – More…
CSEA (Classified School Employees Assn) contracts approved; Pedestrian/Bike plan reviewed at recent School Board meeting. More…
State files notice of appeal for Vergara ruling
Research program at Children’s opens doors to careers for students
New business official joins PUSD
Coming from San Leandro Unified, Song Chin-Bindib will be taking over for Assistant Supt Michael Brady as he transitions to managing Adult Education in Dec. More…
Piedmont welcomes 19 new teachers
School Board President Andrea Swenson ready for challenges of a new school year
Message from Assistant Supt Booker: “Beach School staff manages neighborhood incident calmly with “Shelter in Place” response.” More…
PHS’ Hamlet gets excellent review at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival – “Horatio may be played by a girl in a school uniform, yet this is the only aspect of Hamlet that gives away the fact that the performers are all high school students.” More…
Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core – More…
Beach School neighborhood burglar arrested More…
New mural in spotlight at Beach Elementary School – More…
State bill promotes year-round learning programs – More…
Counties approve high numbers of LCAP plans – More…
Superintendent Constance Hubbard: My Word
Piedmont schools are starting a year of change and innovation. More…
With Anne Dolid as new Havens Principal, a familiar face assumes top role. More…
The Piedmonter – Learn about new staff and the latest news from our schools. More…
City announces new Rec Dept Director – Sara Lillevand, the director of athletics at Cal State East Bay, has been chosen as Piedmont’s new Recreation Department director.
New Principal Appointed for Beach Elementary School – PUSD is delighted to welcome Mr. Michael Corritone to our community of learners. On July 1, 2014 the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Michael Corritone as the new Principal for Egbert W. Beach Elementary School, effective July 1, 2014. Learn more here.
New twist to old debate on accelerated math Districts can offer high school math the traditional American way or blend Algebra and Geometry together, the way other nations do. More…
Task force urges remake of civics education Course needs transforming to become a core element of study and community engagement. More…
Districts split between choices for high school math – More…
Strong bi-partisan support for school construction bond on Nov ballot while Gov Brown is still weighing the issue. More…
What’s on the November Ballot? Prop 44, the Rainy Day Fund, but other initiatives didn’t qualify. More…
Teacher tenure, aka Vergara ruling, becomes campaign issue – More…
Piedmont Harvest Festival to return Sept. 28 with food trucks and more – More…
Piedmont Choir experiences life-changing concert in Estonia – More…
Piedmont City’s Capital Improvements Committee reviewed “wish list” of projects – More…
Middle School shown to be key to college & career pipeline – Read more.
Presentation on City Ped/Bike Plan – Mon., July 14 at 5pm in City Council Chambers. Piedmont Planning Commission will hear presentations on recent progress in the planning process for the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP). Learn more.
Piedmont rowers with Oakland Strokes strike gold at junior nationals – Read more
“Teacher tenure ruling opportunity to create a workplace for 21st century learning” – Commentary from EdSource. Read more.
Teacher tenure, the purpose of higher education, and more – Commentary from recent KQED Forum guest and author of “Beyond the University,” Michael Roth. Read
California special ed to get federal intervention – Learn more.
PUSD Board in the news: Considering next steps after Measure H loss and other highlights – Read more.
California 2014-15 Budget Highlights for Education – Read
Piedmont, Oakland hills: Summer camps available in wide variety – Read more
PUSD officials, school board “disappointed” by Measure H defeat – Read more.
More money for Common Core, early education and funding formula in final CA budget – Read more.
Sacramento lawmakers approve CA budget – Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week reached a compromise. More….
California laws on teacher tenure, layoffs and dismissal are struck down – Read more
PHS & Millennium HS Class of 2014 College Matriculations – Congratulations to the Class of 2014! Learn what Piedmont graduates are doing and where they’re off to next year here.
$9 billion school construction bond for California schools moves toward November ballot – Read more.
Last week’s Mini-Maker Faire a huge success! Hundreds of participants maximized their creativity quotient at Saturday’s first Mini Maker Faire at Piedmont High School. Read more.
California Schools on the Brink
Piedmont Schools Face Cuts if Prop 30 Fails
PHS Students and Staff Honor Beloved Science Teacher in Memorial Service
New Havens Principal Talks about Literacy, Her Passion for Education and Enthusiasm for the Piedmont Community
Piedmont Star Test Scores Top Charts for History, Science and English
District Announces Completion of the Seismic Bond Program
The recent PBS special on education featured recognized expert Diane Ravitch and educational philanthropist Melinda Gates discussing the importance of evaluations in shaping effective teachers. Their advice mirrors Piedmont’s new and innovative teacher evaluation system. More…
Summer Reading for Middle and High School Students – not all books are created equal.
Pomp and Circumstance at PHS Graduation
Incoming PHS Class of 2016 Says Farewell to PMS
June Monach Receives Art Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award at May 9th School Board meeting.
PUSD Thanks the Collaborative Problem-Solving Efforts of City of Emeryville, Beach Staff and the School Bus Program who worked to ensure Beach-by-the-Bay was safe and “all clear” for students and staff to return to classes after possible gas leak was announced nearby last Friday.
The District’s 2011-12 Action Plan Updates reflect the vision and commitments for PUSD for 2011-12 and into the future.
School Board Highlights: Teacher Evaluations, Beach Construction and Parcel Tax Escalator
PHS Likely to Get High Marks in WASC Accreditation Process The review committee’s informal report recognized the goals of continuous improvement, esp in the area of tech, while highlighting PHS as “hands down – a great school.”
Beach School Launches Capital Campaign to Help Complete Improvements
Explore The Magnolia, the District’s E-Magazine. The new issue highlights the innovative professional training taking place at PHS, along with PMS’ powerful Spoken Word poetry project.
NYT Op-Ed Columnist Thomas Friedman Talks about Education and why the most important resources to develop are “highly effective teachers, involved parents and committed students.”
School Board Likely to Opt for 5% Parcel Tax Increase
Piedmont’s New School Board Members Are Sworn In
Giving Campaign Raises $1.6 Million for the Schools
Transitional Kindergarten for 2012-13 School Year under Discussion
School Parent Clubs Contribute Funds to Reinstate Furlough Days
State Funding 101: Why the California education budget is so hard to understand
Should Schools Cap AP Courses?
State Budget Cuts May Affect Length of School Year
Elite Schools Review Homework Policies
Havens Parents Club President and VP Thank Retiring Principal Tery Susman