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The Poway Unified School District Board of Education believes it is important to seek out and consider students’ ideas, viewpoints, and reactions to the District’s educational program. To provide student input and involvement, the Board includes a student board member who will be selected following an application and interview process.

PUSD juniors interested in holding this position during the 2014-2015 school year are encouraged to complete this application form online (available here) or send a paper copy with a completed signed application to Jessica Wakefield, Director of Communications, PUSD District Office, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406 by Friday, April 25, 2014.

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SUMMER SCHOOL - HEALTH Application process begins April 1st. Students should submit applications by Friday, May 9, 2014 - Space is limited. A mandatory orientation assignment for students must be completed prior to Wed., Jun 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The 11 week class begins June 16 – August 29, 2014. See more information here.

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Superintendent's Message

John P. Collins, Ed.D.

March 2014 Message

Dear PUSD Parents and Students,

Spring is here, bringing with it continued growth and new beginnings. The PUSD community continues to “grow” its’ important work of ensuring college and career readiness for all of our students. We have also taken on new work as we develop our first-ever Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

As I shared with you in a February message, your input is critical to the success of our District’s Mission. In that message, I asked for your input - and you responded, with over 1,900 parents and community members completing the LCFF/LCAP survey posted on the District webpage.

Today, I am pleased to announce a new section of our website called “Your Voice”. Through the “Your Voice” portal you can bring an idea, suggestion or concern directly to my attention. Simply visit our public website at to fill out the “My Voice Matters” form. I want to hear about your priorities – and understand the reasons why specific issues and topics matter to you. Through “Your Voice”, we are taking transparency and collaborative decision-making to a new level.

Please understand that while I may not be able to personally respond to everyone who writes to me here, I can promise that every submission will be read, reviewed and taken into account. This channel is open 24/7, 365 days a year, so you can communicate with me at any time.

Please make sure your email address is in our records so we can contact you, if needed. You may submit your email address through the “Notify Me” link on the top right-hand side of the “Your Voice” page. Your email will be added to our distribution list for future PUSD community-wide communications.

We appreciate your support of public education and your support for the Poway Unified School District. Together we can and will see our students achieve great things, here in PUSD and in their future lives.

Dr. John Collins


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Common Core Standards

The new testing model through the Smarter Balanced Consortium defines Mathematical Proficiency quite differently as 1/3 Procedural, 1/3 Conceptual, and 1/3 Applications. Procedural fluency is not going to be tossed out with the bathwater… but now it will be augmented with instruction that reinforces conceptual learning and teaches students how and when to apply their procedural learning. The ultimate goal is higher rates of student readiness for both college and career. ~Ken Matson, Mathematics Teacher, Mt Carmel High School


Common Core Standards

The Common Core allows us to see exactly what we are preparing our students for in the next grades: a clear scope and sequence from pre-k to 12th grade. They will actually understand the process of what they are learning instead of just the product or answer. This concept is especially critical for preschool students who are still developing their cognitive thinking skills, and when they are able to make deep connections with content, and really understand what they are learning, it sticks with them and they remember it when they move on to the next skill. ~Heather Smith, Preschool Teacher, Willow Grove Elementary School


Common Core Standards

With the implementation of the Common Core, ALL students are being asked to think deeply about mathematics…an experience previously reserved for only our higher mathematics students. ~Kay McHeffey, Mathematics Teacher, Meadowbrook Middle School


Common Core Standards

Most instrumental music teachers will find that the common core is already part of their curricular framework. Much of what I teach in the band classroom is closely aligned with the focus areas that have been identified as Common Core State Standards in writing and mathematics. ~Jay Posteraro, Director of Bands, Mesa Verde Middle School


Common Core Standards

CCSS provides guidelines for everyone to create meaningful learning when students are given the time needed to master skills in order to do more complicated work in the future. ... There are many benefits to the CCSS. They will immediately provide more meaningful professional development, greater stability for mobile students and clear standards for parents, students and educators. ~Kerry Araiza, 2nd Grade, Pomerado Elementary School


Common Core Standards

The Common Core Standards allows educators to set the stage for students to understand what they are learning and why. With that mastery comes confident learners ready to take on the next challenge, and as a teacher, and parent, that is what we all want for our students and children. Thank you for your time. ~Heather Smith, Preschool Teacher, Willow Grove Elementary School

New Online Bus Pass Purchase Option


The PUSD Transporation department is pleased to announce a new payment process to purchase bus passes online.


By submitting your application online, you are requesting transportation for one or more of your children. Our online system submits your application – it is not a confirmation of guaranteed transportation. We do not process any payments until our staff has verified that your children are eligible and that there is a safe bus stop near your home. You will receive a confirmation email that your bus pass has been approved and that your credit card has been charged.



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