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New Website for Pasadena Unified School District to be Unveiled

The new and improved website for the Pasadena Unified School District at pusd.us [will be unveiled August 13, 2014].

While it is still a work in progress, this new site will allow for greater functionality and access for all users. Among the features of the new website are:

  • Intuitive multimedia and programming capabilities that make viewing and managing websites easier.

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Five Ways to Change How Teachers Function in K-12 Classrooms

Educational Researcher Says It Will Boost Learning and Cut Costs

Less than half of high school graduates who took the SAT in 2013 were prepared for college, continuing a five-year trend.

Less than half – 44 percent -- who took the ACT had the reading skills necessary for college. That's down from 53 percent in 2009. And nearly a third failed to meet standards in four areas: reading, English, science and math.

The failures have persisted despite years of new tests, new curricula and new demands on teachers, notes educational researcher and consultant Charles M. Reigeluth, author of "Reinventing Schools: It's Time to Break the Mold," (www.reigeluth.net).

"We continue to approach the same problems with the same sorts of solutions, despite the fact that they're not working," he says. "Instead, we need a fundamental shift in how we educate our children. Our public school system was designed to meet the needs of a long-ago era – the Industrial Age. It's not working because we're now in the Information Age."

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Five Tips for Mom’s Back-to-School Sanity

By Jennifer Keitt
Author of Shake Up Your Life: 30 Steps To Powerful Brilliant Living

1. Heal self-defeating thoughts: "I stunk at math and my kids will stink too!" This was my greatest self-sabotaging thought as a Mom, and I had to heal! As Moms we allow toxic negative thoughts to run through our minds every single day. It's time to stop it this school year! Moms can be defeated in their parenting before they get out of bed in the morning. Thoughts can't be removed—they have to be replaced. So here is what every Mom needs to try: Face the fear. Just because you aren't good at math, for example, doesn't mean that's going to be your child's truth. It's hard, but arrest those thoughts as soon as they enter into your mind (handcuff it literally). Then replace the negative "Jimmy isn't going to "get" math thought with, "Jimmy is smart, resourceful and able to do it!" (Plus Mom, you can hire a tutor or grab a homework coach to support him). Repeat these "healing" thoughts and strategies every time those old self-defeating ones come up.

2. Have patience with yourself: Life takes patience—especially life as a Mom! So the cookies burned up—run to the store and put some store bought cookies on the tray to send into school! So your child is wearing the same socks two days in a row—he/she won't die, cut yourself some slack. Take a deep breath, slowly exhale and give yourself the gift of having patience with YOU every day this school year.

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Local Docs Recommend ABCs of Back-To-School Health

Avoid Potential Health Hazards Before Hitting the Books

(August 12, 2014) -- Local families are scrambling to check off their back-to-school lists, buying supplies, clothes and more. But doctors say it's important to add one more item to that list -- a checkup for your child's health. That's why doctors at local American Family Care and AFC/Doctors Express centers have created the ABCs of Back to School Health which includes the following tips to stay healthy once back to school.

"Making sure your child is up to date on immunizations and is physically fit for school can prevent a number of problems down the line," said Dr. Bruce Irwin, CEO of American Family Care and AFC/Doctors Express, a local medical practice. "Our clinics offer back to school physicals and immunizations daily, and we're open late, so busy families can fit a visit into their schedules."

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Pasadena Unified Teachers and Staff Prepare for Start of School

All-Staff Welcome Back to School Event is Thursday, August 14

African American news from Pasadena - Education - PUSD back to school eventPasadena, CA – Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Interim Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald will deliver his first address to teachers, principals and staff at the annual All-Staff Back to School meeting Thursday, August 14.

The first day of school for PUSD students is Monday, August 18.

During the event that kicks off the new academic year, employees will hear about goals for the year, reconnect with each other and honor the PUSD teacher, principal, classified employee and volunteer of the year.

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