Dear PUSD community,
I hope that you had a chance to relax, recharge, and be ready to go for the new year. PUSD is excited to welcomestudents back to campus next week on Thursday, August 11, for the 2022-2023 school year.
There is much to look forward to this year – more amazing academic achievements, more exciting athletic competitions, and more extraordinary student performances. We have added a new Armenian world language program at Webster Elementary, launched Ethnic Studies courses at high schools, and offered opportunities to extend the learning day with before and after school programs.
PUSD has also expanded transitional kindergarten to 11 locations to bridge the gap between preschool and traditional Kindergarten for children who turn 5 years old between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023. Visit pusd.us/tk for more information.
We can’t wait to see the student-designed and student-performed production of Into the Woods, a groundbreaking collaboration with professional artists that will be presented at the Pasadena Playhouse as part of its Stephen Sondheim Celebration this season.
PUSD’s student-led Think Tank is connecting students across campuses, raising consciousness, and creating equity within the district and the region. They understand that we can only make progress through cooperation and communication. They are also demonstrating that, with this generation, anything is possible.
While we had all hoped that COVID would have been history by now, the virus continues to bring challenges. We are adjusting by putting multiple layers of protection in place. See August 4, 2022 COVID Update.
Amidst the challenges ahead, we’re staying focused on our end goal: preparing students for the future by inspiring the joy of learning in every child, every day. To build on our successes and strengthen the future for our students, on August 4 the PUSD Board of Education discuss the District’s strategic planning process
that will set our vision, mission, and priorities for years to come. We are convening several committees made up of teachers, parents, and students who will provide input. The work of the Superintendent’s Enrollment Committee is already underway with a survey just completed this summer. We are also forming a culture and climate committee, a parent engagement committee, creating a new educational master plan, and a facilities master plan.
In the coming weeks, graduates of PUSD’s Class of 2022 will begin their studies at some of the best universities in the country including Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, and UCLA, due in no small part to our exceptional programs and educators. I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments.
So please enjoy the last few days of summer. This summer, one of the books I enjoyed reading was called 10% Happier by Dan Harris. It made me think about how we can all find a little more happiness and for me, personally, it’s all about the joy of learning and the joy of being an educator. I’m honored to serve as
Superintendent and look forward to seeing you next week!
Brian McDonald, Ed.D