Superintendent Search Process Begins
The PAUSD Board of Education has begun the search process to select a new district superintendent. The Board’s objective is to hire a search firm on March 10, 2014, to
help solicit extensive community input from PAUSD students, staff,
parents, and community members for use in recruiting
and selecting a final candidate by late April or early May with the goal
of having the District’s next superintendent in place by July 1, 2014.
Community members are invited to attend a special Board meeting on
Monday, March 10, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., in which three search firm
candidates will be interviewed: Leadership Associates at 9:15 a.m.; Ray
and Associates at 10:30 a.m.; and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
at 11:45 a.m. While the meeting will not be televised, public input is
invited in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be invited
following the presentations, at approximately 12:45 p.m. For additional
information, please contact Kathleen Ruegsegger at (650) 329-3737 or
Unique Palo Alto Adult School and Garden Court Hotel Partnership Serves Community and Customers Better
At Palo Alto’s Garden Court Hotel, the Core Values of putting guests
first and respecting
colleagues has blossomed into an innovative private/public partnership
with Palo Alto Adult Education to provide on-site English as a Second
Language (ESL) classes for multiple team members during the work day on
company-sponsored time. ESL instructor Kelle Mason provides two hours
of customized instruction per week at the Garden Court Hotel to team
members who want to improve their English skills, to build their
confidence in using English on the job and in their personal lives, and
to develop the listening and speaking skills needed to communicate more
effectively with guests and co-workers. The Garden Court Hotel pays for
the instructor’s time, provides space for the class, pays the team
member for time spent in the class, and schedules additional staff to
cover the students’ responsibilities while they are taking class.
The current ESL class is celebrating the end of their 12-week session on
Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. Garden Court Hotel is located at 520
Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Bullying Prevention Webpage and Draft Policy Update
PAUSD staff is continuing to make significant and steady process in reviewing and creating a
revised bullying prevention policy. Additionally, staff has created a robust webpage including information
on bullying prevention activities, definitions of bullying and
indicators for parents and staff to use as they evaluate student
behavior, a process for reporting acts of bullying, supports for
a draft bullying policy.
Parenting for Authentic Success - Video Available
Talking to a full house on January 29 in Spangenberg Theater at Gunn
High School, Dr. Levine asked parents to focus on their children’s
success at home and in the world, beyond academics, to achieve authentic
success. Author of the recent New York Times bestseller, Teach Your Children Well, Dr. Levine offered tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s competitive culture.
Board of Education President Barb Mitchell's Letter to the Community
Board of Education President Barb Mitchell has written a letter to all PAUSD community members regarding Superintendent Skelly's announcement of his resignation in June. It was emailed to parents and staff on Friday, February 21 and is posted here for interested community members.
10th Annual Sweetheart Awards Celebration on February 26
Palo Alto Unified School District’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
will host its 10th annual Sweetheart Awards Ceremony on Wednesday,
February 26, to honor local PAUSD employees and
community members who have made a positive difference in the lives of
needs students. "Sweethearts” are nominated by students and their
families for their exemplary service, friendship, and for helping
students feel connected and competent in their
respective areas. The nomination letter describing their kindness is
read for the audience at the awards where they are publicly recognized
for going above and beyond. The event will be held in the PAUSD Board room at 25 Churchill Ave. at
7:30 p.m. Community members are welcome to join this wonderful celebration.