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Student Connectedness

Focus Goals

Academic Excellence and Learning

  • Improve student connectedness and strengthen support systems for student social, emotional, physical health
  • Encourage site-developed approaches to improve student connectedness
  • Continue and strengthen the relationship with Project Safety Net Task Force
  • Identify strategic opportunities through Project Cornerstone survey results
  • Develop a multi-year systematic approach to these complicated issues

One of the most important and fulfilling parts of being educators is the opportunity to work with parents on the social/emotional development of our students. To align with District focused goals to improve student connectedness and strengthen support systems for students, PAUSD is working in conjunction with Project Cornerstone a county non-profit organization helping communities build asset rich environments for the youth. The 41 Developmental Assets model provides a framework for building resiliency and other positive character traits amongst youth. This effort is in partnership with Project Safety Net and community agencies for a common vision and language for what youth and teens need to thrive.

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

Palo Alto Unified School District administers the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) every other year at grades 5, 7, 9 and 11. The CHKS is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and at risk behaviors in the nation and has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students' health behaviors and academic performance. The CHKS is acknowledged as a critical component of school improvement efforts to help guide the selection and development of effective health and prevention programs. For more information visit CHKS.

Palo Alto Unified School District utilizes CHKS to inform policies, practices and programs at grades 5, 7, 9 and 11. The District and community are committed to continuing efforts to support student health and safety at all levels. District and school reports are included below.

Elementary School CHKS Survey PDF Document

Middle School CHKS Survey PDF Document

High School CHKS SurveyPDF Document

PAUSD CustomSurvey for Middle and High SchoolPDF Document

 

 

District and School Reports

2011-2012

J. L. Stanford Middle School PDF Document
Jordan Middle School PDF Document
Terman Middle School PDF Document
Gunn High School PDF Document
Palo Alto High School PDF Document

District Key Findings PDF Document
District Main Report PDF Document

Presentations and Materials

Presented to the Board of Educaton on March 8, 2011 PDF Document

Presented to the Community on February 13, 2011 PDF Document
Presented to the Board of Education on December 14, 2010
PDF Document
Palo Alto Developmental Assets InitiativePDF Document

Project Safety Net

Project Safety Net is a community-based organization with a mission to develop and implement an effective, comprehensive, community-based mental health plan for overall youth well being in Palo Alto.

The plan includes education, prevention and intervention strategies that together provide a safety net for youth and teens in Palo Alto and defines our community’s teen suicide prevention efforts. Palo Alto Unified School Districts goals of improving student connectedness and strengthening support systems for student social, emotional, and physical health are aligned with PSN.

Through education, prevention and intervention strategies, and a strong partnership, PAUSD, PSN, and the larger community work to provide a safety net for youth and teens in Palo Alto.

Project Cornerstone
41 Development Assets Initiative

Developmental Assets are defined as the positive values, relationships and experiences that help youth and teens succeed and thrive. The Developmental Assets framework identifies 41 essential elements for supporting the health, resiliency, and overall well-being of youth within their communities. Research shows a significant correlation between higher number of assets and positive indicators, such as school performance and resiliency, and lower numbers of assets and increased risk-taking behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. The framework has been adopted by the Palo Alto Unified School District, the City, YMCA, Youth Community Services and many other youth-serving agencies. You can find more information about the Developmental Assets at Project Cornerstone.

The Developmental Assets provide a common vision and language for youth and teen well-being. Research done by the Search Institute has confirmed that the more of these assets kids have, the better they do in school and life. But kids cannot develop the assets on their own; many of these relationships and experiences depend on interactions and opportunities in the community surrounding our youth.

2011 PAUSD Developmental Asset Survey Reports

FAQs  for  Developmental  Assets  Survey Results PDF Document

Developmental Assets Comparison Chart PDF Document

Elementary Schools Full Report PDF Document
Elementary Schools AppendicesPDF Document
Addison PDF Document

Addison AppendicesPDF Document

Briones PDF Document
Briones AppendicesPDF Document
Duveneck PDF Document
Duveneck AppendicesPDF Document

El Carmelo PDF Document
El Carmelo AppendicesPDF Document

Escondido PDF Document
Escondido AppendicesPDF Document
Fairmeadow PDF Document
Fairmeadow Appendices PDF Document
Walter Hays PDF Document
Walter Hays AppendicesPDF Document

Hoover PDF Document
Hoover Appendices PDF Document

Nixon PDF Document
Nixon Appendices PDF Document

Ohlone PDF Document
Ohlone Appendices PDF Document

Palo Verde PDF Document
Palo Verde Appendices PDF Document

**Survey reports for the following schools were made available post district reports of March 2011. Thus, the PAUSD elementary school report has also been updated to reflect the changes with the additional elementary school reports:
Addison, El Carmelo, Nixon, Palo Verde


Middle Schools Full Report PDF Document

Jordan Middle School PDF Document
JLS Middle School PDF Document
Terman Middle School PDF Document

High Schools Full Report PDF Document

Gunn High School PDF Document
Palo Alto High School PDF Document

 

For more information on Student Connectedness, please contact Brenda Carrillo, Coordinator of Student Services, at bcarrillo@pausd.org or 650-329-3769


Revised October 2012

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