Heading Down the Home Stretch of the School Year

By Brian McDonald
PUSD superintendent

Brian McDonald

Gov. Newsom released the state’s revised May budget proposal for 2020-21 that seeks to avoid permanent cuts to public education while dealing with the impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on the state’s economy. For PUSD this means that instead of facing a projected $35 million in reduction in state funding, we now estimate a $15 million reduction in state funding. We are examining in detail the revised budget and will continue to advocate on behalf of our students and educators in the coming weeks. Budgets are a reflection of values, and we are asking the state and federal governments to show their commitment to students and the future of this country.
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PUSD Superintendent Offers Update to Families

Brian McDonald

By Brian McDonald
Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District

Since schools were dismissed, PUSD has served more than 61,000 meals to children in our community. The number of meals served has been rising every week and we remain committed to serving our students and families.
I want to thank PUSD food service workers, volunteers, and all those carrying out essential duties for their work in support of our students and families. I also want to thank all of you for staying at home to flatten the curve and protect our entire community. Your steadfast resolve demonstrates the best of PUSD and the abiding care that we have for each other. It is what makes PUSD remarkable and what will lead us to meeting in person again. Continue reading “PUSD Superintendent Offers Update to Families”

SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging

Photo courtesy Flintridge Center Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.
Photo courtesy Flintridge Center
Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life
lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.

Though summer school often implies relentless hours of absorbing an entire academic year of information in just a few weeks, a collaboration of Pasadena nonprofits has devised an effective mix of credit recovery, fun and life lessons to keep local kids focused and coming back for more. Continue reading “SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging”

STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech

OUTLOOK photo Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.
OUTLOOK photo
Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.

At a Norma Coombs Elementary School day camp recently, little hands and fingers flew over Chromebooks, with color puzzle pieces being dragged into place as the campers built a fictional, interactive story through the introductory Scratch coding program.
“You just have to play with it,” Michael Dragomir, a STEAM:CODERS summer camp teacher, told a 3rd-grader, who needed little encouragement as she did just that. She readjusted her headphones and dragged a different piece to see how that might change things up in her virtual-reality fiction, which happened to be a story about two girlfriends chatting in the park. Continue reading “STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech”

McKinley School Hosts Parent Summit April 8

Charles Heaton, principal of McKinley School, invites parents and community members to the school’s Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8.

McKinley School invites parents to attend its Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The free event includes workshops on adolescent development, navigating high school, strategies for college planning and parenting styles. In the Writers’ Workshop session, parents will get insight into the way that PUSD elementary school students are learning to hone their writing skills with methods used by professional writers.
“The Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents and families to come together to prepare children for the future, whether for the next academic year or for college and careers,” said McKinley School Principal Charles Heaton.
The event is free and open to all parents and families. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/parent-summit-2017-tickets-32429003021. McKinley School is located at 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave.