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Pleasanton school board approves student achievement plans

PPIE donates $330,000 to instructional coaches, counselors

The Pleasanton school board unanimously approved the Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) as recommended by district staff Tuesday night.

The SPSA focuses on curriculum and instruction, the learning environment, and personal development.

The 2014-15 SPSA, created by the Pleasanton Unified School District Site Council (SSC), includes a theory of action, measurable goals and action plans to achieve these goals.

The goals and action plans were developed after each school principal worked with the SSC -- made up of teachers, school staff, parents and secondary students -- to review student achievement data.

During Tuesday's report, trustees heard school plan highlights from Vintage Hills Elementary School principal Melissa Theide, Harvest Park Middle School principal Ken Rocha and Village High School principal Dana Chavez.

According to Theide, Vintage Hills students are challenged by reading comprehension and academic vocabulary usage –- which impacts academic performance.

The school's Theory of Action states, "If we focus attention on the workshop model, increasing comprehension strategies, and student use of academic vocabulary, then students will be better able to engage in analysis of text and math problems. This will result in improved performance across all academic areas (reading, writing, and math)."

Vintage Hills' goal is to increase the percentage of students in all subgroups proficient in English Language Arts and mathematics as measured by site and district assessments.

One of the strategies to support this goal is to use the district improvement plan process, cycle of inquiry and a 'Student Study Team' process to develop measurable goals and targeted interventions to support student achievement.

A list of each of the school's site plans are available on the Pleasanton Unified School District website.

In other business:

• Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation announced to board members and district staff that it will be contributing $330,000 to maintain PUSD's two instructional coaches and add two counselors to each of the middle and high schools, in support of staff's recommendation to restore specific programs and services in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

• The school board unanimously approved Brandi Campbell as Pleasanton's child nutrition services director.

• The board recognized the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council (PCAC) for their recent two-piano benefit concert with Tamriko Siprashvili and Temirzhan Yerzhanof.

In addition, seven Pleasanton students were recognized for the character trait of compassion or self-discipline.

The following students were recognized for their compassion: Ella Piergrossi, Elisa Elizalde and Diego Cardoso. The following students were recognized for their self-discipline: Ava Navarrette, Malachi Bryant, Jasmine Zhang and Kristen Fung.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

May I ask a question or two?
• Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation announced to board members and district staff that it will be contributing $330,000 to maintain PUSD's two instructional coaches and add two counselors to each of the middle and high schools, in support of staff's recommendation to restore specific programs and services in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

We have counselor student ratio's that are extremely high and have been for years. These positions were cut back in 2009-2011. The question is -the administration is aware of these ratios (and if they aren't then we have a bigger problem) and continues to allow PPIE to contribute this level of support -why is this not being addressed as a requirement to be funded by the district? (and yes, it's safe to say that if they have someone willing to step up and pay, why not keep the gravy train going.) If this money wasn't available from PPIE would the district resort to cutting counseling positions? Given current ratios, which are higher than those recommended, shouldn't we be adding counselors rather than relying on PPIE to maintain the status quo? Just how is the district prioritizing? Interesting that these types of positions have been maintained for years by PPIE's willingness to, and recognition of the need to plug a budget gap. PPIE should be congratulated for their willingness to continually step up and provide for these services but it appears that it's taken for granted when it shouldn't be.


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Posted by Kelly French
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 13, 2015 at 8:43 am

Hi Joe,

I serve on the PPIE Executive Board and the statement in this article about PPIE's funding allocation is incorrect.

PPIE announced to board members and district staff that it will be contributing $330,000 to maintain a Technology Instructional Coach position (a position that was fully funded by PPIE in FY 2014-15), add an additional Math Instructional Coach and add two Early Literacy Intervention Instructional Coaches for the 2015-16 school year.

Any counseling positions restored by the board will be funded by the district.


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Posted by AV Teacher
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 13, 2015 at 11:10 am

I really appreciate all PPIE does to support us. I just wonder if the people who make these decisions about funding technology coaches know that it's a little silly to spend money on coaches when we have such limited technology.


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