To PSD Employees and Friends:
I hope each one of you has an enjoyable time with family and friends. Thanksgiving week gives us a wonderful opportunity to be reminded of the many good fortunes we enjoy while so many in our community and across the world face significant challenges and misfortunes.
Personally, I know how fortunate I am to work with employees who share my passion to serve the learning needs of children and youth. In addition, I am thankful for the incredible support we recieve from parents and the community. I have been spending the past few days with board members at the state school board conference. Once again, I am struck by the thoughtful and diligent commitment our board members hold to our work and the success of each student.
Thanks for all you do for the kids!
Have a restful and safe Thanksgiving.
Sunnyside students took the opportunity on November 10th to honor American Veterans, including their own custodian, Sam Hughes. Students also created a wall of stars to honor family members who have served, or currently serve, the United States.
The 2011 Tech Fair impressed parents and staff with demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors.
Visitors had the opportunity to visit vendors, watch demonstrations of technology use in the classroom and talk with district tech staff about recent projects.
Thank you to our presenters!
"Technology in First Grade" - Dr. Rena Mincks
"Technology in Third Grade" - Ms. Elaine Kelly
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) - Mr. Vince Hanley
Use of Skype in the Classroom - Ms. Tina Fernandez
eBooks - Ms. Nancy Nelson
Lesson Recordings - Ms. Jan Estep
SmartSync - Mr. John Willy
Kahn Academy - Ms. Kristen Robinson
Mobi Device - Ms. Deni Claypool
Thank you to our vendors!
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Thank you to our generous donors!
Crimson & Gray
Government Computer Sales
Village Center Cinemas
Thank you to our student volunteers!
Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country and Soccer Teams!
Girls Cross Country and Girls Soccer win Academic State Championships!
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade Lincoln Middle School Concert Choir students for an outstanding performance at the SEWMEA Junior High Mass Band and Choir Festival! They received high compliments from their guest director for their performance with 100 (yes, 100!) fellow choir students from the Southeast region of Washington.
Our Pullman students were definitely vocal leaders in the Mass Choir showing great musicianship and confidence. They were outstanding representatives of Lincoln Middle School and the Pullman Community.
Congratulations LMS Choir Students!
Principals’ Report on November 2, 2011 Collaboration Day Work
Jefferson began the afternoon with a whole building meeting to discuss the common core standards in math the state will be using in three years. Documents from OSPI were reviewed to assist with the upcoming changes. The teachers and paraprofessionals then broke into grade level and department groups to collaborate about how the changes affect students at their levels. Each group began to answer the three main questions:
What do students need to know?
How do we determine that they have learned it?
What do we do if they didn’t learn it?
Each grade level and department submitted a written report to the principal listing accomplishments and goals for the next collaboration.
Language Arts - Aligning our Grade Level Expectations to the new Common Core Standards in the area of reading. Our 6th and 7th grade teams discussed this together with a focus on what exactly students need to know and understand to be successful. Our 8th grade team did the same while discussing common assessments for their Civics and Washington State history course.
Math - Collaboration with the high school math team to begin a process of creating big ideas for each secondary course. The focus of the work on Wednesday was structured around Algebra 1.
Social Studies - The focus was to align the current curriculum with state standards while focusing on scope and sequence within the building in our Geography classes.
Science - The focus was creating power standards at each grade level with a focus on assessments that ensure learning.
Fitness, Movement, and Sport - Looked at the district scope and sequence and discussed possible changes regarding grading and the annual CBA assessment.
Music - Worked together as a district team to go over the grade level expectations and strategies to ensure learning in each area. Differentiation of instruction for students at different levels in the same class was also a topic.
Art - Worked together as a district team creating a scope and sequence K-12.
Special Education - High School and Middle School teams discussed how to improve their services/abilities through collaboration. Each teacher discussed their common assessments and their use of data tracking for students on Individual Learning Plans.
Dr. Rick Bates, Principal
Sunnyside Elementary School
Jefferson students enjoyed an entire afternoon of science!
18 pre-service teachers from WSU joined the Jefferson staff to participate in an afternoon of science lessons focused on air, wind, weather and seasons.
Sixth grade art students created posters based on the P.R.O.U.D. motto that we have adopted this year at LMS. Groups of students were given a theme from our motto, Positive, Respectful, On Time, Unified, and Daring. Then using the elements of art and principles of design students were to show this theme using visual symbols and words. When finished students hung their posters around the building.
Here are some of the many examples of excellent work from our students:
Collaborative Teams at Work Impacting Student Learning in a Professional Learning Community
The Whitman County Principals Association planned and organized the event. Franklin Elementary principal, Brian Moore, led the work of coordinating the event.
In my view, the day was a success on several fronts:
There are surely other messages to take from the event that may emerge as we continue to work and dialog with each other to help kids achieve.
At the end of the day, the overarching theme for me was that of working together to help every child/student to learn at the highest level we can, from the struggling learner to the highest achieving.
"Collaboration" is not an end in itself. However, when done well, the principles of professional learning communities are proven to bring greater achievement to more students.
“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequals.”
Dr. Robert Eaker
PULLMAN HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES
THE OPENING OF SCULPTURE GARDEN
October 7, 2011, 5:30pm Ribbon Cutting
Five years ago, PHS art teacher Rob McPherson imagined using green space behind PHS to feature PHS student and alumni work. On Friday, October 7th, the community will have the opportunity to see Mr. McPherson’s concept come to life. For the past several years he has worked with students and volunteers to build a sculpture garden at Pullman High School, from landscaping, paving, and installing work. The grand opening will feature student and alumni work including a ceramic sculpture by PHS alum Alice Wilcox, live jazz music from the PHS Jazz combo group, and appetizers from the PHS gourmet foods students.