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Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is part of the District Road Map ... Read More >>  

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Hour of Code

Schools plan to participate in upcoming event.

Bringing Fun to the Run

Lunada Bay Elementary and Palos Verdes HS collaborate for a successful event... Read More

Academic Achievement

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Educator of the Year Recipients 

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Facilities Master Plan Moves Forward

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

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Parents Make a Difference

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STEM Begins Early in PVPUSD

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A Time for Thanks
It is the time of year to give thanks to others.  It is not difficult to thank the greater community of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District!  Our students remind us each day of the confidence we should have in the future of our society.  As a whole, they are caring, giving, talented, articulate, driven, and fun!  This is equally true of our youngest learners and the seniors preparing to leave for college.  With the undeniable truth that our students are amazing, there is also plenty of room for thanks to all of those who place them in the best position for success.  No group has a monopoly on positive contributions. 
Our parents contribute through powerful engagement, giving of time and resources, and supporting schools at every level.  They send us the most important people in their lives each day.  Our parents are essential partners in the education of our students.  We appreciate the trust afforded to us by our fantastic parents!
The teaching and support staff prepares each day to provide safe environments for students to gain knowledge, participate in discussions, explore the world, learn how to interact with others, and how to realize their potential.  Our teachers are the best life-long learners I have ever encountered.  They willingly engage in complex discussions and consistently show a commitment to serving our students at the highest level.  Their collective excellence is unparalleled and positively impacts our students daily.
Our classified staff does much of the work that makes everything else possible.  They greet everyone in offices, clean our facilities, maintain sites, help kids cross the street, and monitor our playgrounds and common areas.  The people in these positions are sometimes known by all of our parents and students.  Other positions are less public, but equally impactful.  They have pride in PVPUSD and want the best for our students.
Our principals and administrative teams try to remove barriers and provide school sites with necessary resources.  I often look around the room at Leadership Team meetings and simply smile.  We have a powerful team of leaders who are completely dedicated to serving others.  It is a group worthy of thanks.
Our Board of Education sits at the top of the organization and monitors policies and procedures that help to make the district run efficiently and effectively.  Their roles are largely thankless, although deeply impactful.  They are a group elected to serve with the purpose of creating a school system that reflects our community.  Working with our Board of Education closely, I appreciate their dedication to our students, employees, and parents. 
At this time of thanks, it is nice to have so many positive people to appreciate.  During the writing of this letter, we received notification that PVPUSD is ranked as the top school district in the entire Los Angeles Metropolitan area.  As outlined above… it’s not a surprise!

Don Austin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Follow us on Twitter:  @DonAustin_PVP and @pvpschools 
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The Hour of Code is Coming!
December 5-9, 2016
The Hour of  Code is an introduction to computer science designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, creator, and innovator. It is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
While schools in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District will be participating, the learning can continue beyond the classroom. A wide range of resources and tools to learn coding are available on the Hour of Code website.

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