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Schools are essentially a people business.  Students, parents, support staff, teachers and administrators are constantly interacting with each other.  Each of these interactions create an endless web of connections held together by bonds of trust.  Building trusting relationships strengthens the educational experience we provide for our students each and every day.

In previous posts, I wrote about Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and the Beatles “Help” as guideposts that frame a professional belief system.  While my next blog will highlight the importance of putting students first, this entry focuses on the title of an album by a recording artist who changed his name in honor of the King, Elvis Presley.

Born Declan Patrick MacManus, we know him better as the recording artist and television host Elvis Costello.  His fifth album, ‘Trust’, was released in 1981.  While the album has grown in stature since its initial release, Costello’s songs depict an artist searching to establish trust with himself, others and society. 

Bonds of trust are first established by relationships in the home.  After these early formative years, children spend the bulk of the day with their teachers.  Students are connected to learning and enthusiastic about their studies when they trust their teachers.

PVPUSD teacher teams build trust by regularly meeting around topics of mutual interest during Monday banked-time meetings.  As a district, we support professional learning communities and actively encourage our teachers to network, coach and mentor each other.  Our world-class teachers are closest to the teaching and learning that occurs in our classroom, and we trust them to make thousands of decisions each days as they deliver their instructional programs.

It is no secret that trusting relationships between parents, teachers, classified staff and administrators promote positive learning experiences for students.  Good intentions are assumed and trust is earned.  The families and the larger PVPUSD community support our schools and district because our employees focus on earning parent and community trust through our words, behaviors and actions.

Over the last 40 years, Elvis Costello has created over 25 albums, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and married the jazz singer Diana Krall.  You can catch reruns of his television talk show, “Spectacle”, which are a treat to watch.  Helping others, recognizing the changing nature of time, and developing trusting relationships are all essential components of a professional belief system – all focused around putting students first which we will visit next time through a look at the Who’s album, “The Kids Are Alright”.
John Bowes, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
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Charity Concert & After Party
Join us for an incredible evening as Award Winning Rock Stars and Classical musicians come together in a star-studded event to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools. An intimate concert and after party, bringing platinum selling rock stars together with world-famous classical musicians, performing the amazing music you love in the spirit of charity.

Opus 88 is proud to present “From Bach to Rock”, a star-studded event to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools on March 26, 2016 at the Norris Theater and Pavilion in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
From Bach to Rock is an intimate concert, bringing platinum selling rock stars together with world-renowned classical musicians, taking you on a journey from the 17th century to the modern hits of today, all in the spirit of benefiting Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools (proceeds to be donated to the Peninsula Education Foundation – PEF).
The event will offer a one-of-a-kind concert, auction, and an epic red carpet after-concert party fit for any rock star! All musicians involved with the event are contributing their time, energy and musical talents in an effort to benefit public education by helping fund programming supported by PEF including school music, physical education, library and STEM programs, safe school counselors, academic and career counselors, and teacher salaries. VIP & Vendor sponsorship packages are available and include premium concert seating, meet-and-greets, photo and sound check opportunities, private after party services, merchandise and more.
*Line-Up Subject to Change; Additional Special Guests TBA

Stone Temple Pilots
one off performance with special guest
Chester Bennington from Linkin Park

Gary Wright
(Multi platinum artist and writer of Dream Weaver and Love is Alive)

(Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)

Chas West
(Bonham and Foreigner)

Marten Andersson
(Lizzy Borden and George Lynch)

Stan Sharp
(Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)

Monte Pittman
(Madonna/Solo Artist)

Jane Lee
(Accomplished pianist)

Extraordinary back-up band and additional special guests TBA.
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