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Preparing for NGSS

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

Academic Achievement

PVPUSD students score significantly higher than county and state average on ACT ... Read More >>  

PVPUSD Welcomes Active Military Families

Active military families can enroll students in the PVPUSD ... Read More >>  

Learning Beyond the Classroom

PVPUSD students are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom through ... Read More >>

Parents Make a Difference

The success of PVPUSD schools is due to many factors but one of the most significant is our parents. PVPUSD parent ...   Read More >>

STEM Begins Early in PVPUSD

PVPUSD was one of the first school districts in the nation to launch a high school engineering and robotics program...  Read More >>

Capitol Convoy

PVP Council of PTAs organizes an annual spring lobbying trip to Sacramento.  The overall goal of the program is to ... Read More >>  

An Eye to the Horizon

In 2015, our PVPUSD Board of Education developed eight District Goals to guide our work and establish priorities... Read More >>

Education Insights

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I enjoy reading over the summer and recently came across the article, Resilience is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure, in the Harvard Business Review.  The article grabbed my attention since our schools are in the middle of summer. 

The authors made me think about some things, including the guilt some adults and many students feel when they take time to recharge.  Adults often feel that every day is the most important day in the history of their respective professions.  With some exceptions, that simply is not true.  Most days are relatively routine for all of us with some pockets of excellence and some number of minor missteps.  There are certainly times when optimal focus is required for prolonged periods of time.  That being said, it is impossible to go forever without a break.

Our students have similar situations.  The schools in PVPUSD are rigorous and competitive.  Most would agree that our excellent schools prepare our students well for the next steps in their lives.  Occasionally, I wonder if we are giving our students enough breaks along the way.  A downside of always grinding for the next step is missing the opportunity to enjoy the current step.  I am happy when I see “No Homework Days” in our schools.  I hope our students take advantage of these days to do something fun.  It would be really nice if some of those fun activities included their families!

My second child is leaving for college before our first day of school in PVPUSD.  I can assure everyone that when that time comes, I will not be thinking about what I could do with a couple more hours in the office.  Like any decent article, the meaning may be different for every reader.  I am thinking about the importance of investing time with the people and things that make sense beyond our jobs and studies.  September is around the corner. I hope everyone takes advantage of the limited time we have to recharge.

Don Austin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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Schools Kickoff Year With New Websites
Each school in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has successfully launched a new website.
The redesigned websites are part of the ongoing efforts to improve school to home communication.  Each website also provides an opportunity to share news, information and highlights of events and activities.
PVPUSD school websites can be accessed from the "Schools" menu on this website or directly at the links below:
High Schools
Intermediate Schools
Elementary Schools

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