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August 16th First Day of School!

Superintendent’s Message

As our Paramount Unified School District students returned to the classroom recently, I was inspired by the promise of new academic discovery. We prepared all summer to ensure our students were met with the optimal learning environment on their first day back, and I’m pleased that our District is ready to meet the challenge of lifting our children to new heights.
I am excited to note that our students were greeted with new technology this year after the District purchased Google Chromebook laptops for all third-graders, ninth graders, sophomores as well as students of Leona Jackson School. The laptops are a part of our new tech implementation plan, which aims to provide a personal technology device to every student in grades three through 12 by 2020.
As you are likely aware, we are well underway in developing the District’s new STEM high school which will open at its Lakewood site for the 2018-19 school year. We have appointed Keith Nuthall, who supervised the creation of an applied science program at Escondido Union High School District’s Del Lago Academy, as the school’s new principal and will be selecting a school name and finalizing curriculum in the coming months.
We have expanded our curriculum for the current school year as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) engineering courses will now be available as seventh-grade electives. In addition, college prep elective Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes have been expanded to include three elementary schools and all sixth-grade students. This will give more of our students the opportunity to explore exciting concepts and discover new passions.
It’s great to be back! Let’s have a wonderful year as we continue to help our children develop into future leaders.
Sincerely, Dr. Ruth Pérez
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Mensaje de Superintendente

Estimadas Familias y Amigos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Paramount
El mes pasado, al ver a nuestros estudiantes regresar a los salones de clase, me inspiró ver la promesa del nuevo descubrimiento académico. Durante el verano, nos preparamos para asegurarnos que nuestros estudiantes regresaran a un óptimo ambiente de aprendizaje en su primer día de regreso a clases, y me da mucho gusto que nuestro Distrito esté preparado para cumplir con el desafío de llevar a nuestros niños a nuevos niveles.
Me emociona saber que nuestros estudiantes fueron recibidos con nueva tecnología este año, ya que el Distrito compró dispositivos portátiles Google Chromebook para todos los alumnos de tercero, noveno y décimo grado y para todos los estudiantes de secundaria de la Escuela Leona Jackson. Las computadoras portátiles son parte de la nueva implementación de tecnología, la cual tiene como objetivo proveer un dispositivo de tecnología personal a cada estudiante en los grados 3º al 12º para el año 2020.
Seguramente ya estarán enterados que estamos en proceso de crear una Escuela STEM (Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas), la cual abrirá sus puertas en Lakewood para el año escolar 2018-2019. El director asignado a esta nueva escuela es el Sr. Keith Nuthall, quien ha supervisado la creación del programa de ciencias aplicadas en la Academia del Lago en el Distrito Unificado de Escondido. En los próximos meses estaremos seleccionando un nombre para la escuela y finalizando el currículo.
Hemos expandido nuestro currículo para el nuevo año escolar conforme los cursos de ingeniería del Proyecto denominado Project Lead The Way (PLTW), estos cursos ya están disponibles como clases electivas para los alumnos del séptimo grado. Asimismo, las clases electivas de preparación para la universidad Avance Vía Determinación Individual, conocidas con las siglas AVID (Clases avanzadas por determinación personal) fueron expandidas a tres escuelas primarias y a todos los estudiantes del sexto grado. Esto dará la oportunidad de explorar conceptos emocionantes y así nuestros estudiantes podrán descubrir nuevas pasiones.
¡Es genial estar de regreso! Tendremos un año maravilloso al mismo tiempo que continuamos ayudando a nuestros niños a convertirse en líderes del futuro.
Dra. Ruth Pérez


Strategic Planning

Paramount Unified School District's Strategic Plan was developed collaboratively by a team of over 40 stakeholders representing students, teachers and staff, parents, community members, and both site and district leadership.  Representatives from the City of Paramount as well as local businesses and area colleges and universities also participated.
The Strategic Plan addresses four key Focus Areas:
- College and Career Ready Graduates
- High Quality Teaching and Learning
- Positive School Climate and Environments Conducive to Learning
- Parent and Community Partnerships
The Strategic Plan is meant to build upon the great work that has taken place on behalf of the students in the Paramount Unified School District and raise achievement to new heights!
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High School Promise

The mission of the Paramount Unified School District is to ensure learning and success for each student by providing a quality education.

Paramount Unified School District strives to be an exemplary district. In order to achieve this, all stakeholders of the District must have a clear sense of its goals. They must seek out, understand, and emulate the characteristics of exemplary schools and be ready to contribute their knowledge and talents to transform this vision into a reality. The following vision statement provides the exemplary standards that Paramount Unified School District will strive to achieve and maintain.
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As the result of how schools in California are funded, all districts must write a Local Control and Accountability (LCAP) Plan. The purpose of this plan is to outline how the district will use Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds to meet the needs of students. Plans must align with eight state priorities and be updated annually. Each year the LCAP Committee meets to review the purpose of the plan, analyze academic data, district and school needs and discuss how to address future needs. The Committee includes teachers, administrators, classified staff, parents, high school students, and a member of the Board of Education.
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Help us raise money for scholarships! Join us for our first Quartermania event!

On Wednesday, October 11, our district will host it's first ever Quartermania fundraising event. This is a fun evening where participants will have the opportunity to bid a quarter or two on items provided by local businesses. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships for PUSD students. Last year, PUSD raised over $100,000 for scholarships; we are hoping to double that number this year! Please see the flyer for more details about the event.

Join us for our first College Fair!

Please join us on October 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 at Paramount High School for our first College Fair! Over 20 colleges and universities will participate, and there will be several workshops for both parents and students. See the flyer for details!
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