Board of Trustees Recognize Inspiring Students and Educators at Final Regular Meeting of School Year

The PUSD Board of Trustees were proud to recognize a number of inspiring students and educators at their final regular meeting of the 2018-2019 school year. Learn more below! 
 
National We the People Finalists
Amador Valley High and Foothill High School Competitive Civics Teams had another inspiring year. Thousands of hours of preparation led both teams to represent California in the National We the People Finals - the 2nd consecutive year both teams have earned spots at Nationals
 
We were proud to congratulate both teams of students, as well as the inspiring teachers and adults who support them on their journey.
 
2019 Valedictorians & Salutatorians
We are proud to recognize our Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians from Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School
 
This is an incredible accomplishment when considering the many high-achieving students in Pleasanton.
 
We applaud your hard work and dedication towards academic excellence.
 
Congratulations to the Amador Valley High School Class of 2019 Valedictorian Parth Gupta. Parth will be attending UC Berkeley this fall and will be majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Congratulations to the Foothill High School Class of 2019 Co-Valedictorians Asim Biswal and Rohith Sajith. They will both attend UC Berkeley in the Fall. 

Congratulations to Foothill High School Class of 2019 Salutatorian Nikhil Padavala. He will also attend UC Berkeley in the Fall, and hopes to major in Computer Science.

Advancement Placement Exam Perfect Scores
Two Amador Valley students received perfect scores on AP exams taken in May 2018. Exams are scored on a 5-point scale - 5 is equivalent to earning an ‘A’ in the corresponding college course. AP Exams are extremely rigorous and require a deep understanding of subject matter and mastery of knowledge

This is an incredible  accomplishment shared only by an elite group of students in the entire world.

We are extremely proud to congratulate:
 
Amador Senior Nikolina Bilkic, who was 1 of only 16 students globally to earn every single point on the US World History AP Exam.
 
Amador Junior William Wu, who was 1 of only 193 students in across the globe to earn a perfect score on the Computer Science A AP Exam.
 
2019 Pan American Junior Badminton Championship Qualifier
Emma Wei is a 6th grader at Harvest Park Middle School. She started playing tennis when she was seven years old - When she was eight, she began playing badminton. She has been playing badminton for 3 years.

Her incredible talent has led her to be selected to represent the United States in Canada this July as a qualifier in the 2019 Pan American Junior Badminton Championship in both singles and doubles. While Emma doesn't think she'll ever play professionally, she thinks this is a sport that she will enjoy for the rest of her life.

Regardless of the path Emma decides to take, we’re sure she’ll be successful given the incredible commitment and skill involved in reaching this level of competition. Congratulations, Emma!
 
2018-2019 PUSD Student Board Members
Amador, Foothill and Village High School, as well as Middle College students were represented at each regular board meeting by one student board member, and one alternate who serves in their absence.

These student board members dedicate many hours providing critical input during Board discussion as well as share news and events as representatives of their schools.

Students at the heart of everything we do - and we are grateful to our student board members for helping us to ensure that student voice is heard at each of our regular meetings.

Thank you to our 2018-2019 PUSD Student Board members:
Amador Valley High School Student Board Member Kate Inman and Alternate Emil Tu
Foothill High School Student Board Member Roderick Liu and Alternate Deepak Ragu
Middle College Student Board Members Sara Woodall and Jaina Jogia
Village High School Student Board Member Matthew Dalleske
 
2018-2019 School Smarts Facilitators
School Smarts is a program for elementary school parents/guardians to learn more about how Districts and schools function, and ways to be engaged in their child’s education. The program has served PUSD families for 6 years. We were fortunate to have this program at six of our elementary schools this year, serving approximately 150 families.

For the first time, we had a School Smarts district-wide program where parents from different schools had the opportunity to take the program. Sessions were offered in English and Spanish during the PUSD Mariachi program at Hearst Elementary School. This strategy allowed PUSD to serve parents from every elementary school around the district.

Parents who complete the program overwhelmingly report that they are more informed and able to:

  • Better support child’s learning at home
  • More effectively communicate with principal and teachers
  • Engage in school events and opportunities   

The School Smarts Program is made possible by an amazing planning team and facilitators.

  • Serving our Donlon Elementary community, Mansi Parekh
  • Serving our Fairlands Elementary community, Kelly Lack
  • Serving our Hearst Elementary community, Oscar Galeana and Nancy Magallan 
  • Serving our Lydiksen Elementary community, Arlene Simpelo, Linda Wu, Nicole Lee and Kate Berglund
  • Serving our Mohr Elementary community, Vidya Kumar
  • Serving our PUSD Mariachi program community, Kim Gapol and Rosa Isela Torre
  • Serving our Walnut Grove community, Chris Connor and Ying Hai
Finally, another thank you to the amazing Rosa Isela Torre, who in addition to facilitating for our Mariachi community, helps coordinate and strengthen the school smarts program across our District. Thank you all for your service to our families and community!