Poway Unified School District

Superintendent ~ Poway Unified School District

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May 21, 2015

Dear PUSD Family,

To support the District’s goal of strong communication systems that create collective engagement among all stakeholders, we launched a Parent Perception Survey in March, 2015 asking for your feedback on a range of critical, site-level issues such as academic preparedness, safety and well-being, and home/school communication.

Over 8,700 parents participated in the survey, a response rate of 23%. This level of participation demonstrates your willingness to engage in important conversations that inform our strategic goals and planning.

Overall, survey results are very positive. (To review the collective responses, please see the document attached to this communication.) The vast majority of respondents believe that their child’s school maintains high academic expectations (94%) and that their child is safe at school (95%). In addition, most participants report that their child is excited about learning at school (90%) and clearly understands what he/she needs to learn (81%). Finally, a large majority of respondents believe that their child’s school is effectively preparing him/her for college and career (82%).

The survey also found that many parents are engaged in their child’s learning process, with 95% feeling encouraged to participate in school activities, 86% feeling like a valued partner in their child’s education, and 86% agreeing that district schools and the community work together to support learning.

While these survey results are positive, they also point out opportunities to improve our school program. Responsiveness to parent concerns, a more balanced approach to homework assignments, and encouraging supportive interactions amongst our students are some of the areas identified for improvement.

These survey results are one of several key components used to design and update our District’s 2015-16 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

We are pleased and grateful for the thoughtful community input we have received through this survey, our community forums, student surveys, and staff input.

John P. Collins




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Dec 12, 014

Dear Students, Staff, Families and Community Members,

I received this video greeting from Imagine Learning, a language and literacy software program, and wanted to share it with you. 

The video celebrates the importance of the work each and every one of you does to encourage PUSD students to dream, imagine and be their very best.

Thank you for your commitment to our students and our community.  I wish all of you a joyful holiday season!

John P. Collins


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John P. Collins, Ed.D. 

(858) 521-2700 FAX (858) 485-1075

Tina McDowell
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
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Rich Newman, Ed.D.
Director of Innovation, Office of Innovation
(858) 521-2737

Jessica Wakefield
Director of Communications
(858) 521-2707  FAX (858) 485-1075

Wendy Anderson
Executive Assistant to the Board
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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identification, mental or physical disability. All course offerings, student clubs, and extracurricular activities are open to all students. For more information, please contact Tracy Hogarth, Associate Superintendent, Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406. Annual Notification of Rights | Annual Notification Employee Rights

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