15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
Interim Superintendent, Tony Apostle, Ed.D.
(858) 521-2700 FAX (858) 485-1075
Tina McDowell, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent 
(858) 521-2700  FAX (858) 485-1075



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



February 13, 2015

Dear PUSD Families,

Engaging all of Poway Unified's stakeholders to develop a vision for Personalized Learning for All Students has been one of our main goals for this 2014-15 school year. As we work on our second Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), we want all of our stakeholders to be actively participating in the process.

The LCAP is part of a revolutionary change in the way the State of California allocates funding to local school districts. Under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), state funding for schools is designed to be more flexible, allowing for more local control over academic spending priorities.

Last year (the first year in the LCAP process) we gathered feedback from a variety of groups in the community, including:

  • District Advisory Committee (DAC)
  • District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC)
  • Parents
  • Businesses
  • Civic Groups
  • Community Members
  • Certificated and Classified Employees
  • Students
  • District Directors
  • K-12 Principals


This year, we are asking those same groups to provide more input, specifically focused on Five Critical Questions:

  • Safety: How do we ensure our schools are safe and secure, while maintaining a positive learning environment and a welcoming atmosphere?
  • Learning Experiences: What type of learning environments and opportunities are needed to ensure that all students reach their potential and are prepared to be successful in life?
  • Measures of Success: How do we define and measure student success in order to ensure that each student has a successful personalized learning experience?
  • Fiscal Responsibility: How do we ensure equitable, effective and transparent use of District resources to support student success and build public trust?
  • Communication: What strategies and methods for communication will effectively engage all stakeholders and build public trust?


Your input on these five questions will be gathered at four Community Forums we are holding on different days of the week and in different areas of our community. Parents and community members are invited to attend any or all of these Community Forums.

The four Community Forums will be held:

Tuesday, March 3rd at Bernardo Heights Middle School - RSVP here -
12990 Paseo Lucido
San Diego, CA 92128

Monday, March 16th at Meadowbrook Middle School - RSVP here -
12320 Meadowbrook Lane
Poway, CA 92064

Thursday, March 19th at Deer Canyon Elementary School - RSVP here -
13455 Russet Leaf Lane
San Diego, CA 92129

Wednesday, April 1st at Oak Valley Middle School - RSVP here -
16055 Winecreek Road
San Diego, CA 92127

All Community Forums will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please RSVP using the link(s) beside the Community Forum(s) you wish to attend. RSVP will help us to adequately accommodate and facilitate these evenings.

If you would like to review our first LCAP, visit our website here  LCAP FINAL REPORT

I look forward to hearing from each of you and thank you for your continued participation in making Poway Unified School District an outstanding place to learn, work and live.

Dr. John Collins

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