Poway Unified School District


PUSD Extended Student Services (ESS)

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 521-2800   Fax: (858) 485-1937
Johneen Gregg, Director, (858) 521-2850
Betsy Crook, Administrative Asst, (858) 521-2848
Cindi Hodnett, Office Assistant II, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2231


The Extended Student Services (ESS) Program extends Poway Unified School District's educational program into the hours before and after school, and during school vacations, for elementary school aged children. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. ESS is fee based. Check out the fee schedule in the vertical menu on the right. Please contact the ESS Supervisor at your child's school for information or to enroll. See the ESS Websites drop down menu at the right.

Pay your ESS bill online. http://firstlinemerchant.com/PUSD/ess.htm
Payment options include e-Check, Visa, MasterCard or Debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo.

ESS Finance Team

Laura Attard, Accountant II (858) 521-2800 ext. 2233

Billing Questions:
Melanie Hart (858) 521-2800 ext. 2229
Alisa Mendenhall
, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2232

Credit Card Inquiries and Payments:
Melanie Hart (858) 521-2800 ext.2229

ESS Contacts

Johneen Gregg, Director, (858) 521-2850
Betsy Crook, Administrative Asst, (858) 521-2848
Cindi Hodnett, Office Assistant II, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2231
B.J. Brose, Supervisor on Special Assignment, 858-521-2800 Ext. 2221, bjbrose@powayusd.com



(Enrollment is subject to availability)

  1. Call or email your school site ESS Supervisor to set up an appointment to drop off the enrollment forms and verify that they are currently accepting registration for your child’s grade level.
  2. Fill out (on line) and print the three enrollment forms: 
    a.  Program Contract One (1) per family
    b.  Terms & Conditions
    c.  Emergency & Disaster Student Release Information
  3. Print these two forms, and fill out completely
    d. Internet Safety Release
    e. Student Profile
  4. Bring ALL completed forms to your appointment with the site supervisor at the site’s ESS office. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE!

    **Families interested in attending afternoon ESS on Time Banking Days only, please contact your school site ESS Supervisor to obtain and complete the proper “Alternative Program - Parent Contract” required for this attendance option (all other enrollment forms listed above are also required to be completed and turned in).

    **A $75.00 registration fee (per family) and first month’s fees will be payable at this time.

    We must receive all enrollment forms at least 2 business days before your child can attend ESS!

Letter to Parents
Print Version

September 2013

Now that we are about a month into the new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to ESS. While many of you have been with us through the years, we also have many families who are new to the ESS world and we would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone.

While we are almost 3700 students strong at 25 different sites, our goals remain the same, whether large or small or somewhere in between, we are committed to the safety of your children while we strive to embed social, academic and physical fitness activities all mixed up with a big dose of fun into our programs.

One of our major goals this year is to provide a strong professional development plan to all of our staff, from our program aides to our site Supervisors and Lead Assistants. This in turn benefits our students as recipients of new learning and more effective methods of support. We will also continue to work closely with our school sites and staff in order for ESS to be an extension of what is happening during the day. Site safety plans are also being reworked to ensure we are maximizing what we can at ESS to provide a higher level of awareness.

I am very proud to be a part of the ESS organization as I can see from a firsthand view that your children are entrusted to dedicated, professional people who oversee each site, and wear many hats in their endeavor. On a daily basis they will hear many a story from a child, wipe a nose, give a hug of encouragement, help with a homework problem, check on a student, wipe a tear, answer the phone, solve 100 problems and still smile at you when you come through the door.

Please also remember that we are partnering with you, so always feel free to communicate with the staff at the site. You can also always email me – jgregg@powayusd.com – and as we look at some other possible means of communication and information, we will keep you in the loop.

Thank you again for sharing your children with us!


Johneen Gregg
Director, Extended Student Services


The Extended Student Services (ESS) Program extends Poway Unified School District's educational program into the hours before and after school, and during school vacations. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. Skills are developed in the following areas:

Cognitive Development:   homework assistance, science experiments, arts and crafts projects, cooking, gardening, and computer-assisted learning;

Physical development: small and large motor skills, sports, non-competitive games, and playground use: and,

Social-emotional development: cooperative learning, group participation, conflict resolution, peer interactions.

ESS provides time, space, encouragement and support for learning.  ESS centers are located at all elementary schools. Each program is supervised by staff members trained in child development. Students enroll in the program on a full-time basis. Centers are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Program Overview  
This extended-day program extends the excellence of each child's school experience into before and after school.

ESS is staffed by highly-qualified professionals and trained instructional assistants. The staff provides for the academic and social needs of children in safe and nurturing environments. There is time, space, encouragement, and support for learning good study habits.

Program Activities
The program is geared toward expanding each child's world through arts and crafts projects, science activities, reading and language arts reinforcement, and math concept development. The program reinforces the social, motor, and academic skills children learn in the classroom. An opportunity is provided for each child to complete homework assignments.

Program History
The ESS program began in 1980 and is now offered in every elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. All children who attend elementary school in the District are eligible for enrollment.

Program Operations
The ESS program operates 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. Please refer to the current ESS calendar for schedule of operation.

Summer Program
A very intensive summer program is offered. It includes numerous extended learning opportunities provided throughout the community. Field trips, special interest clubs, guest speakers, and special events are scheduled.

ESS Contract Options


ESS offers PUSD families 2 additional options for ESS enrollment:

  1. ESS, Before School Only
  2. ESS, After School Only (includes time banking day use)

ESS will continue to offer our ESS Full Time contract (before/ after school with time banking day included) as well as our popular Alternative Contract for just time banking days.

Please see your school site ESS Supervisor or Lead Assistant for more information and to discuss the contract option that best serves you and your child(ren’s) needs.


ESS Websites


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

POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT | 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128 | 858) 521-2800