WOW! Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the 252 Annual Fund Campaign. We have raised $37,313 so far to help fund our music program, impact teaching, over $25,000 in classroom supplies and our new STEM education program! But, we aren't done yet. We need a total of over $100,000 to fund this year's budget.
Let's keep it going! Every family that donates to the 252 Annual Fund Campaign before October 25th will be entered once into a raffle to win two tickets to the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour concert at Valley View Casino Center on October 29, 2015! Families that have already donated to this year's campaign will also be entered into the raffle. The raffle will be held on Monday, October 25th at 9am.
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We are so excited to announce an amazing addition to the Painted Rock teaching staff - April Palluconi! Mrs. Palluconi has joined Painted Rock as our STEM teacher. Our school is like home for April as she has a deep-rooted Panther history as a Painted Rock student and a substitute teacher. Mrs. Palluconi began teaching in 1998, primarily in Poway, teaching Kindergarten until her children were born and continuing to substitute teach as she raised her family. When she is not busy with her childrens' activities, she loves leading a Cadette Girl Scout Troop, reading, planting flowers and playing with the family's new golden retriever puppy.
Mrs. Palluconi brings an abundance of science and technology experience to our school. As a Tierra Bonita substitute and parent volunteer, she is well-versed in their science education program and will utilize this knowledge to create a grade-level, curriculum-based program that will provide organized, forward-thinking STEM education to every single one of our students. And, of course, a bunch of fun, messy experiments!
Starting in November, Mrs. Palluconi will begin teaching 8-10 science lessons to each class. Depending on the grade level, these lessons will cover biological, physical, chemical, life and earth sciences, as well as computer science and engineering.
This program will incorporate everything our special campus has to offer from all of our new technology to the garden. One of Mrs. Palluconi's goals for this year is to use the new technology in the classrooms to expose the students to the latest scientific information. The iPads and Chromebooks will allow her to access up-to-date information in a new and exciting way for the students. She plans to use the school garden to explore the life cycle of plants and to examine seeds, roots and leaves up close to explore the differences between varieties.
Mrs. Palluconi is especially looking forward to teaching about space exploration and the solar system. Her family has over sixty years of experience in the space industry and her husband and father-in-law both worked on NASA's Curiosity Rover, currently exploring Mars.
If you see her on campus, please give her a warm welcome and thank her for helping us provide STEM education across every grade and every class at Painted Rock!