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Perris Union High School District improves school-to-home communication by implementing Peachjar to distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.
Digital flyers will be sent directly to parents who see them as visually engaging images right on their smartphone or computer screen. Additionally, all flyers will be posted to each school’s website. Parents will be able to click to register their children for youth sports, enrichment programs, and community events.
By using this new system, PUHSD expects to eliminate the need to print roughly 840,000 sheets per year– nearly 100.8 trees. Additionally, the school district no longer incurs the administrative burden and costs associated with paper flyer distribution.
As a school community, we continue to struggle with the senseless tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida. When a school shooting or any type of violence occurs on a school campus, we all experience a wide range of emotions, including wondering if something like this could happen to our children. The Perris Union High School District (PUHSD) is committed to providing a safe environment for our students and staff, not just at times of heightened awareness, but as the top priority on a daily basis.
The responsibility of keeping our schools safe belongs to everyone. We must all continue to be aware of potential threats and hazards that could jeopardize the safety of students and staff alike. Please encourage your student to speak out if they see or hear anything that could pose a threat to school safety. Quite simply, “If you see something, say something”.
Preparation and training is of the utmost importance and we continue to take proactive steps on every campus to ensure the effectiveness of our security measures. As parents, you place your trust in us each and every day when you send your student to school. As a district, we have no greater responsibility than to educate and keep your children safe. As such, I wanted to provide to you the following examples for how each school in the district ensure safety on our campuses.
The District continues to assess safety through the work of the Safety Committee, site administration, and staff. We will continue to examine methods to further tighten campus security and safety. School safety is taught and reinforced through emergency plans, district wide training exercises, and regular drills. Multiple fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills are mandated annually for every public school, per Education Code.
We contract with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that supply us with three School Resource Officers (SROs) who work closely with PUHSD schools every day. The SROs are stationed at each of our comprehensive high schools. Afterhours law enforcement tactical training has also been staged at various campuses, including active shooter training. The PUHSD Administrative team continues to train and refine our emergency practices through Administrative Command Team training. All staff members are required to complete a yearly online active shooter training and active shooter trainings have been offered during our district wide professional days.
School facilities are designed to provide a safe environment. PUHSD has furthered its efforts to secure classrooms by installing door locks that allow all doors to be locked from the inside. The District has also also recently upgraded school surveillance cameras and equipment.
School lockdown protocol is designed to meet any real or perceived threat. Fortunately, most lockdown incidents are precautionary, such as heightened safety during nearby law enforcement activity.
During a lockdown when the threat level is unknown, parents and family members are expected to follow lockdown protocol. For example, rushing to a school on lockdown may seriously impede efforts by first responders. Therefore, it is essential that family members await instructions from the school or district office during lockdown.
In the event of an emergency, PUHSD will use an automated telephone dialer, email, and text messages for official instructions. School websites and district social media will also carry instructions for parents/guardians and staff in an emergency.
Following a lockdown, site administration will send an announcement, using the automated system, to inform parents about the causes and outcomes, to ensure factual information is given, and to combat rumors.
Students, parents, and families are the first line of communication regarding school safety: teach your children to have trust in school staff if they need someone they can talk to; teach them to say something if they see or hear something potentially dangerous or threatening. Stress the importance of being aware and acting responsibly. During school hours, any threats or concerns should be reported immediately to school staff. During evenings and weekend hours, contact local law enforcement to report any threats or concerns. We ask that you talk to your child about the risk of making comments that could be seen as threatening or dangerous to students or staff at a school. Even jokes and hoaxes threatening violence are taken seriously and could involve the charges filed by the Sheriff’s Department.
In light of recent events, again, we wish to reassure parents, students and staff that the district is working hard and will remain vigilant to keep schools safe for everyone.
– Grant Bennett - Superintendent
Come meet college representativesand learn about the college admissions and financial aid process to help you make the right choice and avoid student loan debt!
The College Fair is an opportunity to serve the community by encouraging all young people to continue their education and fulfill their potential.
For more information please contact your high school counseling department.
¡Vengan a conocer a los representantes de las universidades y aprender sobre los procesos de la admisión al colegio y la ayuda financiera para ayudarles a tomar la decisión correcta y evitar la deuda del préstamo estudiantil!
La Feria Universitaria es una oportunidad para servir a la comunidad animando a todos los jóvenes a continuar su educación y realizar su potencial.
Para más información, favor de ponerse en contacto con el departamento de orientación de su preparatoria.
Dear Perris Union High School District Families:
On June 21, 2017, the Board of Education adopted a resolution to make every Perris Union High School District campus a Safe Haven School for all students, families and staff.
The School Board and I want to reaffirm to all of our families and students that the Perris Union High School District intends to follow the Safe Haven Schools resolution for all our students. Students who have participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will continue to receive the same service and education that we have previously provided.
We understand the importance that earning an education has for these students and families as they continue to do everything they can to be successful in their school and our community. We will continue to support our students in any and every way possible in support of the resolution enacted by the Board of Education.
Please be assured that Perris Union High School District will do everything we can to protect your rights and education.
Please visit this link to view the Safe Haven Schools Resolution
Sincerely, Grant Bennett - Superintendent
Estimadas familias de Perris Union High School District:
El 21 de junio, 2017, la Mesa Directiva adoptó una resolución para declarar a cada plantel escolar de Perris Union High School District como una escuela Refugio Seguro (Safe Haven School) para todos los estudiantes, las familias y el personal.
La Mesa Directiva y yo les queremos reafirmar a todas nuestras familias y estudiantes que Perris Union High School District tiene la intención de seguir la resolución de escuelas Refugios Seguros para todos nuestros estudiantes. Los estudiantes que han participado en el Programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés) continuarán recibiendo el mismo servicio y la educación que les hemos proporcionado anteriormente.
Nosotros comprendemos la importancia de recibir una educación para estos estudiantes y sus familias, mientras siguen haciendo todo lo posible para ser exitosos en su escuela y en nuestra comunidad. Nosotros continuaremos apoyando a nuestros estudiantes en cualquier manera posible en apoyo a la resolución promulgada por la Mesa Directiva.
Por favor tenga la seguridad de que Perris Union High School District hará todo lo posible para proteger sus derechos y su educación.
Por favor visite este enlace para ver la resolución de escuelas Refugios Seguros
Atentamente, Grant Bennett - Superintendente
County of Riverside Community Action Partnership is coordinating Cool Centers to serve as drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, seniors, the disabled, and others in need of temporary relief from the heat.
You are also at risk if you have certain medical conditions, take medication for high blood pressure, have a mental health condition, have been using drugs or alcohol, or have had a previous heat-related illness.
For Cool Center locations, hours and tips on how to protect yourself from heat related illnesses, please call:
Summer Energy Crisis Hotlines - (888) 636-8676 / TTY or (951) 955-4900 or 2-1-1, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Our 2nd Annual Maker Camp will join Perris High School with Pinacate Middle School and Paloma Valley High School with Heritage High School, as well as include California Military Institute. together for four days of creative projects this summer. A Maker Camp is a place where you will use materials to build things like balloon powered race cars, mason jar LED light displays, custom mementos from our laser cutter, and many more projects that combine design, engineering, and technology.
Cost: The event is FREE to all students and includes breakfast and lunch.
Locations: - Perris High School, 175 E Nuevo Rd, Perris, CA 92571 - Paloma Valley High School, 31375 Bradley Rd, Menifee, CA 92584 - California Military Institute, 11 S D St, Perris, CA 92570
When: June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. (Mon-Thu) 8am - 11am
Food: Breakfast service ends at 7:30 (show up early) and lunch will be served at 11.
In conjunction with the Riverside County Office of Emergency Services, PUHSD is in the process of updating our Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). This plan is available to any community member for review and comment.
For comments or questions about the LHMP please contact:
Perris Union High School District is proud to join a growing list of schools and districts that have signed the CSForAll Consortium pledging to support professional development for CS teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors; encourage all students to learn CS; offer a variety of opportunities throughout their grade levels for CS learning; and assign a primary point of contact in their school or district for CS education.
Recently the White House released a Fact Sheet which recognizes the work that has been done by various organizations around Computer Science Education. Included in the Fact Sheet is a list of the schools and districts that have signed the CSForAll Pledge, including the Perris Union High School District.
“…we have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future – which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovation economy.”
President Obama, Weekly Address, January 30, 2016.
The CSForAll Consortium is a network of CS education providers, schools, funders, and researchers working to support the mission of expanding access to CS education for all K-12 students. Find them on the web at www.csforall.org.
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Pinacate Middle School as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.
Pinacate Middle School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
“We applaud the faculty and staff of Pinacate Middle School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. “Pinacate Middle School deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”
Pinacate Middle School has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.
“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” said Rebecca Brown, Principal of Pinacate Middle School. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”
For more information about Pinacate Middle School, go to http://pms.puhsd.org. To learn more about the criteria Pinacate Middle School met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.
PUHSD is the proud recipient of a 2016 Models of Excellence Award from the Riverside County Office of Edcucation for our innovative and highly successful Kick Off To College program.
On October 13, 2016, PUHSD was joined by more than 350 educators, parents, and community leaders at an event sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education. Attendees had an opportunity to learn from the best practices of educators by attending a series of workshops by school and district personnel responsible for the programs being recognized as Models of Academic Excellence and Innovation.
PUHSD was represented by Ms. Julie Zierold, Director of Curriculum and Instruction as well as Counselors from Heritage High School and the California Military Institute. PUHSD is proud of their accomplishments and willingness to share their experiences with others in an effort to help students from throughout Riverside County be better prepared for college and their careers.
Please join us on October 19, 2016 as we continue the great work of our Kick Off To College program by following the day’s activities via Twitter using hastag #KOTC16
Please be advised that Perris Union High School District (PUHSD) is aware of the internet posts, which appear to be a nationwide hoax, having to do with clowns. Some posts state that clowns will be coming to schools and causing harm. We are working closely with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in an effort to put our students and school community at ease. PUHSD in conjunction with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and School Resource Officer (SRO) Robles completed an investigation in which students were interviewed and websites were researched confirming that this indeed is a hoax. To date we have not had any verifiable clown sightings near or at any schools within PUHSD.
We are aware that there have been threats on the internet and we urge you to have conversations with your students regarding the sites they are visiting as well as general Internet safety. In addition to online safety, now may be a good time to have a conversation about being aware of their overall surroundings. For more information about online safety, please visit our Digital Citizenship site at: http://www.puhsd.org/digcit
Please rest assured that the safety of our students, staff, and school community is a priority for Perris Union High School District. We take every threat seriously and will take the necessary measures to address them and utilize all of the resources at our disposal to ensure the safety and security of all parties.
Heritage High School was recognized by the Riverside County Office of Education for the school’s efforts to get students and parents to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds each year for students to attend college or career school. Graduating seniors from the class of 2014 throughout California lost out on $396,401,205 in federal Pell Grant funds in 2013-2014 because students failed to submit a FAFSA and the accompanying Cal Grant application.
Perris Union High School District is excited to promote and support the laudable goals of the Race to Submit and the Riverside County Education Collaborative (RCEC) to increase the percentage of FAFSA completions from 64% to 93% throughout Riverside County through school years 18-19.
For more information on Race to Submit, please visit the Riverside County Office of Education’s Race to Submit site.
At a meeting of the Board of Trustees on Wednesday March 16, 2016, Dr. Jonathan Greenberg announced that he would be retiring as Superintendent of the Perris Union High School District (PUHSD) on August 31, 2016 where he has served as Superintendent since April 2007. Dr. Greenberg began his career in 1977 as a middle school social studies teacher. In the span of his 39 years in public education, he has served as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director, Assistant Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent. Dr. Greenberg’s most notable achievements as PUHSD’s top leader are the passage of Measure T in 2012, the district’s 1:1 Scholar+ teaching and learning initiative and the addition of a seven period day allowing students additional opportunities in the school day. When reflecting on his career, Dr. Greenberg said, “PUHSD is and will continue to be a wonderful place. We have great communities, wonderful students and parents, and a staff that puts the needs of our students first.”
In a unanimous decision by the Board of Trustees, Grant Bennett who was the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for PUHSD, was approved to become the new Superintendent. Mr. Bennett has spent almost his entire education career serving PUHSD. After teaching for 2 years in Orange Unified School District, Mr. Bennett became a math teacher at Perris High School in 1993. He also served as an Athletic Director and Assistant Principal before becoming Principal in 2000. As PUHSD continued to grow in student enrollment and a third high school, Heritage High School, was planned, Mr. Bennett was not only instrumental in leading the educational programming and facility design efforts, he was also the founding Principal when the school opened in 2007. In 2009 Mr. Bennett was promoted to Director of Pupil Services and later Director of Learning Support Services before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.
Long-time Board Member and current Clerk of the PUHSD Board of Trustees, Joan Cooley commented, “Dr. Greenberg has done a phenomenal job in his leadership of the District. He is skilled at building relationships and that has positively impacted PUHSD and larger community.” She further commented that “Dr. Greenberg’s leadership has paved the way for Grant Bennett to successfully transition into his new role. Grant Bennett has the proven loyalty and expertise needed to continue carrying the district forward.”
Race to Submit is challenging high schools in Riverside County to increase their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission rates and help students discover the financial aid available to them.
In case you missed it, “HHS Ag Students - Building Future Leaders”: Heritage High School offers an amazing agriculture program that is A-G (college entry requirement) approved which provides a pathway to the University of California and California State University college systems. The agricultural program program includes chemistry, biology, earth science, floral design, and leadership. [read more…]
Every year we have the opportunity to vote for our co-workers who we feel make a positive impact in the lives of the students we serve. Although we have many people who do this on a daily basis, the votes have helped us narrow it down to one winner in each category by site/department. From the site/department winners, District winners were selected to represent PUHSD at the County level competition.
Congratulations to all of the winners. We are proud of you and thankful for the wonderful contributions you make to Perris Union High School District. We are better because of you!
Paloma Valley High School
Perris High School
Heritage High School
Perris Lake High School
Pinacate Middle School
California Military Institute
As many of you know, the Los Angeles Unified School District has closed down their schools today, December 15, due to a credible threat they received. According to the Riverside County Sheriff Department, this is an isolated case in Los Angeles, and there are currently no threats that have been made to schools within the Perris Union High School District or any schools in Riverside County. Our schools will remain open and will continue this week as scheduled. Over the next few days the school district will be in constant communication with the Riverside County Sheriff’s department to ensure the safety of our school campuses. The Perris Union High School District would like you to know that the safety of our students is our number one priority. Thank you!
Como muchos de ustedes saben, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Angeles ha cerrado sus escuelas hoy, el 15 de diciembre, debido a una amenaza creíble que recibieron. Según el Departamento del Sheriff del Condado de Riverside, este es un caso aislado en Los Angeles, y hasta el momento no se han hecho amenazas hacia las escuelas dentro de Perris Union High School District ni a ninguna escuela en el condado de Riverside. Nuestras escuelas permanecerán abiertas y continuarán esta semana como está programado. Durante los siguientes días el distrito escolar estará en comunicación constante con el Departamento del Sheriff del Condado de Riverside para asegurar la seguridad de nuestros planteles escolares. Perris Union High School District quisiera que sepan que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra prioridad número uno. ¡Gracias!
Over the past 2 months, 7th and 8th grade Technology students have been exposed to 3 different coding platforms: Scratch (along with Google CS First), Code Combat, and Codecademy. To read more about this exciting opportunity for Pinacate students, please read our latest blog entry “Coding is a Huge Hit with Pinacate Students!”, originally written by Erik Anderson and reposted with permission.
Check out our latest blog post “Teaching Literacy Matters, Improving Reading in a 1:1 District”.
#KOTC15 October 14, 2015 marks the first annual Perris Union High School District “Kickoff to College” event. Students in all grade levels from all schools will be participating in activities that focus on preparing students to be college and career ready. Our students’ college and career readiness is more important now than ever before. Approximately 90 percent of the fastest-growing jobs in this country require post-secondary training. The benefits of educational achievement directly translate not only into meaningful careers, but also into higher future incomes for our students. For these reasons, college and career readiness is one of the top priorities in the Perris Union High School District. We want to ensure that ALL students graduate ready for college and/or the 21st Century workforce.
Bringing awareness to our students about college and career readiness is the motivation for this district-wide, “Kickoff to College” event. It is imperative that our students have the knowledge and tools to navigate their way through the many career paths and college choices that are available to them as they transition into young adults. There is not one single path that suits every student. We want to ensure that every student has a plan for success upon completion of high school. This means we will continually engage students in activities that expose them to the tools and resources available to support planning for their future.
On the day of the event, students in all grade levels will participate in specific activities that prepare them for post high school success. We are excited to have this opportunity to bring focus and awareness to our students about the importance of preparing for their future!
“Closing the Gap”
Heritage High School August 6th and 7th
To: PUHSD Clerical Staff
We are looking forward to a great two days of professional development on August 6th and 7th at Heritage High School. All clerical staff are required to attend the two day event in August.
All clerical staff who are attending the August 6th and 7th professional development days will need to register for courses by July 17th at 3:00pm.
To register for the August 6th and 7th PD days, please do the following:
1. Go to the following web address: Registration Link
2. Select 6 sessions.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the registration process. We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you in August.
ISTE 2015 is hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is globally recognized as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. The event offers myriad professional learning opportunities for all types of educators and education leaders, including teachers of every discipline, tech coordinators, administrators, superintendents, teacher educators and media specialists.
At ISTE 2015, PUHSD teachers and staff will have the opportunity to attend a wide array of educational sessions and hands-on learning environments, to build their content knowledge while learning new strategies, and to gain exposure to the most timely and relevant topics and trends in educational technology. This rich learning experience will also equip PUHSD teachers and staff with valuable knowledge they can share with their colleagues as a technology ambassador. By passing on the information and resources they gather, PUHSD teachers and staff can help position our schools and the District as leaders in the development of digital age learners.
Perris Union High School District was invited to the White House to participate in the National Week of Making-Maker Roundtable that was held on June 15, 2015 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
PUHSD Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and Director of Technology Joseph Williams contributed to the roundtable discussions by sharing the significant progress PUHSD is making in the areas of Maker Spaces on school campuses and the scaling up of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) district wide.
PUHSD has gained the attention of local education and political leaders with the successful implementation of the Scholar+ teaching and learning initiative that provides a chromebook for every student and by its recent grand opening of a state-of-the-art STEM building at Heritage High School. Now, PUHSD is taking action to create “Maker Spaces” on all of its campuses, allowing students hands-on opportunities to design, make, tinker, hack, invent, and showcase their work. Maker Spaces are designated spaces where students have open access to tools and technology, such as 3D printers, that allow for formal and informal learning opportunities during and after the school day.
The Week of Making-Maker Roundtable was hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Digital Promise, The School Superintendents Association (AASA), and MakerEd. Approximately 80 school districts nationwide were invited to the event.
Dr. Greenberg signed the Commitment Letter to the President and in so stated that PUHSD is fully committed to providing resources, staffing, and the full support of the district office to ensure that every student is a Maker. This fall, PUSHD will be adopting a 7 period day. Dr. Greenberg states that “A seven-period day will increase our students chances of completing their A-G requirements for colleges and universities. It will also give our students greater opportunities to take foreign language, art, music, and career technical education classes.” Adopting one additional period will provide students additional room in their schedules to explore meaningful electives, including STEAM-related programs of study, such as Project Lead The Way engineering courses. Every Student A Maker.
Looking younger is oftentimes a personal desire for most people. But when facilities managers hear comments about how new their school looks, Jeffrey Perez and his team are thrilled that their hard work to maintain and beautify their 20-year old campus is truly being appreciated. In his six years as the Plant Supervisor at Paloma Valley High School, Jeffrey has transformed the campus into a sparkling example of student, staff, and community pride. He believes that his team’s efforts have had a direct impact on how staff and students feel safe, secure, and well taken care of at their school. Jeffrey’s leadership as a manager begins with an open door policy, and a desire to provide solutions when any concerns arise.
Described by colleagues as “the angel of Heritage High School”, Audrey Smith is a steady, inspiring force on students that may not realize her impact until they have graduated and successfully navigated their tumultuous teenage years. Audrey’s ability to help students consider their post-high school life—-regardless of their current life situation-—is a relationship-based example of focusing on college and career readiness. Audrey’s 35-year career in education has no end in sight as many more students are poised to benefit from her expertise in everything from coordinating college fairs and scholarship application workshops to creating a positive, encouraging environment for all students.
From leading Heritage to becoming an AVID Demonstration School Program and winning multiple Models of Excellence awards to tweeting about the delivery of new piglets in their agricultural science program and introducing 3-D printing capabilities to students, Julie Zierold is a principal that is guiding her campus to new heights. Her leadership is also evidenced through collaboration via professional learning communities, integrating technology to improve student achievement and preparing students for success in the 21st century workforce. Julie’s colleagues describe her as “low-key, but persistent” and as the last to take credit for the tremendous successes of Heritage High School.
PUHSD is honored to have three recipients of Riverside County’s 2015 Employees of the Year. PUHSD Superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Greenberg said, “To have two recipients at one school site is quite rare, but to have three recipients in one school district is historical.”
CLICK HERE to view the February 2015 edition of the Perris Union High School District Newsletter!
The District has engaged its staff and community members for the past 12 months in the planning and design of a second middle school within the Perris Elementary area of the District. The significant progress that has been achieved on this project has been made possible, in large part, because of the community’s passage of Measure T in 2012. A 24 acre site has been acquired located within the City of Perris directly south of Skyview Elementary School and directly west of Patriot Park.