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Dear Community,

The 2013-2014 school year has been an extraordinary year.  Our students, our district, and our schools have accomplished so much.  I am extremely proud of the progress we have made in many areas this past year and am grateful for the support from our parents and the community. Please take a few moments to reflect on just a few of the amazing things we have achieved together.

Some of our school sites’ accomplishments include:

  • Five of our elementary schools, Donlon, Hearst, Mohr, Vintage Hills and Walnut Grove, were named 2014 Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education.
  • Our two comprehensive high schools, Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School, were listed as U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best High Schools in the Nation and Top 100 in the State.
  • Amador High School came in second place in the Nation in the We the People Civics Competition for the second consecutive year.
  • Foothill High School’s We the People Competition Civics Team came in second in the State.
  • Foothill High School’s Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Academy completed its first successful year with over one hundred forty students participating.
  • Amador Valley High School’s Project Lead the Way Engineering Program completed its second successful year and was the host to the Chevron Project Lead the Way Challenge.
  • Harvest Park and Pleasanton Middle School will be joined by Hart Middle School in offering Project Lead the Way Pathway to Technology.
  • Valley View Elementary School offered School Smarts to empower parents and guardians in Spanish and English.
  • Our high schools and middle schools continue to have award-winning jazz, choir, marching band, orchestra, art and drama programs.
  • Our strong sports programs continue to produce high caliber athletic teams and athletes competing successfully throughout the State and nationally.

This year, our district also:

  • Implemented the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the state’s new funding system for public schools.
  • Developed a robust Local Control Accountability Plan with the help of our newly selected advisory group, the Local Control Accountability Committee comprised of parents, staff and students.
  • Worked to prepare for the full implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by providing professional development to our teachers, purchasing technology for state-mandated computer testing, and administering the first CCSS assessments, the SBAC field test.
  • Instituted instructional coaching with eight phenomenal coaches, five focused on literacy, two in mathematics and one in technology supporting ongoing, job-embedded, professional development.
  • Achieved 90% AP Participation and passing rates and maintained a 99% CAHSEE passage rate
  • Maintained a 96% graduation rate.
  • Maintained an A++ credit rating and strong credit rating of ‘Aa2’ with Moody’s Investors Service despite five years of budget cuts.
  • Successfully completed a bond refinancing which saved local taxpayers $1,543,243.81 over the term of the financing.
  • Held a successful Education Summit highlighting the District’s STEAM programs for the second year in a row.
  • Published our quarterly newsletter, School STARS, highlighting many accomplishments by our students and schools.

I am extremely honored to serve our students and families. I am grateful to our employees, our parents and guardians, and our community partners who are all integral to our continued success as one of the highest performing school districts in California.

I wish you a safe and relaxing summer and look forward to another wonderful school year when you return in August.


Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent of Schools
Pleasanton Unified School District

Roseanne Pryor
Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant
(925) 426-4333

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