Dear PUSD Parents and Guardians:
It is with great anticipation and excitement that I welcome you back for another incredible school year here within the Paradise Unified Schools! The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Bus routes will be posted at your child's school and at the transportation office on Pearson Road. You may also view them by going to the PUSD website
then clicking on Departments and then on Transportation. I would like to kindly request patience and understanding for the first few weeks of school as we iron out the details of our bus routes for another school year. If you have specific questions about bus routes, please contact Jamie Neff at the Transportation Office (530-872-6484).
Our schools are excited to welcome you and your children to another tremendous school year here in Paradise! There are many outstanding things happening at our schools so be sure to check out our school websites, keep an eye on your mail and email, and watch for Peachjar online flyers and other materials that will be sent home with your students the first few days of school to inform you of several of these exciting planned events! We are also active on social media, so you can check us out on Facebook or Twitter – both of which are linked from our web pages.
Our schools are also eager to welcome you as Parent Partners In Education. Each of our school sites have a parent club that works tirelessly to help our schools and the children we serve (THANK YOU). You also may not realize it, but both Paradise Intermediate and Paradise High School have parent groups that would love to see more participation. Did you know that there is a direct correlation between the level of parent involvement in your child’s education and the academic achievement of your child? As parent involvement increases, student achievement also increases! We want you to be involved and there are various ways (both little and big) to be involved, so don’t be bashful! If you are interested in being a member of a parent club in any of our schools, please reach out to your school’s teacher or principal via email or phone and let them know. They can provide you with all the details about when meetings occur and how you can get involved.
As we get ready to open a new school year, I also want to draw your attention to the importance of school attendance. As you know, our schools have focused on improving attendance over the past few years and we continue to work hard to make sure our students attend school regularly, but we need your help!
Did you know that absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year? Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school during the year. Did you know poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade? Did you know that by 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school? Finally, did you know that research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year (or about 18 days in most school districts, which defines chronic absenteeism) negatively affects a student’s academic performance? That’s just two days per month!
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success – both in school and in life. When you help us make school attendance and punctuality a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, and have a better chance of graduating from high school ready to successfully meet all that life’s challenges may have in store for them!
In closing, the PUSD staff continue to work hard to make our schools a place where your child wants to come each and every day to challenge themselves, to socialize, and to achieve all that they can achieve as learners. Our teachers and support staff are excited about the work they do every day with your children to help them learn and grow. Our schools are lucky to have this talented staff and we are also lucky to have a strong community and our supportive parents. Together, we all care deeply about the success of our children – and our schools care deeply about our community and its success as well! Our students understand what a community truly is, because our community models it for them every day. Our students strive to live our Code of Conduct by demonstrating respect, safety, honesty, courage, compassion, and responsibility because our parents and community as a whole actually live it. I am proud to be your Superintendent of Schools and will work tirelessly to make sure this strong spirit continues to thrive in Paradise.
I look forward to another great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, or concerns. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office phone number is 530-872-6400.
Michelle D. John
PUSD Superintendent of Schools
In addition - Please take a moment to check out the very important Bond Measure Information on our web page! You are more than welcome to contact me or a Bond Committee member for further information. All parents are encouraged to get involved in this essential November 2018 initiative.