E-Newsletter from PH Education Commission

1. Local Funding Formula Forum
2. Common Core Night 3.0
3. School Board Meetings now held on Monday
4. CPHS Hour of Code
5. EdWatch 2015
6. PH Library Task Force

Greetings from the Pleasant Hill Education Commission! We serve as an advisory body to the Pleasant Hill City Council and act as a liaison between the City and the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Our role also involves communicating education-related news and information.

Our next Education Commission meeting is 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the large community room at City Hall.
Education Commission Members (with school assignment listed under each name):


Emily Richards, Chair

PH Middle, Horizon and Prospect Schools

Linda Waters, Vice Chair

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Valley View Middle School

Joann Jacobs

College Park High School

Jennifer Andersen

Hidden Valley Elementary

Ryan Faulkner

Fair Oaks Elementary

Mary Gray

Sequoia Elementary, Valhalla Elementary

Tracy Ervin-Lowery

Sequoia Middle School

Jennifer Ortega

Pleasant Hill Elementary

Matt Rinn

Strandwood Elementary


Our meetings are open to the public and we welcome you to join us. 


Pleasant Hill Education Commission
Pleasant Hill Education Commission

Feb. 5 Education Forum on Local Funding Formula

Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) are co-hosting an education forum on Thursday, Feb. 5 at Walnut Creek Intermediate (2425 Walnut Blvd) to discuss the state implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the public is welcome. For more information, please call (925) 521-1511.


Save the Date: Common Core Night 3.0

The Pleasant Hill Education Commission, in partnership with the Pleasant Hill Library, is hosting a third Common Core Night on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Topics will include how to create Common Core-aligned learning opportunities at home for your child; Common Core homework toolbox supports; and the public library as a school extension of Common Core learning opportunities.


The event is for parents of students in grades K-5 who wish to learn more about the Common Core Standards. Teachers will be sharing Common Core aligned mini-lessons in various subjects. This event is free to everyone.

Commission Chair, Emily Richards, addressing parents at Common Core Night in March 2014 at the Pleasant Hill Library 


School Board Meetings to be held on Mondays


The Mt. Diablo USD Board of Education will now hold its regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. All meetings are open to the public and are an excellent way of staying informed on district policies and practices.


The next meeting will be held this evening, January 26. Here is a link to the Board's upcoming agendas http://demo.mdusd.org/agendasminutes


College Park HS Students Participate in 'Hour of Code'

By Community Focus


Computers are everywhere and tech jobs are unfulfilled, yet, alarmingly, fewer schools teach computer science than they did ten years ago. That's why a group of tech-aware College Park High School community members joined the largest computer science learning event in history, bringing two Hour of Code sessions to its students last month and the Community Focus was there to see it happen. Read the full story here. 


EdWatch 2015: 10 issues to watch

By EdSource


2015 promises to be a pivotal year for several major reforms in public education, including the continuing rollout of the Common Core State Standards, the implementation of the state's new school financing and accountability system, and the administration of the online Smarter Balanced assessments to millions of students this spring. There will be other issues to watch. Here's our list of the top 10.


Library Task Force Seeks Input on New Facility


In March 2014, the Pleasant Hill City Council formed a Pleasant Hill Library Task Force "to explore the need for and feasibility of constructing a new Library building serving the residents of Pleasant Hill."


The current Library building is over 50 years old and cannot satisfy the community's current needs for large programming spaces and 21st century learning facilities. A new facility also opens new possibilities for extending learning opportunities and cultural offerings for community members.


If you are interested in providing feedback, please visit http://www.pleasanthillca.org/Library to fill out a quick survey. The Library Task Force will be scheduling opportunities for residents to provide input about the new facility. Please contact the group with comments or questions online (phLibrary@pleasanthillca.org) or write to the Library Task Force at Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. For additional information email mnelis@pleasanthillca.org.