E-Newsletter from PH Education Commission

1. Common Core Night Event
2. MDUSD seeks public input on spending local funds
3.  Commissioner Awards
4. Citywide Science Fair at the Pleasant Hill Library
5. PHCF Grants
  1. 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 this
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the large community room at City Hall.
Education Commission Members (with school assignment listed under each name)

Kelly St. Germain, Chair

Pleasant Hill Middle School

Joann Jacobs, Vice-Chair

College Park High School

Linda Waters

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Jennifer Andersen

Hidden Valley Elementary

Mary Gray

Pleasant Hill Elementary

Leanne Hamaji

Fair Oaks & Strandwood Elementary

Emily Richards

Horizon and Prospect Schools

Tracy Ervin-Lowery

Sequoia Middle School

Jennifer Ortega

Valley View Middle School

Matt Rinn

Valhalla Elementary

Chris Winder

Sequoia Elementary 



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


Pleasant Hill Education Commission
Pleasant Hill Education Commission

March 24, 2014


Common Core Night for 6-12 Grades


Due to the overwhelming interest in our K-5 Common Core Night, and at the request of parents, the Education Commission and the Pleasant Hill Library are organizing a 6-12-grade Common Core Night on Tuesday, March 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Library. This event will also feature teacher presenters in all four of the academic disciplines sharing their practice with parents and demonstrating how parents can support their 6-12th-grader at home.


MDUSD Seeks Input on How to Spend Public Funds


The meeting at College Park has been changed to Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. 


Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF funds districts more fairly than in the past by creating a base funded on a per pupil basis that is the same across the state. It adds on more funds for grades K-3 and 9-12, transportation, and the Targeted Instructional Improvement Grant (TIIG). In addition to making funding more fair, our state government relaxed many rules making it easier for districts and schools to use those funds but they must demonstrate improved achievement for all students.


To assist districts with figuring out how to use LCFF funds to best serve students, and to make sure the three groups of students get the support they need, districts must create a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The District is holding a series of meetings at each of the six High Schools to solicit input and feedback on the LCAP. 


You can also provide input by sending an email to LCAP@mdusd.org. In case you want to know more, there is additional information about LCFF and LCAP on the district website under Strategic Plan/LCAP. Please make sure your voice is heard!

Commissioner Awards at PH Elementary Event


Two members of the Education Commission received PTA awards at the 75th annual Pleasant Hill Elementary Founders Night celebration on February 27th. 


Mary Gray received the Golden Oak Service Award from Mayor Tim Flaherty. This prestigious award is given to recognize an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community.


Joann Jacobs received the Very Special Person Award, presented by fellow commissioner, Kelly St. Germain. This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for their service to PTA.





Citywide Science Fair at the Pleasant Hill Library  

On Tuesday March 4th nearly 200 children and families flocked to the Pleasant Hill Library for the first citywide Science Fair.  Over 30 students - representing every public school in town - presented their projects which explored concepts from botany and bacteriology to electricity and magnetism.


Every student presenter received a certificate from signed by the Mayor Flaherty and a free pass to the Lawrence Hall of Science, which was in attendance, running a hands-on engineering challenge.  The Lindsay Wildlife also shared and exhibition of skulls, pelts, wings, and full animal specimens that participants could touch.


A representative from Doorstep Farmers set up an M.I.T.-developed 'Makey Makey' that let youth play the piano on a keyboard of sweet potatoes, or turn those tubers into a video game controller.  The science fair was another successful partnership between the Pleasant Hill Education Initiative and the Library as they seek to expand educational opportunities for every child in the city 

Pleasant Hill Community Foundation Accepting Community Grant Applications

The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation has released its 2014 Community Grant application for public and nonprofit organizations in Pleasant Hill. Any recreational, cultural or educational program that serves the residents of Pleasant Hill may apply. 


Applications may be downloaded from the Foundation's website at www.PHCommunityFoundation.org where prior Community Grant recipients are also listed. For more information email info@PHCommunityFoundation.org. The application deadline is April 20, 2014.