E-Newsletter from PH Education Commission

1. MDUSD Candidate Forum
2. Common Core Assessment
3. Pleasant Hill Reads at the PH Library
4. FPHE Update - Amazing Race and Reading Readiness
5. Sustainable Schools Summit

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, September 24, 2014 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

Horizon and Prospect Schools

Linda Waters, Vice Chair

Gregory Gardens Elementary

Kelly St. Germain

Pleasant Hill Middle School

Joann Jacobs

College Park High School

Jennifer Andersen

Hidden Valley Elementary

Ryan Faulkner

Mary Gray

Pleasant Hill Elementary

Tracy Ervin-Lowery

Sequoia Middle School

Jennifer Ortega

Valley View Middle School

Matt Rinn

Valhalla Elementary


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


Pleasant Hill Education Commission
Pleasant Hill Education Commission

MDUSD Candidates Forum - Oct. 2


Join the Pleasant Hill Education Commission on Thursday, Oct. 2 for a lively discussion among six candidates vying for three seats on the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Directors.


The panel, which will be moderated by KTVU News reporter John Sasaki, will feature incumbents Cheryl Hansen and Linda Mayo, as well as challengers Michael Langley, Herbert Lee, Debra Mason and James Ryan.


Candidates will be asked about their vision for the school district and how they will ensure success for all students.


The forum will take place on Thursday, Oct. 2 in the City Council chambers at Pleasant Hill's City Hall from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register and submit questions, please click here and see the flyer here.


The forum will be will be streamed live on the City website and will be broadcast after the event on Comcast Channel 28, ATT U-Verse Channel 99, and Astound Channel 29.



Provide Input on Common Core Assessment Tool


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is seeking input on "achievement level setting," also known as standard setting. This is the process for establishing one or more cut scores on an assessment, making it possible to create categories of performance. In April, the Smarter Balanced Governing States approved a three-phase design for achievement level setting.


The first phase is an Online Panel (scheduled for October 6-17), which will allow thousands of K-12 educators, higher education faculty, parents, and other interested parties to participate virtually in recommending achievement levels. To register, please click here.


Library Hosts "Pleasant Hill Reads"


In partnership with the Pleasant Hill Education Initiative and several local organizations, the Pleasant Hill Library is encouraging all residents to participate in "Pleasant Hill Reads," a program designed to foster community discussion about books by encouraging the entire community to read the same book at the same time.


This year's book selection is "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick. In this Caldecott-award winning book-told in words and pictures-an orphan boy living in a Paris train station must team up with a bookish girl to solve the mystery of a mechanical man.




The Citywide reading event will culminate on Tuesday, Oct. 7 when the Library will host its annual Night of 1,000 Inventions, featuring new robots, 3D printing and more hands-on mechanisms. And beginning on Oct. 13, the Library will host Maker Mondays where kids can build their own invention and take it home.


For more information, click here.


Update from the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education


Magoo's Back to School Special:  Be sure to dine at Magoo's Grill, at 1250 Contra Costa Blvd., in September and your delicious meal will benefit education in Pleasant Hill.  Owner, Scott Davis will donate 50% of your food bill to FPHE during the special.  Present the flier (link) to your server as you order.  The special applies to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


The Pleasant Hill Amazing Race - October 12, 2014:
Don't miss the 3rd Annual Amazing Race!  The race begins at Magoo's Grill.  Join FPHE there at noon or join us for brunch first.  Race challenges are fun and appropriate for all ages.  Race is not based on speed.  Come in costume to compete for the Most Spirit prize!  Participants gather at City Hall at 4 p.m. to for the announcement of the winners.  Cost is $50/team.  Teams can consist of up to four friends, co-workers, or a family of any size.  Proceeds benefit FPHE's 2015 School Grant Program.  Register at www.fphe.org Address questions to amazingrace@fphe.org. 


Reading Readiness Volunteers:

FPHE, in partnership with the Pleasant Hill Education Initiative, is seeking volunteers for the Reading Readiness Program.  During the last school year, the program successfully placed 25 volunteers to assist in 15 K-2 classrooms.  Volunteers work under a teacher's guidance and will help students with reading programs already established in the classroom. Time commitment is between 40 minutes and 1 hour per week.  All volunteers need to be verified for TB and fingerprint clearance in accordance with MDUSD standards and policy. If interested, please contact Cindy Rubin, Volunteer Coordinator, at rubinfam4@comcast.net.

Magoo's Back to School Special:

Be sure to dine at Magoo's Grill, at 1250 Contra Costa Blvd., in September and your delicious meal will benefit education in Pleasant Hill.  Owner, Scott Davis will donate 50% of your food bill to FPHE during the special.  Present this flyer to your server as you order.  The special applies to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Sustainable Schools Summit


Students, parents, teachers and school staff are invited to attend the free Sustainable Schools Summit at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The event titled, "Cultivating Environmental Stewardship through School Gardens & Recycle Programs," will teach participants about local resources to help reduce your school's environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness and promote environmental stewardship. 


A curriculum workshop will also be offered. Registration is required.  For details, please visit  www.sustainableschoolsconnection.org