News from The Piedmont Education Foundation
Giving Campaign Launch, $2.47 Million Donation to PUSD, DBFL Donates $50,000, PEF Endorses Measure H1, Community Engagement Events 

PEF Giving Campaign Is Off to a Strong Start
with $636,325 Raised

The Giving Campaign is Piedmont's largest annual fundraiser for our schools and directly benefits our children's education.

Contributions ensure that all students in our District have a comprehensive, rigorous and dynamic experience from kindergarten through high school.

BECAUSE of YOU, Piedmont has excellent schools.  Please help us keep it that way -- donate today!  LEARN MORE

PEF Donates $2,474,233 to Piedmont Schools
At the September 28 School Board meeting, PEF presented a $2.47 million grant to the Piedmont schools.  The gift comes from fundraisers held throughout the 2015-2016 school year, including the Giving Campaign, Spring Fling, Scrip, Partners program, and Endowment distributions. PEF Chair Christine Wente von Metzsch thanked the volunteers and donors, parents and community for their generous support:  "Because of YOU, Piedmont, we are a top-ranked school district."

PEF provides
    • Direct funding for 8% of Piedmont's K-12 staff
    • $1538 of the cost to educate each child
    • 952 Weekly Hours of teacher, aide and specialist time
    • K-12 Class Size Reduction
    • Music and the Arts
    • AP Classes and Electives
    • Counselors and Social/Emotional Programs
    • Teacher Grants and Professional Development
    • Technology and Innovation
What's in $2,474,233? See complete itemization of PEF grant HERE. 

Dress Best for Less Donates $50,000
DBFL's generous commitment to our schools makes a difference -- THANK YOU, DBFL! DBFL President Gayle Sells is proud of her organization's longstanding history of supporting the Piedmont schools: "Education in our community is a priority for us - and donating to PEF ensures our contributions have an impact at each school site."   

PEF Endorses Measure H1
The PEF Board was unanimous in its endorsement of the School Facilities Bond Measure H1.  An investment in our secondary school campuses is long overdue. We don't have adequate facilities at the middle and high school levels that truly provide students and teachers with the learning environment and equipment to excel in the delivery of an outstanding 21st century education. Piedmont can remain strong by voting 'YES on H1' on November 8.

Decades of Leadership Recognized and Thanked
Current, former City Council, School Board, and PEF Board Members gathered to hear updates on Piedmont schools. PEF Chair Christine Wente von Metzsch, PUSD Superintendent Booker and Measure H1 Co-Chair Chad Olcott thanked them for their hard work in helping to make the Piedmont schools so extraordinary.  Said former Piedmont Mayor Valerie Matzger "We need to keep up the good work so they're strong for the generations to come!"
We live in a remarkable community.  As always -- thank you for your commitment to our wonderful schools!  We couldn't do it without you. 
Warm Regards,

Christine Wente von Metzsch
PEF Chair

More Headlines from PUSD
Piedmont Demonstrates Excellence in Test Results   
Piedmont Unified ranks #3 in the state of California in the percentage of students who either met or exceeded the standards in English language Arts/Literacy and #1 in the state of California in the percentage of students who either met or exceeded the standards in Mathematics. 
Piedmont Schools Earn Top Marks 
Piedmont High School ranks #25 nationally and #2 statewide in Newsweek's recent release of high school rankings. Newsweek assesses schools based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college. (When filtered for comprehensive public high schools, PHS' national rank jumps to #6).

And don't forget...
Join Us to Vote YES on Measure H1 on November 8!   
Adequate school facilities are necessary to maintain the quality of education in Piedmont and keep us competitive with other schools in the area. The state of our schools shapes the quality of life in our community, and is a major factor in determining our property values. [Learn More] 
Photo credits:  Jenn Fox, Julie Reichle, Jean Jarvis, ~ Design credit:  Kristen Malan

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