• Welcome Back to School

    Message from Superintendent, Dr. Janet Schulze, to PUSD staff. Read below to see her vision for the 2016/2017 school year:

    Well Folks...

    It’s that time of year again! There is nothing quite like the excitement of the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! I want to take this opportunity to welcome you all back! I especially want to welcome our new teachers and staff to our PUSD community! 

    During the 2014-2015 school year and into last year, we worked on developing a graduate profile: Vision 2027. Our work is designed to get all of our students to graduate ready to reach their full potential while developing the characteristics outlined in our graduate profile. This year we will continue to build on our work to provide the best possible education for all of our students. We will continue focusing on our priorities: 


    Engaging and Rigorous Teaching and Learning:


    • Our new math curriculum (it was great to see so many of you at the PD last week!)
    • Continued focus on writing and piloting a new ELA/ELD curriculum
    • Growing our NGSS work with Stanford and adding in Ed Tech
    • Supporting and expanding our wonderful arts and music program
    • Continuing to strengthen our dual immersion program
    • An articulated and useful assessment system                                      

    Equity, Access and Success:


    • Continuing to deepen our Early Literacy Initiative
    • Focused work with our students who are English language learners, including adding a designated program at Hillview and PHS for students who are new to the country and beginning English language learner
    • Expanded learning for students: summer, after school, before school, evening school for high school students
    • Increasing our support for our students with disabilities
    • Expanding our Career Tech Ed and Advanced Placement Opportunities and Counseling Supports
    Student & Family Assets:


    • Continuing to expand our work with Restorative Practices
    • Continuing our Parent & Family Engagement
    • Behavior and Socio-Emotional Supports for All Students 

    Recruit, Retain and Support Staff


    • Continuing to provide a competitive compensation package
    • Providing mentor teachers for new teachers (Experienced teachers: please see your Principals to apply to be a mentor! We need you!)
    • Providing quality professional development opportunities for all teachers and staff
    • Updating our Websites, materials and communications 

    Facilities to Support Student Learning


    • Continued Bond work to upgrade, add to our buildings (Hello, new PHS addition! Willow Cove Multi-Purpose Room!)
    • Aligned and transparent Budgeting
    • Technology upgrades to support Ed Tech need
    • Continued expansion of environmentally responsible practices and modeling for our students 

    Most of these are found in our LCAP. You can click here to see our latest version:


     We have much to do and we have much to celebrate! I believe we have the ability to make PUSD a shining light for how public education can successfully serve all students. Throughout the first few weeks of school, I will be visiting each of your school sites to meet informally with you and review these priorities and answer any questions/get feedback from you on what you need. 


    Have a fantastic FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! There is only one first day! I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday! And, yes, I have a first-day-of-school outfit picked out! :)


    With excitement for the year and gratitude for working with such a talented and committed group of people, 




    Janet Schulze, Ed.D

    Superintendent, Pittsburg Unified School District 

    Every Scholar, Every Day.

    They deserve nothing less than our best.