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Students, teachers, and alumni join forces for CHIMEapalooza! 2014

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 11, 2014

Join friends and neighbors at a private home on Sunday, March 2, from 3:00 Р5:30 p.m.  for an afternoon of live entertainment by students, teachers, administrators, and professionals to help raise funds for performing
arts programs in Piedmont schools.
CHIMEapalooza! features performances by Piedmont High School alum and professional opera singer Jessica Hardy and current Piedmont High School students, including advanced dance student Julliette Lucas, singers Sophia Gotch and Talya Swenson, cellist Spencer Kim, and the high school jazz quartet featuring drummer Graham Dean, bassist Evan Hanke, guitarist
Xavi Prospero, and pianist Liam Schindler.
Also performing for the first time in Piedmont, the Groovelab Trio, featuring clinicians and after-school enrichment program teachers drummer Galen Grant and guitarist Mike Wynar with bassist Adam Lowdermilk, and the first-ever teacher band, a saxophone ensemble featuring Beach principal Julie
Valdez on tenor sax, Wildwood 4th grade teacher Martin Lewis on bari
sax, Wildwood para-educator Marta Krampitz-Dickson on alto sax, and
instrumental music teacher Andria Mullan on alto sax. Wildwood 5th
grade teacher Gabriel Kessler will join the group on piano. Surprise
guests on bass and drums.

Buy tickets to this event or contribute online at


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PHS Presents To Kill a Mockingbird & Den of Thieves

Posted by Len Gilbert on November 6, 2013

PHS Presents

To Kill a Mockingbird 


Den of Thieves

Buy Tickets 

The PHS Advanced Acting Class presents Harper Lee’s American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Stephen Adly Guirgis’ contemporary dark comedy, Den of Thieves¬†November 14th through the 17th¬†at the Alan Harvey Theater.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Set in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, To Kill a Mockingbird¬†tells the story of Scout and Jem Finch, children who learn about justice and equality when their father, lawyer Atticus Finch, defends an African-American man in their small Southern town.

To Kill a Mockingbird will be presented Thursday, November 14 and Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. each night.

NOTE: To Kill a Mockingbird is rated PG, recommended for ages 10 and older due to adult subject matter.

Den of Thieves

This contemporary dark comedy set in modern day New York City introduces us Paul and Maggie, two members of a self-help program who are trying to change their lives. The duo’s plans of reform are interrupted however, when Maggie’s ex-boyfriend, Flaco, gets them in on “the steal of a lifetime.” ¬†Chaos, danger, romance, donuts and hilarity ensues as the group fights for their lives.

Den of Thieves will be performed Friday, November 15 and Sunday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. each night.

NOTE: Den of Thieves is rated PG-13, recommended for audiences of 13 and older due to adult subject matter and language.


Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults. Reserved premium seating is $25. Tickets can be purchased Here or at the door.

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Roll-n-Shoot Basketball Tournament

Posted by Len Gilbert on November 4, 2013

On November 9th the Piedmont High Men’s Basketball Program and Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP), a local nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for kids with physical disabilities to play organized, wheelchair basketball and other sports, is co-sponsoring a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament fundraiser that will benefit the basketball programs at PHS and BORP.


The fund raising event is called “Roll ‘N Shoot” and will be made up of teams of Piedmont High basketball players and other PHS students who will play wheelchair basketball against each other and be coached by BORP players.¬† The Roll ‘N Shoot is a fun way to raise awareness about young athletes with disabilities and a great way to raise money for the basketball programs at PHS and BORP.

The money raised from the fundraising effort will enable the Highlanders to purchase new uniforms, new basketballs, and other equipment. For BORP, funds will be used to enable players to travel to wheelchair basketball tournaments to experience competitive play.

Donations can be made through Piggybackr, a fundraising platform designed for students, and will then be distributed to BORP and the Piedmont High Men’s Basketball Program.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible.  The goal for each team is to raise $500.

Eight Piedmont Players have already signed up to Captain a team. ¬†The tournament is open to the community.¬† If Dads, Moms or other community groups would like to form teams, we welcome all.¬† The Piedmont Coaches are one of the teams and have raised $600 already.¬† Let’s go Piedmont!

For the Team Captains, the link below has instructions to recruit your team and a sample fundraising email to start your fundraising.

If you have any questions regarding the website, please email Josh from BORP,josh@borp.org  Debbie djp815@yahoo.com.

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Public Workshop: How to Make Walking and Biking in Piedmont Safer and Easier

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 30, 2013

On October 30, 2013, the City of Piedmont Planning Commission ¬†will host a public workshop on the recently launched process to develop Piedmont‚Äôs first Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP). The purpose of the workshop is to hear from members of the community about the needs and concerns of pedestrians and cyclists in Piedmont; the obstacles and challenges to walking and biking in our city; and the public‚Äôs ideas for making walking and biking in Piedmont safer and easier. The input will be used to develop and prioritize recommended improvements throughout the city. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 ‚Äď 8:30 pm, at the Piedmont Community Hall (711 Highland Avenue).

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

In order to hear from as many people as possible, the City has also developed an online survey on the same subject (www.surveymonkey.com/s/WalkBikePiedmont). Everyone who responds to the survey will be eligible to win one of three donated $25 gift cards for Mulberry’s Market (courtesy of the City’s consultant on the PBMP). The survey will remain open through November 16, 2013. People are also encouraged to email any additional thoughts and comments on the needs and challenges to walking and biking in Piedmont to Kate Black, City Planner, at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

In the meantime, the City is wrapping up an ‚Äúexisting conditions‚ÄĚ report for the PBMP. This background report summarizes existing local conditions and issues relevant to walking and biking in Piedmont. It covers such topics as the city‚Äôs street network, key destinations around the city, facilities for walking and biking, and collision statistics. The report will be made available to the public for review and comment once it has been finalized.

The PBMP is being funded entirely through a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC; http://www.alamedactc.org) and through the City’s existing funds for pedestrian and bicycle improvements (pass-through Measure B funds), also distributed by the Alameda CTC.

For more information about the PBMP, contact Kate Black at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us or at (510) 420-3063.

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PUSD: Shaping Our Future 2.0

Posted by Len Gilbert on September 23, 2013



Piedmont Students, Parents & Community,
Please join PUSD educators to discuss Together We Teach &
Explore Piedmont’s guiding educational themes for ¬†
2013 & beyond.
What are the qualities and attributes
Piedmont graduates will need in the coming years?    


Dear Piedmont Parents and Community,

On Saturday, October 5, the District is hosting Shaping Our Future 2.0.  Funded by The Piedmont Educational Foundation, SOF 2.0 is a strategic planning initiative and workshop where parents, students, staff and the greater Piedmont community will collaborate to discuss and draft our guiding educational themes and priorities for the coming years.
This promises to be a wonderfully dynamic exercise that gives every stakeholder group in our district a voice. Therefore it will be especially important to have a broad representation of parents and community members.  We encourage you to join the discussion on Saturday, October 5 at Piedmont Middle School (in the Multi-Purpose Room) from 8:30 am Р3:30 pm.

If you have any questions, please email Superintendent Hubbard’s assistant, Sandy Spiker at sspiker@piedmont.k12.ca.us.

Your support and involvement is greatly appreciated!  Thank you.

Mary Ireland
PEF President
Please send a statement of interest with
your name, address, and phone number to
Those interested in participating must commit

to the full day workshop.

Questions? Please visit the PUSD¬†website¬†or email PUSD Superintendent’s Assistant
Sandy Spiker at sspiker@piedmont.k12.ca.us.

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