PPG Newsletter Issue No. 38

PPG Community Events Update

By Dr. Jessica Xu

Congratulations to the three winners of PPG’s inaugural annual Spanish Poetry Contest! Read more in the article by     Mr. Richard Mason, the organizer of the contest.

PPG is calling for more volunteers.  PPG relies 100% on parent volunteers.  Most of us are working parents with hectic schedules.  However, if you care about major district decisions that affect every student in PUSD, please join us.   We are seeking four more volunteers with experienced leadership skills to join our executive team: VP of Community Outreach, VP of Fundraising, VP of Legal Affairs, and Project Lead for Public Oversight of PUSD Financials.  If interested, please email info@pusdparents.org.  Please include relevant experience, your goals for the position and mark the subject line accordingly

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By Mr. Richard Mason

PPG’s First Annual Spanish Poetry Contest in 2018 drew a good response from high school students in PUSD.  Forty-three original Spanish poems following the theme “Lost and Found” were submitted to for adjudication.  Prizes of Amazon gift cards were awarded to the first three placings.

First place went to Fatemeh Nourollahi for her poem “Metamorphosis”.  Erin Siegel was second; and Rilee Wadsworth was third.  All three, at the time, were students at Rancho Bernardo High School. Judges for the contest were Ramon Garcia and Dora Remos of San Diego and Paco Argiz of Indianapolis, Indiana. PPG is grateful to Kim Rizzo, Spanish teacher at RB High for her outstanding guidance and support of the contest. Plans are underway for PPG’s second annual poetry contest.

About the author:  Mr. Richard Mason is a prominent community volunteer.  Among his many community services, he founded Rancho Bernardo High School Friends of the Library in 2004.  He was inducted to Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame in 2014 for his contributions to the community.


PUSD Parents Group (PPG) is a fast emerging nonprofit organization that seriously loves our Poway Unified School District (PUSD) and our community. We welcome all PUSD stakeholders within our community. Our mission is to strengthen the voice of our community. Our efforts are aimed at those who make change happen: PUSD parents, students, teachers and taxpayers. We highly value fiscal responsibility, accountability, transparency and all things that will demonstrate PUSD honesty and reliable communication with the community.