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Pleasanton Students Pack 11,252 Meals For Hungry People

Lydiksen students and parent volunteers helped with the community service project.

Kids Against Hunger - students pack food for hungry people.

Lydiksen's Simpelo named PUSD Teacher of the Year


First-grade teacher recognized for innovation, coding, professionalism

To Arlene Simpelo, "innovation" isn't just an educational buzzword to throw around.


It's something to constantly embed in the classroom, thread into the curriculum. In Simpelo's case, innovation means teaching her first-grade Lydiksen Elementary School students how to code.


And this focus on innovation is one of the qualities that earned the teacher of 26 years the Pleasanton Unified School District's annual Teacher of the Year award.

PUSD Teacher of the year - Arlene SimpleoRead the full story in the Pleasanton Weekly


For the second year in a row, Lydiksen Elementary last week hosted students and teachers from Liuxia Primary School in Hangzhou, China.
  Niche's 2017 Best Public Elementary Schools assess the overall experience at a public
  elementary school. It assigns each school a letter grade for its overall ranking. It found
  quite a few A+ schools in the East Bay, with more than half of those in the suburb of
  Pleasanton. (You can read about the methodology below.)
  Read the full media story in the San Francisco Business Times.

Around Pleasanton: Students learn first hand about special needs

   Several Lydiksen Elementary third graders gathered around a table and attempted to button shirts while
   wearing yellow rubber kitchen gloves. Nearby, students tried to read and write with distorted letters, and at
   another station, kids wore headphones that blasted distracting noises while they tried to concentrate on
  The facilitator explained that this is what life is like for someone with physical, auditory, visual or language
  processing challenges.
Full media story can be found in The East Bay Times.

State of school facilities: 'Outdated and in some cases obsolete' new superintendent says 

Outcome of Measure I1 will have lasting impact on Pleasanton schools

"Outdated and in some cases obsolete."


That's how Pleasanton Unified School District Superintendent Rick Rubino summed up the state of the facilities that serve approximately 15,000 students and hundreds of teachers and staff.


It's the conclusion reached by district officials years ago that prompted research into local schools' infrastructure needs and how they could be addressed. Years of consideration culminated with the school board's unanimous vote in July to place a $270 million facilities bond measure on the ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election.


Full media story can be found in the Pleasanton Weekly.



Some of China’s youngest diplomats visited Lydiksen Elementary School in Pleasanton on Friday, giving hundreds of local children an opportunity to meet youngsters their own age who live and attend school on the other side of the globe.
Full media story can be found in the East Bay Times and Pleasanton Weekly.
The World Journal also featured the student's visit.
Ms. DeFreitas earns honor from KRON4 News


(KRON) KRON4 is proud to honor Alissa DeFreitas as our teacher of the week for September 26, 2016.

Alissa teaches third grade at Lydiksen Elementary in Pleasanton.

The full story can be read on the Kron4 website.


Lydiksen Elementary Recognized As A 2016 Gold Ribbon School!

Gold Ribbon School Award
The Pleasanton Unified School District congratulates Lydiksen Elementary School for earning statewide distinction as a 2016 Gold Ribbon School. The school will be honored at the California School Recognition Program on May 5 in Santa Clara.
Full media stories can be found in the Pleasanton Patch, the Pleasanton Weekly or the Mercury News.

Pleasanton PD Highlight Lydiksen During An "On The Beat Segment"

Red Ribbon Week PPD Letters

Students delivered "thank you" letters to Pleasanton police yesterday as part of Red Ribbon Week. Watch the video PPD made.

A full write up can be found in the Pleasanton Patch.



Pleasanton Students Pack 6912 Meals for Hungry People

The students and parent volunteers helped with the community service project to reinforce compassion, the December character trait.