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2022 ALPS Meeting Dates


Our Last ALPS Member Meeting of 2021-2022 Academic Year
*Date Update*
Tuesday, May 10, 8:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 5591 1485
Passcode: 919537
Please feel free to email any inquiries to:

IN-PERSON Parent Sharing Forum Followup
Defining Academic Excellence
Thursday, May 19, 2022 7-9 PM
Location TBD

ALPS Year-End Celebration
Tentatively Friday, May 20, 2022
It’s a picnic and celebration to congratulate our Math Kangaroo participants and close out the year with a fun Math event.


IN-PERSON Parent Sharing Forum
Defining Academic Excellence
Thursday, April 28, 2022 7-9 PM
PHS Library

Your opportunity to make your voice heard about the academic needs of your children. 
Piedmont ALPS will be hosting a “Brainstorming Session on Academic Excellence”. This is not just for parents of kids who are are advanced learners, but really any parents who want to make sure our district continues to prioritize academic excellence among its goals and initiatives.
With the recent LCAP survey issues, increasing data that questions our early reader literacy curriculum (F&P/Lucy Calkins), movement away from a quantitative and principle-focused physics program at PHS, and likely upcoming adoption of a new California Math Framework… this is the time to come together and build some common ground.

PAST Piedmont Math Kangaroo Contest
Thursday, 3/17/2022 
IN-PERSON @ Piedmont Middle School

PAST ALPS Board Meetings
Wednesday, 4/6/22   — 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 3/2/22   — 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/2/22   — 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/5/22   — 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/1/21 — 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/3/21 — 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/14/21   — 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/21            — 8:00 p.m.

Parent Sharing Forum, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, 11/17/2021 — 7:00 p.m.

Piedmont Math Kangaroo Kickoff Party
Wednesday, 11/5/2021 — 3:30-5:30 p.m.
IN-PERSON @ Piedmont Community Hall

Learn about the Math Kangaroo competition, the formation of the Piedmont Math Team, and our upcoming training sessions. Come with your kids to play exciting brain games, candy switch witch (as a math activity!), activities from our partner Firecracker Math, Hopping Math Kangaroo Challenges (sample test questions), food, and prizes. Outdoor event!

Please feel free to inquire any questions to
FULL! 150+ attendees!

Math Kangaroo Virtual Contest
March – April 2021

More information at

GATE Parent Info Night
Tuesday, January 14, 2021 7:00 p.m.


7:00-7:05 Welcome/Introductions
7:05-7:30 Amy Symons Burke will present the basics of differentiated instruction, effective pedagogy for gifted learners, and how to support your child at home
7:30-7:50 Cheryl Wozniak will present on the curriculum PUSD has adopted to meet the needs of a wide range of learners
7:50-8:00 Ella Grossberg, ALPS Board Member, will discuss the mission of ALPS and how they can be of support to parents

Please feel free to email any questions to:

ALPS Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 7:00 p.m.

To learn about upcoming events, our spring Math Kangaroo contest, and other ALPS goals. All are welcome to join our board meeting.

ALPS Board Meeting
Monday, November 2, 2020 7:30 p.m.

To learn about online gifted & 2e talks, our spring Math Kangaroo contest, and more. All are welcome to join our board meeting.

ALPS Parent Sharing Forum
Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:00 p.m.

In this informal discussion group, we shared our experiences, resources, and ideas regarding our advanced learners, learned how to talk to your child’s teacher, enrichment programs, and remote learning. Sponsored by Piedmont ALPS (Advanced Learners Program Support), facilitated by parent Kim Fisher. Via Zoom.

If you are interested, check out these new resources and information for families and educators:

Please email any questions to:

Piedmont ALPS Kickoff:
Meet School Board Candidates
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00 p.m.

In this meeting, we introduced ALPS, gathered some member input and met with the candidates for School Board this year. A great first step towards addressing your child’s educational needs, as well as finding out what the school board candidates’ plan for advanced learners.

If you missed it, click here for the recording of the Virtual Meeting:
Passcode: kKk#pJ2!

This year, Piedmont ALPS looks forward to:

  • Ensuring high-ability students are challenged even with remote learning and budget concerns
  • Continuing the Parent Sharing Forum (PSF), where parents of advanced learners meet to share best practices and resources
  • Organizing the Piedmont Math Team for participation in the Math Kangaroo Competition
  • Sharing information about opportunities and events for advanced learners (and their teachers)

2019-2020 ALPS Meeting Dates

Past ALPS Board Meetings
Please email any questions to:

Monday, March 30, 2020 7:30 p.m.
Julie Caskey’s house, 782 Kingston Ave., Piedmont

Tuesday, 11/12 — 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/01 — 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/14   — 7:00 p.m.
Monday, 2/10    — 7:00 p.m.
Monday, 3/30    — 7:00 p.m.
Monday, 5/04    — 7:00 p.m.


Parent Sharing Forum
Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
85 Fairview Ave., Piedmont

In this informal discussion group, we can share our experiences, resources, and ideas regarding our advanced learners. Facilitated by parent Kim Fisher. Please RSVP to  Potential discussion topics include:

  • Enrichment opportunities for kids outside of school: i.e., math circles, robotics, orchestras, coding camps, writing workshops, college art classes, etc.
  • How to approach your school/teacher for differentiation and enrichment during school hours.
  • Social and emotional topics such as perfectionism, anxiety, peer connections, executive functioning.
  • Additional topics recommended by the attendees (we’ll solicit ideas in advance).

Gifted/2e Conferences and Online Presentations

The Bright & Quirky Child Summit – March 12-16, 2020

Ease the struggle for bright kids with learning, social or emotional challenges. World-class psychologists, educators, and child development experts share tools and insights to help bright & quirky kids thrive, in this FREE online summit.

2 Days of 2e Virtual Conference is for parents, educators, and clinicians, to learn how to best reach and teach 2e learners (gifted with a learning difference). 12 renowned experts and thought leaders discuss topics from emotion regulation, social thinking, and trauma to learning styles, classroom regulation, and teaching strategies. Participants learn how to use research-based tools for their home, classroom or clinical office. Content will remain available on-demand through April 2020. Register at

Other Piedmont Meeting Notes

Special Board Workshop on Student Stress
Monday, Dec. 9, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
AP and Honors Courses, Homework, Grades, College Admissions
PHS Student Center (note new location)
Parents, students, and teachers are invited and encouraged to attend. The Board Packet with an agenda and background material should be available here online 3 days before the meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend (or pop in for a portion) and share their perspective. Please write to the Board to share your thoughts on this important topic.

PUSD Strategic Planning Meetings
2019-20 is the district’s third year of implementing their Strategic Plan which focuses on student success in all areas — socio-emotional, behavioral, academics. All Piedmont parents are encouraged to participate and give input on district actions and services. The Strategic Plan is also known as the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), required by the state.

All meetings are 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Havens Library.

All of these meetings will be combined with PMS Site Council meetings this year.

Additional Parent Information Nights may be planned, stay tuned to district communications.

Tri-School Elementary Site Council:
All meetings are held at Wildwood or the PHS Student Center 3:30-5:00 p.m. Dates TBD. Detailed information for Tri-School Elementary Site Council available at each school’s website.

PHS Site Council:
All meetings are THURSDAYS at 3:30-5:00 p.m. in PHS Student Center.

See for more information.

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