Monthly Archives: May 2012

PLS 40th Anniversary and our $40 for 40 campaign


Did you know that PLS has been teaching foreign languages to Piedmont children for 40 years?

We kicked off a year of anniversary celebrations, and our “$40 for 40″ campaign with 150+ of our friends and supporters at a Cinco de Mayo party earlier this month.   The goals of our campaign:

  • Celebrating our 40th anniversary and looking toward the future
  • Exploring new models to bring language to more kids K-6, beyond our currently self-funding classes
  • Supporting PUSD as it develops and delivers its vision for K-12 world language
  • Supporting professional development for PUSD and PLS teachers to deliver state-of-the-art instruction
  • Identifying and supporting technology as a key supplemental learning tool

A K-12 Vision for Language Learning


This report, prepared by PLS board members Abby Jorcino and Amy Weaver, provides a great overview of language learning K-12, why it is important, how it is being done in various schools around the country, what is new and exciting in the field (including the use of technology to support learning) and what opportunities and challenges exist for districts like Piedmont.

Towards a K-12 Vision for Language Learning


If you want to see more about the research on language learning and why it is important, see our resource list here:

PLS Resource List 2012

Registration Update for 2012-13

Registration for currently enrolled Piedmont Language School students is now open!
All students are encouraged to register now to ensure guaranteed placement in a class for the 2012-13 year. Please note that last year we had a wait list for some of our Spanish and Mandarin classes, so sign up now to ensure your student gets a spot.
As an extra incentive, students that register early will receive a special rate:
  • Spanish students will receive a $50 discount off their first month of tuition.
  • Mandarin students will receive a $20 discount off their first semester of tuition.
  • All students enrolling during the May 1 to May 31 open enrollment period will also receive these discounted rates.
Please note that all registration forms received after May 31 will be treated on a first come, first served basis.