Articles by Spencer Dean

Conceptual designs for new high school facilities (video)

April 6, 2017 | in Web

A video provided by PUSD on measureh1.org outlines three conceptual designs for use of Measure H1 bond money. These options have been discussed and critiqued at community town hall meetings, the last of which... Read More

ASB: associated student budget

ASB: associated student budget

March 28, 2017 | in A Closer Look

Plump ice cream sandwiches file into the breezeway by the boxful. Lofty bouncy-houses expand with air on the dewy baseball outfield. Vibrant streamers of red, blue, green and orange cascade from the Binks gym... Read More

PHS bids farewell to Daniels

PHS bids farewell to Daniels

February 7, 2017 | in News

On Jan. 11, principal Brent Daniels announced his intent to accept a job offer from Berkeley Unified School District. He informed the community that his final day on campus would be Jan. 27. Daniels... Read More

Daniels to depart from PUSD

Daniels to depart from PUSD

January 12, 2017 | in News

PHS principal Brent Daniels has announced that he will be leaving PUSD on Jan. 27 to become the Director of Human Resources in Berkeley Unified School District. Superintendent Randall Booker has recommended that administrators... Read More

Usher Piedmont towards openness and acceptance

Usher Piedmont towards openness and acceptance

December 21, 2016 | in Opinions

Stigmas can be difficult things to admit to. I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty accepting and empathetic person, so I was caught off guard by my response to a two-part article written... Read More

Educational opportunities: Adult School

Educational opportunities: Adult School

November 29, 2016 | in Campus

“The most rewarding part?” said Adult Education teacher Dan Bonnin, repeating the question. “Let me show you.” Several clicks later, the smiling faces of young adults, wearing full cap-and-gown, appeared on his laptop screen.... Read More

Inside a student walkout, Nov. 14

Inside a student walkout, Nov. 14

November 14, 2016 | in Web

This afternoon, students from Piedmont High School and Piedmont Middle School congregated with students from surrounding East Bay schools in an anti-Trump walkout. Highlander reporters asked participants why they chose to engage in this... Read More

On campus: school reactions to 2016 election

On campus: school reactions to 2016 election

November 12, 2016 | in Web

Shortly after 80 percent of students voted for Hillary Clinton in a mock election (out of 300 PHS & MHS participants), the nation elected Donald Trump as president. Listen to some reactions gathered around... Read More

The Election: National

The Election: National

November 1, 2016 | in A Closer Look

Pizza. Glowing smartphone screens. A hot Thursday night in a crowded classroom. Wispy blonde hair and a red pantsuit. The first presidential debate. Many students will engage directly for the first time with their... Read More

Wellness Center expands programs in its tenth year

Wellness Center expands programs in its tenth year

October 11, 2016 | in Campus

“This is an unbelievably proud moment of community spirit,” said superintendent Randall Booker as he stood atop a podium and addressed an audience of sweating, smiling Piedmonters. Sept. 24 marked the sixth annual Fall... Read More