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Thanksgiving Message to the Community from Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D.

November 20, 2020


Dear PUSD Community, 

During the Thanksgiving season, when we traditionally take time to give thanks, I want to express my personal gratitude to the students, employees, families, and community of PUSD.  This has been a year that has certainly challenged and tested us and has ultimately made us stronger.

Board of Education resolution in appreciation of PUSD employees

Watch the Superintendent’s Thanksgiving video

First, a big thank you to the students of PUSD. I am continually inspired by your imagination, thoughtfulness, and caring spirit. You are critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and articulate communicators.  I know this year has been hard for you, and I hope to see you back in classrooms, learning in person -- as soon as it’s safe to do so. 

Next, my heartfelt appreciation for the teachers, administrators, and employees for the ingenuity and commitment that you have demonstrated in this extraordinary year.  When we were called upon to shift suddenly to online instruction last March due to the pandemic, you immediately began to create a virtual version of the school experience for students and addressed technical connectivity and food service to keep vital systems functioning in new ways. You demonstrated the skills we hope for in our students, the Four C’s:  Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication.  The Board of Education demonstrated our deep appreciation for you in a resolution approved last month. 

To our parents and guardians, thank you for having faith in Pasadena Unified schools and for sending us your children. Your children are remarkable: they’re curious and imaginative, hardworking, and bring us joy every day. They inspire us to do our very best for them. Thank you for your commitment and all that you do to support their learning at home.

Thank you to our community for the unwavering support and opportunities you bring to our students and schools. From volunteers who help at our Grab and Go Food Centers, to community organizations and partners who came together to support our students and families this year, to voters who approved Measure O, you have stood with us with limitless passion, commitment, and support. 

On behalf of the Pasadena Unified School District, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. 

Stay healthy and stay safe. 


Brian McDonald, Ed.D.


A Special Thank You
While we are grateful to many community partners, we would like to especially thank Pasadena’s Clergy Community Coalition.

The nonprofit organization made up of pastors from more than 30 local churches has worked together with local government and police to provide PUSD students and schools with:

  • $5,000 to purchase wifi hotspots
  • Hundreds of headphones for students who are homeless or in foster care

Thank you!

20 de Noviembre de 2020

Mensaje del Dia de Acción de Gracias del Superintendente Brian McDonald, Ed.D.

Estimada comunidad del PUSD,

Durante la temporada de Acción de Gracias, cuando tradicionalmente nos tomamos el tiempo para dar gracias, quiero expresar mi gratitud personal a los estudiantes, empleados, familias y la comunidad del PUSD. Este ha sido un año que ciertamente nos ha desafiado y probado y, en última instancia, nos ha hecho más fuertes.

Resolución de la Mesa Directiva  de Educación en agradecimiento a los empleados del PUSD

Vea el video de Acción de Gracias del Superintendente

Estamos muy agradecidos con muchos socios comunitarios, y nos gustaría agradecer especialmente a la Coalición Comunitaria del Clero de Pasadena.

La organización sin fines de lucro compuesta por pastores de más de 30 iglesias locales ha trabajado junto con el gobierno local y la policía para brindar a los estudiantes y escuelas del PUSD:

  • $ 5,000 para comprar puntos de acceso wifi
  • 775 auriculares para estudiantes sin hogar o en cuidado de crianza



Brian McDonald, Ed.D.