PSA Parents, Students, and Staff!
I never thought my “Back to School Blog” would be anything like this… distance learning, masks, and social distancing… this world seems to have changed overnight. At first, I thought this was just going to be temporary. I thought we would finish out last year online and resume being on campus at the beginning of this school year. But here we are, teaching and learning virtually. I have to say though, I am so proud of everyone for being able to overcome the challenges associated with this transition. Students are logging in on to all of their classes, being respectful and responsible during their zoom classes, and getting all of their work done. Our older students who have working parents are setting their alarms and getting up for classes on their own. Parents who are home with their younger students are encouraging their children and supporting the teachers. It’s been a pleasure to observe everyone’s efforts and teamwork. It seems that the new slogan these days is, “We’re all in this together.” We definitely are, and the staff at PSA are here to support our students and parents. Remember, you can reach out anytime!
Dear PSA families,
Our last day of the 2019-2020 school year is on June 4th, 2020. It has been a trying year for all of us, and all of us at PSA would like to take a moment to thank you for your dedication to your child’s academics. We hope that you have a relaxing and healthy summer. Below are some topics that we wanted to communicate with you about.
Our class of 2020 will be having a drive-in ceremony on June 5, 2020 at 5 pm. Families are limited to one car where they will get to park and watch their child walk across the stage and graduate. The ceremony will be on our website for family members that cannot physically be there. Check out the notices that went out on ParentSquare on May 18, 2020 for more information. This is a senior only event; others will be turned away.
8th Grade Promotion
We will be having a virtual 8th grade promotion this year. It will be a prerecorded video that you can view on our website or on the PSA YouTube. It will be posted on June 4th. Join us for the 8th grade zoom meeting on Thursday May 28 at 2 pm for more information.
If you are interested in summer school, you will need to register with Options for Youth at 909-515-8600 between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday thru Friday. Summer school will be online and taught by PSA teachers. It begins on July 1st and ends on July 28th. More information to follow if you have signed up for summer school.
Books and Chromebook Turn In
Students will return their chromebooks and textbooks on the following days:
Uniforms can be purchased this year by going to https://sbpsa.quniform.com/. Your login is the home phone number that is on file in PowerSchool. Type in the number with the area code and no spaces, for example: 9093822211. If you are not sure what the number on PowerSchool is, you can call the front office at 623-562-0739 for assistance. It is strongly recommended that you order your uniforms no later than July 1, 2020. Please see our website at www.psasb.us for information on the uniform policy.
All 7th grade students for the 2020-2021 school year
Must show proof of their Tdap immunization before students can receive their schedule.
For the new school year we will be transitioning to online registration. You will be able to complete the process by logging on to PowerSchool. Registration information must be provided before your child can receive their schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. More information to follow on how to complete the process.
2020-2021 School Year
The 2020-2021 school year for PSA begins on August 3, 2020. As of now, we do not know if we will be having school online, in person, or in a hybrid format. Please complete the survey that was sent on May 26th on ParentSquare regarding the type of learning for the new year. As we receive information from the State, we will notify you via ParentSquare or on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Estimadas familias de PSA:
Nuestro último día del año escolar 2019-2020 es el 4 de junio de 2020. Ha sido un año difícil para todos nosotros, y a todos en PSA nos gustaría tomar un momento para agradecerles por su dedicación a lo académico de sus hijos. Esperamos que tenga un verano relajante y saludable. A continuación hay algunos temas sobre los que queríamos comunicarnos con usted.
Nuestra clase de 2020 tendrá una ceremonia en automóvil el 5 de junio de 2020 a las 5 pm. Las familias están limitadas a un automóvil donde podrán estacionar y ver a su hijo/a caminar por el escenario y graduarse. La ceremonia también estará en nuestro sitio web para miembros de la familia que físicamente no pueden estar allí. Consulte los avisos que se enviaron en ParentSquare el 18 de mayo de 2020 para obtener más información. Este es un evento exclusivo para grado 12; otros serán rechazados.
Promoción de Octavo Grado
Tendremos una promoción virtual de octavo grado este año. Será un video pregrabado que podrá ver en nuestro sitio web o en el YouTube de PSA. Será publicado el 4 de junio. Únase a nosotros para la reunión de zoom de octavo grado el jueves 28 de mayo a las 2pm para obtener más información.
Escuela de Verano
Si está interesado en la escuela de verano, debe de registrarse en Options for Youth al 909-515-8600 entre las 9 a.m. y las 3 p.m., de lunes a viernes. La escuela de verano será en línea y será enseñada por maestros de PSA. Comienza el 1 de julio y termina el 28 de julio. Más información a seguir si se has inscrito en la escuela de verano.
Entrega de Libros y Chromebooks
Los estudiantes devolverán sus chromebooks y libros de texto en los siguientes días:
12 ° grado: 15 de junio entre las 10 a.m. y la 1 p.m. Las transcripciones y diplomas oficiales también estarán disponibles en ese momento para ser recogidos.
Estudiantes que no regresaran a PSA: 16 de junio entre las 9 a.m. y la 1 p.m. (Chromebook y libros de texto).
Todos los estudiantes que regresan: 16 de junio entre las 9 am y la 1 pm. Solo devolverá libros de texto. * Mantenga sus Chromebooks hasta nuevo aviso.
Los uniformes se pueden comprar este año visitando https://sbpsa.quniform.com/. Su nombre de usuario es su número de teléfono que está en el archivo de PowerSchool. Escriba el número con el código de área y sin espacios, por ejemplo: 9093822211. Si no está seguro de cuál es el número en PowerSchool, puede llamar a la oficina principal al 623-562-0739 para obtener ayuda. Se recomienda que solicite sus uniformes antes del 1 de julio de 2020. Consulte nuestro sitio web en www.psasb.us para obtener información sobre la política de uniformes.
Todos los alumnos de 7º grado para el año escolar 2020-2021
Debe mostrar prueba de su vacuna Tdap antes de que los estudiantes puedan recibir sus clases.
Para el nuevo año escolar haremos la transición a la inscripción en línea. Podrá completar el proceso iniciando sesión en PowerSchool. La información de registro debe ser proporcionada antes de que su hijo/a pueda recibir sus clases para el año escolar 2020-2021. Más información a seguir sobre cómo completar el proceso.
Año escolar 2020-2021
El año escolar 2020-2021 para PSA comienza el 3 de agosto de 2020. A partir de ahora, no sabemos si tendremos escuela en línea, en persona o en un formato híbrido. Complete la encuesta que se envió el 26 de mayo en ParentSquare sobre el tipo de aprendizaje para el nuevo año. A medida que recibamos información del Estado, le notificaremos a través de ParentSquare o en nuestras cuentas de Instagram y Facebook.
Administración de PSA
March 5, 2020
Public Safety Academy Families,
National news coverage concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has sparked conversations and questions from families in regards to the health and safety of our students and staff, and we would like to share the following information with you.
Public Safety Academy is focused on ensuring the wellbeing of students and staff by working closely with local, state, and federal public health agencies, which are providing us with frequent updates and guidance. As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently urged schools to prepare for possible 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in the United States. While the CDC’s announcement has generated concern among families, it is important to note there is still a very low health risk to the general public in California, with no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission in the United States.
In addition, as a school we are well prepared for a potential outbreak, having experience preventing regular illnesses like the flu and common cold. While it is important to take steps to be prepared, we reassure our school community that the current threat is low and there is no cause for panic. We continue encouraging common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of germs and illness. These include frequent hand washing, sanitizing surfaces regularly, encouraging staff and students to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and encouraging staff and students to stay home when sick. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our students remain healthy and continue learning in a safe and welcoming environment.
Additional Information and Resources
● Feb. 26 guidance from California Department of Education
● Centers for Disease Control Information
● Our ReadySBCUSD website now has Coronavirus information at
● Loma Linda University Medical Center informational briefing on Coronavirus
Jennifer Stickel, Principal
Happy new year! For January’s blog I’ll share some hilarious and interesting predictions that were made decades ago about the year 2020.
Have a joyful January!
Principal’s Blog, December, 2019
PSA Parents, Students, and Staff!
For my December blog I thought I’d write about 3 inspirational people with whom I’d like to spend the holiday break. The first person I would choose is Jane Goodall because she is one of my heroes. For those of you who may not know about Jane Goodall, she is a primatologist, which is a scientist who studies primates. She is an expert on chimpanzees. She studied them for over 55 years, mostly in their natural environment in Tanzania. I’d love to spend time with her, because chimpanzees are some of the most intelligent and interesting animals, and I share her adoration for them.
The second person I would like to spend the holiday with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is such an obvious choice—I mean, who was more compassionate, brave, and assertive in his convictions during the 1950’s-1960’s? His “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most inspirational of all time. I would want to be in the presence of someone who saw human beings for what they are—simply, human beings, regardless of the color of their skin. I would like to talk with him about how far we have come with civil rights and race relations. I think he would be proud of our progress.
The third person I would like to spend time with is Stephen Hawking. Hawking was a genius! I could spend hours with him learning about physics and outer space. He would probably have to explain things over and over to me because he’s such a complex thinker, but, I’d love to try to learn more about outer space and other topics that he was an expert in!
These are just a few people I find interesting and intriguing…. Who would YOU like to spend the holiday break with? (Besides family and loved ones of course!)
Have a Wonderful Winter Break!
Dear Public Safety Academy of San Bernardino Families,
This letter is to inform you that the Public Safety Academy of San Bernardino, in conjunction with our local water agency, has tested lead levels in drinking water at their facility in compliance with Assembly Bill 746. Please be advised testing of drinking water sources for the Public Safety Academy took place in August 2019.
A location is listed as “Above Action Level” result is given, if a drinking water sample taken at a location produced a test result of greater than 15 parts per billion (ppb), which is the action level established by the State Water Resources Control Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
All drinking water outlets where lead is identified above the state’s action level of 15 ppb were secured until remediation was complete. For the purposes of this inspection, one water source, being a drinking fountain in the “middle school, north hallway”, was identified as exceeding the acceptable levels.
Replacement of and analysis of this drinking water source has been completed, and follow-up testing shows the levels to be acceptable to water quality standards and guidelines.
Please contact me at 909-382-2211, should you have any further questions or concerns.
Steven L. Filson
Director of Cadet Services
Estimadas familias de la Academia de Seguridad Pública de San Bernardino,
Esta carta es para informarle que la Academia de Seguridad Pública de San Bernardino, en conjunto con nuestra agencia local de agua, ha probado los niveles de plomo en el agua potable en sus instalaciones de conformidad con el Proyecto de Ley 746 de la Asamblea. Tenga en cuenta la prueba de fuentes de agua potable para la Academia de Seguridad Pública tuvo lugar en agosto de 2019.
Se da un resultado de "nivel de acción superior", si una muestra de agua potable tomada en un lugar produjo un resultado de prueba de más de 15 partes por mil billones (ppb), que es el nivel de acción establecido por la Junta Estatal de Control de Recursos Hídricos y los Estados Agencia Estatal de Protección Ambiental.
Todas las salidas de agua potable donde el plomo se identifica por encima del nivel de acción del estado de 15 ppb se aseguraron hasta que se completó la remediación. A los fines de esta inspección, se identificó que una fuente de agua en el "pasillo norte del edificio principal", excedía los niveles aceptables.
Se ha completado el reemplazo y el análisis de esta fuente de agua potable, y las pruebas de seguimiento muestran que los niveles son aceptables para los estándares y pautas de calidad del agua.
Comuníquese conmigo al 909-382-2211, si tiene más preguntas o inquietudes.
Steven L. Filson
Director de servicios de cadetes
PSA Parents, Students, and Staff,
For my October blog I’d like to discuss college and career readiness. When many of our teachers were in middle and high school, there was a big push for college-readiness. With today’s generation, there is still that push, but additionally, there is a growing push for career-readiness. Career technical education plays an important role in engaging student interest in a variety of career pathways. PSA is striving to increase our career technical education courses.
This year we have added a Cybersecurity course for our high school students. This course is offered off-campus at the new “County ROP Cybersecurity Center.” We have 23 students in the course this year who are learning about how to protect internet-connected systems from cyberattacks and unauthorized access to data centers and other computerized systems. In addition to our new Cybersecurity course, we have added a Protective Services course, where students are learning about career opportunities and skills needed to be a correctional officer. This year our Dispatch class has been a-g approved, so it is recognized as an approved college-readiness elective course.
As of this school year our career pathway courses include those listed above, as well as the following: Fire Science, Emergency Medical Response, Police Academy, Administration of Justice, Law and Justice, English 9: Bullets of Truth, English 10: Reading, Writing, Law and Public Safety, English 11: Literacy, Advocacy and Public Services, and 12th Grade Government and Cybersecurity.
It is our hope that by offering these courses, students will gain interest in public safety service careers and pursue these careers after graduation.
—Mrs. Stickel, Principal
Hello PSA Parents, Students, and Staff!
We are off to a wonderful start to the 2018-19 school year and the students are doing great! This year, one of our main focuses will be to improve student achievement school-wide. We have made some changes this year with regard to our Advisory classes, so that all of our students are receiving extra instruction in Math and English.
Parents can also help out at home to improve skills in these areas. Some things parents can do to support your child are as follows:
Math Skills: Purchase flashcards for multiplication and division. Even high school students sometimes need a refresher with these basic skills. Just 15 minutes a night of flashcard practice can make a big difference. Kahn Academy and IXL Math are two free online resources for math skill development as well. Have your child log-on and practice a little each night. (*IXL Math is for Math I students only).
English Skills: The best way to improve reading and writing skills is to read frequently. Ask your child to read a little each night from a book or magazine of their choice. If they have reading assignments for homework, have them read aloud to you or explain to you what the reading was about after they are finished. Being able to talk to you about what they have read helps them to internalize the concepts. Thirty minutes of reading each night is recommended. Additionally, you can read over their written work. For example, read over an English essay and tell them about sections you really like.
Ask your child to put away the electronic devices while they work on homework. Once they are finished with their homework, practice some math and/or reading for thirty minutes or so. From start to finish, homework and skills practice should take a couple of hours, give or take, depending on the grade level. After that, they will still have plenty of time for phones and video games. But remember, school always comes first!
Mrs. Stickel, Principal
Principal’s Blog, August 2018
Hello! My name is Jennifer Stickel, and I am the principal at Public Safety Academy. I’d like to share a bit about myself so you may all get to know me better. I look forward to getting to know you as well.
I have been working in education for 17 years. I began teaching in 2001. I came to PSA in 2009, and was promoted to the Academy Principal in 2013. Before becoming a teacher, I attended UCR. I earned my teaching credential at the University of Redlands, and my Masters in Education at CSUSB. I love working in secondary education, and I hope to remain at PSA for many years to come.
I am happily married with 4 stepchildren. We love to play cards and board games, go to the movies, and take vacations to the beach together in the summer. Our two oldest daughters are in college, our son is an 11th grader this year, and our youngest daughter is in 7th grade.
I love to paint, play the piano, and read historical fiction. I am passionate about animals and donate to several animal rescue organizations. I have a dog named Lady, and a cat named Penny. I love being a school principal, and look forward to coming to work every day!!
Advice for a Successful School Year:
READ READ READ, every night! Studies continue to prove that literacy is the key to getting better grades in all subjects. Putting down the phones, tablets, and other technology, for just 30-60 minutes a night, and reading a book, magazine, or newspaper, can increase student achievement drastically.
Have a splendid school year!!
Principal’s Blog, April 2018
Dear PSA Parents, Students, and Staff,
It’s that time of year again! State testing is upon us. I am happy to report that PSA students rocked the test last year. We had a schoolwide increase in test scores and we’re ready to show continued growth this year. From the end of April through the month of May, students will be testing by grade level. We are confident that our scores will continue to increase as a result of the hard work of our students, staff, and parents. Without everyone’s involvement, we would not have the success we’ve seen thus far. So remember, keep up the hard work! We’re almost finished and summer break is right around the corner. Let’s make these last two months count!
Don’t stress, do your BEST, forget the rest!
Principal Jennifer Stickel
I have been the principal at PSA since 2013. It is my pleasure to lead our future leaders.