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A weekly highlight of the programs of Plumas Unified School District and supported by the County Office of Education.

Congratulations to the class of 2018!

Another year, come and gone. The end of every school year marks a momentous moment of academic and personal achievement that comes with sentimental reflection and gratitude for the things that have gone and the things that will come. As with every year, this moment marks a turn of the tassel and a progression for every class. This year’s 8th graders are now finally in high school, the current freshman said goodbye to being freshies, sophomores stepped that much closer to graduation, juniors are about to enter their last year of high school, and another class of seniors walked across the stage, accepted their diplomas, and is about to embark on a new journey. Published 6-15-18

The Science of Adventure

There is a science to everything - even adventure. Science is - “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Adventure encompasses a plethora of activities, which up here in Plumas County can include boating, rock climbing, and skiing, among many others. So, what is the science of adventure? It is the study of the scientific principles that make up and interact with the outdoor activities that we love. Published 6-13-18

Parent Resource Center in Development and Informational Workshops Available to Support Parents Needs and Interests

The Pupil Services and SELPA Department, headed by Laura Blesse, at Plumas Unified School District, is developing a new Parent Resource Center and is currently offering parent workshops in Quincy, Portola, and Chester to aid in meeting the needs of students and their families within Plumas County. Jennifer Kimball, the PUSD Special Education Instructional Coach, and Patty Llamas, the Bilingual Parent Liaison, are helping put this resource center together by creating a network and database of knowledge and resources for parents to tap into to get support. Published on 5-10-18

An Update on 50 Church Street April 2018

The historic 1905 Quincy Elementary School located at 50 Church Street in Quincy was used to teach students for almost 50 years until the California Earthquake Standards Act came into place, at which point it was adapted into offices for the staff of Plumas County Office of Education (PCOE) and Plumas Unified School District (PUSD). In 2014, the old schoolhouse and district office was vacated due to waste plumbing and flooding issues. The previous administration at the time of the flooding, decided not to go forward with repairs or plans for the building after the initial mitigation was addressed. This left the historic building vacant and deteriorating for three years. Published 4-18-18

School Calendar

Dec 12

Board Meeting

Time: 5 PM – 8 PM
Location: District Office 1446 East Main Street Quincy, CA 95971

Principal Spotlight

Picture of Sara Sheridan PHS Principal
Interview with PHS Principal Sara Sheridan:
"I went to Loyalton High School, so I would never have believed that I was going to be principal at our rival high school. I also never imagined myself having kids, but now I have four!”
How did you end up in Plumas County? “My family has had a cabin in the Sierras since the 1940’s, so I used to come up to the mountains every summer. When I was eleven years old, I went through a really traumatic experience (an attempted kidnapping) and my parents decided that we would spend the entire summer in the mountains. By the time August rolled around, they decided that we were going to move permanently. My siblings and I were thrilled. We never even said goodbye to our friends in the Bay Area, my mom went back to the house and just packed everything up.”
What makes you get up in the morning every-day?
"My alarm clock….I’m kidding. For me, it’s the constant feeling that I have found my calling in life. I know that the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to do what you love. I feel like I have found that sweet spot in my life."

Sara started teaching at PHS when she was 26 years old, she has taught History, PE, English, Health, Drivers Training, and Credit Recovery, she served as VP for three years before becoming the principal of PHS 5 years ago. She believes that “A good principal ensures student achievement through teacher support. "When I say achievement, I don’t only mean academic – our students deserve the very best teachers to guide and support them. It is my job to make sure the conditions exist for that to happen every single day.” Her bucket list includes traveling, designing her own home, learning to play the guitar, and writing a script for a movie. 
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
- Albert Einstein

District Mission and Vision

Our Mission is to collectively inspire every child in every classroom every day. We ensure an exemplary education with diverse opportunities and we accept no limits on the learning potential of any child.