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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
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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
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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
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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
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School Nurses Help Create Healthy and Thriving Learning Environments for ALL students

There is a common misconception that the role of school nurses only includes the occasional first aid duties and caring for kids with a cold or the flu. Yet, the truth is that the responsibilities of school nurses are critical to monitoring and maintaining healthy and thriving schools. School Nurses are foundational to making public education available to every student, regardless of any and all pre-existing health conditions and circumstances.

Published 3-29-18
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Meet the Foreign Exchange Students in PUSD Schools

Every year, Plumas Unified Schools welcome foreign exchange students from all over the world. Historically, Rotary is the host organization that facilitates these exchanges. Rotary both organizes the international students exchange and host families here in Plumas County, as well as offers students opportunities for summer and yearlong exchanges abroad. This year we have two foreign exchange students hosted by the Rotary Club, one at Chester Jr./Sr. High School and one at Portola Jr./Sr. High, as well as one student at Quincy Jr./Sr. High School hosted by a private company.

Published on 3-28-18
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Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant Transforming and Enhancing Career Technical Opportunities in Plumas Unified!

Plumas County students will soon have new opportunities to expand their career technical skills with thousands of dollars of state-of-the-art equipment and classroom upgrades, happening in every Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) high school.
Purchased with funds from the $700,000 Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) awarded last year, the new equipment, supplies and facility remodels are designed to enhance learning and better prepare area students for success.

Published on 2-15-18
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Portola High School Student Stella Baty Performs in the World-Renown London New Year’s Day Parade

The London New Year’s Day Parade is an annual tradition in London, England, drawing a street audience of over 500,000 and viewed on TV by nearly 300 million people worldwide. Every year the parade is made up of thousands of performers representing dozens of countries around the world. The 2018 Parade boasted cheerleaders, dancers, marching bands, acrobats, and more, for a total of 10,000 performers from 20 different countries. Stella Baty, a senior at Portola High School, was among the 10,000 performers.

Published on 2-7-18
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