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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

Teacher Feature - Robin Adrian-Murray

Here in Plumas Unified, we are a family, an educational team that supports, honors, and celebrates one another. To support this culture of honor and staff recognition, the Education Matters section will now have a monthly teacher feature to highlight the phenomenal work of our passionate educators.
This month we would like to highlight Robin Adrian-Murray who has worked for Plumas Unified for over two decades now. She started working in the Portola High School cafeteria in 1996, became the cook manager a few years later and has stayed with the school district ever since. Two years ago she took on a larger role in the classroom, transitioning to the position of Culinary and Garden teacher.

Published 1-31-18

21st-Century Classrooms for 21st-Century Education

Part of moving towards 21st-century learning is creating a suitable 21st-century classroom that creates a conducive environment for collaborative, student-centered learning. 21st-century education emphasizes the integration of technology, student-driven learning, and collaborative work.

Published on 1-3-18

Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Plumas County is fortunate to have many local growers, farmers, and ranchers that provide our area with fresh local produce, grass-fed beef, and locally-raised pork and poultry. For the last five years, under the leadership of Jessica Linford with support from Paul Mrowczynski and Emily Bryant, Plumas Unified School District has been concentrating on connecting with these local food chains and working to bring locally raised meat and fresh produce into the school cafeterias. The PUSD Food Services team, now led by the new Food Services Program Manager Amber Russell, is committed to supporting local growers and serving high quality, nutritious food.

Published on 12-20-17

Gratitude and Well Wishes to Plumas National Forest Education Liaison Michele Jimenez-Holtz

Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) is grateful to partner with the U.S. Forest Service, Plumas National Forest (PNF). The Forest Service is full of amazing people who regularly show up for our kids. Among these many, there is one whose dedication has touched and changed lives, Michele Jimenez-Holtz. For the past 17 years, Michele has not only shown up in normal and anticipated ways, but she has elevated her commitment beyond any precedent.

Published on 12-13-17.

A.L.I.C.E Training and Drills in PUSD

Plumas Unified is actively working to keep students and staff safe. Like fire and earthquake drills, ALICE drills and training take place at each school site. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, and is the nationally recognized training strategy for proactively handling the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter. Frank Carey is Plumas Unified’s ALICE Instructor. Recently Frank Carey attended a national ALICE conference in Nashville, organized by the creator of the training.

Published on 11-16-17

District-Wide Professional Learning Day

On Friday November 3rd, Plumas Unified schools closed to allow certificated staff, which includes teachers and administrators, as well as classified staff, which includes all support staff, to come together for a Professional Learning Day (PLD) at Quincy Junior/Senior High School. In August, certificated staff attended a PLD focused on trauma-informed instruction. The November 3rd Professional Learning Day continued and expanded on this mental-health focus, this time serving teachers and all support staff together.

Published on 11-15-17

New Teacher Induction Program

All California teachers must clear their teaching credential by completing a two-year Induction Program with an accredited school district. The Induction Program provides each teacher candidate with a coach that is an experienced, fully California credentialed teacher. The coach and candidate meet four hours a month for a total of 40 hours a school year to go through a set curriculum, broken up into six cycles that focus on helping the candidate implement best teaching strategies into their classroom. The Plumas Unified School District pays for the new teacher Induction Program, providing the curriculum and coach compensation for each candidate.

Published on 11-8-17

Digital Academy Class Encourages 21st Century Learning and Career Preparation

With the new Digital Academy course at Quincy High, the number of elective offerings skyrockets from six choices to hundreds. Over the last few years, Terrie Redkey, the CTE and Business and Finance Teacher at Quincy High School, has wanted to increase students’ access to a wider range of skills and careers using an online learning platform. She shared, “In this small rural school online learning is the solution. In this current world of technology, our students deserve more options that meet their individual career interests and goals, through student-designed learning, without the addition of sections and faculty.” Terrie Redkey’s vision came to fruition this year with a pilot program up and running at Quincy High, and currently in development at Greenville and Portola High.

Published on 10-26-17

Taylorsville 7th Grade Residential Outdoor Program Successfully Piloted For

For 30 years the 6th-grade outdoor education program has acted like a spark to ignite students’ interest and connection to the natural world around them. Yet, as a stand-alone program isolated to 6th grade, much of the momentum built throughout the year can be lost. The memories and experiences stick with students for a lifetime, but ultimately without a continued focus, a passion for natural science and the specificities can decline. The just completed pilot, Taylorsville Camp Wild, for 7th-grade students continues the outdoor education legacy and builds on the momentum created the year prior. As Rob Wade explained, “6th grade is about introducing students to concepts and forging a connection to their home- to the rivers, forests, and mountains. Seventh grade is about stewardship of these natural resources and working to better care for our homeland while going further and deeper into our scientific discoveries and understanding”.

Published on 10-05-17
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