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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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The Legacy of the Feather River Outdoor School

Thirty years have passed since Joe Hagwood, Warren Grandall, John Gallagher, and Jim Schaber, with the help of Cindy Phelps and Evelyn Whisman, collaborated to create what we know now as the Feather River Outdoor School (FREd), located at the UC Berkeley Forestry Camp, in Meadow Valley.

Published on 9-28-17.
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Social-Emotional Supports for Students and Families in Plumas County

This year marks the fourth year of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Framework in Plumas Unified. PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success. PBIS is a framework, not a curriculum or program, which means it can be applied differently to fit each school’s needs. The Portola Student Services Coordinator Shannon Harston compared it to a parenting book. Harston stated, “similar to how parents adopt various practices from a parenting book, schools are in essence homes that can use the PBIS framework differently for their individual needs.

Published on 9-07-17
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Welcome to the 2017/18 School Year

With summer coming to a close, students say goodbye to the end of carefree days, parents rejoice at the return of the routine, and teachers prepare to educate and inspire incoming and returning students. Each new school year brings excitement, anticipation, and expectation. This year the class of 2018 embarks on their last year of secondary education, the incoming kindergartners welcome their first, and everyone moves one step further in both academic and personal growth. Our theme for this school year is “Together is Better.” Superintendent Terry Oestreich explains, “As we embark upon a new school year, we are excited to fulfill our Governing Board’s mission to collectively inspire every child in every classroom every day. Our district wide training “Eliminating Barriers to Learning” provided our team with the opportunity to explore strategies expanding access to learning while reinforcing the many assets we already have in place to ensure student success. The chosen theme is our commitment to honor relationships with all our stakeholders as we open the doors to the 2017-18 school year.”

Published 8-24-17
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Class of 2017 Completes Senior Projects and Prepares for Graduation

A Plumas Unified graduation requirement and an unparalleled opportunity to explore or redefine a potential career path- the senior project- is the quintessential culminating project of students’ 13 years of education. It gives seniors the opportunity and motivation to pursue and explore their passions, define future careers or interests, and polish and expand skills needed for college and employment. While it is a substantial amount of work and many students are relieved when it is all over, the opportunity the senior project provides to propel students outside of their comfort zones and build their confidence and capabilities is well worth the work.

Published 6-7-17
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