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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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Portola High School Fire Science Class

Thirty years ago, Brad Miller, the current Fire Science Teacher at Portola High School, was sitting behind a desk at Quincy High School, taking a similar course to the one he now teaches. During his time at QHS, he took a Fire Science course that led him to join an Engine Crew right after graduating. He stayed with the Forest Service for about ten summers while he went to college and continued after he got his teaching credential. He started teaching at Portola High School in 1991 and in 1993 became the Fire Science teacher, until the course was cut ten years later due to budget cuts. In 2012, thanks to new funding from the Moonlight and Storrie Fire Restoration Projects from the Plumas National Forest Service, the class was able to be re-
instated. Now in its fifth year since being refunded, it’s one of the most popular elective courses at Portola High, drawing 25-30 kids each year, some more than once.

Published 5-24-17
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Plumas Unified adopts Positive Prevention Plus Curriculum

In January 2016, California implemented a new law, the California Healthy Youth act, which updates the state’s requirements for sexual health education in public schools. According to the new law, students must receive comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and at least once in high school. Instruction must be age appropriate and medically accurate, which means that the information must be accepted by organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics. It must also be appropriate for students with disabilities, students who are English language learners, and for students of all races, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations. Endorsing religious doctrine is not allowed. While information will be provided on the value of delaying sexual activity and that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs, “abstinence-only” sex education is not permitted in California public schools.

Published 5-10-17
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Learning Landscapes: A Model Partnership with the Feather River Land Trust

Due to the transforming and pioneering partnership between the Feather River Land Trust (FRLT), Plumas Unified School District (PUSD), local landowners, and generous sponsors, every school in Plumas County has access to an outdoor classroom 10 miles or less from their campus. Right after the Feather River Land trust formed in the early 2000s, PCOE's Outdoor Education Coordinator Rob Wade approached FRLT's Executive Director Paul Hardy with an idea.

Published on 3-1-17
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Students Submit Art and Prose Pieces to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. In the

In the midst of our busy work and school weeks holidays can serve as a much needed day off, but often the significance of the holiday can also be overlooked, treated as nothing more than an opportunity to sleep in. This year the Plumas National Forest Service wanted to collaborate with Plumas Unified School District to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and give students an opportunity to engage with MLK’s mission and values. The competition was open to students K-12th and there were 1st-3rd place prizes given at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for both art and prose.

Published 2-15-17
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Preparing the Future with Technical Career Skills

Woodshop, Auto-shop, Culinary Arts, Business and Finance, Industrial Arts, Welding, Gardening, and Computer Applications, comprise the wealth of Career and Technical Education offered by PUSD. These hands-on, skills-based courses offered by Plumas Unified School District through the County Office of Education’s support of Career and Technical Education (CTE), provides our students with more opportunities to access the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education.

Published 2-1-17
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