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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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Chester Elementary School Celebrates 70 Years

Two years ago, a then five-year-old Autumn Tognotti, who had just started kindergarten at
Chester Elementary, asked her mom Nicholle Crowther (Tognotti), a Chester Elementary
4th-grade Teacher, “When is the school’s birthday?”. When Nicholle realized she could not
answer her daughter, this simple but insightful question sparked a curiosity in Nicholle to
investigate the history of Chester Elementary School. In the process, she discovered that in the 2017/18 school year Chester Elementary would turn 70 years old.

Published on 5-31-18
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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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Quincy High School Service Club Receives First Place Sierra Nevada Region - Outstanding Service-Club Award!

A huge congratulations to the Quincy High School Service Club - for winning the First Place Sierra Nevada Region - Outstanding Service-Club Award of $500 from the Soroptimist International-Sierra Nevada Region. There are 14 Service Clubs in the Sierra Nevada Region who had an opportunity to submit a 12-page application highlighting one larger service activity that the club organizes, along with other information about their S-club, and recommendation letters. The QHS S-Club officers this year decided to take on the endeavor and split up the application. Each officer completed a different section over a 6-week period. The club officers this year are Emily Walmer, President; Brayden McAllister, Vice President; Sylvia Wood, Secretary; Joan Frank, Treasurer; Benjamin Heaney, Public Relations.

Published on 5-03-18.
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“The Science of Rafting” Connecting Learning and Adventure

The Plumas Unified School District 6th-grade theme is the Year of the Watershed. Both literally and figuratively, 6th-grade is a rite of passage year for PUSD students as they earn their stripes as true mountain kids and explore the many tributaries that create the Feather River Watershed.
Throughout the year, 6th-graders are immersed in the environments that they are learning about to fully explore the scientific principles they are studying, connect to their home, and foster a deep appreciation for and stewardship of the abundant natural resources surrounding them.

Published 4-25-18
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Volunteerism in Plumas County Creates Thriving Communities and Schools

The Kindergarten Roundup is an annual collaborative effort of Plumas Unified School District and many county organizations to help incoming kindergartners and transitional kindergartners register for school, obtain their mandated physical and dental exams and have fun doing it! The roundups are orchestrated by the PUSD school nurses who work with local agencies to make the event a success.

Published 4-25-18
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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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