CRC 6th graders rafting

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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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Mindfulness in the Classroom

Maria Johnson’s first graders are learning how to self-regulate through mindfulness practices that focus on using breathing exercises and positive thinking to stay focused. Mrs. Johnson shared, “Mindfulness is a way to regulate ourselves, both students and teachers so that we are in a place to learn and focus - it’s all about being present. It helps all children, but especially those who have trauma in their lives, learn how to stay in the present moment”.

Published on 11-29-17.
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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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Chester Elementary Teachers Lead the way for Outdoor Core/NGSS Rollout

Over the last few years, Chester teachers, Kellie Bainbridge, Meghan Whalen, Aletha O’Kelley, Brooke Geer, Nicholle Crowther, Susan Tantardino, Camille Klimek, and Janae LaGroue (not pictured) have taken on a huge responsibility in our district, by agreeing to pilot Next Generation Science Standards ( NGSS). They have been the pioneers willing to dissect and deconstruct NGSS to create a curriculum guide and instructional plans that are specifically suited to Plumas County.

10-12-17
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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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