C & I Update

Commitment to Excellence 3/24/17

Collaboration all over our District!

Wow- there is a lot going on in our District this time of year! K-6 teachers are attending training provided by Rob Wade, the Science Vertical team is meeting to move forward with NGSS implementation at the high school, QHS teachers are visiting PHS, middle school math curriculum is being evaluated for coherence, the new Positive Prevention Plus curriculum is being implemented, all while sites finalize staffing and plans for 17-18. We also have teachers and admin attending professional development in our region on math, and the new History/Social Science Framework. Additionally, we've attended teacher recruitment fairs in Sacramento and Chico, and in the next two weeks head to Portland, Oregon and Missoula, Montana. Outside of Curriculum and Instruction, exciting Measure B planning is in full swing and dialogue continues with Plumas Charter School. All of this while focusing on the students in our classrooms and the last nine weeks of the school year. It is an exciting time to be a part of PUSD!
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What is Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (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.

At the core, PBIS encompasses the following:

1. Consistent , defined behavior expectations

2. Explicit teaching of behavior expectations and procedures

3. Positive reinforcement of behavior expectations

4. Consistent consequences

What is SWIS?

School Wide Information System, SWIS, is a data collection tool that allows teams to make data based decisions about managing problem behavior and installing proactive, evidence-based interventions and supports. Minor and major referrals are to be documented in SWIS so that patterns can be analyzed and appropriate support aligned. For example, schools that use the SWIS system can identify trends in day of the week, location, grade level, problem behavior and motivation.

How is PBIS funded in PUSD?

Each site is allocated $3,000 for implementation of PBIS including supplies, substitutes for training and acknowledgement systems. Training has been supported through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) of approximately $30,000 as well as an additional $3,000 per high school site.

What is our commitment and expectation with PBIS?

Plumas Unified is joined by 2,153 other schools in California that are implementing PBIS with a commitment to supporting all learners, academically as well as socially and emotionally. PBIS is an evidenced based school wide framework to achieve this goal. PBIS has been in PUSD for four years now and continues to be a districtwide initiative and expectation. PBIS site teams are supported with four training days per year, with the expectation to implement all features at school sites. It is the expectation and commitment that sites will continue to advance in PBIS implementation of all key features of Tiers I and II, with fidelity, by the end of the 17-18 school year.

Physical Fitness Testing

As you may know, we are required to administer the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to all of our 5th, 7th, and 9th grade students. The State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM as the test we are to use. Students in grades five, seven, and nine are required to take the PFT, whether or not they are enrolled in a PE class. Students who are physically unable to take the entire test battery are to be given as much of the test as conditions permit. The testing window is now open and it will close on Friday, May 19, 2017.


PFT administration videos are available at the following website: https://pftdata.org/training.aspx

Need the audio file for the Pacer test? Access it here.

Upcoming CAASPP Assessment

If you haven't logged into your TOMS account through www.caaspp.org, please do so.

Your username is your email and your password was emailed out earlier this year. If you have trouble with logging in, please contract dgarland@pcoe.k12.ca.us.

Need resources to help prepare students for the upcoming assessment? Administer a practice test, either individually or projected and used as a teaching tool. Click here to access the practice test, no student log in required.

CAST- Science test grade level assignments for 2017

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Strengthening the Start

PUSD is focusing on a strong start to each class period or learning opportunity, honing in on these three areas:

At the midpoint of our school year, district-wide data is after each component:

Learning Environment: A sustained, successful start routine promoting positive behavior and a positive learning environment is evidenced for all students. (88% All or Most)

Instructional Time: A sustained, successful start routine optimizing efficient and effective student learning is evidenced for all students. (71% All or Most)

Student Engagement: All students actively participate and engage in the sustained, successful start expectations. (86.2 % All or Most)

Tech Tuesday, 3:30-4:00

Join Kristy via Google Hangout for Tech Tuesday, every Tuesday from 3:30-4:00 where we talk about a specific tech tool. All are welcome! Join if you have something to share about the topic or want to learn more!

Click here to join!

Click here for the resource guide that goes along with the topic

You can also go to our district website, www.pcoe.k12.ca.us and navigate to the Curriculum Department, where you will see a section on Tech Tuesday. Follow the link from that page to get to the Google Hangout!

Upcoming topics:

4/4/17 Zaption

4/18/17 Plickers

4/25/17 Zearn

5/2/17 Bloomz

5/9/17 Socrative

5/16/17 Chrome Extensions

5/23/17 Prezi

5/20/17 Emaze

6/6/17 App Smash

Would you like a text reminder using Remind.com?

Text @238dc to 81010

Instructional Coaches

Our Instructional Coaches are here for you!

Contact them at:

Yvonne: ycasalnuovo@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Susan: sfrediani@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Upcoming Dates

3/30, 4/1 NGSS K-6 Training Day, Choose one

4/3/17- 6/2/17 PUSD/PCOE CAASPP assessment window

Monday Professional Learning Communities Schedule

4/3 Elementary- Site PLC

CHS, QHS, GHS, PHS- Report card preparation

4/17 Elementary- CAASPP Training


4/24 Elementary- Independent Planning

CHS, GHS, PHS- Independent Planning


5/1 Elementary- Site PLC


QHS- Independent Planning

5/8 Elementary- Independent Planning

CHS, GHS, PHS- Independent Planning


5/15 Elementary- Grade level Google Hangouts


5/22 Elementary- Site PLC


6/5 Elementary- Report card preparation

CHS, QHS, GHS, PHS- Final exam preparation

Useful Links

Textbook Request Form

Technology Help Ticket

username: plumas help password:technology

TK/K- 6th Grade ELA

ThinkCentral for all your textbook resources

Curriculum and Instructional Services

Kristy Warren

Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services

@kristymwarren on Twitter

@PlumasUSD on Twitter