C & I Update

Commitment to Excellence 10/21/16

The power of a teacher...

From CBS Sacramento:

STOCKTON, California – A long-lost letter made a return trip 14 years after a Stockton high school student was murdered.

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Vickers was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2002. Thanks to Facebook, one of Vickers’ former teachers is sharing a piece of his life,reports CBS Sacramento.

“When I opened the letter and saw his handwriting, tears filled my eyes,” said Tyra Vickers-Kearney, Aaron’s sister.

In his own words, by his own hand, Aaron’s innermost thoughts and dreams are inspiring his family 14 years after his death.

“May 23rd, 2000, Aaron wrote a letter to his future self and it was a high school assignment. From the high school assignment that Aaron wrote to himself, the teacher kept it,” Tyra Vickers-Kearney said.

That teacher was Daryl Hutchins, who used to work at Plaza Robles High School.

With a promise to mail the letters back to students after 10 years, Hutchins turned to Facebook to help find Aaron’s family after learning the high school junior had been shot and killed in 2002.

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Why school gardens?

PCOE is wrapping up the planning grant and submitting a plan and proposal for a school garden implementation grant. If successful, this grant can ensure the continued success of school gardens in each of our communities. Check out this great video below highlighting not only gardens but the curricular connection to the classroom. Enjoy!
Growing more than a garden


Beginning with the 2016–17 academic year, the California Assessment of Student

Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System begins a four-year development cycle for

science (see Attachment). For the pilot test in March 2017, all students in grades five

and eight and one grade in high school—grade ten, eleven, or twelve—will take either

the California Science Test (CAST) or eligible students may take the California Alternate

Assessment for Science (CAA for Science).

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Typing Pal Info

Our District sponsored Typing program for K-6 is Typing Pal.

Log in info is as follows:

C.Roy Carmichael Elementary School :

· School code: PLUMCROY

· School's direct link: https://plumcroy.typingpal.com

· Students' signup access code: CROYTPO

Chester Elementary School :

· School code: PLUMCHES

· School's direct link: https://plumches.typingpal.com

· Students' signup access code: ChesterTPO

Indian Valley Elementary School :

· School code: PLUMINDI

· School's direct link: https://plumindi.typingpal.com

· Students' signup access code: IndianVTPO

Plumas USD :

· School code: PLUMASCO

· School's direct link: https://plumasco.typingpal.com

· Students' signup access code: plumas

Quincy Elementary School :

· School code: PLUMQUIN

· School's direct link: https://plumquin.typingpal.com

· Students' signup access code: QUINCYTPO

California Healthy Youth Act

PUSD Implementation of the California Healthy Youth Act

In January of 2016, California implemented a new law, the California Healthy Youth Act. In order to comply with this legislation, our health curriculum needs to be updated. Per Education Code, this needs to be taught once in junior high and once in high school. PUSD will be teaching this to 7th and 9th graders.

Two curriculums that meet state guidelines are being considered:

Positive Prevention Plus: http://www.positivepreventionplus.com/

Teen Talk (Middle School and High School): http://www.health-connected.org/our-curricula

The curriculum is available for review at the following times and locations, or by appointment:

10/3-10/14 Chester High School

10/17-10/21 Greenville High School

10/24-10/28 Quincy High School

10/31- 11/4 Portola High School

10/27 Community input meeting, District Office, 11:00-1:00

Anticipated recommendation to board as information on 11/9 with recommendation for action on 12/7.

Additional information:

Video made by PUSD nurses: https://youtu.be/xYKiN-eULHE

Fast Facts about the California Healthy Youth Act:


CDE California Healthy Youth Act 2016

Healthy Youth Act

Strengthening the Start

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

Learning Environment: A sustained, successful start routine promoting positive behavior and a positive learning environment is evidenced for all students.

Instructional Time: A sustained, successful start routine optimizing efficient and effective student learning is evidenced for all students.

Student Engagement: All students actively participate and engage in the sustained, successful start expectations.

Resources shared at the Electives Vertical Team Meeting

Links to Helpful Online Classroom Tools

Karen Hicks / October 19, 2016

Classroom Management Tools:

Fun Timers

Egg timer

Countdown Timer and more

Super Teacher Tools Group Maker

Class Dojo

Presentation Tools:


Google Slides


Networking Tools:

Google Sheets/Google Forms



Student Response Tools:






Recording Tools:




Digital Storytelling:



Looking for more expository text on any subject with the ability to level the article for students? Check out Newsela.

Free leveled news, primary sources, and more, with standards-aligned formative assessments.

We'll be exploring this resource at our Tech Tuesday this week at 3:30. Come join us to learn more and how it can be linked to Google Classroom for even more powerful personalized learning.

For more info: https://www.smore.com/r13q-newsela

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:

10/25 Newsela

11/1 Coding

11/8 Padlet

11/15 Hypderdocs

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

10/25 Instructional Leadership Team meeting, Chester

11/1 Third and Fourth grade collaboration day

11/4 TK/K Collaboration Day

11/7 PBIS Training Day, all schools

11/10 Math Vertical Team meeting

Monday Professional Learning Communities Schedule

10/24 Site PLC, Instructional Coaches at CES and CHS

QHS- Independent Planning

10/31 Elementary- Independent Planning

High schools- Report Card Preparation

11/7 Elementary- Site PLC, Instructional Coach Yvonne at CRC


QHS- Instructional Coach Susan at QHS

11/14 Elementary- Independent Planning

CHS, GHS, PHS- Site PLC, Instructional Coaches at CHS

QHS- Independent Planning

11/21 Elementary- Site PLC, Instructional CoachYvonne at QES

CHS, GHS, PHS- Independent Planning

QHS- Instructional Coach Susan at QHS

11/28 Elementary- Report card preparation


QHS- Independent Planning

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