C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 9.13.19

Why Should Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Be a Part of My School?

Social and emotional learning includes skills that are necessary to help students manage their emotions, work with others, and set goals. An effective SEL program will support the development of five key skills:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Research shows that SEL provides major benefits in schools. A meta-analysis of 213 studies found that it not only increased test scores by 11 percentile points, but it also reduced aggression and emotional distress among students, increased helping behaviors in school, and improved positive attitudes toward self and others (Durlak et al., 2011).

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/casel-sel-guide-youki-terada

(Thanks Mr. Alan Reeder for this article)

The Impact of Social and Emotional Learning

Feather River Adult School Welcomes Its Inaugural Student!


News from Michelle Abramson, Community Resource Coordinator:

Our new Adult Education Center is officially open! The Feather River Adult School is located at 501 Main Street. Our current program offerings include Computer Literacy, Financial Literacy, Career and Technical Education Courses, High School Diploma, GED preparation, National External Diploma Program (NEDP) and ESL. We are also an approved Pearson VUE test center. Pictured below is our first official student at our new location working on his NEDP program.

League of Women Voters Essay Contest

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Board Meeting Highlights

Feedback on school calendar

Survey results from last spring regarding our school calendar.

Professional Learning

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Do you have a Twitter account that you don't ever use? The key to a good experience on Twitter is following accounts that are interesting, fun, and timely. These are three education adjacent accounts to try that consistently post great content.


Skype a Scientist (@skypeascientist) is a free program that matches real working scientists with classrooms for a chat over Skype. Follow them to see the variety of subjects their members are chatting about and maybe sign up to participate! Search their hashtag too. #skypeascientist


MindShift (@mindshiftKQED) is a podcast that explores the future of learning, covering culture and tech trends in education. Follow this account for links to interesting articles and studies.


Laurie York (@msyorksclass) is an educator with the Butte County Office of Education who hosts a weekly rural ed chat. Follow her to engage with other rural educators across the country.


Bonus account: Plumas Unified School District (@PlumasUSD) please follow us, like, and retweet our content. We love to amplify our community, so tag us on your education-related tweets!

What is a Multi Tiered System of Support? An analogy with the dentist...

MTSS new 3

Aeries Training

Newly launched Aeries Academy online training is available to teachers at no cost:

https://learn.aeries.com/?type=teacherCourses


The Aeries Secondary Gradebook module will take you through the basics of creating a gradebooks for each of your class sections, configuring options, building student rosters, adding assignments, and entering and managing student scores. Specific topics covered include: • How to create new Aeries Gradebooks • Linking gradebooks to streamline the management of similar gradebooks • Setting up Gradebook options including defining weighting and categories, and display options • Defining the final marks for your grading scale • Adding assignments into your gradebooks • Using the Scores by Class, Scores by Assignments, and Scores by Student pages to enter and manage student scores • Generating Aeries Gradebook reports to demonstrate information about individual students or about your class as a whole


The Aeries Elementary Gradebook module will take you through the basics of creating a gradebook, configuring options, building student rosters, adding assignments, and entering and managing student scores for elementary teachers. Specific topics covered include: • How to create new Aeries Gradebooks • Setting up Gradebook options including rubric grading, categories, and display options • Defining the final marks for your grading scale • Creating assignments and associating standards to assignments • Using the Scores by Class, Scores by Assignments, Scores by Student and Scores by Standard pages to enter and manage student scores • Generating Aeries Gradebook reports to demonstrate information about individual students or about your class as a whole

Adobe Spark

Have you heard of Adobe Spark?

From Janet Barnett of Tech Tuesday:

Today, I am super excited to bring you information about an extraordinary tech tool that is efficient, effective, and extremely engaging for your students. It doesn't matter what subject or grade level you teach...this is a tool you can use. It is awesome if a teacher wants to use it for instruction...perfect for student creation projects...and a wonderful tool for parent- school communication.

Check this out to learn more:

Assessment

CAASPP Accounts

Teachers- you should have received an email from CA-Assessments@ets.org for your CAASPP log on. Please search your email from this address: CA-Assessments@ets.org


Welcome to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) or the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) assessment systems! Secure access has been assigned by a testing coordinator, or a user has self-registered for the Digital Library, so access has been granted to the appropriate online applications and systems associated with the assigned testing program and level of access.

To begin, use the secure verification link to verify an identity and set a password. This link expires after 30 minutes. If the account is not activated within this period, users must request a new secure link by selecting the secure verification link, entering the associated email address on the Reset Your Password web page, and then selecting the [Submit] button.

A new password must contain at least eight (8) characters and include all of the following:

  • One (1) lowercase alphabet character
  • One (1) uppercase alphabet character
  • One (1) number
  • One (1) special character such as one of the following: ~!#$%^&*()-_=+[]|;:,.<>/?@

Follow the instructions on the screen to enter a password for the username, which is the email address to which this was sent. Select the [Save] button to complete the process.

After the new password has been established, the system requires that the password be reset every 90 days.

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Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments

  • Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments have been updated to more closely align with the summative assessments and are now available to educators with TOMS user roles that provide access for administration of interim assessments. Please see the Interim Assessment Overview document for information about new enhancements released this past summer, which includes the addition of focused Interim Assessment Blocks, Grade 9 and 10 Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) and the new educator Sandbox training tool.

  • Users can access the updated hand scoring materials through the CAASPP Portal and blueprints for all interim assessments on the CDE Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments webpage.

  • The 2019–20 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are available as planned, with the exception of those listed below:

    • The focused IABs for “Write and Revise Narratives” in grades three through six and grade eight will be available on September 16, 2019.

    • The ICAs for grades nine and ten will be available, as planned, on September 16.

  • 2019–20 test results in the Interim Assessment Reporting System (California Educator Reporting System) will be delayed until September 6, 2019. The ability administer interim assessment test will not be impacted.

CAASPP Student Score reports electronically delivered to parents via Aeries

September 13, 2019


Dear Parent/Guardian,


At the end of last school year, students in grades three through eight and high school participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Some students also took a test called the Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).


Last year, your child took the following test(s), depending on their grade level and English Learner status:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven
  • California Science Test (CAST) in grades five and eight and once in high school
  • Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)


Student Score Reports can now be accessed electronically through the parent portal on our student information system the Aeries Parent Portal- Test Scores, State Test Scores Reports.


This report shows scores for ELA and mathematics. It includes an overall score for each subject and information about how well your child did in different areas. Students in grades four through eight who took the test in previous years will also see past scores so you can see your child’s progress over time.


Parents of grade 11 students:

You will also find an Early Assessment Program (EAP) status report. The EAP status shows your child’s readiness for credit-bearing, college-level courses in ELA and mathematics. If further preparation is needed, your child may need to take specific courses as a senior to prepare for college. For more information, please see the CSU Success web page.


To learn more about your child’s scores, go to the new parent sites Starting Smarter - CAASPP and Starting Smarter - ELPAC.

This site includes:

  • resources to help understand results on the student score reports
  • access to sample test questions and practice tests
  • no-cost resources to support learning
  • a guide for parent-teacher conferences


In our district, the test results are just one way to look at how well our students are doing. We use the results to find areas where students are doing well and areas in which they need help. It is also important to know that the test results are not used to determine whether a student moves to the next grade.


Note:
If your child took the CAST or the CSA, the results will be provided to you in the late fall.


Sincerely,

Kristy Warren

Kristy Warren
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction

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PUSD/PCOE in the news!

Mileage Reimbursement Policy for District Meetings (including VT/CAIS)

In the interest of stretching limited budgets, please check if a vehicle at your site is available as a first choice. Alternatively, mileage will be reimbursed for one vehicle per 4 people traveling from each community.

Upcoming Dates

September 4- 13 Initial ELPAC window

September 10th-13th CES 6th grade FREd camp

September 16th- PE Vertical Team meeting, District Office B109 Board Room

September 17th- Math VT, District Office B117 Conference Room

September 17-20 IVES/PCS 6th grade FREd camp

September 25-TK/K Grade Level Collaboration-District Office, B117 Conference Room

September 26-Social Studies VT, District Office B117 Conference Room

October 1-1st/2nd Grade Level Collaboration-District Office B117 Conference Room

October 2-3rd/4th Grade Level Collaboration-District Office B117 Conference Room

October 3-5th/6th Grade Level Collaboration-District Office B117 Conference Room

Help us share the great things going on around our district!

Use this Google Form to share a picture of something you'd like to highlight on social media and/or to our local paper.

Useful information

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Instructional Coaches

Our Instructional Coaches are here to help!


Yvonne: ycasalnuovo@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Susan: sfrediani@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Vertical and Grade Level Teams

School Calendars for 18-19 & 19-20

2019-2020 Grading Period Calendars

PUSD Employee Handbook 2019-2020

Useful Links

Textbook Request Form


Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above: (This has been updated on our websites as well.)


2. Select "Submit a ticket"


3. Click on your site: Example PHS or CES, depending on which site you need us to assist you in.


4. Fill in ticket details and confirm the 5 digit code before submitting your work request.


Please Note: Previous work orders did not migrate over to the new system, so we ask that you please create new tickets moving forward so that our Team can assist you in a timely manner, as we revisit your sites in the coming weeks.


TK/K- 6th Grade ELA

ThinkCentral for all your textbook resources

Curriculum and Instructional Services

Kristy Warren

Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction

@kristymwarren on Twitter

@PlumasUSD on Twitter