C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 6.5.20


While we have been focused this week on ending this school year and preparing for 20-21, we would be remiss to not discuss the unrest that is going on across our nation with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I think about the conversations we would be having in our classrooms if we were in our physical schools and the important role we play as educators in providing space for students to have conversations and learn about the experiences of others. While we aren't able to do this, there are a number of resources that have been put out for all of us to listen, learn and grow. If you'd like to contribute resources, articles or thoughts to this, please add to this shared Google Doc. Additionally, here is a place to start from EducationWeek:
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Recordings and from live Canvas trainings 6/4/20

Here is the Slidedeck we used for all three sessions yesterday: LINKED HERE

SESSION 1 - 9:30AM to 11:00AM (Grades 4-6)

Video Recording (Screenshare with speaker view) - LINK HERE

Chat File - LINK HERE

SESSION 2 - 11:30AM to 1:00PM (Grades 7-12)

Video Recording (Screenshare with speaker view) - LINK HERE

Chat File - LINK HERE

SESSION 3 - 1:30PM to 3:00PM (Grades TK-3)

Video Recording (Screenshare with speaker view) - LINK HERE

Chat File - LINK HERE

Information on Canvas and June 1-12 plans

#FinishStrong and looking to 20-21

As we enter our last week of instruction with our students, we can all agree that this has been a year like no other. All year, and especially these last ten weeks, thank you for your commitment to maintaining relationships and finishing the year strong.

While we are finishing this year, we are also looking to next year. Our four committees are working with various stakeholders to evaluate return to school options, possibilities, and needs for next fall. While there are still many unknowns, we do know there is a likelihood of distance learning, in full, part, or for a time period next school year. With that, we will dedicate a significant portion of June 1st-12th in training to prepare for this possibility.

Over the last month, a team of educators from our district, led by Susan Frediani, has been exploring various Learning Management Systems (LMS) with the essential question, is our current educational distance learning delivery model, most often Google Classroom, meeting our needs. Our team, consisting of Brittany Spence, Tarrick Grant, Sara Murphy, Becky York, Terry Hernandez, Gina Pixler, Merry Marcher, and Yvonne Casalnuovo, have explored, researched and evaluated four different options.

The consensus is that we need a more robust tool to carry us into distance learning. Through a partnership with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) to provide funding, we will join many other TK-12 districts and schools in utilizing the LMS Canvas for the 20-21 school year.

We have many things to learn and we look forward to sharing the June training plan via email tomorrow, May 27th, which will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous professional learning. Please begin by reviewing the one-page attachment for a brief overview of Canvas as well as information on implementation, training, and support.

Thank you to our LMS review team, and to each of you as we #FinishStrong this year and prepare for next year.


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End of Year Teacher Check Out

As we close out the 19-20 school year, please use this teacher checkout form and submit electronically to your site Principal.

19-20 Teacher Checkout form

Graduation Plans 2020

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School meals remain a constant in uncertain times

Wellness Through Connection Digital Retreat For Youth Ages 12 and Older

Please see the following information from Paradise Recreation and Parks District:

We are excited to announce that the Paradise Recreation and Parks District, the Healing Trauma Through Nature grant, and the Raising Placer collaborative will be hosting the Wellness Through Connection Digital Retreat consisting of 5 interactive Zoom sessions for youth ages 12 years and older on Wednesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. from June 3 – July 1, 2020. Participants will experience engaging mental health awareness curriculum, substance use prevention themes, and entertainment with powerful performers, presenters, artists, and leaders from various backgrounds. Details of the five sessions are as follows:

June 3, 2020 - Connection through Wonder - Through the use of magic and storytelling, Mentalist and Mind Reader Stephen Chollet inspires by demonstrating the potential of the human mind.

June 10, 2020 - Connection through Comedy – Featuring Jeremy Bates, “The Hope Dealer” of TRU HOPE. For the last 20 years TRÜ HOPE has been creating customized mental health awareness and prevention programs for educators across the country.

June 17, 2020 - Connection through Music – Featuring RAZA and C3LO, lyricists and R&B, rappers and MC’s. These two hip hoppers speak from their heart as their music connects with listeners from all backgrounds.

June 24, 2020 - Connection through Art – Featuring JRoss Parelli and Nick Harris. Art takes so many forms with these two entrepreneurial performers. Art is the way they share their talents with the world; and there are so many!

July 1, 2020 - Connection through Inspiration & Leadership – Featuring Shaney Jo Darden, Founder of Keep a Breast (KAB) and Non Toxic Revolution (NTR). This artist, designer and visionary will share how she turned her passion for art, health and prevention into a successful global movement. Every participant will have an opportunity to win some rad KAB and NTR swag items.

All sessions will be recorded, if you or your youth miss the live stream, we will have the sessions available upon request. Thank you for helping us provide wellness based experiences for youth during these challenging times!


Scott Amick, M.A.

Recreation Supervisor

Paradise Recreation and Parks District

C: (530)-990-0209

O: (530)-872-6393



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Distance Learning

Elementary Grading Decision

What was the decision regarding elementary grading?

At our Special Board meeting on April 28th, our board approved the following elementary grading option:

1st-6th grade:

Approved option

1a: Participation (P); Limited Participation(LP); No Participation (NP)


Students receive Participation (P)/Limited Participation(LP)/No Participation (NP) in lieu of letter grades for Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Science; exemplary work addressed in comment section


Approved option

1: Participation (P); Limited Participation(LP); No Participation (NP)


Students receive Participation (P)/Limited Participation(LP)/No Participation (NP) for overall Language Arts and Math grades; no grades for individual standards

Our grade level leads will be facilitating discussions with their grade level teams to determine consistency with Participation, Limited Participation and No Participation.

The complete document with options and PCTA survey results can be found here.

​Thank you to our Instructional Coach, Yvonne Casalnuovo, for putting together these options, facilitating the PCTA survey and compiling the results.

7-12 Grading Decision

May 1st- High School Gradebook update for required distance learning:


High school Principals and Directors met to review how to best handle grade books for the remainder of the year. Moving forward, we will honor the fact that prior to COVID teachers had the flexibility to determine their own grading system and we will continue to do so now. We will support a teacher’s decision to use n/a or 0s in their gradebook for the rest of the year, as they see appropriate for their grading system. This, combined with the hold harmless policy approved by our board, will allow flexibility to meet student needs, and help to address equity/access issues that many of our students are facing.


Last night, April 20th, 2020, our Governing Board took action on the grading policy for 7th-12th grade students. After considering a number of options, stakeholder input from administration and Plumas County Teacher’s Association, the following was approved for the spring semester of 2020:

Letter grades, A-F, will be used on the report card and transcript, with a hold harmless provision. With the hold harmless, a student’s grade can only be improved, it can not go down from March 13 to the end of the semester.

Some examples of possible grading scenarios, all based on a teacher’s grading system, include:

Grade on March 13, as reflected in the third-quarter grade , available in Aeries Portal:


Cannot drop to B, C, D, F

Will receive A at semester


Can improve to A

Cannot drop to C, D, F


Can improve to A, B

Cannot drop to D, F


Can improve to A, B, C

Cannot drop to F


Can improve to A, B, C, D

Can receive F at semester

This was not an easy decision to make and each possibility had pros and cons. The full document outlining the options considered and pros/cons can be found here. Grading options for TK-6th grade students are still being considered and have not yet been determined.

As we move into the next phase of distance learning, required and graded instruction beginning Monday, April 27th, we encourage all students to #OwnYourLearning and #FinishStrong. Teachers and staff are here for students and families and are working diligently to continue high-quality teaching and instruction during this pandemic.

Further details can be found in the Distance Learning Plan that was released to staff today, April 21st

Welcome Class of 2033!!!

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Curriculum & Instruction-COVID 19 Related

COVID 19 Educator and Staff Resources on the PCOE/PUSD Website

Educator and Staff Resources (Main page) includes links to COVID 19 Updates, Access to Books and Audiobooks, Instructional Resources (see below) and Virtual Meeting Tools.

Instructional Resources for planning for supplemental, enrichment and intervention education. This page includes an extensive list of links for Educator Resources broken down by grade level (TK-6, 7-12) and subject matter.

Link to Daily FAQs from C & I

Shared Google Drive for Elementary Distance Learning

Here is the link to access the shared Google drive for Elementary Distance Learning:


Technology Help Ticket

Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above:.

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.

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

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 19-20 & 20-21

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