C & I Update

Together is Better 1.25.18

It's the Great Kindness Challenge Week! January 22nd-26th!

Many of our sites are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Week!


If you have pictures, please send them to nmartynn@pcoe.k12.ca.us

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Teacher Feature- Robin Adrian Murray

Portola Junior/Senior High's high school Culinary Class led by teacher Robin Adrian-Murray decided to create a meal with student's family recipes last Friday. The menu included Pork Pozole suggested by student Nathan Hall and a traditional King Cake that is eaten in the New Year in France, suggested by the school's French Foreign exchange student Anael. Later that day the junior high Culinary Class practiced their skills at frying and scrambling eggs!
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QES 5th Grade teacher- Helene Lemnah

Mrs. Lemnah was our teacher feature at our board meeting in January. She shared information on art integration: Her great presentation can be found here:

Art Integration January 16th

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Mr. Farris, GHS- Final Review

Mr. Farris, Science teacher at GHS, has taken a unique approach to reviewing for his final exam:

Before we take our finals at the end of semester 1 and 2, I have every class participate in a scavenger hunt. They start with ten clues on the board in class that leads them to various places around campus, and at each location, there's a question that is taken from their final. You might have seem some random questions taped around campus yesterday. Sometimes they're easy to find (yum = cafeteria), but other times it's a little more tricky (pretty picture means the senior mural).

The first team back with all ten questions correct gets extra credit towards their final, but even if the students don't win they get a good sense of what the questions on the final will be like. It's especially helpful since the final is open binder and they can write notes to themselves (hopefully).

It's been a tradition for all my classes to do this since I started teaching in 2014, and I think the students find it useful and enjoy it!

Measure B in Action

Portola Junior/Senior High now has brand new beautiful HoneyComb Cellular Blinds in every room on campus, purchased with Measure B money. The new blinds are much better insulators and filter light and noise without being heavy and hard to manage.
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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

Career and Technical Education

CTE teachers have been busy finalizing their site plans for CTEIG funds. These Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant funds are upgrading and modernizing our CTE programs. Thank you to our CTE Vertical Team lead Gina Pixler and our CTE teachers who are assisted by consultant Laurie Wann, in finalizing site plans.

Adult Education

We are making progress with establishing and implementing Adult Education. Through a grant from our Adult Education consortium, PUSD has hired Wendy Jackson, Brad Miller and Karen Miller to offer night classes in Portola and Quincy this year and looking to add Greenville and Chester next year. These courses can be Basic Skills in Math and English, GED test prep, ESL, and for credit courses leading to a high school diploma.

To enroll, please contact Nina Martynn 283-6500 x5269.


Our PUSD/PCOE testing window for CAASPP is April 9, 2018 - June 8, 2018. Each site will develop their site-specific testing window.

Designated supports- Now is the time for teachers to be considering the designated supports in the CAASPP assessment system. Principals will be working with their teachers to identify which students would benefit from which supports.

English Learners

Our English Learners will participate in a new assessment this spring, the ELPAC, which replaces CELDT. Thanks to Nance Reed, Berenice Coronado, Joe Moctezuma and Donna Waller for helping with the transition to this new assessment.

State Accountability

The new state accountability system, known as the California School Dashboard, is out with new data for each school including Chronic Absenteeism, and College and Career Readiness. The Dashboard can be found at: https://www.caschooldashboard.org/#/Home

1:1 Computing

We are continuing to make progress towards our 1:1 implementation. Greenville Jr./Sr. High School is our first pilot school to go complete 1:1. On Wednesday, 1/24/18, GJSHS held a laptop check out night. We will be reviewing how this process went to be better prepared for laptop checkout next August to all of our 7th-12th students.

A huge thank you to GHS and our tech team for making this happen!

Our next 1:1 training day is February 12th.

Would you like to see what we're up to in our professional learning, join our Google Classroom: class code nfdax8

School Accountability Report Cards

Principals and Site Councils have been working hard on their School Accountability Report Cards. These plans are essential in aligning goals, actions, and services with site budgets, as well as reporting out on progress. Thank you to our committed Site Council members who are essential to this process.

Vertical and Grade level teams

Thank you to our Vertical and Grade level team leads.

Dates for 17-18

Links to minutes:

TK/K 11.3.17

1st/2nd grade . 10.25.17, 11.3.17

3rd.4th 10.26 3rd grade 10.26 4th grade

5th/6th 11.3.17 1.9.18

CTE 11.3.17 CTE Collaborative Website

Electives 11.3.17

English 11.3.17

Math 11.3.17 1.9.18

Science 11.3.17

Social Studies 11.3.17


Nearly every high school in our district is involved with WASC this year.

QHS is working on their self-study. PHS and CHS are preparing for a mid-cycle visit and Daryl Hutchins is beginning the process of obtaining accreditation for Jim Beckwourth High School. Thank you to everyone for the valuable work that is done through the WASC process.

School Calendars for 18-19 and 19-20

Upcoming Dates

1/29/18 Deescalation Training for front office staff

1/30 ILT Workshop- Master Schedules, 1:00-4:00

2/5/18 PBIS Tier II Facilitated Work Day (CRC, PHS, QES)

2/6/18 PBIS Tier I Training Day @ GHS (CES, CHS, IVES, GHS, QHS)

2/7/18 TK/K Collaboration Day

2/8/18 ILT @ QES

2/9/18 3rd/4th grade Collaboration Day

2/12/18 1:1 Cohort 2 Training Day, 8:30-11:30

2/13/18 1st/2nd grade Collaboration Day

2/14/18 9th-12th Math VT meeting

2/14/18 Board meeting

2/15/18 5th/6th grade Collaboration Day

2/16/18 No School

2/19/18 No School

2/26/18 -3/9/18 Elementary STAR Math and STAR Reading Assessment window

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