C & I Update

Commitment to Excellence 12/2/16

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On November 18th, fourteen Freshman in the CHS biology class enjoyed a steep 1000 foot vertical climb through the 2000 Storrie Fire and 2012 Chips Fire footprint to learn about local fire history and fire adapted forests. This field trip is part of the Fire Restoration Partnership with the Plumas National Forest. Each year all PUSD students from 4th-12th grade take at least one field trip to a designated fire area to participate in recreational, educational, and restoration activities. It was a great day with great kids on our great public lands!

Susan Frediani, Internationally Renowned on Advanced Placement

Our own Instructional Coach was invited to present at an AP conference in Guam in November. Traveling through Tokyo, Susan had the honor and privilege of working with not only English teachers but with teachers in numerous disciplines as they shared instructional strategies to increase classroom rigor and student success. What a great resource we have right here in our county!
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Jim Beckwourth High School Teacher, Daryl Hutchins on Inside Edition

QHS teachers visit PHS

On 11/29, Dennis Hintz, Erica Perdue, Aleece Oravetz and Marty Ofenham from Quincy High School spent the day at Portola High School to observe the tutoriol schedule that PHS started last year. Thank you to those teachers that participated in this collaborative opportunity facilitated by our Instructional Coaches!
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Elementary Houghton Mifflin Support, 12/5, 12/6

On Monday and Tuesday, 12/5 and 12/6, Judy Puckett from Houghton Mifflin will be in our district to do model lessons and collaborate with teachers on best practices for the TK/K-6th grade ELA textbook implementation. Teachers from CES and QES are invited to attend the lessons at IVES and CRC as well.

Schedules can be found here:

12/5 @ IVES

12/6 @ CRC

1st and 2nd grade teachers- STEM activities during grade level collaboration

Students from PUSD were well represented at Region V Honor Band in Chico!

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Come and share your priorities for Measure B funding!

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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:

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.

Student Voice and Choice: Genius Hour

As we move towards student ownership of learning, we talk about student voice and student choice. One way to do this is through Genius Hour. This is already happening in our schools, most noticeably through the Senior Project, but is applicable TK/K-12.

What is Genius Hour?

Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. It’s not easy to determine where the idea was originally created, but there are at least two events that have impacted genius hour. The first is at Google where employees dedicated 20% if their time to work on a project of their choosing. The second is from the book Drive, by Daniel Pink who focuses on motivation with three areas: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

How can you make genius hour happen in your classroom?

Step one is carving out the time. It can range from once a week, once a month, once a quarter, once a trimester, where teachers provide the parameters, but students are allowed to focus on a topic of their choosing.

To learn more, check out http://www.geniushour.com/what-is-genius-hour/

Or join us on Tech Tuesday, 12/6 where we will be talking more on Genius Hour.


Genius Hour
2016 Genius Hour Project Examples - under 2 minutes!

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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:

12/6 Genius Hour

12/13 Maker Space

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

12/5, 12/6 Elementary Houghton Mifflin coaching from Judy Puckett

12/6, 12/8 7th, 9th, 11th Districtwide Writing Assessment (DWWA) scoring, DO

12/8 Science Vertical Team meeting- rescheduled to 1/9/16

12/13 5th/6th grade collaboration

1/9 Science Vertical Team meeting

1/10 1:1 computing collaboration day

1/13 Social Studies Vertical Team meeting

Monday Professional Learning Communities Schedule

12/5 Elementary- Independent Planning

CHS, GHS, PHS- Independent Planning

QHS- Site PLC with IC Susan

12/12 Elementary- Grade Level Google Hangouts (Look for the invite link from your Grade level lead)


QHS- Independent Planning

1/9 Elementary- Site PLC

CHS, GHS, PHS- Independent Planning

QHS- Site PLC with IC Susan

1/23 Elementary- Site PLC, ICs @ CES

CHS, GHS, PHS, QHS - Report Card preparation

1/30 Elementary- Independent Planning

CHS, GHS, QHS- Independent Planning

PHS- Site PLC with Instructional Coaches, Susan and Yvonne

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