C & I Update

Commitment to Excellence 3/10/17

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K-6 Teachers: Register for this local NGSS training here:

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QHS Reviews CAASPP data and prepares for upcoming test

Last Monday, Instructional Coach Susan Frediani guided the QHS staff through looking at their data on the CAASPP assessment from last year.

If you haven't logged into your TOMS account through www.caaspp.org, please do so.

Your username is your email and your password was emailed out earlier this year. If you have trouble with logging in, please contract dgarland@pcoe.k12.ca.us.

Need resources to help prepare students for the upcoming assessment? Administer a practice test, either individually or projected and used as a teaching tool. Click here to access the practice test, no student log in required.

Cross District Teacher Visits

Are you in engaging in professional development close to home? Would you like an opportunity to see one of your colleagues practicing the art of teaching? Recently, Danielle Linke (social studies GHS) visited Erin Duenas (social studies/math PHS) and experienced an exciting morning watching Erin work with her junior high students. Danielle reported that this was an outstanding professional development experience and she came away with numerous teaching tools to add to her tool box. If you are interested in observing one of your colleagues in PUSD, contact instructional coaches Susan or Yvonne to create this opportunity for you.

Textbook Ordering for 17-18

Please see a stand alone email for details on ordering textbooks for the 17-18 school year.


1. Inventory existing materials, enter on order form.

2. Estimate anticipated enrollment (roll forward numbers), enter on order form.

3. Determine needs for 17-18 school year, enter on order form

4. Turn into your Principal, or designee, by Friday, 3/17


1. Review current inventory

2. Review projected enrollment numbers

3. Review individual teacher orders

4. Put together all teacher orders by site on one order form, submit to Kristy Warren by Friday, 3/24

Strengthening the Start

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

At the midpoint of our school year, district-wide data is after each component:

Learning Environment: A sustained, successful start routine promoting positive behavior and a positive learning environment is evidenced for all students. (88% All or Most)

Instructional Time: A sustained, successful start routine optimizing efficient and effective student learning is evidenced for all students. (71% All or Most)

Student Engagement: All students actively participate and engage in the sustained, successful start expectations. (86.2 % All or Most)

Virtual Field Trips

If you are interested in easy, well done and free virtual field trips, check out:

PORTS- Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students


Ancient Civilizations- Explore the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans through the art and artifacts of Hearst Castle (6th grade)

Gold Rush- Learn about the California Gold Rush from Columbia State Historic Park. (4th grade)

Immigration- Explore the topic of immigration through the stories and lives of those who came through the US Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park.

Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle and Migration- Explore the mystery of Monarch butterfly lifecycle and Migration from Natural Bridges State Park. (Kindergarten - 3rd grade)

Salmon Lifecycle- Students are introduced to the life cycle of salmon and the importance of watersheds for their survival at Del Norte Redwoods State Park (3rd, 6th grade)

State Government- Engage students in researching information about their state representatives, the law-making process, and how they, as citizens, have a voice in government. (8th (adaptable for other grades)

What is a Mammal? - Explore how mammals are different from other animals by learning unique features of mammals and comparing them to reptiles, insects and others. (Kindergarten-2nd grade)

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:

3/14/17 Virtual Field Trips

3/21/17 Symbaloo

3/28/17 ThingLink

4/4/17 Zaption

4/18/17 Plickers

4/25/17 Zearn

5/2/17 Bloomz

5/9/17 Socrative

5/16/17 Chrome Extensions

5/23/17 Prezi

5/20/17 Emaze

6/6/17 App Smash

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

3/9 1:1 Collaboration Day, District Office

3/10 School Garden Training Day, Dawn Institute

3/14 VAPA Vertical Team Collaboration Day

3/17 Math/Science Vertical Team Meeting

3/21, 3/30, 4/1 NGSS K-6 Training Day, Choose one, District Office

Monday Professional Learning Communities Schedule

3/13 Elementary- Report Card preparation

QHS, GHS, PHS- Independent Planning

CHS Site PLC with Instructional Coach Susan

3/20 Elementary- Site PLC


QHS- Site PLC with Instructional Coach Susan

3/27 Elementary- Independent Planning

CHS, QHS, GHS, PHS- 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