C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 10-10-18

Visit from a celebrity!

An Advanced Placement College Board celebrity that is. Thank you to Susan Frediani for inviting Mr. Trevor Packer, VP of the nationwide Advanced Placement program. He visited our high schools and spoke with teachers and students and shared that PUSD has defied stereotypes of rural schools. Look for a larger feature story on social media about his visit.

Read more about Mr. Packer here: https://www.collegeboard.org/about/leadership/trevor-packer

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Modified Block pilot

As we continue to focus on our District Wide High 5’s and site-based non-negotiables, we will be piloting a modified block on two occasions this year at CJSHS, QJSHS and PJSHS (GJSHS is already on a modified block)


October 23rd and 24th

March 5th and 6th


There are many different variations of block scheduling- PUSD will be piloting a “Modified Block” schedule where two days out of the week will be longer class periods (90 minutes). One class, 5th period, will not be blocked and will remain on the traditional 50-minute period.


Benefits of a modified block schedule include:

 Teachers see fewer students during the day, giving them more time for individualized instruction

 With the increased span of teaching time, longer cooperative learning activities can be completed in one class period

 Students have more time for reflection and less information to process over the course of a school day

 Teachers have extended time for planning

 Additional time for labs and outdoor learning

 Fewer classes to focus on in a single day for students and teachers

 Increased instructional minutes due to reduced passing time

 Daily tutorial period remains in schedule

 Relationships: teachers interact with fewer students each day;

students interact with fewer teachers each day.


Challenges of a modified block schedule include:

 Teachers may need professional development and initial support for teaching in the block

 Does not allow for daily instruction

 Teacher prep period is every other day

 Teachers see students only three to four days a week which fosters a lack of continuity from day to day

 If a student misses a day under the modular schedule, that student is actually missing two days

 Three different bell schedules can be confusing (Mon, Tue/Wed, Thur/Fri)


Due to site based differences, please see your Principal for the specific schedule.

IVES TK/K visit to Dawn Institute

PJSHS Cash for College Night- Thanks FRC!

TK/K teachers collaborate at CES

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Newly approved Opportunity assignment procedures

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PHS- Ready for Fall Fest- community trick or treat

https://youtu.be/HdYGTT4oTjs

Updated 3rd-12th Literature List

Please see the September, 2018 updated 3rd-12th grade core and supplemental literature list.
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Technology Integration Training Opportunities

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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

Jennifer: jkimball@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Vertical and Grade Level Teams

School Calendars for 18-19 & 19-20

Upcoming Dates

10/16 Instructional Leadership Team Meeting 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., District Office

10/17 Math Vertical Team Meeting 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., District Office

10/18 Social Science Vertical Team Meeting 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., District Office

10/25 PCTA Meeting 10:00 a.m.-3 p.m., District Office

10/30 ELA Vertical Team Meeting 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., District Office

Useful Links

Textbook Request Form


Technology Help Ticket

username: plumashelp 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