C & I Update
Explore. Learn. Thrive. 3.2.21
3/5 TK-6th Districtwide Assembly-The NED Show
3/5 Collaboration-Report Cards (Elementary), Site Topic (Jr./Sr. High School)
3/12 Collaboration-Grade Level Conversations (Elementary), Site Topic (Jr./Sr. High School)
3/19 Collaboration-Independent (All sites)
3/26 Collaboration-Site Topic (Elementary), Report Cards (Jr./Sr. High School)
Welcome back 7th-12th grade students!
Seniors- FAFSA Deadline- March 2nd
Reminder for Seniors: Tuesday March 2, 2021 is the deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for all four-year college bound students. Community college bound students are encouraged to file by this date as well.
FAFSA website: https://buff.ly/3smLmEs
Financial aid is available even in the pandemic. Filing financial aid applications is the first step toward college success and helps eligible students qualify for
• federal aid
• state aid
• campus-based aid
• some private scholarships
Math Framework Comment Period
I received an email about an opportunity to review the New Math Framework (DRAFT).
Shasta County Office of Education has scheduled a series of guided sessions for administrators and TK-12 teachers to learn about the new framework content and have an opportunity to provide feedback. Public input is part of the CDE process prior to framework revisions.
Please share the attached information with math teachers at your site - the first session starts March 8.
(This is a voluntary opportunity provided by Region 2 and not available for PUSD Extra Duty pay.)
Opportunity to Participate in COVID-19 Living History Publication
The Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society in Taylorsville would like to extend an invitation to your students and staff to participate in a living history publication of Plumas County life during these challenging times of COVID-19.
Here’s a chance to bring your voice to the forefront of being a part of this historical event during our lifetime. We will be documenting the stories, pictures, comments and personal impacts this pandemic has had on our youth, families, and friends. This booklet of memories will be a valuable reflection of life here in Plumas County for future generations to read. To tell the story of life as we have experienced it in the way it should be told. It needs all of us – all ages, all races, all backgrounds, all living through this time apart and together.
Some creative writing ideas or areas of interest may include, but not limited to, the following:
- Struggles of distant learning
- Social impact
- Coping mechanisms
- Financial impact
- Emotions and feeling experienced
- Positive and negative effects
- What have you missed about school
- What your fears might have been
- What your days have been like
- How your health was affected
- How you spent your free time
- Activities you were still able to do
- Holidays and family gatherings
- What you look forward to
- Pictures with descriptive captions
Submissions for this historical booklet may be in the form of an essay, letters, articles, personal journal entries, or picture descriptions. Documents can be forwarded to Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society, P. O. Box 194, Taylorsville, CA 95983 up through June 30, 2021. Questions can be directed to either the museum committee chairperson Vicki Schneider at Schneiderfirstname.lastname@example.org text or call (530)751-6105 or contact the museum office at (530)284-1046 Ivmuseum@yahoo.com and someone will get back to you.
We encourage you to fill in the gaps and paint a picture of living through this historical time period and look forward to your participation in the museum’s special living history project.
Thank you and stay safe,
M. David Wilson, President
Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society
Update Guidelines for Outdoor Singing and Band Practice
We have an updated version of Appendix B for you this evening. Section 6.1 regarding music guidelines has been updated to reflect outdoor singing and band practice are permitted, provided that precautions such as physical distancing and mask wearing are implemented to the maximum extent possible. For additional details, please read the changes within the attached.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing patience as we attempt to keep the information updated with the latest guidance.
All my best,
Terry R. Oestreich
PCOE & PUSD Superintendent
Updates on Field Trips, Athletics and Screening
I hope your week is going well. The weather has been so nice and contributes to the excitement for the return to in-person instruction at the junior-senior high school and the new guidance for athletics. I have just a few updates for you regarding travel, athletics, and changes in screening students prior to school. Please read below:
Field Trips: Out of County Travel
At this time, out of county travel is not permitted. Specific requests may be considered as time passes; however, in most cases, we are honoring the latest guidance from the State.
Out of county overnight travel is not allowed at this time.
Junior senior high school principals and athletic directors are currently discussing multiple considerations and will each be sharing updates by end of the week. At this time, we have been approved to compete with Sierra County who is currently in the orange tier; however, other neighboring counties (Lassen and Butte) we will not be traveling to as they are still in the purple tier. We discussed Shasta County, who is in the red tier; however, due to distance and transportation considerations, we will not be including them in our plans at this time.
For the school sites who choose to engage in competitive football in the near future, we will not be required to test players weekly as a result of our current red tier and positive cases numbers.
After long discussions and considerations with our School Nurses, CSEA, PCTA and Public Health, we have agreed that we will no longer be screening students as they enter school each morning. Parents will be asked to screen students prior to dropping off at school. Volunteers and guests will continue to be screened upon arrival. For those interested in reading the edits made to the MOU with PCTA, please see attached. The associated references in Appendix B (also attached), Site Agreement, Screening Protocols and Parent Notifications have also been edited and appropriately referenced.
Thank you to the many staff who have been involved in the discussions and the laborious efforts to ensure we address all issues related to safety of our staff and students.
Terry R. Oestreich
PCOE & PUSD Superintendent
Plumas to Pacific- 6th and 7th grade update
Plumas to Pacific trips- 6th and 7th grade
COVID-19 has required us to pivot in many aspects of our lives. While we had been proceeding with plans for a modified Plumas to Pacific trip this spring, with health and safety as our highest priority, we now need to make difficult decisions for our annual Plumas To Pacific field trips.
For our current 7th graders: We had been planning a 3-day modified trip to the valley this spring. Unfortunately, at this time, out of county overnight travel is not permitted. With the time it takes to plan for a trip like this, we are not able to move forward with this trip in April as we had hoped. While we know this is disappointing to many, the upside is that we are already planning to provide the full P2P trip in the spring of 2022 at the end of the 8th-grade year. This will act as a celebration of those two milestones, elementary and junior high graduation/promotion.
For our current 6th graders: Modified trips are still in the planning process. We feel that there is still sufficient time for current positive trends to continue that will likely result in changes to tier status and travel permissions for schools. We will make a final determination by Friday, April 2nd, on the 6th-grade trips.
If we are able to proceed, the 6th grade modified trip will be based out of the Forebay Aquatic Center as a 3-day, 2-night experience with many never before activities on the Lower Feather River. More information is forthcoming and will be released on April 12, following the return from Spring Break.
This message will be sent via Parent Square to 6th and 7th-grade families.
Canvas Parent Training
Parents and families, if you weren't able to join our Canvas Parent Night meeting last week, here's the recording with Canvas Trainer Naomi Church.
Please take a look if you have questions about how to set up the Canvas Parent App, or are just wondering what the features are! Lots of great tips from a fun, informative trainer!
Here's the video, please share with any and all parents!
Congratulations Ms. Brown!
California moves ahead to pursue flexibility waivers for standardized tests this year
What does this mean for PCOE/PUSD?
If the California request for a waiver is granted, there will not be accountability measures associated with the data (see above), but data will still be reported out- overall and by subgroup.
School sites should proceed with testing window planning within the PUSD window. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available, including the outcome of the California request for a waiver of the science test.
Upcoming Districtwide Assemblies
7th-12th grade students
Elementary Districtwide Assembly-The NED Show, March 5th
Complimentary yo-yo's for participation in the show have arrived at school sites and will be distributed to students in advance of the assembly. Please make sure to send these home with students next week so they have them for the assembly on Friday!
Arts Education Framework Survey
CCSESA Arts Initiative in collaboration with the California Department of Education and The California Arts Project would like your feedback about how we can provide professional learning for arts educators focused on the new California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve. While the pandemic prevented the successful rollout of the Arts Education Framework in face-to-face sessions across the state, we would like to create a new plan with the feedback from educators across California. In this effort, we would like your feedback to think about new and future approaches that may include virtual delivery of professional learning. We recognize that we need to design a rollout process that is appropriate for our current landscape with heightened health and safety considerations.
Please take about 7-9 minutes to share your thoughts about arts education professional learning. Your feedback will directly inform our future professional learning opportunities related to the new Arts Education Framework. Please share this request with other California arts educators and administrators. We want to hear from educators and administrators from across the state. Please know that we are sending this out through multiple channels in. We apologize in advance if you receive more than one notice regarding our survey effort.
Outdoor Core Live Zoom with Rob Session Schedule
At the January 15 Grade Level Conversations there were teacher requests for district wide "Live with Rob" student sessions. Rob has worked magic with his schedule and developed Outdoor Core topic presentations. Please invite your students to join in on these Friday events on their designated grade level date. All sessions start at 11:00 and will run 40-60 minutes. You can find the "Live with Rob" schedule in the weekly C & I Update. (Sixth graders will be continuing with their regularly planned meetings with Rob.)
Reach out to Rob (or me) if you have any questions.
Outdoor Core Live Zoom with Rob
District wide Sessions-Fridays at 11:00
Rob Wade Personal Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/4205346368
February 19-Above & Below the Snow-School Garden/Wild Garden (Grade K)
February 26-Winter Tracking: Mammals Among Us (Grade 3)
March 5-Winter to Spring: Birds Leaving, Staying, Returning (Grade 5)
March 12-Winter to Spring: Diapause & the Bugs Come Back (Grade 1)
March 26-Winter to Spring: Bye Bye Brumation & First Frog Songs (Grade 2)
April 2-Mountain Snow to River Flow: Trout Life Cycle Begins (Grade 4)
Staff Technology Survey
Please complete the survey below in order to provide your feedback for the District's 3-year technology plan. Your input is important. Thank you for participating!
ESL Classes Offered Through Feather River Adult School
Do you want to improve your English? Feather River Adult School is offering FREE classes to those who want to better understand, write, and speak English.
Classes will be held at the following times and locations:
Quincy: Tuesdays beginning March 2nd at 5:30-7:30
501 Main St (across from the Courthouse)
Portola: Wednesdays beginning March 3rd at 5:30-7:30
CRC Elementary. room 4 AND
Thursdays beginning March 4th at 5:30-7:30
CRC Elementary. room 9
Text (530) 680-9831 for more information.
¿Quieres mejorar tu inglés? Feather River Adult School está ofreciendo clase
GRATIS a aquellos que quieren entender mejor, escribir y hablar inglés.
Las clases se llevarán a cabo en los siguientes horarios y lugares:
Quincy: Martes comenzando el 2 de marzo a las 5:30-7:30
501 Main St (frente al Palacio de Justicia)
Portola: Miércoles comenzando el 3 de marzo a las 5:30-7:30
CRC Elementary. Aula 4 Y
Jueves comenzando el 4 de marzo a las 5:30-7:30
CRC Elementary. Aula 9
Envíe un mensaje de texto al (530) 680-9831 para obtener más información.
Strengthening Plumas Families Mini-Grants - Accepting Applications Now!
The Strengthening Plumas Families Mini-Grant Application is currently available at www.plumaschildren.org. For your convenience, a blank application form and a summary of the five protective factors are attached here.
The mission of the Child Abuse Prevention Council is to prevent the abuse of children in Plumas County and to facilitate the planning and development of effective systems for prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect and family preservation and support services. An eligible applicant must be a community or faith-based nonprofit organization, agency, college, school, or a municipality or unit of government located in Plumas County with programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing the risk of child abuse and that serve the needs of children and their families.
In order to be considered for funding for projects through June 2021 the completed Mini-Grant application should be emailed as a word document or PDF to email@example.com. Alternately, four hard copies of the Mini-Grant application may be submitted by mail to Plumas Children’s Council, 270 County Hospital Rd, Ste 207, Quincy, CA 95971. All applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021. Faxed copies will not be considered, nor will postmarks.
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.
TK/K- 6th Grade ELA