C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 5.3.19

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Letters to a Pre Scientist

The Letters to a Pre Scientist (LTPS) facilitates a “snail mail” pen pal program that connects 5th-9th grade students with real scientists from around the world during science class. The mission of LTPS is to demystify STEM careers and empower all students to see themselves as future scientists.

LTPS is currently recruiting teachers to host the program in their classrooms for the 2019-20 school year, and they are looking forward to expanding to new states for the first time! Applications are due May 6th - link to more info and the app is: www.prescientist.org/for-teachers/penpalprogram/

Who they are looking for - science teachers:

- who teach 5th-9th grade

- in DC, MD, WV, MS, AL, GA, LA, SC, CA, NV, AZ, NM, OH, IL, IN

- at school where >60% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch

- that have been at their current school for at least one year

If this sounds interesting to you, please help me spread the word! I’m happy to help answer any questions you may have about the program or you can contact Lucy Madden at LTPS directly: lucy.madden@prescientist.org.

Putting An End to Fake Reading

https://www.edutopia.org/article/putting-end-fake-reading

Check out this interesting article on reading, applicable to TK-12 teachers (Thanks Mr. Reeder, Principal, CES)



5 TIPS TO GET STUDENTS REALLY READING

1. Make time for what’s important

2. Give students ready access to books

3. Make reading visible

4. Talk about books

5. Be patient and relentless

Designing Flexible Seating With Students

https://www.edutopia.org/article/designing-flexible-seating-students


Great tips on flexible seating and classroom management (thanks Ms. Cockeril, Principal GES/GJSHS)

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Changes to Advanced Placement for the 19-20 school year

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More information on ACES... and how to overcome trauma- Resilience!

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Update on school closure make up days:

With all of the winter weather we have had in the last couple of months, we want to clarify closure/make up days for each community.

Chester (all schools): All built in closure/make up days were used, so school will be in session on both Friday, April 12th and Friday May 24th. We will apply for a waiver from the state for the additional four days.

Portola (all schools): All built in closure/make up days were used, so school will be in session on both Friday, April 12th and Friday May 24th. We will apply for a waiver from the state for the additional day.

Quincy (all schools): One built in closure/make up day has been used to date, so school will be in session on Friday May 24th. If another school closure occurs prior to Friday, April 12th, school will be in session that day.

Greenville (all schools): One built in closure/make up day has been used to date, so school will be in session on Friday May 24th. If another school closure occurs prior to Friday, April 12th, school will be in session that day. If additional delayed starts are necessary, minimum days will be extended to regular hours.

As a reminder, closure/make up day changes do not apply to twelve month employees. Please share in your newsletters, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Please note, if the state denies our waiver application(s), we will need to add days to the end of our instructional calendar.

CAASPP Testing info from Justina:

Hello all!


It is that time of year again! As CAASPP testing season is getting close I thought it would be good to remind everyone of a few things -


First, some helpful links!

Online Practice and Training Test Portal

Manuals and Instructions

Quick Start Guides

Videos and Webcasts


If you are having trouble signing in or accessing the information you need, I can reset passwords and change permissions on accounts. If you have any issues, please let me know! I am one of the coordinators for the district and can make calls to CAASPP on your behalf if technical difficulties arise, and I also deliver materials for testing that are needed. This information also goes for ELPAC testing if you are having trouble with that too! Remember the ELPAC TOMS and the CAASPP TOMS sites are different. The highlighted links I have included in this email will take you to the respective sites.


You can call me at (530) 283-6500 ext 5240 or email me at jdanderson@pcoe.k12.ca.us if you have any questions.


Finally, the TOMS website will be down from Wednesday the 27th of this month until Monday April 1st. So if you cannot access what you need you will need to wait until the following Tuesday April 2nd.

Physical Fitness Test information- 5th, 7th and 9th grades required

Physical Fitness Test: Data Submission Process Resources

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) data submission process generates a significant number of questions from the field each year. The following resources are available to assist in successfully completing this portion of the PFT:

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2019-2020 Planning

It's already time to think about the 2019-2020 school year! Here are anticipated dates:

August 13th- Plumas Academies training

August 14th- Classified and Certificated new staff orientation

August 15th- Certificated orientation

August 16th- Certificated work day

August 19th- Districtwide Welcome Back Day

August 20th- Site meeting day

August 21st- First Day of school

Help us share the great things going on around our district!

Use this Google Form to share a picture of something you'd like to highlight on social media and/or to our local paper.
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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

Vertical and Grade Level Teams

School Calendars for 18-19 & 19-20

2018-2019 Grading Period Calendars

Upcoming Dates

5/8 Board Meeting, 4:00-8:00 p.m., Chester Elementary School

5/9 PCTA, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., District Office Conference Room

5/14 Instructional Leadership Team, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Quincy High School Room 26

5/27 Memorial Day-No School

Useful Links

Textbook Request Form


Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above: (This has been updated on our websites as well.)


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.


Please Note: Previous work orders did not migrate over to the new system, so we ask that you please create new tickets moving forward so that our Team can assist you in a timely manner, as we revisit your sites in the coming weeks.


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