C & I Update
Together is Better 11.17.17
New Media Specialist- Justina Anderson
Plumas Unified School District science teachers are using a new fire science curriculum to ignite students’ passion for science. The Sierra Nevada Fireworks curriculum about the science of wildland fire was developed as a collaboration among PUSD, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (of the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station), and the Plumas National Forest. While the curriculum for the Sierra Nevada is brand new, many activities were adapted from the original FireWorks Educational Program, published in 2000. Mrs. Groh's 3rd Grade Class at Quincy Elementary school is currently using the curriculum. On Tuesday 11/14 Martin Senter, the Fuels Batallion Chief with the U.S. Forest Service-Plumas National Forest along with two Fire Engine Operators visited QES. They demonstrated, using the Firework Curriculum Matchstick Forest, how wildland fires spread. They discussed surface vs crown fires and the effect of slope and wind in the spread of fire. The students also got a chance to learn about the fire engine and the various tools used in fighting wildland fires.
At the end and the beginning of the presentation, Martin emphasized the importance of safety, and that the students should never play with matches.
Elementary Benchmark Assessment- STAR Reading and STAR Math
If your students are using Google Docs, there is a new Chrome extension for teachers called CheckMark. CheckMark provides a quick process (pre-set comments) for you to give students feedback on Google Doc assignments. According to the reviews, presently there is not a way to customize the comments, but an alternative would be to use the comment feature in Docs.
Here's a YouTube video on how to use CheckMark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ddR2x3aXo
Here is the CheckMark website: http://www.checkmarkclass.com/
Next Generation Science Standards
Career and Technical Education
Designated supports- Now is the time for teachers to be considering the designated supports in the CAASPP assessment system. Principals will be working with their teachers to identify which students would benefit from which supports.
We are moving forward with our next steps and working with our amazing tech team to be prepared to implement 1:1 computing for all students in the 18-19 school year!
Would you like to see what we're up to in our professional learning, join our Google Classroom: class code nfdax8
Vertical and Grade level teams
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Social Studies 11.3.17
QHS is working on their self-study. PHS and CHS are preparing for a mid-cycle visit and Daryl Hutchins is beginning the process of obtaining accreditation for Jim Beckwourth High School. Thank you to everyone for the valuable work that is done through the WASC process.
11/28/2017 ILT Workshop
12/13/2017 Board Meeting
12/18/17-1/1/18 Winter Break
1/4/18 Counselor Meeting
1/8/18 Science VT Meeting
1/9/18 Math VT Meeting, 5th-8th grade math teachers
1/10/18 Board Meeting
1/11/18 3:10 Elementary Grade level Google Hangout
1/15/18 No School- MLK Jr. Day
1/29/18 De-escalation Training for all front office staff
1/20 ITL Workshop
Curriculum and Instructional Services
Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services
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