C & I Update

Together is Better 10.11.17

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30 Years of Outdoor Education Celebration

In celebration of 30 years of Outdoor Education, our event on Tuesday evening was a huge success. It was a chance to honor the founders of the program as well as celebrate Outdoor Ed in Plumas County- where it was, where it is now and where it is going. The evening capped off with the 16-minute video highlighting the program as well as the 6th-grade rafting trip. Look for both videos on the Plumas Unified Facebook page soon. Thank you to Nina Martynn for all your work to make this evening happen!

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Update

Thank you to our high school teachers and stakeholders for providing valuable input into our Val/Sal policy. At our board meeting last night, our board approved additional honors at graduation, while retaining our current Val/Sal policy:

AR 5127


To honor superior academic achievement, graduation ceremonies shall include recognition of valedictorian(s) and salutatorians(s). Valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s) shall be selected based on established criteria and procedures that use multiple measures of academic performance.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Criteria

In effect beginning August, 2016:

1. The student with the most grade points, weighted, shall be declared the Valedictorian. The student with the second most grade points shall be declared the Salutatorian. This determination shall be after the 8th semester. Each course only counts once. Only English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and World Language courses count towards grade points.

2. Grade points for regular classes are as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2. Grades for advanced placement classes are weighted as follows: A=5, B=4, C=3. Grades of D and F will not earn grade points.

3. Weighting for advanced placement grades will only be applied to on-site courses offered in the school (i.e. no online courses or off campus courses will be weighted).

4. The student must be enrolled the entire senior year in the high school to be eligible for these awards.

5. Only courses taken during the regular school year count toward this honor (i.e. no summer school).

6. Transfer students must take the same course requirements as all other Plumas County graduates.

7. In the event of a tie, the students will share the honor.

In addition to the Valedictorian/Salutatorian honor, students will be recognized based on a tiered honor system based on total GPA for grades 9-12:

Gold: 4.1 and above

Silver: 3.9 -4.09

Bronze: 3.7-3.89

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Measure B Furniture Update

We are nearly finalized with our pilot classroom furniture order! Thank you to our pilot teachers for all the work they've put into designing their classrooms! Our pilot teachers:

Kathy Whitaker- Kindergarten

Jefferson Dolan- 6th grade

Nicki Rodriguez- 2nd grade

Camile Klimek- 6th grade

Tenaya Kooyman- 3rd grade

Lisa Balbiani- 7th-12th

Suzanne Stirling 7th-9th

Aaron Hardesty- 7th-9th

Math Strategies

Thank you, Kellie Bainbridge, for sharing out this great short video on 5 tips for solving math problems featuring Professor Jo Boaler, Professor at Stanford University.
WIM 3 Day 1
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New CHS Teacher- Dana Ludington

On Saturday, Dana successfully competed in the Grinduro, a bike ride/race starting in Quincy over Mount Hough to Genesee and Taylorsville and then back over the mountain to Quincy. Dana was one of 800 bike riders from the U.S., Europe, and Australia who climbed 8,200 feet over 60 miles on dirt, gravel, and asphalt roads as well as winding single track trails. I took this picture of her at the water and food aid station 50 miles into the race.

Very cool Dana! #WorkWhereYouPlay

Instructional Coaches

Do you remember BTSA later known as ATE? PUSD has partnered with UC Riverside to offer our teachers a new Induction program called CTI - Center for Teacher Innovation. IC Susan facilitates the online Induction program where 14 of our teachers along with their coaches delve more deeply into sound instructional practices. Being an Induction Coach is a rewarding leadership experience especially because it gives coaches an opportunity to grow in their own teaching practice. If you are interested in being a future Induction Coach or in learning more about this new program, please contact Susan.

Yvonne: ycasalnuovo@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Susan: sfrediani@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Change to Media Specialist Position

Drew Garland, our Media Specialist, will be leaving PUSD/PCOE, with his last day being Wednesday, 9/27/17. Thank you Drew for your years of service to PUSD/PCOE and we wish you well on your new endeavor.

We will be analyzing the needs of our county and district to make the best use of this position moving forward. In the meantime, please use the online textbook request form to request instructional materials.

Once again, thank you Drew for being a part of PUSD/PCOE!

VHS Tapes

The Plumas County Office of Education VHS library has reached the end of its time, this outdated technology will be disposed of soon. If there is a title you regularly use and would like to keep in your classroom permanently, please email kwarren@pcoe.k12.ca.us. The remaining collection will be disposed of on October 13, 2017.

Another great Eureka Math resource:

Upcoming Dates

10/12/2017 Math Vertical Team Meeting

10/13/2017 Electives Vertical Team Meeting

10/17/2017 ILT

10/17/2017 ELA Vertical Team Meeting

10/18/2017 Community Cafe - Chester

10/19/2017 Social Studies Vertical Team

10/20/2017 TK/K Collaboration

10/23/2017 PBIS Facilitated Work Day, Tier II Teams meet on site

10/24/2017 PBIS Tier I- IVES, GHS, CES, CHS, QHS

10/25/2017 1st/2nd Collaboration

10/25/2017 ILT Workshop

10/26/2017 3rd/4th Collaboration

10/27/2017 5th/6th Collaboration

11/1/2017 Community Cafe - Portola

11/7/2017 ILT

11/8/2017 Board Meeting

11/13/2017 1:1 Cohort 2 Training Day

11/13/2017 Community Cafe - Quincy

11/28/2017 ILT Workshop

12/12/2017 ILT

12/13/2017 Board Meeting

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