C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 9.20.19

Photo Studio at Quincy Jr./Sr. High School

Photo Studio is a new CTE class offered at Quincy Jr./Sr. High School, taught by Dr. Lisa Kelly. Students in the class are learning about photography and how to run a business.

Cary's Marketing Minute

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Hello everyone, my name is Cary Dingel, I work out of the District office, and my job title is Marketing / Media Tech. Communication is at the core of what I do, whether it's on social media, print media, our websites, or through our branding efforts. One of the things I've been thinking about lately is how color is such a powerful communication tool, and how our school colors can reflect the values and identity of each school site. This article does a great job of exploring emotions associated with familiar colors, and gave me some new insight on the color red! Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/goldiechan/2019/09/17/eight-colors-that-will-brightly-grow-your-personal-brand/#6b7eba40255a

College and Career Fair

Thank you to FRC as well as all of our teachers that took juniors and seniors to FRC last Tuesday for the College and Career Fair.

District collaboration

This week, our 7-12 PE teachers met, as well as PBIS leads from each site. Math teachers also met to collaborate (sorry, I missed a picture of this!).

Social/Emotional Universal Screen

On Monday, 9/30 during collaboration, we will begin our first ever Universal Screen for Social Emotional risk factors. We will be using the research-based SAEBRS tool as piloted and recommended by our MTSS Leadership team. This data will be used by site leadership teams to early identify the needs of all students and align services and support. Your Principals have been trained in administration and will be facilitating the account, log in and screening process.

SAEBRS training document can be found here

More information on SAEBRS can be found here

The SAEBRS (Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener) is a brief and efficient tool for universal screening of student risk for social-emotional and behavioral problems for students in Grades K through 12.

Behavior and academic success are intimately connected and need to be intelligently addressed together. The SAEBRS is grounded in this conceptual model, which specifies that school success is predicated not just upon academic achievement, but also success within multiple inter-related behavioral domains. SAEBRS may be used to evaluate students’ overall general behavior, as well as risk for problems within the following specific types of behavior:

  • Risk for Social Behavior Problems: Student displays behaviors that limit his/her ability to maintain age appropriate relationships with peers and adults.

  • Risk for Academic Behavior Problems: Student displays behaviors that limit his/her ability to be prepared for, participate in, and benefit from academic instruction.

  • Risk for Emotional Behavior Problems: Student displays actions that limit his/her ability to regulate internal states, adapt to change, and respond to stressful/challenging events.

Year Long Plans

This year, we asked for year long plans to be turned in to your site administrator. For some, these were already available and turned in. For others, there have been some questions and concerns.

Two questions that have come up have been what is a year long plan and why are we being asked to do this?

When thinking about the why, think of a year long plan as a road map. Much like if you were going on a road trip, you would have a destination in mind with a timeline and stops along the way. A year long plan can be thought of similarly- a road map for the year of where you would like to be and when. Can maps change and be modified during the trip or throughout the year, absolutely. But the modification is done intentionally and with careful thought.

When thinking about the what, a year-long plan is an internal planning document containing an overview of the year that includes units, is standards-aligned and includes activities and assessments. What this looks like can look very different from teacher to teacher and from subject to subject. Some have adopted texts with a scope and sequence that can be used. Some teachers use online tools or an app, some use Google Sheets or Docs and some sketch it out on paper. How this looks is up to each individual teacher- there is no set template that is required to be used.

Wherever you are in this planning process, we are here to support you. Supports available include Principals, Vertical/Grade level team leads and instructional coaches. If you would like assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out.


College Board Opportunity Scholarships

The new @CollegeBoard #OpportunityScholarships program is awarding $5M in #scholarships to the class of 2020. There is no GPA or family income requirement. Students simply get rewarded for the work they're already doing to apply for college. Students who complete all six actions (Build, Practice, Improve, Strengthen, Complete, and Apply) will earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarship.

League of Women Voters Essay Contest

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Professional Learning

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Do you have a Twitter account that you don't ever use? The key to a good experience on Twitter is following accounts that are interesting, fun, and timely. These are three education adjacent accounts to try that consistently post great content.

Skype a Scientist (@skypeascientist) is a free program that matches real working scientists with classrooms for a chat over Skype. Follow them to see the variety of subjects their members are chatting about and maybe sign up to participate! Search their hashtag too. #skypeascientist

MindShift (@mindshiftKQED) is a podcast that explores the future of learning, covering culture and tech trends in education. Follow this account for links to interesting articles and studies.

Laurie York (@msyorksclass) is an educator with the Butte County Office of Education who hosts a weekly rural ed chat. Follow her to engage with other rural educators across the country.

Bonus account: Plumas Unified School District (@PlumasUSD) please follow us, like, and retweet our content. We love to amplify our community, so tag us on your education-related tweets!


CAASPP Accounts

Teachers- you should have received an email from CA-Assessments@ets.org for your CAASPP log on. Please search your email from this address: CA-Assessments@ets.org

Welcome to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) or the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) assessment systems! Secure access has been assigned by a testing coordinator, or a user has self-registered for the Digital Library, so access has been granted to the appropriate online applications and systems associated with the assigned testing program and level of access.

To begin, use the secure verification link to verify an identity and set a password. This link expires after 30 minutes. If the account is not activated within this period, users must request a new secure link by selecting the secure verification link, entering the associated email address on the Reset Your Password web page, and then selecting the [Submit] button.

A new password must contain at least eight (8) characters and include all of the following:

  • One (1) lowercase alphabet character
  • One (1) uppercase alphabet character
  • One (1) number
  • One (1) special character such as one of the following: ~!#$%^&*()-_=+[]|;:,.<>/?@

Follow the instructions on the screen to enter a password for the username, which is the email address to which this was sent. Select the [Save] button to complete the process.

After the new password has been established, the system requires that the password be reset every 90 days.

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Check Them Out! Interim Assessment Resources for Educators

As the 2019–20 school year begins, LEAs can look to several resources that are available to support their educators’ understanding and use of the 2019–20 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments:

· The Interim Assessment Overview provides information about the interim assessments available and includes the addition of 42 focused Interim Assessment Blocks as well as the Interim Comprehensive Assessments for grades nine and ten.

· The three-page Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments: At-a-Glance presents the interim assessments available for the 2019–20 school year, by content area and grade level.

· The 14-page Interim Assessments Available by Grade for 2019–20 lists all available interim assessments, by grade, claim, and target(s). It includes the total number of test items and items that require local hand scoring. This information is for LEAs to assist them in their planning for the administration and local hand scoring of the interim assessments.

· The Sandbox training tool is available to help educators become familiar with the features and functions of the Interim Assessment Reporting System (IARS). This tool features virtually the same functions as the IARS, but uses practice test items and fictitious student data in a nonsecure environment with no log-on credentials required. The Sandbox can be accessed on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page by selecting the button labeled “Reporting System Sandbox.”

· The Interim Assessment Viewing System is a secure-access preview tool that can be used to view the interim assessments for professional development and training as well as to prepare for general assessment administration. The viewing system is located on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page. Log-on credentials are required for access.

Additional resources related to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments web page.

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PUSD/PCOE in the news!

Mileage Reimbursement Policy for District Meetings (including VT/CAIS)

In the interest of stretching limited budgets, please check if a vehicle at your site is available as a first choice. Alternatively, mileage will be reimbursed for one vehicle per 4 people traveling from each community.

Upcoming Dates

September 17-20 IVES/PCS 6th grade FREd camp

September 25-TK/K Grade Level Collaboration-District Office, B117 Conference Room

September 26-Social Studies Vertical Team Meeting, District Office B117 Conference Room

October 1-1st/2nd Grade Level Collaboration-District Office B117 Conference Room

October 2-3rd/4th Grade Level Collaboration-District Office B117 Conference Room

October 3-5th/6th Grade Level Collaboration-District Office B117 Conference Room

October 7-11-Minimum Days Elementary

October 15-Alt Ed Vertical Team Meeting-District Office, B117 Conference Room

October 18-Science Vertical Team Meeting-District Office, B117 Conference Room

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.

Useful information

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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

2019-2020 Grading Period Calendars

PUSD Employee Handbook 2019-2020

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, Curriculum and Instruction

@kristymwarren on Twitter

@PlumasUSD on Twitter