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School Nurses Help Create Healthy and Thriving Learning Environments for ALL students

There is a common misconception that the role of school nurses only includes the occasional first aid duties and caring for kids with a cold or the flu. Yet, the truth is that the responsibilities of school nurses are critical to monitoring and maintaining healthy and thriving schools. School Nurses are foundational to making public education available to every student, regardless of any and all pre-existing health conditions and circumstances.

Published 3-29-18
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Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant Transforming and Enhancing Career Technical Opportunities in Plumas Unified!

Plumas County students will soon have new opportunities to expand their career technical skills with thousands of dollars of state-of-the-art equipment and classroom upgrades, happening in every Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) high school.
Purchased with funds from the $700,000 Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) awarded last year, the new equipment, supplies and facility remodels are designed to enhance learning and better prepare area students for success.

Published on 2-15-18
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Sierra Institute for Community and Environment partners with Greenville High School to organize a Sustainability Institute

Plumas Unified is very fortunate to have partnerships with a variety of different local community agencies and organizations that create rewarding and enriching experiences for our students to enhance their educational opportunities. The following article highlights Plumas Unified’s partnership with Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, a local nonprofit located in Indian Valley, who has been a beneficial school district partner for over ten years now. Last year Sierra Institute partnered with GJSHS and IVA to organize a Fire Institute on campus, which was the ‘pilot institute’ for this year’s multi- series Sustainability Institute for Greenville Junior-Senior High School. The first part of the Sustainability Institute took place January 30th - February 1st. The following article is a reflection written by current Sierra Institute intern, Kira Miller.

Published on 2-8-18
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21st-Century Classrooms for 21st-Century Education

Part of moving towards 21st-century learning is creating a suitable 21st-century classroom that creates a conducive environment for collaborative, student-centered learning. 21st-century education emphasizes the integration of technology, student-driven learning, and collaborative work.

Published on 1-3-18
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Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Plumas County is fortunate to have many local growers, farmers, and ranchers that provide our area with fresh local produce, grass-fed beef, and locally-raised pork and poultry. For the last five years, under the leadership of Jessica Linford with support from Paul Mrowczynski and Emily Bryant, Plumas Unified School District has been concentrating on connecting with these local food chains and working to bring locally raised meat and fresh produce into the school cafeterias. The PUSD Food Services team, now led by the new Food Services Program Manager Amber Russell, is committed to supporting local growers and serving high quality, nutritious food.

Published on 12-20-17
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Gratitude and Well Wishes to Plumas National Forest Education Liaison Michele Jimenez-Holtz

Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) is grateful to partner with the U.S. Forest Service, Plumas National Forest (PNF). The Forest Service is full of amazing people who regularly show up for our kids. Among these many, there is one whose dedication has touched and changed lives, Michele Jimenez-Holtz. For the past 17 years, Michele has not only shown up in normal and anticipated ways, but she has elevated her commitment beyond any precedent.

Published on 12-13-17.
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A.L.I.C.E Training and Drills in PUSD

Plumas Unified is actively working to keep students and staff safe. Like fire and earthquake drills, ALICE drills and training take place at each school site. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, and is the nationally recognized training strategy for proactively handling the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter. Frank Carey is Plumas Unified’s ALICE Instructor. Recently Frank Carey attended a national ALICE conference in Nashville, organized by the creator of the training.

Published on 11-16-17
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District-Wide Professional Learning Day

On Friday November 3rd, Plumas Unified schools closed to allow certificated staff, which includes teachers and administrators, as well as classified staff, which includes all support staff, to come together for a Professional Learning Day (PLD) at Quincy Junior/Senior High School. In August, certificated staff attended a PLD focused on trauma-informed instruction. The November 3rd Professional Learning Day continued and expanded on this mental-health focus, this time serving teachers and all support staff together.

Published on 11-15-17
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New Teacher Induction Program

All California teachers must clear their teaching credential by completing a two-year Induction Program with an accredited school district. The Induction Program provides each teacher candidate with a coach that is an experienced, fully California credentialed teacher. The coach and candidate meet four hours a month for a total of 40 hours a school year to go through a set curriculum, broken up into six cycles that focus on helping the candidate implement best teaching strategies into their classroom. The Plumas Unified School District pays for the new teacher Induction Program, providing the curriculum and coach compensation for each candidate.

Published on 11-8-17
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