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The Rewards of Teaching

From most accounts, people agree that the benefits of living in Plumas County include close community relationships and abundant natural resources and beauty. For Plumas County’s schools, close relationships create the supportive school climate and personal connections that make each school more like a family than an institution.
With the 2017/18 year in full swing, we would like to share a reflection from retired teacher Rob Gimbel, on why he loves teaching. We believe his story reflects both the beauty of “Together is Better”, the benefits of living and teaching in Plumas County, and the rewards that can come from being an educator.

Published 8-31-17

Welcome to the 2017/18 School Year

With summer coming to a close, students say goodbye to the end of carefree days, parents rejoice at the return of the routine, and teachers prepare to educate and inspire incoming and returning students. Each new school year brings excitement, anticipation, and expectation. This year the class of 2018 embarks on their last year of secondary education, the incoming kindergartners welcome their first, and everyone moves one step further in both academic and personal growth. Our theme for this school year is “Together is Better.” Superintendent Terry Oestreich explains, “As we embark upon a new school year, we are excited to fulfill our Governing Board’s mission to collectively inspire every child in every classroom every day. Our district wide training “Eliminating Barriers to Learning” provided our team with the opportunity to explore strategies expanding access to learning while reinforcing the many assets we already have in place to ensure student success. The chosen theme is our commitment to honor relationships with all our stakeholders as we open the doors to the 2017-18 school year.”

Published 8-24-17

Class of 2017 Completes Senior Projects and Prepares for Graduation

A Plumas Unified graduation requirement and an unparalleled opportunity to explore or redefine a potential career path- the senior project- is the quintessential culminating project of students’ 13 years of education. It gives seniors the opportunity and motivation to pursue and explore their passions, define future careers or interests, and polish and expand skills needed for college and employment. While it is a substantial amount of work and many students are relieved when it is all over, the opportunity the senior project provides to propel students outside of their comfort zones and build their confidence and capabilities is well worth the work.

Published 6-7-17

Plumas Unified adopts Positive Prevention Plus Curriculum

In January 2016, California implemented a new law, the California Healthy Youth act, which updates the state’s requirements for sexual health education in public schools. According to the new law, students must receive comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and at least once in high school. Instruction must be age appropriate and medically accurate, which means that the information must be accepted by organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics. It must also be appropriate for students with disabilities, students who are English language learners, and for students of all races, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations. Endorsing religious doctrine is not allowed. While information will be provided on the value of delaying sexual activity and that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs, “abstinence-only” sex education is not permitted in California public schools.

Published 5-10-17

A Decade Later, Moonlight Fire Still Ignites Student Learning Local

Local high school students recently took to the field to learn about fire’s effect on our landscape. The eighth trip to monitor the 2007 Moonlight Fire’s burn footprint took place on Wednesday, April 19.

Plumas Unified School District, Plumas National Forest, and Sierra Institute for Community and Environment collaborated to collect and record information about post-fire ecosystem regeneration. Looked at wholly, these periodic snapshots paint a fascinating and evolving image of the land—all based on research from our own local youth. This year, Plumas County Community School students joined the returning Greenville High School cohort to form the monitoring group.

Published on 5-3-17

Fire Restoration: Inspiring Stewardship through Collaboration, Education, and Restoration. Wildland

Wildland Firefighting classes at Portola and Quincy High School are one of the many benefits resulting from the partnership between the Plumas National Forest (PNF) and the Plumas Unified School District (PUSD). The partnership, developed in 2010, makes fire settlement funds available to support qualified education programs in Plumas County. This is the second year the course has been offered at Quincy High School and the Plumas County Community School and the fifth year at Portola High School. At Quincy High School, the course is taught as a three-month unit in Ron Logan’s Natural Resource Class.

Published on 4-12-17

PUSD participates in the Memory Project

The Memory Project is a non-profit organization based out of Wisconsin that encourages art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced hardships, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Their mission is to help children feel valued by providing them with meaningful pieces of personal history and a work of art. Mrs. Frid came across this organization earlier on in her career. Over the years, her Portola High School and Quincy High School students became involved in creating portraits for children in Vietnam, Ecuador, and Jamaica. Every year, the students pick their country and then the Memory Project mails them photos of kids from that country.

Published on 3-22-17.

Come Have Coffee with the Principal

Have an opinion, suggestion, or idea regarding your local elementary or high school? Want to be a part of the decisions that affect your child’s education and experiences at school? The Principals’ doors at every school in Plumas Unified are always open and welcome community and parent input. A handful of the Principals have monthly scheduled community meetings, and all others are always open to scheduling a time.

Published on 3-8-17

Learning Landscapes: A Model Partnership with the Feather River Land Trust

Due to the transforming and pioneering partnership between the Feather River Land Trust (FRLT), Plumas Unified School District (PUSD), local landowners, and generous sponsors, every school in Plumas County has access to an outdoor classroom 10 miles or less from their campus. Right after the Feather River Land trust formed in the early 2000s, PCOE's Outdoor Education Coordinator Rob Wade approached FRLT's Executive Director Paul Hardy with an idea.

Published on 3-1-17
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