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Students Submit Art and Prose Pieces to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. In the

In the midst of our busy work and school weeks holidays can serve as a much needed day off, but often the significance of the holiday can also be overlooked, treated as nothing more than an opportunity to sleep in. This year the Plumas National Forest Service wanted to collaborate with Plumas Unified School District to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and give students an opportunity to engage with MLK’s mission and values. The competition was open to students K-12th and there were 1st-3rd place prizes given at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for both art and prose.

Published 2-15-17

Preparing the Future with Technical Career Skills

Woodshop, Auto-shop, Culinary Arts, Business and Finance, Industrial Arts, Welding, Gardening, and Computer Applications, comprise the wealth of Career and Technical Education offered by PUSD. These hands-on, skills-based courses offered by Plumas Unified School District through the County Office of Education’s support of Career and Technical Education (CTE), provides our students with more opportunities to access the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education.

Published 2-1-17

Quincy High School Auto Shop Repairing, Preparing, and Engaging

Randy Kelsch’s Auto-Mechanics class offers an engaging and practical safe haven for students to connect real world work with textbook knowledge. The lessons learned in Auto Shop are beneficial to a myriad of students but especially to those who need hands-on, project-based learning to fully connect to the material and concepts at hand. For many students, Mr. Kelsch’s class is the spark to ignite their future in an auto-mechanic and equipment repair career. Many former students now work in the field, including at the PUSD Bus Barn, Les Schwab, and other auto-mechanic businesses around the state and nation.

Published on 12-28-16.

Success 101: Get Focused Stay Focused

Imagine if students routinely considered how their daily choices would affect their futures and left high school with practical real world skills. Through the implementation of the Success 101 course, PUSD is now actualizing this vision. Beginning with the class of 2020, one way to achieve our goal of college and career readiness is through a new graduation requirement, a semester-long course known as Success 101. The Success 101: Get Focused Stay Focused course has been taught at high schools in our district for the past three years, but now as a graduation requirement, the course is part of the freshman year sequence.

Published 11-30-16

Keeping art education alive in a rural area

The distance digital arts teaching program, which is currently established to deliver quality art instruction to Portola High School and middle school students, was first initiated at the start of the 2014/2015 school year. During that fall of that year art instructor Danielle Frid, who had previously traveled daily between the Quincy and Portola school sites to teach at both, took a leave of absence from Portola. That same fall the Chester/Greenville art teacher resigned. Due to the difficulty to attract qualified part-time art teachers to such a rural area, PUSD/PCOE faced a dilemma, cut back on art instruction or find a feasible alternative.

Published 11-16-16.

Helping Hands PUSD’s November Life Skills Outing

This month marks the third outing of the newly created Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) monthly life skills outings, for students in 7th-12th with moderate to severe disabilities. The purpose of these outings is to encourage independence and teach functional life skills that will help the students care for themselves after they graduate.

Published in November 2016.

Students get critical job-readiness training during statewide FIT Day

On October 25, 2016, Quincy High School hosted a career training with guest lecturer Sean Conry, an award-winning chef who worked as the Executive Chef at Longboards for 15 years and is now a Culinary Arts Professor at Feather River College. Conry spoke to the QHS culinary arts students about necessary and critical work skills and job readiness for hospitality careers, during a three-hour professional presentation. The event was a part of the ‘Force in Training” (FIT) program, which is a training sponsored by the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF).

Published in October 2016.

PUSD Life Skills October 2016 Outing

A few times a year the Life Skills classes from around the district get together for a community outing and potluck.

Published 11-2-16 in Plumas County Papers.
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