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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

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

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Maria Johnson’s first graders are learning how to self-regulate through mindfulness practices that focus on using breathing exercises and positive thinking to stay focused. Mrs. Johnson shared, “Mindfulness is a way to regulate ourselves, both students and teachers so that we are in a place to learn and focus - it’s all about being present. It helps all children, but especially those who have trauma in their lives, learn how to stay in the present moment”.

Published on 11-29-17.

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

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

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

The Legacy of the Feather River Outdoor School

Thirty years have passed since Joe Hagwood, Warren Grandall, John Gallagher, and Jim Schaber, with the help of Cindy Phelps and Evelyn Whisman, collaborated to create what we know now as the Feather River Outdoor School (FREd), located at the UC Berkeley Forestry Camp, in Meadow Valley.

Published on 9-28-17.
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