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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 11A Welcome back to the New Year. Our Winter Break seemed to go quickly as they always'o. The best part of my job is coming back and seeing all of the students that are so excited to see their friends and teachers and then letting them know how much they were all missed. We are all so blessed to have the opportunity to work with the people in this community. Even though our first semester has not quite concluded, the Winter Break feels like a halfway point in our school year; I am very pleased with how the first half has played out. We are starting to see exciting college acceptance and scholarship offer letters for many of our seniors. We had some athletic teams participate in the C.I.F. playoffs and our new student discipline interventions have been a positive addition to the way our school is operating. One of our goals for this year is to gear up for our transition to the new federal academic paradigm of Common Core. Outside of safety, student achievement is our highest priority at QHS and our staff is hard at work attending in-services, self-educating, and collaborating to be sure that we are ahead of the curve for this transition. Although this brings on an enormous amount of additional workload, our staff is rising to the occasion in the best interest of the students. We are so blessed to have a wonderfully selfless staff here at QHS. One area we need to improve on is student attendance and first period tardiness. We have had a nasty influenza strain this year that has been adversely affecting our students and staff. I will take this time to remind everyone, if you have a legitimately ill child, please do not bring them to school. As for those first period challenges of getting your student to school on Ume, please work with us as this is a lifelong skill of being where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there. When students walk in late to a class it really disrupts the instructional process. Sue Segura Attention Students! Are you interested in entering the Rotary Speech Contest and/or Youth Instrumental Music Contest? You could win up to $1,000. Pick up an application and contest rules from Mrs. McColm in the office. Upcoming Events ..... • 1/17 Boys & Girls Basketball at Maxwell • 1/20 No School, MLK Jr. Day • 1/20 Ski Team at Sugar Bowl • 1121 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Colusa at home • 1/24 Drama Assembly • 1/24 Wrestling at Fernley 1124 Boys & Girls Basketball at Biggs • 1127 Ski Team at Alpine Meadows • 1/28 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Portola at home Name Change Last night, the governing board took action on our request to change the name of our school: We are now officially Quincy Elementary School. Thank you to students, staff, parents, Site Council and the Leadership Team for your active involvement in this process. This was a community effort with multiple meetings and discussions. This name change affirms ou r commitment to being a unified schoo staff and community tO best serve the needs of our students. We will nOw be moving forward with spirit gear - look for ordering information on T-shirts and sweatshirts in the next few months. Snowblower Raffle With the help of parents and PCO, the fifth grade class is raffling off a snowblower. Tickets are $5 each and be purchased from any fifth grade parent. Get your tickets now] Volunteers- Please Sign In At The Office We are lucky to have the support of so many parent and community volunteers. As a safety measure for all students, please sign in and out of the office. Additionally, as one of our goals for parent involvement, one way we monitor our improvement efforts is through the sign in log. Thank you for stopping in at the office when you are here to volunteer! PCO- New Meeting Time In an effort to make PCO meetings more accessible to all parents, the new meeting time is the first Monday of the month at 5:15. With the many great activities PCO plans for your child, please make an effort to attend a meeting in the upcoming months. Next meeting - Monday, Feb. 3rd, at 5:15 in the library. Upcoming Events: 1/17: Class Spelling Bees 1/20: No School, MLKJr Day 1/22: Parent Night, 6:00 1/23: Student Council 1/24: School wide Spelling Bee 1/29: Assembly, 8:30 am, 4th-6th grade -- Montgomery Bus Boycott 1/29: Student Store 1/30: Character Counts recognition lunch- Respect 1/31 : Spirit Day Attention All Quincy Pizza Factory Fans! PORTOLA PIZZA FACTORY will give you 25% off on all pizzas (with proof of residency) *Offer expires 12/2014 Open Daily: Mon.-Sat. 11-9 • Sun. 12-8 197 Commercial St., Portola • 832-0430 | ....... ' Invest in j " PLUMAS j COUNTY Chester High School students evacuate their classrooms when fire alarms sound Jan. 9. Photo by M. Kate West Chester students evacuated due to fire M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plumasfiews.com The strident pitch of fire alarms at approximately 9:40 a.m. Jan. 9 resulted in an evacuation of Chester High School students to the baseball field. The location of the fire was in the school's boiler room, which is next door to a classroom in Building B. Chester Fire and Rescue, a division of the Chester Public Utility District, responded with multiple engines and an ambulance. West Almanor responded in support with an engine and firefighters. Shortly after arriving on scene, firefighters called for a fan to be set up to clear the dense, black smoke from the room. Returning outside from the location, Capt. Chris Dean described the scene as having "very little fire, very little heat but lots of black smoke." Joe Waterman, who is Chester firefighters work to start a fan to clear the heavy, black smoke engulfing the boiler room at Chester High School. Photo by M. Kate West CPUD's new general manager and fire chief, offered a professional opinion and said, "It is likely some sort of fuel malfunction with the boiler system." Waterman and Dean concurred that the clearing of the smoke would have to occur before the actual case of the fire could be determined. A large contingency of Plumas Unified School District personnel was on scene to provide building access to the firefighters. Note from principal At 12:22 p.m. Jan. 9, Principal Jeff James sent the following email: "Parents, today at approximately 9:40 the fire alarm at Chester Junior-Senior High School sounded. Upon hearing the alarms our staff and students followed their training on how to safely evacuate the building. • "The Chester Fire Department responded to the school and found smoke coming from the boiler room. The fire department was able to put out the fire and made the determination that the school was safe to re-enter. "At this time we are evaluating the damage to the boiler room and are making plans for our next steps. "I am very proud of the manner that all members of the Chester Junior-Senior High School community have responded during this time. "I will keep you informed of our next steps once we have had the opportunity to fully evaluate the situation." Engines responding to a report of a structure fire at Chester High School on Jan. 9 include three Chester fire units, an ambulance and support equipment and personnel from West Almanor fire. Photo by M. Kate West DecJan Winter Paint Special Lowest Prices of the Year • Homes, Offices, Rentals, Apts., Remodels, Additions • Serving Plumas and Sierra Counties • 3 0 years Experience Quality +Lowest Price=You win/ Call now for a FREE estimate! • __.__ BOB RAYMOND PAINTING I It's Hollandaise Weekend Traditional Eggs Benedict & a few of our own variations Stop in for a hot beverage & dessert 283-3300 557 Lawrence Street Quincy 7-2 Every Day Darn Good Comfort Food Since 1976" J BE HEARD Don't sit back.and let others do the talking for you: Express yourself m our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR emall: dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Dear Customers and Friends of It's wonderful to have a store in the middle of nowhere and on the way to everywhere. We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for such tremendous support! We will be closed for inventory during the month of January Look for our re-opening announcement in February As always, if you need anything, don't hesitate to call for a shopping appointment. And again thank you all. Happy New Year, Barbara, Lisa and the girls at Hwy 89, Crescent Mills 284-6016 (or Lisa: 284-6227 for appt) NG NEWS L