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2A Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Feather River Bulletin KIDmob donation enhances student technology options Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews•com Bob Dylan's line "The times they are a-changin'" aptly describes what's happening in the education world today. New buzz phrases like 21st.century learning, Common Core and project.based learning continue to surge to the forefront of teaching strategies in Plumas Unified School District, as demonstrated at the board's July 10 meeting. Aurora Westwood, director of Career Technical Education, presented a summary of the 2013-14 school year's CTE events supporting student success. The College and Career Fair at Feather River College, entrepreneurship kickoff, business llan competition and multiple CTE professional development opportunities were some of the highlights. With the donation by San Francisco-based KIDmob of four 3-D printers, computers, software and mobile project kits to the county's four main high school campuses, PUSD students are now a step closer to achieving greater success in the increasingly technology.centered world. Westwood said that the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Fair, hosted by Feather River College and KIDmob in May, engaged 145 middle-school students in a full day of hands-on, project-based learning, utilizing the new 3-D printers. KIDmob is a mobile, kid-integrated design firm that "believes design education is an opportunity for creative engagement and community empowerment," according to its website. Indian Valley Academy Director Sue Weber has been partnering with KIDmob for two years. The collaboration hit the road in April and traveled to Port au Prince, Haiti, where IVA students joined some of Haiti's richest and poorest students in a KIDmob Youth Design Summit. Go to kidmob.org/press to read more about the Haiti project, which embodies KIDmob's efforts to "encourage the development of the critical thinking and • creative process so often missing from education systems, in the states and worldwide•" Forest fire settlement funds Bill Wickman, chairman of the Plumas County Economic Recovery Committee and consultant for the American Forest Resource Council, presented the latest version of a letter penned by PCERC to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, asking for her assistance with a section of the U.S. Code. Wickman gave a brief recap of the code in question, USC Section 579C -- Availability of funds received from forfeitures, judgments, compromises or settlements. PCERC wants Feinstein to consider a revision of the language to take into account the issue of resources being lost in counties with public lands that are not being considered under the current verbiage. Wickman also spoke about the Twenty-Five Percent Act of 1908 and the decline of income from the Secure Rural Schools Act of 2000. He requested that the superintendent and one or two board members accompany him to a future meeting with Feinstein and other important state officials to pursue their fair share of Forest Service fire settlement dollars. The board members asked Wickman to inform them when the date is set. Business and finance waiver With only five Greenville High School seniors lacking the district's graduation requirement of a business and finance class, Superintendent Micheline Miglis asked the board to waive the class requirement for those five GHS seniors this year. After considerable discussion, the board agreed to waive the class requirement but retain the senior project requirement that is contained within the class. Miglis said district staff will work out the details, possibly incorporating the senior project in the newly established advisory period at GHS. The next regular board meeting is set for Thursday, Aug. 14, in Quincy. School district revises vision statement Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com "Our mission is to collectively inspire every child in every classroom every day." This is the current mission statement of the Plumas Unified School District and Plumas County Office of Education, presented at the July 10 board meeting. The board gave its stamp of approval to the mission statement and a revised vision statement: "We ensure an exemplary education with diverse opportunities and we accept no limits on the learning potential of any child." In addition, the board also approved a slightly revised core values list: learning, fiscal responsibility, teamwork, individuality, accountability and communication. Finally, a three, to five.year plan for strategic goals was adopted. The plan calls for the following. 1. Student achievement All students will graduate from high school with academic and social-emotional skills, prepared for continuing education and career opportunities. 2. Fiscal responsibility The district will have a balanced budget. 3. Staff-- Recruit and retain the most talented, student-centered staff and invest in their professional growth. 4. Family/community- Engage and enhance family and community partnerships, home-to-school connections and establish schools as community centers. S. Facilities -- All school facilities will be 21st-century teaching and learning environments. Do you miss listening to KQNY while you are on the road? Don't fret1 We are streaming on the web at www, kqny919,org, Tune i.nl Please do consider becoming a regular donor to support KQNY. Please visit the web (www.kqny919,org) for more information, or mail your checks, to PO Box 350, Quincy, CA 95971 Where in the 00/orld? Adrienne Stenson and Janine Wolcott visit Monasterio de Santa Catalina Arequipa, In Peru. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo, Then email the photo to dmcdonald@plumasnews.com JULY 19 ABDOMINAL ANEURYSM SCREENING with Dr. a man, age 65 - 75, who has in your lifetime (even many years S free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening through Medicare , for the free screening if you have a family history of AAAs, I of the body's main blood vessel in symptoms. it is relatively easy to repair, otherwise it's very AAA screening Is a quick and non-lnvasive ultrasound. see Dr. K/m for a lab on the same day! Call 832.6600 today once In a lifetime at no cost . KIm, For insurance questions, call Lisa: 832.6570 or WWW.EPHC.ORG PEE WEE/POP WARNER CALL FOR = MORE INFORMATION We want to re-start Pee Wee/ Pop Warner For More Information, Call Pete Caudle 622-6161 THINK _ j Invest In PLUMAS COUNTY Don1 Miss Out on Local News,.. 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