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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 5A relies on UPCOMING EVENTS 12/13 - Winter Concert, 6:30pm at West End Theater 12/15 - Wrestling at Wheatland 12/15- 16 - Boys Basketball at Susanville 12/14 - 16 - Girls Basketball at Orland 12/18-1/1 Winter Break, No School 1/2 - First Day back from Winter Break Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Friends of QHS, Winter sports are off to a great start. Our basketball teams, cheerleaders, skiers and wrestlers have been out there giving it their all. This Wednesday, Dec. 13th, we will have our Winter Concert at the West End Theater from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please come and enjoy this wonderful performance. As we head off in different directions (or even stay close to home) I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Whatever your beliefs or traditions are, I hope that you are able to spend some quality time with your loved ones. The QHS students and staff alike have worked very hard right up to the last day and all deserve some time to relax. Before you know it, we will hit the ground running after break and it will be as if we never left! Have a safe and healthy holiday season and we will see you in 2018. Ms. Mongie Office Computer Parents please don't forget that we have a computer in the office to use to check your Parent Portal. Stop by anytime and login to track your students progress. Student Drop Off and Pick Up Parents and Students: Please be advised the parking lot designated for faculty and visitor parking (below the band room and wood shop) is NOT the designated student drop off spot. It is an unsafe place for students to walk and interferes with staff and visitors attempting to park. Drivers dropping off students blocking the driveway entrance is also dangerous and illegal. Additionally, it is ILLEGAL to use the handicap zone for student drop off or turnaround. According to the California Highway Patrol the handicap zone is NOT to be used by anyone without a handicap placard. CHP does patrol and violators may be ticketed and/or fined. Students may be dropped off in the (upper) band parking lot, in front of the school as long as it does not interfere with school bus loading or unloading, and the gym parking lot. As an additional option, students may be dropped off at the sidewalk that runs the length of the school yard as long as students do not walk where others are attempting to drive or park. The curb is marked the entire way over cemetery hill and is legal for parking. Please have all passengers exit on the curb side of the vehicle. Student safety is a priority and your cooperation is greatly appreciated. TEACHERS IN PROFILE Roni Java Staff Writer "Fewer people are reading much in-depth these days, especially for enjoyment," Carol Bernard observed. "I've noticed this since I began teaching. It's so easy to get instant answers to almost everything. Technology is good, but it seems to take away student engagement with material that's more substantial than a post or a tweet." As Quincy Junior-Senior High School's new English teacher for eighth-graders, juniors and seniors, Bernard aims to change that trend with a positive approach to motivating her students. Group activities, especially collaborative problem solving, is something her students really enjoy, she explained. "I love literature and the classics and I try to inspire my students in various ways," she said during a recent visit to her relaxed, comfortable classroom. Student posters highlighting great writers and their work line the walls and motivational quotes punctuate the space here and there. "Take 'Flowers for Algernon,' for instance," Bernard said. "It's very relevant for today's students because it explores themes of bullying and discrimination. Students get that." 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Photo by Roni Java of techniques to keep students engaged with the subject matter, like changing up the class activities, breaking learning into "chunks" and mixing in different mediums from hard copy text to digital resources and more. "When the stories engage students, like the themes in 'Algernon,' they experience personal connections with the books and yes, they do have a lot to say," Bernard commented. "And when they have a lot to say, they have more to write about, which is essential for developing and sustaining their critical thinking and writing skills, those 21st Century skills all students need to go out and succeed." The teacher knows a lot about the world her students will graduate into, and the value of choosing a good path. One of six children, Bernard grew up in the Lake Tahoe area and Woodfords, outside Alpine Village. Her father spent his career as a circuit judge throughout California and her mother worked as both an elementary school teacher and a postal service employee. Bernard graduated from CalPoly San Luis Obispo with her B.A. and master's in English literature, then earned her single-subject teaching credential. She was initially headed toward a biology degree and a nursing career, but it was her English lit classes and discussions that captured her imagination. A teaching career came as a natural choice. She and her husband, Paul Bernard, moved to Chester in 2005 and now live in Greenville. They have an 8-year-old daughter who attends Lake Almanor Christian School and the family enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful forests of Plumas County, Bernard came to QHS following eight years as an English teacher and counselor at Chester High School. She also taught for four years at the Lake Alamanor Christian School and five years at Righetti High School in Santa Maria before that. "I really enjoy my work," Bernard said with a ready smile. "The teachers and the staff here are very welcoming. My favorite thing is getting to know the students year after year and watching them grow. That's something you really get to experience with a small town." Asked for recommendations about the most important things families can do to help their students succeed at school, the educator had no hesitation. "The big thing is being involved in what your students are learning," Bernard advised. "The more interest we show in what they are studying and doing in their classes, the more this shows students the value of their education." In addition, the teacher gave high marks for inspiring students to be life-long learners. "Students should have a thirst for knowledge," she said. "There is great value in continuing their education and, in effect, becoming adults who enjoy learning their whole lives long." Challenge your students, she urged. "Give them problems to solve, they love it," Bernard said. "It's about more than being on target and on task-- it's about keeping them engaged." A weekly highlight of the programs of Plumas Unified School District and supported by the County Office of Education Gratitude and Well Wishes to Plumas National Forest Education Liaison Michele lianenez-Holtz Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) is grateful to partner with the U.S. Forest Service, Plumas National Forest (PNF). The Forest Service is full of amazing people who regularly show up for our kids. Among these many, there is one whose dedication has touched and changed lives, Michele Jimeriez-Holtz. For the past 17 years, Michele has not only shown up in normal and anticipated ways, but she has elevated her commitment beyond any precedent. Since 2010, PNF and PUSD have had a special collaboration using the Forest Service Fire Settlement Funds to involve students in fn'e restoration projects marketable job skills: As the This was seen each summer as she on the Plumas National Forest. As Education Liaison, Michele acted dropped by on the student summer the Education Liaison with PNF, as a bridge between the District crews to provide training, Michele has been a key asset in and the Forest Service, organizing encouragement, a smile, and often this parmership, going above and and leading student groups on the a treat. It is the way that Michele beyond to organize and facilitate fire restoration projects. These recruited Plumas National Forest enriching learning and stewardship projects included carnivore volunteers for our 6th Grade Camp opportunities for PUSD students, monitoring, installing owl boxes, each fall, and of course, led her Michele is retiring this month and wood duck nesting boxes, and bat share of forest hikes. It was how Plumas Unified would like to boxes, fuel reduction projects, frog Michele always presented a honor her role in making this surveys, trail work, and thoughtful hands-on table at the unique partnership and experience campground renovation, annual Quincy Family Science for Plumas County kids a success. Michele shared that her favorite Night each winter. It was in her Michele believes that her calling part of working with Plumas mentoring of our high school was always to work with kids in Unified was getting to work with students each spring to navigate the outdoors. She shared, "I feel so Rob Wade, the students, and the the application process for USFS fortunate to be ending my career teachers. "Working with Rob is a jobs. It was Michele's organizing on such a high note, it's the best joy and a pleasure. It's been a some 40 field trip projects each job I've ever had. Every day I'm wonderful experience getting to year in the Moonlight and Storrie outdoors, working with kids, I'm work so closely with him for so Fire Areas for over 1,000 PUSD inspired." many years. Getting to work with kids, that gives them experience Michele started her career with young students is so much fun, with our soil, water, wildlife, IBM, as a systems engineer for 11 their natural intrigue for the world forest, and fire. And as if all this years.'Tm a proud corporate drop- is energizing and keeps me young, were not enough, she also out", she beamed. Michele grew Working with older kids, on the volunteered in a classroom each up in the Bay Area, and it wasn't other hand, is rewarding in a year to help kids succeed in their until college that she was truly totally different way. Seeing their academics". exposed to the wonder of the passion for the natural world Michele is moving to Lompoc, outdoors. "Once I got a taste for bloom, and helping them see the on the coast near Santa Barbara, to the wilderness, I knew I had to career possibilities as natural be closer to her husband who is work outside. Later, I realized my resource scientists is one of the now working there on an airbase. true calling was instilling a passion best parts of the job. Additionally, She plans to spend her time for natural resources in youth", she the teachers' commitment to birding, tide-pooling and explained. After leaving her getting their kids out of the continuing to work with students engineering job she worked for the classroom and into the forest is in the outdoors by volunteering CA State Parks, and the National commendable. They have made with outdoor education programs Parks Service, where she huge efforts to tie our fire with state and county parks. discovered her passion for outdoor restoration program to their Plumas Unified is so grateful for education. In 2000, she started her science curriculum. Lastly, getting Michele and all our partners who job with the Forest Service on kids out to do stewardship projects enrich the learning experience of Plumas National Forest, first in improves and protects our forest our students. Rob Wade, PUSD's recreation, then in public affairs, for future generations. We are Outdoor Education coordinator and finally ending her career as the growing the next generation of shared, "Michele has been my Education Liaison. stewards, and I am grateful to have primary accomplice and co- The goal of the fire restoration been a part of this work."conspirator to make our National partnership is to involve students Michele's love, passion, and Forest a part of every student's in the restoration of the habitat that commitment to enriching students life, every year. I will miss her was impacted by the Moonlight learning experiences in the dearly". While she will be missed, and Storrie fires, and in doing so outdoors was evident in all that she Phimas Unified wishes her well in provide students with outdoor did. Rob Wade explained," Her this new and exciting stage of life! stewardship opportunities and position was not just a job for her. 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