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Chester Jr. Sr. High School will have normal office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on school days.
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A weekly highlight of the programs of Plumas Unified School District and supported by the County Office of Education.

Congratulations to the class of 2018!

Another year, come and gone. The end of every school year marks a momentous moment of academic and personal achievement that comes with sentimental reflection and gratitude for the things that have gone and the things that will come. As with every year, this moment marks a turn of the tassel and a progression for every class. This year’s 8th graders are now finally in high school, the current freshman said goodbye to being freshies, sophomores stepped that much closer to graduation, juniors are about to enter their last year of high school, and another class of seniors walked across the stage, accepted their diplomas, and is about to embark on a new journey. Published 6-15-18

The Science of Adventure

There is a science to everything - even adventure. Science is - “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Adventure encompasses a plethora of activities, which up here in Plumas County can include boating, rock climbing, and skiing, among many others. So, what is the science of adventure? It is the study of the scientific principles that make up and interact with the outdoor activities that we love. Published 6-13-18

Parent Resource Center in Development and Informational Workshops Available to Support Parents Needs and Interests

The Pupil Services and SELPA Department, headed by Laura Blesse, at Plumas Unified School District, is developing a new Parent Resource Center and is currently offering parent workshops in Quincy, Portola, and Chester to aid in meeting the needs of students and their families within Plumas County. Jennifer Kimball, the PUSD Special Education Instructional Coach, and Patty Llamas, the Bilingual Parent Liaison, are helping put this resource center together by creating a network and database of knowledge and resources for parents to tap into to get support. Published on 5-10-18

An Update on 50 Church Street April 2018

The historic 1905 Quincy Elementary School located at 50 Church Street in Quincy was used to teach students for almost 50 years until the California Earthquake Standards Act came into place, at which point it was adapted into offices for the staff of Plumas County Office of Education (PCOE) and Plumas Unified School District (PUSD). In 2014, the old schoolhouse and district office was vacated due to waste plumbing and flooding issues. The previous administration at the time of the flooding, decided not to go forward with repairs or plans for the building after the initial mitigation was addressed. This left the historic building vacant and deteriorating for three years. Published 4-18-18

School Calendar

Dec 20

Club Live

Time: 11:55 AM – 12:25 PM
Location: Rm 7

Principal Spotlight

Terry Hernandez CHS Principal
 Interview with Terry Hernandez CHS Principal:
 
“This was my first full-time job out of college. I was hired in January 1995 as a science teacher and returned the next year as the history teacher. In 2000 I went back for my credential to be the principal at CHS.”
 
 
"Most of what I have achieved has been from my education. It has been an ongoing process throughout my adult life.
My advice to kids is to make sure to think about your career early on and research it. Talk to people in that field and shadow them if possible. Understand what experience and education are required for the career you are interested in. Talk to your school counselor and teachers."
 
“Kids need to follow their dreams and work hard, nothing comes easy, or at least it shouldn’t. Most of all have fun doing it. Contribute to society in a positive way. I wish I was exposed to more career exploration growing up. I really had no idea what my options were coming out of high school. Students have multiple opportunities to figure out what they want to do with their lives, take advantage of it.”

Terry loves almost anything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He rides motorcycles and enjoys coaching football and baseball, and spending time with family and friends, which he says is his number one priority outside of work. As a principal, he says he works hard to make it a positive atmosphere for staff and students where learning takes place all day, every day. “If the students realize we are here because we care they will work hard, learn, and enjoy doing it.” Although he was offered principal jobs in other towns, he is committed to Chester and says he wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. 
“...to leave the world a bit better because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

District Mission and Vision

 
Our Mission is to collectively inspire every child in every classroom every day. We ensure an exemplary education with diverse opportunities and we accept no limits on the learning potential of any child.