The main entrance at the new PCS Quincy site. Mountain Valley Parents Club decorated the school for the open house. Photo by Rachel Goings.

New charter school welcomes its first visitors

By Rachel Goings

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Over 100 well wishers gathered on Wednesday, Aug. 17 for the first look at the new Plumas Charter School in Quincy.

Teachers greeted past and future students while parents and community members chatted and admired the landscaping that was completed earlier that day. Even the light drizzle that fell sporadically was met with excitement. Under the newly-hung sun shades on the patio, Site Director, Patrick Joseph welcomed the crowd and offered remarks.

“This is a huge day of gratitude for so many people that have been helpful along the way,” said Joseph.

Joseph introduced PCS Executive Director, Taletha Washburn, who reminisced on the seven years it took to complete the project. Washburn put down her printed speech when her voice caught as she sincerely thanked those involved with the project, the PCS staff and families.

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Project leads joined Washburn behind the green ribbon as she cut it with a pair of oversized scissors. The crowd cheered as they filed into the building. Two green smoke sticks were set off outside in celebration and momentarily set off the fire alarm inside. Attendees commented on the alarm’s efficiency and were pleased with the unplanned demonstration.

Guests popped in and out of classrooms meeting teachers and checking out the different spaces. As they meandered down the wide hallways, they munched on appetizers provided by Pangaea. Students especially enjoyed the ice cream bar provided by Mountain Valley Parents Club. The end of the self-guided tour saw the administration offices, the large conference room and finally the main entrance decorated with a school-color themed balloon arch of green, gold and white.

Parents will pull into the freshly paved parking lot at 1425 E. Main Street to drop off their students for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 22.

Plumas Charter School also operates learning centers in Chester and Taylorsville. To learn more, visit www.plumascharterschool.org.

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Rachel Goings is the public relations specialist for Plumas Charter School

Executive Director Taletha Washburn cuts the ribbon and welcomes guests. Photo by Rachel Goings
Parents and students alike were excited to see Ms. Inge’s kindergarten classroom. Photo by Rachel Goings
Ms. Thorman’s first- and second-grade classroom. Photo by Rachel Goings