Welcome to SPJUSD!


Where all children succeed

Where all children feel safe

And curiosity is cultivated


Appreciating beauty, caring for the environment, as well as each other...

Ultimately understanding, actions make a difference.


Where students apply knowledge to new contexts

with honesty and integrity.



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Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District Schools

Student Privacy- Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Assoc v. CDE

February 23, 2016 10:00 pm : Alerts

bellObjection to Release of Student Data – Due April 1, 2016The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently involved in a lawsuit in which the court ordered CDE to produce confidential student information related to all students who have attended a California school since January 1, 2008.  This order may result in a release of your student’s confidential information.  To object to this release of information, parents must fill out and mail an objection form to the court no later than April 1, 2016.  The form and further information is available in both English and Spanish on the CDE’s website at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase.


While submitting a form will not guarantee your student’s information will not be released, it is the only means for expressing an objection to the current order.  The court also issued a Protective Order, which prohibits the plaintiff from disclosing any confidential information to anyone other than the parties, plaintiff’s attorneys and/or consultants, and the court.  Thus, in no event is the information permitted to be disclosed to the public generally or used for any reason outside of this lawsuit, and all information must be returned to the CDE or destroyed at the conclusion of the lawsuit.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW:  Note that Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student data.

If you have any questions, please contact CDE directly at 916-319-0800

bluegrizzley2CLICK ..Visit Loyalton High School Website

Accommodates students in grades 7-12 from the eastern section of Sierra and Plumas counties. LHS offers seven Advanced Placement courses and several other honors classes, as well as part of its full a-g course offerings for the college-bound student.
* Loyalton High has been recognized as a “Distinguished School”. * Loyalton Middle School was recognized in 1992 by the California Department of Education as a “Distinguished School.
Loyalton High School Daily Bulletin      View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

grizzlycubsCLICK ..Visit Loyalton Elementary School Website

Serves grades K-6. The school is located in the City of Loyalton adjacent to Loyalton High School. Children come from Vinton and Chilcoot in Plumas County, the rural areas of Sierra Valley, and the City of Loyalton.
Loyalton Elementary Daily Bulletin 
      View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

warriorCLICK ..Visit Downieville School Website

A K-12 school, which is located in Downieville, the Sierra County seat, and serves the communities of Downieville, Sierra City, Goodyear’s Bar, and surrounding rural areas. The California Department of Education recognized the High School as a “Distinguished School” and Downieville was recently recognized as a California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School.
Downieville Jr/Sr High School Bulletin 
      View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

Sierra Pass Continuation High School The alternative high school facility in the District, accommodates students in grades 9-12 from the eastern section of Sierra and Plumas counties
View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

It has been said, the most important factors for education are a great location, great teachers, and excellent schools.. WELCOME TO SIERRA COUNTY! 


Mission & Vision Statement


Dr. Merrill Grant, Superintendent

We envision schools where all children succeed, where all children feel safe, and where their curiosity is cultivated. We provide an educational environment that encourages productive, responsible citizens. It is our goal to equip students with the tools to live and to contribute successfully in a rapidly changing world. Our schools offer a challenging, meaningful, and relevant curriculum that values creativity, critical thinking, and effective communication. Our students apply knowledge to new contexts and do so with honesty and integrity. Our students learn to appreciate beauty and care for the environment as well as each other and ultimately understand that their actions make a difference. Read: Mission and Vision ~ Strategic Plan

Sierra Schools FoundationThe Sierra Schools Foundation supports the public schools of Sierra County and the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District.

Introducing Sierra County

girlandboyreadingSierra County lies northeast of Sacramento and borders the State of Nevada on the east. Located in the heart of the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, it contains one-half million acres of forest land, forty-five mountain lakes, and an estimated seven hundred miles of trout streams. The eastern quarter of Plumas County lies within the boundaries of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District, and children from the towns of Vinton and Chilcoot attend school in Loyalton.

Elevations within the District range from 2000 to nearly 9000 feet. Heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures are the general rule during the winter at the higher elevations. Eastern Sierra and Plumas counties include the great Sierra Valley, once an ancient lake bed but now the largest alpine valley in the Sierra Nevada range, a natural area for agricultural, timber production and mineral extraction operations. The western portion of Sierra County is heavily forested, has timber management areas, and contains both lode and placer gold mining operations. Gold was discovered here in 1849, and the area is rich in early California history.

Recreational activities abound including fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, camping, boating, and visits to points of historical interest.

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Learning is Better with Next Generation High-Speed Internet Services. In 2010, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications accepted a grant to build a 195 mile fiber optic network from Reno, Nevada to Susanville and Quincy, hoping to bring quality internet services to local homes and businesses. PST Broadband Internet is NOW available in Loyalton and Sierra Brooks. If interested, call and fill out the Interest Inventory, or visit PST: http://www.plumassierratelecommunications.com

PST is locally owned and operated.

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Sierra Plumas Joint Unified School District

The Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District serves all of Sierra County and the eastern quarter of Plumas County. The District is governed by a five person Governing Board, each member of which represents a defined geographical area of the District. The District Governing Board also serves as the Sierra County Board of Education.

Whats Happening SPJUSD?

Loyalton Elementary School Parents, a quick reminder that our State of the Schools meeting is May 3rd at 6:00. We are serving dinner, please remember to RSVP with Mrs. Sei in the office. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello! The auto-call system is super "glitchy" today. As a result I'll paste the text of what you would have heard this evening. ~Mr. Jones

Good evening, this is Mr. Jones with a few messages for the upcoming week.

Our swinging Baseball and Softball are busy this week.

Baseball will host Portola on Thursday and take on Happy Camp on Friday in Weed.

Softball will host Herlong on Friday.

Our Track team is putting up some amazing times and distances. Check out their marks on Athletic.net. They’ll head to Oroville on Saturday to the Norm Mackenzie Invitational.

Next week starts our testing season! AP exams will begin on Monday May 2nd.

Tomorrow is a standard B day. Have a fantastic week!
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5 days ago

Juniors and Parents: A Note From Mrs. McHenry


This is to apprise you that there will be a new prerequisite for those students who would like to take AP Calculus AB. This new prerequisite is designed so that those students who are placed in AP Calculus will have the skills needed to be able to comprehend this difficult material in the classroom and then have success on the AP exam in the spring.

All juniors who would like to take AP Calculus next year will need to meet the following requirement:
500 on the SAT math exam OR
21 on the ACT math exam
Please note: PSAT scores will not suffice, as our studies have shown they are not necessarily a predictor of success on the math portion of the SAT. This means that you will need to take the SAT or ACT test this spring.

If you have not yet signed up for either of these tests, go to the following websites:

SAT: Sign up by April 26 for the May 7 test (it will also be given June 4)

ACT: Sign up by May 6 for the June 11 test

The tests cost money and are administered in Reno (perhaps in Quincy or Portola, depending on the date). If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, I can give you a waiver for the test.


There will be a math course alternative (approved by the CSU/UC as an a-g course) for seniors: Financial Algebra. That might be a good choice for some of you who cannot take Calculus.


We understand that score
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Special Board meeting scheduled for April 28, 2016, Sierra County Office of Education, 109 Beckwith Rd., Room 4, Loyalton, CA 96118. Backup materials available at sierracountyofficeofeducation.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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AT Loyalton’s School Cafeteria