Pathways to Possibilities and Student Success           June 19, 2019
   A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members,

The end of the 2018-2019 school year is here and what a year it has been "living in the learning zone!" We had three beautiful graduation ceremonies this past week, and our class of 2019 are now graduates! I am so proud of them. Our graduates have worked incredibly hard and accomplished a great deal in their time with us at TTUSD. They've also given back to the community. If you missed their graduations, the videos will be posted on our website.

I am also very appreciative of our amazing staff, who work so hard throughout the year to ensure all of our scholars are engaged and learning and have a connection with a caring adult on campus. Thanks for all you do!

Their work is reflected in the awards our schools and district continue to earn. Our latest awards include:

  • Truckee High High School was named to the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence's 2018-2019 California Honor Roll.
  • Seven of our teachers earned the 2019 Placer County Teachers Who Make a Difference award: Jason Flesock of North Tahoe High School, Carey Parlette of Cold Stream Alternative, Tamara Chisholm of Truckee High School, Adelaide Massetani of Alder Creek Middle School, Marguerite Paras of Truckee Elementary, Abby Osborn of Tahoe Lake Elementary, and Kelley Ogilvy of Kings Beach Elementary.
  • Truckee High School and North Tahoe High School were both named to the U.S. News & World Reports Best High Schools 2019 National list. 
  • Dean Nordy of North Tahoe High School was named CMEA Northern Section Outstanding Music Educator of the Year.
  • Alder Creek Middle School principal, Hien Larson, was named ACSA's 2019 Region 2 and Placer County Middle School Principal of the Year.
  • Tahoe Lake Elementary School principal, Stephanie Foucek, was named ACSA's 2019 Placer County Elementary Principal of the Year.
  • North Tahoe High School named a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education.
  • Alder Creek Middle School re-designated a California School to Watch: Taking Center Stage by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Thank you again for your partnership in your child's education. Despite challenges with the weather and a very long winter, it's been a great school year! I hope you all enjoy your summer and we'll look forward to seeing our scholars at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer
  Upcoming 2019 Summer Programs
We are proud to offer a wide variety of educational options during the summer for our students. Here is a summary of the TTUSD summer programs offered for 2019:

K-Camp
Grade Level:  Any student entering Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten in the fall of 2019 can enroll.   
Click here to enroll for K/TK 2019-2020       
Click here to enroll in K Camp 2019

Dates:             July 8, 2019 - August 2, 2019
Times:            8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:        Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) and North Tahoe School

Enrollment on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more info, please contact Tara House at (530) 582-2552.

Summer Scholars
Grade Level: For incoming first through fifth-grade students who need additional literacy support. Space is limited and by teacher invitation only.

Dates:              July 8, 2019 - August 2, 2019
Times:            8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:        Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) and North Tahoe School

For more info, please contact Tara House at (530) 582-2552.

Summer STEAM Academy
We are providing a Summer CTE & STEAM Academy for students entering sixth through eighth-grade for the 2019-2020 school year. All spots are full for this exciting one-week summer STEAM program that will be held August 19-23, 2019 at the Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace. If you have questions about this program, please contact Todd Wold at (530) 582-2591 or email him at twold@ttusd.org.
   Do you like working with kids? We need you!
We need you!

Each year, the district maintains a pool of substitute personnel to pull from in case a teacher becomes ill, or is participating in an important training. Currently, the district has a shortage of substitute teachers and is actively recruiting.

In an effort to attract high-quality substitute teachers, TTUSD has increased the daily compensation rate for our substitute teachers by $30 from $120 per day to $150 per day. Our retired TTUSD teacher substitute pay has increased to $165 per full teaching day, and long-term substitute pay has increased to $175 per full teaching day. We have also created tiered financial incentives for subs who work 25 days or more in a school year.

The process to apply to be a substitute at TTUSD is simple. Applicants must have their Bachelor of Arts degree, and we will assist applicants through the substitute permit process. Any interested individuals should contact Dana Walton-Smith for more information at dwaltonsmith@ttusd.org or by calling (530) 582-2503.

The district is also recruiting for staff in the following positions: food services, custodial, instructional assistants, and bus drivers. Each of these positions offers a great opportunity to work with our wonderful students.  For more information, please visit our district's website at www.ttusd.org.
  Recognizing our retirees
At our June 5, 2019 board meeting, we recognized our 2019 retirees and celebrated their years of service to our students, staff, parents and the entire community. We have a total of 16 retirees this year and combined, they have a total of 359 years of service to our district and our scholars. Our retirees are:

Glenn Besig, Maintenance, 23 years of service
Candy Blesse, Truckee Elementary School, 23 years of service
Charlotte Bohlman, Special Education, 12 years of service
Katie Bowden, Truckee Elementary School, 25 years of service
Sue DeCoite, Alder Creek Middle School, Truckee Elementary School, 23 years of service
Chris Napolitano De Duner, Truckee Elementary School, 35 years of service
Lindee Eckert, North Tahoe School, 26 years of service
Corine Harvey, Student Services, 28 years of service,
Kilty Highfill, Glenshire Elementary School, 25 years of service
Carey Krasensky, Transportation, four years of service
Rebecca Maas, Technology & Information Services, 28 years of service
Lisa McCready, North Tahoe School, 15 years of service
Lori McMullen, Alder Creek Middle School,21 years of service
Mardiece Patrick, Truckee Elementary School, 18 years of service
Karen Pilaar, Glenshire Elementary School, 28 years of service
Chris White, Truckee High School, 31 years of service

We appreciate all they have done for our youth and wish them the best in their next chapter!
  Construction updates
As you know, we have bond-funded construction upgrades underway throughout our school district, and we wanted to update you on our current projects:
 
Truckee Elementary
A new wing is being constructed at Truckee Elementary that will house Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, first grade, Special Day Class, Preschool Special Day Class, and Truckee Elementary Preschool. The main hallway is also being upgraded for grades two, three, and four. All of this work will be complete and open for the first day of school on September 3, 2019.

In the next phase of construction, in the 2019-2020 school year, we will build a new cafeteria in the back of the school and the "old" cafeteria will become the new library and Learning Lab.

Kings Beach Elementary
Our new classroom wing at Kings Beach Elementary is almost completed. We are also in the process of modernizing the core area of Kings Beach Elementary School which includes the cafeteria, library, and computer lab. As soon as school is out, Kings Beach Elementary will be closed to the public so we can complete the final stage of construction before school resumes on September 3, 2019. We will be hosting a Kings Beach Elementary Dedication Ceremony on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. at Kings Beach Elementary to celebrate the completion of this upgrade project.   

Truckee High School
At our June 5, 2019 board meeting, the Board of Education approved the construction contract with Core Construction for Increment II which includes the modernization of the original building and construction of the new library and student support areas. Construction will be underway as soon as school gets out.

Tahoe Lake Elementary
We are in the middle of a major upgrade project at Tahoe Lake Elementary and recently transitioned the construction project from Roebbelen Contracting to CORE Construction. CORE Construction has assumed all of the management responsibilities and their team is now mobilized at the Tahoe Lake construction site. Work is underway on the interior and exterior of the building, and we recently broke ground on the new building connector between the administrative building and the building that houses the "Little Auditorium."

Unfortunately, we have encountered major delays in both the Truckee High and Tahoe Lake Elementary projects as well as a huge escalation in construction costs and we are significantly over budget in both projects. In July, our Board of Education will take action to seek additional facility funds, including state funding, to address the overruns.