Pathways to Possibilities and Student Success              March 13, 2018
An Invitation from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members,

I would like to personally invite you to attend our upcoming TTUSD State of the District Address on Tuesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley.  

This special event is a great way to find out more about educational opportunities the district provides our youth to ensure that they are college and career ready.  We have an interactive and informative event planned for you and you'll hear from students and staff members and be entertained by some of our scholar-musicians.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 20 at Squaw!

Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer
What you should know about school safety
At TTUSD, safety is our top priority. We remain vigilant with campus safety and security at each of our school sites, and each site has a comprehensive safety plan that they employ. Our schools are getting much-needed upgrades that include safety enhancements, thanks to funding from Measures E and U. Here are a few examples of what we have in place to ensure we are as prepared as possible in the unlikely event of a disaster.
  • Throughout the school year, we conduct numerous safety drills at each of our schools to ensure we are keeping our students and staff as safe as possible.
  • We have invested in new radio and phone systems to improve our internal communication on campus and across the district.
  • We have reviewed security at each school site over the past few weeks including locking additional doors and to help ensure there is only a single point of entry where possible; parents are reminded they must sign in when visiting school sites.
  • We work closely with local law enforcement - Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sheriff's Office - to enhance safety. We are incredibly fortunate to have two full-time School Resource Officers on campuses as part of our TTUSD team to help ensure our students feel safe and supported and can thrive both emotionally and academically. They are also active in our district safety committees.
  • We will continue to explore additional safety and security changes in collaboration with law enforcement and school safety experts.
  • We have an anonymous crime and bullying reporting system (WeTip) set up so anyone can report crime or bullying at 1-800-78-CRIME or online at www.wetip.com. You can also access WeTip on our mobile app.
  • Please help us by talking with your students about safety at school and reinforce the idea that if they see something or hear something, it's important that they say something. It is essential that you and your students report any concerns immediately to school officials and/or law enforcement. We investigate every threat even ones that students may think is a joke or prank, and will contact law enforcement every time to investigate.
Over the past year, our district has been seeking opportunities to address armed intruder training for school sites and staff. After a great deal of research, we adopted and implemented a comprehensive training program called ALICE. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The ALICE training standard takes a departure from the traditional lockdown process that was in place in the District. ALICE embraces active decision making on the part of the staff and older students to address an armed intruder including an active shooter situation or threatening scenario.

We are hosting Parent meetings on March 28 and March 29 to discuss school safety in more detail and inform parents and community members about our ALICE protocols.
Truckee side meeting : Wednesday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Truckee High
Lakeside meeting : Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. at North Tahoe High

We take safety very seriously and are committed to providing the safest place possible for students, staff and our community.

Speaking of safety, all of our schools have plans in place on how to address a potential student walkout. These differ from school to school, and principals have had conversations with their staff members and student leaders regarding the planned walkout on March 14, 2018. Schools will have a designated area outside ( but on campus ) where students can go to participate in a way that is constructive, safe, and meaningful for the 17 minutes. Click here for our full statement.
Sara Colborn appointed Principal of Truckee Elementar y
At last week's Board of Education meeting, the board formally appointed Sara Colborn as the principal of Truckee Elementary. We are thrilled with this appointment as Sara is an educational leader who has the capacity and skills to successfully lead Truckee Elementary School into the future.

Sara's experience is extensive. In her 20 years with our district she has held multiple roles, including as a Resource Specialist, a seventh grade English/Science teacher, a sixth grade Language Arts, an ELD and Social Science teacher, the Coordinator of the district's 2014 summer programs, an Academic Coach, the Principal of Donner Trail Elementary, and as Assistant Principal of Truckee Elementary. For the past five months, Sara has been serving as the interim principal of Truckee Elementary following the appointment of Valerie Simpson as our new Executive Director of Educational Services.

Congratulations Sara on your new, well-deserved appointment!
The Perfect Storm - Parent Workshop on March 13
A FREE Parent and Community workshop you won't want to miss!
       Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Truckee Elementary (Cafeteria)
       Free Dinner at 5:30 p.m. -  Presentation at 6:00 p.m. ( Free child care will be available)

Our guest speaker, Horacio Sanchez, is a leading authority on child and adolescent behavior and resiliency. His presentation, "The Perfect Storm," focuses on the convergence of issues that the younger generation faces that have created the perfect storm for a dramatic increase in psychological, cognitive, and social problems. 
Come learn the steps you can take to ensure that our youth:
  • Are capable of compassion
  • Are not easily susceptible to addiction
  • Have a greater capacity to focus on building a brighter future.
Thank you to our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) for co-sponsoring this event!