Pathways to Possibilities and Student Success             June 20, 2018
A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members,
It's hard to believe this school year is coming to an end. What a great year it's been! Our students have been challenged and engaged, and it was an outstanding year of learning and connecting.

Our theme for this school year, "The Power of Connections," perfectly sums up how we approached each day. It's essential for every student to have meaningful connections and relationships at their school, so they feel safe, comfortable, engaged, and ready for success. Strong connections are important for our staff and parents as well. We value our relationships and cultivate them, and we have strong connections throughout our school community.

We continue to strive to ensure every student has a champion to show them that there is something special in them. It makes our work at TTUSD so rewarding as we know we are making a positive difference in a student's life.   

Our schools and district continue to earn awards and this is something we are proud of. The latest awards include:
  • Truckee Elementary received the 2018 Education for a Global Economy: California's Model Programs Award from the California Department of Education for their Blended English Development program.
  • North Tahoe High earned a Silver Award in the 2018 Best High School Rankings by US News & World Report.
  • TTUSD was recognized for the second consecutive year as a Green Ribbon School District by the California Department of Education.
  • TTUSD was one of only six school districts in the country to be named a 2018 Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • North Tahoe School teacher, Nicole Sayegh was named the 2018 Placer County Teacher of the Year.
  • Sierra High School was named a 2017 Model Continuation High School by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Five of our teachers earned the 2018 Placer County Teachers Who Make a Difference award: Stacey Bluestein of Alder Creek Middle School, Brooke McCaffrey of Cold Stream Alternative, Jessi Ernst of North Tahoe High School, Kirby Reed of Truckee High School, and Michele Forsberg, of Truckee Elementary.
  • TTUSD's Human Resources Director, Joan Zappettini, was named ACSA's 2018 Region 2 and Placer County Administrator of the Year.
  • TTUSD's Administrative Assistant, Cindi Friedli, was named ACSA's 2018 Region 2 and Placer County Confidential Employee of the Year.
  • Tahoe Truckee was named a Pacesetter community for the fifth consecutive year by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
At our most recent board meeting, we recognized and celebrated our 2018 retirees and their years of service to our students, staff, parents, and the entire community. Combined, they have a total of 313 years of service to our district and our scholars! Wow!

Our last day of school is this Friday, June 22 and then we kick off our summer programs on July 9. This includes K Camp, Summer Scholars, and Aim High. Our Summer STEAM & CTE Academy will be held the week of August 13 - August 17.

I would like to once again acknowledge and congratulate our graduating seniors. I wish each and every one of them success and happiness in the new opportunities that lie ahead for them. Below we highlight some of the college and university offers our Class of 2018 received. It's an impressive list!

Have a wonderful summer, and keep your kids reading and avoid the "Summer Slide!"

Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer
    Congratulations to our Class of 2018
We are very proud of what our Class of 2018 has accomplished. They are about to embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives and have been accepted to many prestigious colleges and universities across the country. Below is a partial list of college and university offers our new graduates received.

Many of our graduates have received college scholarships, some multiple scholarships! Our local community played a big role in supporting our scholar's continued education and our graduates received scholarships from local foundations, nonprofits , community organizations and individual trusts, many facilitated by the Tahoe Truckee Community Scholarship, an umbrella organization that receives funding from various local organizations and nonprofits. We appreciate the community's generous support of our graduating students.

Academy of Art University
American University
Arizona State University
Boise State University
California Baptist University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Chico
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Sacramento
Colorado State University
Humboldt State University
Johns Hopkins University
Lewis & Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Montana State University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Sierra College
Sonoma State University
Truckee Meadows Community College
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Denver
University of Hawaii
University of Massachusetts
University of Minnesota
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
University of Utah
University of Washington
Washington State University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Willamette University

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for all your academic achievements and best of luck on your path ahead!
New Classical Tahoe Music Institute
Truckee High and Juilliard graduate Lindsay McIntosh returns home to lead the Classical Tahoe Music Institute in Incline Village. The Music Institute is a fun and exciting way for the Tahoe community to jump into the creative world of music.

The Classical Tahoe Music Institute's offerings include:
Music Education
- Y oung Musicians Classical Masterclasses: Strings - July 26,  Winds - August 2, and Brass - August 9
- Young Musicians Jazz Camp & Workshop with Chris Brubeck, August 6-9 & August 10
- Student Usher Program
- Music & Movement Classes for pre-K & elementary students
- Music Therapy for trauma survivors
- Family Concert & Music Maker Faire on July 29, 2018

Music Appreciation
- Graduate String Quartet Pop Up Concerts
- Community Sing!
- Live Program Notes from the state
- "Inside Look" Open rehearsal & lunch discussion
- Classical Tahoe Digest Notes
- Monday Musical Movie Nights

For more information on the Music Institute please visit or contact Lindsay McIntosh at (775) 298-0245 or