Pathways to Possibilities and Student Success        June 6, 2018
A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members,
 
I am thrilled to share that I recently had the honor of joining our Placer County Superintendent Gayle Garbolino-Mojica to surprise and recognize our Middle School Teacher of the Year, Nicole Sayegh, as the Placer County Middle School Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Nicole! This is a tremendous honor for Nicole and our district. I am very proud of our amazing TTUSD team and the fact that this is the second consecutive year that a teacher from TTUSD was recognized county-wide as the Teacher of the Year. Last year, Mary Berelson, of Glenshire Elementary was named the Placer County Elementary Teacher of the Year. Congratulations also to Mike Mazzie, of Truckee High School who was named TTUSD's High School Teacher of the Year.

At tonight's board meeting, we are recognizing our 2018 retirees. It will be a special meeting where we celebrate our retirees and their years of service to our students, staff, parents and the entire community. We have 12 retiring this year and combined, they have a total of 282 years of service to our district and our scholars. We appreciate all they have done and invite you to join us tonight at 5:30 p.m. to honor them for their service.

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education announced that TTUSD is a 2018 Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee. TTUSD is one of only six school districts in the United States, and the only school district in California to receive this prestigious national recognition for our sustainability efforts. This is a huge honor,  and I appreciate the tremendous collaborative work underway throughout our district to make this award possible.

It was heartbreaking to hear of the school shooting in Texas a few weeks ago. Sadly, it's just one more reminder of the importance of our ALICE training for the safety of our children and our schools. It's also a reminder of why we are taking additional precautions with facility changes and looking at staffing options to help address additional safety measures we'd like to put in place.  

Our last day of school is on Friday, June 22. While this school year is ending, we are gearing up for our summer programs: K Camp, Summer Scholars, and Summer STEAM & CTE Academy. K Camp and Summer Scholars begin on Monday, July 9 and run through August 3, 2018. Our Summer STEAM & CTE Academy, which filled up quickly, will be held the week of August 13 - August 17.

I would like to congratulate our graduating seniors and acknowledge all of their hard work, accomplishments, and community service hours they've given back to the community. This is an exciting time for them, and I wish each and every one of them success and happiness in the new opportunities that lie ahead.  In our next newsletter, we will highlight the colleges and universities the Class of 2018 have been accepted to. 

I encourage all of our scholars to be responsible in their celebrations and to make this a sober end of the school year. We want all of our graduates and continuing students to be with us in the future!

Sincerely,

Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer
Family Fun at the STEAM Fair!                  
Our annual STEAM & CTE Fair will be held on Monday, June 11, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Truckee-Donner Community Recreation Center. This free community event is for the entire family and will have 50+ engaging, interactive activities in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and career technical education. Hands-on booths include the Mechatronix program from Sierra College, lab activities from Tahoe Forest Hospital, and TTUSD's robotics teams.

Our community partners include the Truckee Forest Hospital District, Renown Hospital, the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, TTCTV, Sierra College, University of Nevada, Reno, SWEP, Arts for the Schools, TTUSD's Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, Truckee Fire District, California Highway Patrol, Mountain Forge, the Town of Truckee Public Works, and many more.

Be sure to come early as Smokey's BBQ will be selling dinners from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will also be a blood drive from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and you can sign up here to donate blood.

A special thank you to the Rotary Club of Truckee for their help in planning this event, and to our sponsors who help make this outstanding event possible: the Excellence in Education Foundation, Rotary Club of Truckee, Parallax, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Tahoe Forest Health System, Office Boss, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, and Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District.

The Truckee-Donner Community Recreation Center is located at 8924 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161.
Graduation & Promotion Photo Campaign!
High school graduations and eighth-grade promotions are right around the corner. It's an exciting time and a big milestone for our students and families. We have a lot of proud parents taking pictures of their kids at graduation and promotion and we want to build on this excitement and share this positive energy with our community!

When you take your graduation or eighth-grade promotion photos, we invite you to email a copy to communications@ttusd.org so your photo can be featured in our end of year photo albums. In the subject line, please include your child's school (for example Truckee High School Graduation or North Tahoe School Eighth-grade promotion). We'll be sharing the photo albums on our Facebook page as well as on our website and with the Sierra Sun and we'd love to have your kids in it!

Also, if you're posting photos on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #TTUSDGraduation or
#TTUSD8thgradepromotion.
Congratulations to our Class of 2018                    
It's an exciting time for our graduating seniors! They've been working hard and have accomplished a great deal in the past four years. Soon, they will be graduates! We're very proud of all they've accomplished.

The Class of 2018 has a total of 251 graduating seniors: 156 from Truckee High School, 66 from North Tahoe, 25 from Sierra High, and four from Cold Stream Alternative.

Upcoming graduations and awards ceremonies:

North Tahoe High School
Senior Awards Night- June 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Graduation - June 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Truckee High School
Evening of  Excellence Night- June 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Graduation - June 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Sierra High School
Awards & Graduation - June 19 at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018  for all their academic achievements and best of luck on your path ahead!
             Construction Updates 
Yesterday, we hosted a brief groundbreaking ceremony at Kings Beach Elementary to celebrate their facility upgrade project that kicks off this summer! Thank you to all the parents and community members who joined us.

Construction updates:
  





  • The Donner Trail Elementary project is nearing completion. Two new classrooms and a new entryway are almost done and the existing school has been modernized.
  • The shrink wrap at Truckee High School is slowly being removed as we make progress on the new career technical education (CTE) and science classroom wing on the west side of the campus.  Our next phase includes a new library and administration area, a larger music space, new counseling space, modernization of the girl's locker room, and modernization and upgrades to existing classrooms.
  • We've resumed construction on the exterior building at Tahoe Lake Elementary and are excited to get back on track making structural upgrades and modernizing the school.
For more information on Measures E and U and project information sheets on each of our projects, please visit our website.
A Note on the Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why"
A few weeks ago, Netflix released the second season of "13 Reasons Why."  This show is a fictional story based on a 2007 bestselling novel with the same Netflix title, "Thirteen Reasons Why." The topics covered in this book are: adolescent bullying, rejection, heartbreak, sexual assault, abuse, revenge, depression, and desperate but unsuccessful efforts to find help or understanding. These topics are depicted as many of the reasons for the character's suicide at the end of the series.

Season One faced intense criticism because critics felt it glamorized suicide and might trigger suicidal thoughts. Due to this criticism, season two will play a warning prior to viewing the content. The warning highlights some of the content, including substance abuse, sexual assault, and suicide. (More information is below under Controversial Content/Media)

We recommend you keep your child from watching this show, because of these risks. However, if your child does watch it, we recommend you watching it together, and we've compiled a list of resources of things you should know about the show as well as tools for helping process some the issues this show raises. Please reach out to your school counselor or principal if you need support or help.

We will continue to post "current trends affecting youth" on our website, under the Parents & Students dropdown menu at www.ttusd.org