Pathways to Possibilities and Student Success              May 3, 2018
A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members,

I am excited to share with you that TTUSD was named a Green Ribbon School District for a second consecutive year. This is a huge honor and would not have been possible without the tremendous collaborative work underway each day throughout our district. TTUSD is the only school district in the state of California to be nominated this year by the State Superintendent Tom Torlakson to compete in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition program, which honors schools that conserve resources while promoting health and environmental literacy. 

I am also extremely proud of the hard work and initiative of our scholars in protecting our environment. Our fifth grade students in Mrs. Scholl's class at Glenshire Elementary won first place in the Shane McConkey Foundation Eco Challenge for their efforts to eliminate styrofoam in Truckee restaurants! And, students at SELS earned third place for their efforts to reduce and eliminate single-use straws in restaurants in our community. Congratulations on these well-deserved awards.

We also just learned that Truckee Elementary is an award recipient in the 2018 Education for a Global Economy: California's Model Programs Award by the California Department of Education. Truckee Elementary, recognized for their Blended English Development program, was one of five schools within the state of California recognized for a program that serves as a sustainable model of effective programming, structures, and strategies in global education.

May is a busy month in our district and full of important celebrations and recognitions. At last night's Board of Education meeting, our board passed several resolutions recognizing the contributions of our staff members and the positive difference they make in the lives of our scholars:  
  • Resolution declaring May 6-12  as Teacher Appreciation Week and May 8 as Day of the Teacher
  • Resolution declaring May 9 as Day of the School Nurse
  • Resolution declaring May 20- 26 as Classified Employees Week
We also announced our 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year and Employees of the Year. Mike Mazzie of Truckee High School was named the High School Teacher of the Year, and Nicole Sayegh, of North Tahoe School was named the Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Our 2018-2019 Classified Employees of the Year are:

Ana Ruelas, Child Nutrition, Kings Beach Elementary
Blanca Carrillo, Office & Technical, North Tahoe High School
Dawn Parkhurst, School Bus Driver, Transportation Services
Irene Gomez, Support Services, Kings Beach Elementary

Please see the article below for the details.   

I am saddened to share the passing of a beloved member of the Tahoe Truckee community. Maribeth Kehoe passed away Monday after a strong fight with cancer. Maribeth worked for the district for over 10 years at Alder Creek and Sierra Mountain Middle School. She was a counselor and a seventh-grade teacher.  Maribeth loved the students and staff members and was devoted to supporting them. We have lost an incredible member of our school community family, and she will be very missed.

As you may know, our principal at Truckee High School, John Carlson, will be retiring at the end of the school year. I solicited input from staff members, parents, and the Board of Education to determine the appointment of a new principal for Truckee High. The input I received was overwhelmingly supportive of the direct appointment of Logan Mallonee, our current Assistant Principal. Last night, the board accepted my recommendation and formally appointed Logan Mallonee as the new principal of Truckee High beginning July 1.

Congratulations to our TTUSD Road-eo team. TTUSD's Transportation team took first place in the team category at the recent CASTO Regional School Bus Road-eo and are going on to compete in the State competition later in May. Congratulations to school bus driver Laura Brochu who earned second place winner in the Elite Class!

Tomorrow is School Lunch Hero Day, and we encourage you to celebrate and honor the school food service employees for all they do to support our kids and their education.

Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer
     2018 Teachers of the Year Announced
North Tahoe School's Nicole Sayegh was named the Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Mike Mazzie of Truckee High School was named the High School Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. Nicole and Mike were recognized by the Board of Education at last night's board meeting. They will also be recognized as Teachers of the Year at the Placer County Awards Reception and at our Welcome Back Convocation Event in August.

Nicole Sayegh is a sixth grade Two Way Immersion teacher at North Tahoe School. She is an educational leader who understands and values the power of connections and does an incredible job of creating an engaging learning environment for her students. Nicole has a deep understanding of the content she is teaching and is skilled at connecting the daily learning to the long-term learning goals for students. She is a life-long learner who is always looking for ways to enhance her teaching practice and district-wide efforts.

Truckee High School's Social Studies Teacher, Mike Mazzie, is a gifted teacher with a strong academic approach. He is passionate about what he does and
instills a genuine enthusiasm for history with his students. Mike often comes to class in period costumes to bring the U.S. History lessons to life. He also has excellent technology and computer skills and has worked with peers to develop three new courses in Technology and Computer Science to better meet the needs of our students. Mike also coaches the Academic Team that consistently finishes in the top spots in the league and state competition.
2018 Employees of the Year Announced           
Our outstanding support staff is extremely committed the youth of our community and make a tremendous impact on their educational experience. This year's Classified Employees of the Year are excellent representatives of the high-quality employees we have in our district. 

The following individuals were recognized at last night's board meeting:
  • Ana Ruelas, Child Nutrition, Kings Beach Elementary
  • Blanca Carrillo, Office & Technical, North Tahoe High School
  • Dawn Parkhurst, School Bus Driver, Transportation Services
  • Irene Gomez, Support Services, Kings Beach Elementary
Ana Ruelas - Child Nutrition at Kings Beach Elementary , commits every moment of her work day to meeting student's needs, academically, emotionally and by providing nurturing meals. She loves that she learns new things each day and that at the end of the day her "soul is filled." Her favorite part of working in the cafeteria is interacting with children.

Blanca Carrillo - Registrar for North Tahoe High School is so much more than a high school registrar. She is a Spanish-speaking community liaison, a student confidant, and an office cheerleader. She is the front office go-to person at NTHS for Spanish-speaking customer service, and she always delivers it with a smile.


Dawn Parkhurst - School Bus Driver, Transportation Services,
is a stellar school bus driver. Dawn understands and employs the true meaning of making connections with students and her school bus looks and feels like a classroom on wheels. Dawn shines when it comes to pupil management and safety on the school bus and goes above and beyond on a daily basis to ensure students get to school, and home safely.

Irene Gomez - Support Services at Kings Beach Elementary is one of the friendliest people around and always arrives with a smile on her face and and kindness towards her co-workers. She does an exceptional job of creating a welcoming and engaging environment for families with children 0-5 years old in the Family Room at Kings Beach Elementary School. Irene helps families expand their knowledge of parenting, early childhood development and teaching essential school readiness skills. Her customer service skills are exemplary and she has drawn in many families with her kindness.
Guest speaker Ashanti Branch comes to TTUSD
FREE Event - May 15, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
in the Auditorium at Truckee High School

Ashanti Branch was featured in the film "The Mask You Live In" and is a teacher, mentor, and proponent of positive change.

We are extremely fortunate to have Ashanti come to TTUSD to lead a meaningful discussion on how to raise young boys to stay true to themselves and develop greater resiliency in these increasingly challenging times.
He will speak to the challenges our boys face growing up in a culture where they have to hide many parts of their emotional world.

He'll also share ways that we as adults and friends can help them thrive in this complicated time. This important discussion is an excellent opportunity for all adults who interact with boys of any age .  
WeTip - Anonymous crime & bullying reporting hotline
As a community, we need to work together to keep our schools safe. If anyone - a student, parent, staff person or member of the community - sees something they perceive to be unsafe, or something that doesn't seem right, it is critical that they take action and report the situation or incident immediately.

We understand that sometimes people are reluctant to speak to the principal or school officials in fear that their identity may be shared with the person accused of the crime or bullying. We have partnered with WeTip to provide a great resource that is completely anonymous so everyone has a safe and simple way to report unsafe issues or concerns. WeTip offers anonymous crime and bullying reporting and anyone can report crime or bullying at 1-800-78-CRIME or online at www.wetip.com.  They have live operators 24/7 who are professionally trained specialists.  

Remember - the safety of our students and our staff is a top concern and we all must do our part to ensure our schools are as safe as possible. Report school crimes like drug use, vandalism and incidences of bullying and help make TTUSD a safer place to learn and play.

Report crime at WeTip: 1-800-78-CRIME or at www.wetip.com
        Construction updates
It's an exciting time for school upgrades! We kicked off our Truckee Elementary upgrade project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, May 2. In June, we'll kick-off our Kings Beach Elementary project with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 5.

The new career technical education (CTE) and science classroom wing on the west side of Truckee High is what's hiding under the shrink wrap, and we're looking forward to opening this wing in the fall. We have taken a temporary break from construction at Tahoe Lake Elementary while we review test results that show elevated levels of lead. Safety is always our top priority, whether students are on campus or not, and we are exercising an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our workers. We are looking forward to getting back on track with the construction soon. At Donner Trail Elementary, construction of two new classrooms and a new entryway are near completion. 

For more information on Measures E and U and project information sheets on each of our projects, please visit our website.
Upcoming summer programs                   
We are proud to offer a wide variety of educational options during the summer for our students. The 2018 summer programs offered:

K-Camp
Grade Level:   Any student entering into Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten in the fall of 2018 can enroll. Click here to enroll for Summer 2018.

Dates:             July 9, 2018 - August 3, 2018
Times:            8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:        Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) and Rideout

Breakfast and lunch will be available for all students. Enrollment on a first-come, first-served 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 9, 2018 - August 3, 2018
Times:            8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:        Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) and Rideout

Breakfast and lunch will be available for all students.  For more info, please contact Tara House at (530) 582-2552.

Summer STEAM Academy
Grade Level:    Incoming sixth through eighth-grade students design and create projects around themes (i.e.: 3D Design and Printing, Forensics, CPR/1st Aid) to build awareness of high school opportunities and prepare them for the future.

Dates:         August 13- 17, 2018        
Time:          9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.  
Location:    Truckee Roundhouse

Breakfast and lunch will be available for all students.  Online registration is now open and enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, please email Todd Wold at twold@ttusd.org or call him at (530) 582-2500- x 20444.
Earned income tax credit                                
Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.

The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. (Read more...)