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Principal’s Corner: Exciting changes in store for Truckee High School

John Carlson
Special to the Sun

John Carlson

Great things are happening at Truckee High School as we prepare students to be college and career ready!

We are excited to break ground this month on the new additions at Truckee High thanks to funding from Measure U. District project managers have been working closing with our Truckee High Facilities Committee over the past year to plan for the additions and upgrades.

Over the next three years, a new science and technology wing will be constructed on the west side of campus as well as a new library and expanded band area and upgraded classrooms. In the next few weeks, the old maintenance and bus buildings will come down along with the shop areas between Truckee High and Truckee Elementary.

These enhancements and upgrades will provide our students and teachers with facilities that support our Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways (and enhance the look of Donner Pass Road).

The staff at Truckee High School continues to focus on providing high-level curriculum and quality instruction in every classroom. Our small school setting allows each student the opportunity to participate in rigorous course offerings.

We offer 13 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and three CTE Pathways: Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Technology and each of our pathways culminating in a capstone course at Sierra College. Students will also have the choice to participate in a Work Based Learning program and gain experience and skills needed in the work world.

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Our school district works closely with Sierra College to provide additional educational opportunities for our students. Students can to take college courses and earn both high school and college credit and explore areas of interest in a college setting.

We have a Fine Arts Department at Truckee High that includes music, drama and art courses. Our Truckee High music is making a name for itself in the music education community.

The Jazz Band recently participated in the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival and was awarded the highest ratings along with a Command Performance. The symphonic band, jazz band, and jazz combo participated in the Region V Festival in March, and all received superior ratings (the highest possible ratings).

Truckee High School scholar-athletes continue to represent their school and community at the highest level, and we appreciate the strong community support.

Our Athlete Committed Program is a student-run program that involves student leaders working with their peers to promote wellness, proper nutrition, the importance of sleep, teamwork, and safety. All coaches, athletes, and parents are asked to participate in a code night at the beginning of each season as part of the educational and team building process.

Truckee High School earned NIAA State Championships this fall in Women's Soccer, Volleyball and Cross Country along with an Individual State Champion in Men's Tennis. Tennis and Cross Country earned the State Academic Award.

Our state championship track program is looking forward to training and competing on their new home track as soon as the snow melts. We hope to host our first track meet on April 24 if the snow melts in time.

Graduation is around the corner and will take place at Surprise Stadium on June 17 at 11 a.m. We hope that everyone in the community can join us to send off the class of 2017.

I would like to thank our Parent Booster organizations, Truckee Service Clubs, and Businesses that continue to support our students and staff.

John Carlson is principal of Truckee High School. Visit http://www.ths.ttusd.org to learn more.

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