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Back to School: Message from the TTUSD superintendent

Rob Leri
Special to the Bonanza

As we build upon our "Best Ever" year, our theme for the new school year is "Celebrating What's Right in this World and Tahoe Truckee."

This theme from photojournalist Dewitt Jones is based on the notion of embracing an attitude of celebration in your life, both personally and professionally, and to challenge ourselves to be our best for the world. "We live in a world of possibilities … when we believe it, we'll see it."

There is a lot to celebrate about what's right in our district, our Tahoe Truckee community, and our world. We have tremendous support from our outstanding staff, parents, community partners, and from Measure A. Our commitment to academic success for all students is unwavering, and we continue to build even more pathways to possibilities in our district and at each of our schools.

Some highlights and changes for the upcoming school year:

We have a new Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway, Introduction to Public Safety, being offered at Sierra High School this year that is open to any TTUSD high school student. This grant funded course provides scholars a glimpse into emergency response, firefighting, police, and a variety of emergency services in Truckee and beyond.

Scholars now have access to up to 15 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at our comprehensive high schools. Our AP classes are designed to prepare our students for the rigor of college-level work, setting up students for post-graduate success. We are very proud of this high number of offerings despite our small school sizes and thank Measure A for funding this outstanding program.

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Based on the success of our Accelerated Learner Pilot program, we continue to build on the program and will be offering additional acceleration opportunities during the school day for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Last year, the program was offered at Glenshire Elementary and Truckee Elementary, and now it will reach students at Tahoe Lake Elementary, Kings Beach Elementary, Donner Trail Elementary, and North Tahoe School.

Thanks to support from the Excellence in Education Foundation, we have expanded our 1:1 technology program even further this year. All students in grades six through 12 and some students in grades four and five will receive their own Chromebook for the school year to use in class and ultimately at home. This personal device is to support the day-to-day instruction and learning and will also support teachers to integrate educational technology throughout their daily lesson plans.

A great deal of work has been underway this summer on facility improvement projects funded by the bond measures. Thank you again to the voters for approving both Measure E and Measure U.

Our Athlete Committed program, which supports our athletes, coaches and parents, begins its second year. Launched last fall, Athlete Committed is a community partnership designed to optimize athletic performance and health and wellness by educating coaches and athletes on the impact of nutrition, sleep, character, stress and chemical health. Student-athlete leaders are playing an integral role in the implementation and promotion of this program. They promote the model, participate in training their peers, and support their fellow athletes on and off the field.

Lastly, we have several changes in school site leadership roles and positions as a result of retirements and other changes. We welcome Kerstin Kramer, Principal, Glenshire Elementary, who comes to our District from Snoqualmie, Wash. Jenni DeWald is our new Assistant Principal at Alder Creek Middle School, and Tara House is our new Coordinator of ELD and Accountability.

Rob Leri is superintendent and Chief Learning Office for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.