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Preparing youth for the 21st century at North Tahoe School

Chad Lindeen
Special to the Sun

Chad Lindeen was appointed principal at North Tahoe School in August 2015.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — It is an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to share a little bit about North Tahoe School. We started our school year by stressing the importance building a community that is safe, respectful and responsible.

Additionally, we focus on creating a rigorous and engaging learning environment to prepare all students to be college and career ready with 21st century skills.

As the new principal, I have been learning about our wonderful community of teachers, support staff, parents, and students. At our Back to School Night, parents had the opportunity to visit their child's classrooms and receive information on how to partner with our school throughout the school year.

A few weeks later, our parent organization Very Involved Parents (VIPS), hosted our first annual Back to School BBQ. Laker families were well represented and we shared a fun night together over a delicious dinner graciously prepared by Men Wielding Fire.

Within the school, our student council and student leadership groups planned a successful spirit week and Halloween dance. Additionally, they have supported Harvest of the month, a Project MANA holiday food drive, and developed a living wall in our upstairs hallway just to name a few of their impressive projects.

These student leaders are also responsible for our daily announcements to share important school news, events, and to continue to develop a positive school culture through student voice.

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We recently celebrated the academic achievement of our current 7th and 8th graders during our Honor Roll Breakfast for their performance during the third trimester of last school year.

Student learning at North Tahoe occurs in the classroom and also extends to unique outdoor education opportunities. For example, all fifth-grade classrooms attended the Sagehen Field trip, which proved to be both an enriching learning experience as well as a classroom community builder.

Eighth-grade students had the opportunity to travel to Catalina for a four-day coastal experience. Students connected school learning to this once in a lifetime experience and strengthened relationships with their teachers and classmates.

Our athletic programs enjoyed success this past fall with the boys' Cross-Country team winning the TAH-NEVA championship, along with several individual accomplishments.

On the basketball court, the boy's and girl's teams participated in the end of the year tournaments and competed at a high level in each of their games. We are now looking forward to a fun and successful volleyball and Nordic season.

Lastly, our band has had two wonderful performances this year with the most recent being our annual Winter Concert. Once again, the community support was tremendous and each of our bands, including our Jazz Band, provided beautiful sounds of the holiday season. Our music program continues to grow and perform beyond the already high expectations set from past success.

I am thrilled to be the principal of North Tahoe School. On behalf of our entire North Tahoe School faculty, I want to express our deep appreciation for being able to work with our amazing students, their families, and our extended community. Go Lakers!

Chad Lindeen is principal at North Tahoe School within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org for more.