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Principal’s Corner: Community support, dedicated staff at Glenshire Elementary

Kathleen Gauthier
Special to the Sun

Editors Note

“Principal’s Corner” is a regular feature in the Sierra Sun, in which a principal from a Tahoe Truckee Unified School District school shares news and events happening at his or her school, as well as any information that may impact the students, staff or families of that school. This month, we feature Kathleen Gauthier, principal of Glenshire Elementary School.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The evidence is unchanging, positive and powerful: Families and communities have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school.

When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and enjoy school more.

Glenshire Elementary students benefit tremendously from having families committed to their education and a community that consistently supports our schools through backing for Measure A, Excellence in Education, Arts for the Schools, and most recently Measure U.

We also partner with Tahoe Forest Hospital, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, the U.S. Forest Service and Sierra Watershed Education Partnership, who all help to enrich our student’s experience. I want to begin this article with a thank you for the community support and involvement.

I also owe thanks to an incredibly dedicated and cohesive staff, many of whom have been part of our school since it opened in 1995. Together we create incredible opportunities for all of our scholars to develop each of their many talents.

The staff partners with parents and community organizations to offer meaningful community-based projects and encourages and supports parent academic involvement at home and at school.

This support and our students’ impressive academic achievement led to Glenshire Elementary being named a California Distinguished School in the spring of this year.

We are very proud that in each child’s journey at Glenshire Elementary, they also receive an education rich in visual and performing arts, community service and real-life experiences and projects.

We also supplement core studies with many hands-on learning explorations and every grade participates in a broad range of field trip experiences in our beautiful community. Recently we collected over $ 1,900 by Trick or Treating for UNICEF and we are now collecting for Truckee Community Christmas, Project MANA Food Drive and Coats for Kids.

Kids can make a difference and are learning about their collective power daily. Developing good citizens and life long learners is the goal.

At Glenshire Elementary we strive to meet the needs of all of our students and we are committed to providing all students, at all levels, with challenging and engaging learning opportunities.

This year we have a pilot program underway for accelerated learners. This program enhances the differentiated instruction given at our school to better meet the needs of all students.

A new full-time teacher provides daily-differentiated opportunities for accelerated learners. What is special about this program is that it reaches beyond identified GATE students and is integrated into regular school days versus as a before-school program.

Thanks to our Parent Teach Organization, we are able to offer a wide range of enrichment classes for our students before school including violin, guitar, ukulele, yoga, Spanish, German, and track.

In addition, the PTO supports many community-building and educational activities such as Santa’s Breakfast, Spring Fever, Family Dances, New Family Tea, Family Math Night, Arts For the Schools performances, and Science Night.

If you want to be involved in your child’s education the opportunities are endless and we appreciate the impact this involvement has on student success.

We have a Visual and Performing Arts Program that exposes students to arts and culture they would not normally receive living in a rural community without these school experiences.

Every student performs on the stage every year and our Eagle Chorus, Guitars, and Ukuleles perform at every event and throughout our community.

Our exceptional Visual and Performing Arts Program is an integral part of the overall curriculum at Glenshire and we integrate arts throughout our curriculum to encourage divergent thinking, problem solving skills and creativity.

We are indeed fortunate for many reasons, but involving our community in all we do takes an additional effort on the part of each of us that helps make a richer, more meaningful experience for our students.