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Principal’s Corner: Creating incredible opportunities at Glenshire Elementary

Kathleen Gauthier
Special to the Sun

Kathleen Gauthier

TRUCKEE, Calif. — This is the season to be thankful, and I am very appreciative of our wonderful students, staff, and parents at Glenshire Elementary. I moved to this area as a 19-year-old and have worked in our school district for over 30 years; the past 16 years as the principal of Glenshire Elementary.

I have seen a tremendous amount of change, and I could not be prouder of the schools and the town we have created. Our region has become a caring, generous, insightful, authentic community that supports children, families, and education in all ways possible.

This past October, Glenshire Elementary celebrated 20 years of service to our students and their families. We have an incredibly dedicated and cohesive staff; many of whom have been part of our school since it opened.

Together, we create incredible opportunities for our 500 students, in Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade, to develop their many talents. The staff partners with parents and community organizations to offer meaningful community-based projects and encourages and supports parent academic involvement.

“After 30 years, I am looking forward to retirement in June. I am proud of the community and school district we have created, and I look forward to joining the rank of volunteers who support this work.”

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This support along with our students' impressive academic achievement is one of the reasons we hold the title of a California Distinguished School.

At Glenshire Elementary, we are committed to providing all students, at all levels, with challenging and engaging learning opportunities. We enhance the differentiated instruction happening in every classroom through intervention, enrichment and accelerated learner support. This year, we will continue our pilot program, sharing a full-time teacher devoted to our accelerated learners with Truckee Elementary.

Using the Second Step curriculum, students are taught to be kind, respectful, safe, and responsible. As evidenced by our parent, student and staff surveys, these efforts are working. Parents are happier than ever with their child's education, students feel connected and cared for, and 100 percent of the staff reported Glenshire to be a supportive and inviting place to work.

We teach the things kids need to know to be safe and responsible citizens. It is a big job, but the help we have from the Truckee Police Department, the Truckee Fire Department, the Forest Service, the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP); all add greatly to our efforts and kids' understanding of specifics.

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

Also, the PTO supports many community-building and educational activities such as the Holiday Breakfast, Family Dance, New Family Tea, Family Math Night, Arts for the Schools performances, and the SWEP Family Science Night.

If you would like to be involved in your child's education and become a part of a positive community, we provide the opportunities, knowing the impact family involvement has on student success.

Our exceptional Visual and Performing Arts program is an integral part of the overall curriculum at Glenshire Elementary, and we integrate the arts throughout our curriculum to encourage divergent thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Every student performs on our stage every year and our Eagle Chorus, Guitars, and Ukuleles perform at events throughout our community.

The recent passing of Measure U bond told our children and teachers that they deserve safe, modern, and efficient places to learn and work. Thanks to Measure U, Glenshire Elementary already has a beautiful new quad and safer playing, walking, and parking areas based on the reconfigured parking lot. We have interior upgrades scheduled for next summer.

After 30 years, I am looking forward to retirement in June. I am proud of the community and school district we have created and I look forward to joining the rank of volunteers who support this work.

Kathleen Gauthier is principal at Glenshire Elementary School within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org for more.