Principal’s corner: Great start at Sierra High, Cold Stream |

Principal’s corner: Great start at Sierra High, Cold Stream

Greg Wohlman
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We are off to the best start ever this year. At Sierra High School, we have over 40 students enrolled, and we have filled almost all of our time slots for single subject and full-time students at Cold Stream Alternative School.

This past summer, Sierra High School and Cold Stream Alternative School hosted their 2015 Graduation Celebration. The student achievements and speeches were amazing, and we were second chair to their greatness.

It was impressive to see over $87,000 worth of scholarships awarded to our students at this event. So if you want to be amazed by the youth in our community, I recommend attending this graduation event next June.

Last year Cold Stream Alternative served over 100 single subject students from North Tahoe High School and Truckee High School. Over the summer, over 40 courses were submitted, updated, and/or approved through A-G to ensure both of my high schools are geared to offer students access to college if they choose that path after graduation.

Sierra High School and Cold Stream Alternative still offer fully accredited diplomas to our students, and they can choose from a four-year college, community college, or the world of work.

Cold Stream Alternative has two new teachers, Jamila Benkhoud and Brooke McCaffrey. They have been an excellent addition to our staff and are working hard to uphold and improve our programs.

Through Measure U, we are grateful for our improvements to Sierra High School and the parking lot that were completed this past summer. The improvements have given an overall “new” feeling to our school and entryway, and our students have made numerous complimentary comments about what Measure U has done for Sierra High. On their behalf, I thank our community.

We are excited to see what Measure E will bring to our other classrooms at the Lake, as Cold Stream offers classes not only in Truckee but also at North Tahoe High School, and at the Rideout Community Center.

Measure A continues to support our programs and we would truly be a lesser school without our community members and all the entities that donate and fundraise to benefit our students and their pathways to success.

From my staff at the STEPP program to classified, to certified, and my colleagues at the district office and district-wide, we are all equal partners in our success for alternative education.

When it comes to helping students find their way, path, aptitude, and avenues of adventure to tomorrow, it would be a grand task to find a better group of people to help the youth of Tahoe-Truckee. After all, the most important resource in ensuring student success is the human resource.

Greg Wohlman is principal at Sierra Continuation High School and Cold Stream Alternative School within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit for more.

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