Principal’s Corner: It’s a new, exciting era for Glenshire Elementary | SierraSun.com

Principal’s Corner: It’s a new, exciting era for Glenshire Elementary

Kerstin Kramer
Principal’s Corner

Kerstin Kramer is principal at Glenshire Elementary.

Glenshire Elementary School is a very special place and you can feel it from the moment you enter the building. It's a warm, welcoming environment where kids come first! I am new to our school and this was just one of the many draws for me in joining the team at Glenshire Elementary.

Glenshire Elementary School is a California Distinguished School that serves approximately 500 students from Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade.

In partnership with our families and community, all students at Glenshire Elementary are provided a well-rounded education that meets the individual needs of each child. We enhance the differentiated instruction happening in every classroom through intervention, enrichment and accelerated learner support.

We have an amazing group of educators and support staff that are committed to focus on the whole child and integrate social, emotional, and physical development with a strong academic curriculum, so that each child can succeed. Using the Second Step curriculum, students are taught to be kind, respectful, safe, and responsible.

“At Glenshire, we offer an exceptional Visual and Performing Arts program that is an integral part of our overall curriculum, and we integrate the arts throughout our curriculum to encourage divergent thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity.”

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We have a fifth-grade Safe School Ambassador program that engages student leaders in promoting a positive school culture. These Ambassadors help to resolve conflicts, defuse incidents, and support isolated and excluded students. Our school motto is Glenshire Cares and staff, parents and students work hard to create and maintain a caring school.

At Glenshire, we offer an exceptional Visual and Performing Arts program that is an integral part of our overall curriculum, and we integrate the arts throughout our curriculum to encourage divergent thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Thanks to the support from our community partner, Arts for the Schools, all third, fourth and fifth-grade classrooms receive 14 weeks of additional art instruction in visual arts including ceramics, print making, drawing and painting.

Our music program, made possible by Measure A, provides every student in the school with multiple opportunities to perform on the stage. Students in fourth-grade have the opportunity to participate in a theatrical production directed by a dedicated community volunteer.

Thanks to our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), we are able to offer a wide range of enrichment classes for our students before and after school. Classes include violin, guitar, ukulele, drumming, hip hop, martial arts, improv, yoga, Spanish, creative writing, 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 Science Night. Family involvement has a very positive impact on student success, and we encourage you to continue to be involved in your child's education and part of our positive community.

I feel so lucky to be part of this amazing school. Our students have a sense of joy when they come to school; they are engaged and want to be here. Our staff is passionate and dedicated and they create the caring environment we are known for. We put kids first and that's what I am most proud of!

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