Principal’s Corner: ‘Measuring’ progress at Truckee High School |

Principal’s Corner: ‘Measuring’ progress at Truckee High School

John Carlson

Great things are underway at Truckee High School as we prepare out students to be college and career ready.

Truckee High is a community high school with high-level curriculum delivered in a small school setting. We strive to provide the best and well-rounded educational experience possible offering diverse and rigorous programming for our scholars along with 16 different sports and 14 clubs for students to choose from.

Thanks to funding from Measure A, we are able to provide 13 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and will be adding a 14th course, AP Computer Science, next school year. We offer career technical education pathways including biomedical science and engineering, and we continue to work on developing new pathways in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

Our nationally recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum exposes students to a very comprehensive curriculum with hands-on projects and high-level lab studies. Capstone classes are offered at Sierra College where our students can earn dual credits — credits for both high school and college.

Truckee High also has a two-year project-based learning program called PEAK (Precision, Endurance, Action, and Kindness) available to our ninth- and 10th-graders. These classes give students the opportunity to participate in an integrated approach and provide the opportunity for community involvement.

Our band has been busy the past few months. They had the opportunity to perform in the Disney studios in February; they hosted the Region 5 Band Festival in March and put on a very successful band telethon raising money for marching band uniforms, band tour, music scholarships, honor band, and festival costs. Our drama department will also present the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in May.

We are so fortunate to have strong community support at our school. We have so many dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly on fundraising events to support extracurricular activities, including Project Grad, and whom volunteer at many of our events. We truly appreciate all you do.

Thank you to the entire Truckee community for supporting our schools and passing Measure U. Over $50 million is being invested in our school’s infrastructure to modernize existing buildings, remove portable classrooms, and add new classrooms and science labs, and a new library.

The first phase of our facility upgrade project was completed summer, and the new track and new restroom facility at the fields will be open soon. Phase 2 of our upgrade project which includes the major renovations and construction will begin in 2017.

I would like to congratulate all of our winter athletes for their top state recognition in performance. We have state champions in snowboarding, alpine skiing, and Nordic. Spring sports are underway, and students are busy with baseball, softball, track, swimming, men’s golf and club lacrosse.

It’s hard to believe that graduation is right around the corner. I am proud of all that our 162 graduating seniors have accomplished over the past four years and look forward the honoring them on June 11 in Surprise Stadium.

John Carlson is principal of Truckee High School within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit for more.

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