Principal’s corner: Overwhelming support at Truckee Elementary |

Principal’s corner: Overwhelming support at Truckee Elementary

Valerie Simpson

Editor’s 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 Valerie Simpson, principal of Truckee Elementary School.

Truckee Elementary is a special place for young scholars. At the heart of our school, we have an incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic group of educators who work together each and every day to ensure our school is the best it can be.

The enthusiasm of our teachers shines through and builds excitement in our students.

We are a High Performing Title I school with a diverse campus, serving approximately 600 students from preschool to fifth grade. Our staff, community and students work together to encourage responsibility, integrity and an enthusiasm for learning.

At Truckee Elementary, our primary mission is to provide students with a solid educational foundation that includes the arts, science and character education. By developing well rounded students, we ensure that all educational options are open for students as they move through the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and beyond.

We accomplish this mission in a safe, caring, and supportive environment. Our mantra is: Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful.

We recognize and celebrate the diversity of our school in numerous ways. We have a Community Liaison that provides language support for families and students that speak a language other than English and helps families with any school or non-school related need. We also encourage and support friendships across the cultures.

Truckee Elementary offers a wide range of enrichment and extension opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. Many of these activities are possible as a result of support from Measure A and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP).

Enrichment and extension learning includes our hands-on science lab, music, outdoor expeditions to Taylor Creek and Sagehen, art classes, our Green Team, a comprehensive physical fitness program and our character education program Second Step.

In each classroom students have access to technology and students visit our computer lab to learn such skills as keyboarding, coding and robotics.

With the help of our PTO, the district, and many community partners including, SWEP and the Shane McConkey Foundation, we are the district’s first “green” school. Truckee Elementary was the first school to begin composting, using reusable trays in the cafeteria and using energy-saving lightbulbs and hand dryers!

Parent support is a BIG celebration at our school! We recognize the importance of parents in a child’s education and we provide multiple opportunities for parents to get involved with our great school. Whether it’s in class volunteering or driving on field trips, we couldn’t have such a fantastic school without this support!

I am proud to be the principal of Truckee Elementary and am lucky to have such a collaborative team.

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