Principal’s corner: The future is now at Truckee High School |

Principal’s corner: The future is now at Truckee High School

John Carlson became principal at Truckee High School in July 2013.
Courtesy TTUSD |

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 John Carlson, principal of Truckee High School.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s an exciting time at Truckee High School. Our seniors are preparing to graduate and many have already received acceptance letters from colleges across the country.

Students are planning to attend colleges and universities such as Yale, UC Berkeley, Willamette, University of San Diego, Arizona State, Boise State, Montana State, Berkeley School of Music, Chico State, University of Nevada Reno, Sierra College, and Texas A&M University.

Our enrollment for the upcoming 2015-16 school year reflects very strong numbers with an increase in enrollment.

Two new career pathways were added this year and are successfully underway. We utilize the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum and offer a Biomedical Science pathway with Introduction to the Principles of Biomedical science and Human Body Systems, as well as an Engineering pathway with Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering.

Students are exposed to a very comprehensive curriculum with hands-on projects and high level lab studies. Capstone classes will be offered at Sierra College where our students can earn dual credits — credits for both high school and college!

Truckee High School has added a new project-based learning program called PEAK (Precision, Endurance, Action, and Kindness). PEAK is a two-year project based learning program offered to ninth and tenth graders.

In ninth grade, students have a combination of English and Global Studies and in tenth grade Computer Science and River Ecology are combined.

These classes give students the opportunity to participate in an integrated approach and provide the opportunity of community involvement.

Exciting changes to modernize our facilities and technology infrastructure for 21st Century learning have begun at Truckee High School.

With the recent passing of Measure U, more than $50 million will be invested into our school’s infrastructure to modernize existing buildings, remove portable classrooms, and add new classrooms and science labs, as well as a new library.

We have some short term projects that will take place this summer including a new all-weather track, softball field renovations and the renovation of the popular East West field.

Thank you to the entire Truckee community for supporting our schools and passing Measure U. Truckee Baseball is playing on their new infield surface thanks to a supportive community and the Good Tidings Foundation.

We are fortunate to have strong community support which makes an incredibly positive impact on the robust and well-rounded education we are able to provide our students.

Measure A funds allow us to provide 12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Truckee High that put our scholars on a path to post graduation success. Measure A also supports our student’s physical and mental wellbeing with funding for courses in health and physical education.

Measure A continues to have an enormous and overwhelmingly positive impact on our entire school district. Our Boosters Club/PTO is a group of very dedicated volunteers who handle numerous fundraising activities to support extracurricular, co-curricular activities, Project Grad, as well as volunteering at numerous events.

Our students complete 30 hours of community service as part of their high school graduation requirement. This is a great opportunity for students to give back to our generous community while enhancing their awareness of career opportunities and working with accomplished mentors.

With a wide range of extracurricular activities, 16 different sports and 14 different clubs, there are many activities for students to choose from.

Our clubs include the Drama Club, the Envirolution Club, La Raza, band, and the Academic Team, just to name a few. Last month our Academic Team swept all three matches in the regional playoff tournament. The Academic Team is the No. 1 team in the western division and fourth place overall for the state.

I would like to congratulate the Class of 2015 for all of their hard work and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

I look forward to the many exciting curriculum and facilities improvements that will enhance Truckee High School and ensure it continues to be a great place for students and the community. We continue to work hard to prepare students for success during and after high school, as well as the world of work.

It is an honor to serve in the role of principal of Truckee High School.

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