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Get a load of this academic hat trick

Greg Wohlman
Principal’s Corner

We are coming to a remarkable end to the 2016-17 school year.

This year Sierra High achieved the honor of being recognized as a Model Continuation High School in California. We are one of just 35 schools (out of 460 Continuation High Schools in California) that were awarded this honor in 2017.

We go through the lengthy application process and a site visit to qualify for a nomination, and then await a decision from the state of California. This process is repeated every three years to maintain our award status.

We are very proud of the fact that Sierra High School has been a Model School since 2000.

Sierra High School also had a successful mid-term WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) visit to check on our work to maintain our status as a WASC Accredited school in California.

This also involves a lengthy process and a detailed report from our school, but it is a valuable part of our success as a high performing school.

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Cold Stream Alternative School also hosted a WASC visit this year. After completing a different lengthy report and a three-day visit, Cold Stream earned a six-year WASC Accreditation. To summarize the accountability for the year, we've had an academic hat trick!

Three visits, three reports, and three wins for the alternative schools in Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

The honors continue! Three of our staff members were recently recognized for their outstanding performance.

Robin Redmond was named the TTUSD Classified Employee of the Year for Administrative and Clerical, and moved forward and was selected as Placer County Classified Employee of the Year! Two of our teachers, Trent Kirschner and Jamila Benkhoud, earned the 2017 Teachers Who Make a Difference award.

We have a theme of "three" for awards and accountability this year, but what is it all for?

Three reasons: students, students, and students. The incredible work of our staff comes to fruition each year at our formal graduation ceremony at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

Mark your calendars for June 16, at 10 a.m., where we are looking forward to celebrating over 20 graduates this year again. Please attend to see our remarkable students stand and deliver speeches about their long journey to graduation and glimpses of who they will become.

Special thanks to all our partners in and outside of TTUSD that work with our students to support their goals and dreams, and to Measure A, E and U. Without this support, we would not be able to serve all our students in our "All-American City."

Greg Wohlman is Principal of Sierra Continuation High School and Cold Stream Alternative and Educational Options.