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A new phone for Truckee High

Tahoe-Truckee High School has completed installation of its new phone system.

Original plans called for a complete rewiring of the building using switched technology. However, 3 COM Corporation has a phone system which uses the existing high school computer wiring network. This $60,000 Ethernet based phone system has been installed at an estimated cost savings of more than $100,000 since new wiring did not have to take place.

This new phone system will allow greater flexibility with more direct incoming phone numbers.

However, the system required that the school’s phone numbers be changed.

The new numbers for the high school are as follows: Main incoming number is 582-2600. The Student Assistant Center/Counseling Office is 582-2603. The principal’s office is 582-2620.

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There will be additional phone numbers coming soon.

New literacy tutors complete training

Seven new adult literacy tutors completed a recent two-day training session that was sponsored by the Nevada County Library Literacy Service in Truckee.

Ruth Bright, Liliana Cartegena, Cruz Novak, Dani Santamaria, Lynn Weakley and Kurt Harrigan, all of Truckee, and Joni Renfro, of Grass Valley, will join the ranks of tutors working with adults in the community who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, spelling and math or who wish to learn the English language.

There are currently 36 learners working with 17 tutors through the Truckee Branch Library. The Nevada County Library Literacy Service is also sponsoring a weekly class in Beginning English for the residents of Donner Creek Mobile Home Park.

The literacy program at the Truckee Library is always looking for those interested in tutoring and for people who want to have one-on-one tutoring in basic skills. All tutors are volunteers and the tutoring and materials are free.

Those interested in participating in this program can call the Truckee Library at 582-7846 or stop by the library at 10031 Levone Street.

Ski School hosts foam fest

benefit Oct. 20

Beer enthusiasts can sample from more than 14 microbreweries on Oct. 20 when the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School hosts the 12th annual Foam Fest.

Quaffing will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

There will be micro brews from West Coast breweries, and everyone will receive a commemorative beer glass. There will be a raffle, with season passes to Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts as the grand prizes.

The renowned local band, 1888, will provide acoustic rock sounds to get guests on their feet.

Get tickets early, as this year’s entertainment will likely be a sell-out. For tickets or more information call the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School at (530) 581-4161.

2002 Project Graduation’s

next meeting

Attention all parents of the Tahoe-Truckee High School class of 2002: a Project Graduation meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the high school in Room 106. All senior parents are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call Becky Comeaux at 582-8774.

Citizens sought to study abroad

The Rotary clubs of district 5190 are looking for professionals to participate in the Group Study Exchange program.

The exchange will take place from March 31, 2002, through April 28, 2002, in Germany.

Team members are non-Rotarians who will travel through Central Germany on an educational program designed to further international understanding and fellowship, while receiving an opportunity to study another country’s people, business practices and institutions.

Members must currently be in any recognized business or profession on a full-time basis and be between the ages of 25 and 40.

Applications and more information can be obtained by calling John LaTourrette at (775) 786-1515 or E-mail, latour@thegrid.net.

Registration deadline for December ACT

College-bound high school students who want to take the ACT Assessment have two chances to register before the Dec. 8 test date.

The postmark registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 2.

There is also a late registration postmark deadline on Nov. 15 (an additional fee is required for late registration).

Students can get information from their school counselor or register online at http://www.act.org.

ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges in the nation, including all Ivy League schools. The test fee is $24 ($27 in Florida).

A student’s ACT scores are considered by colleges for admissions and course placement, along with several other important factors including high school GPA, college prep courses taken in high school, extracurricular activities, personal background and other information.

To learn more about the ACT Assessment, including registration forms and test locations, contact the high school counselor or go to the ACT Web site (www.act.org). which also offers useful tips, sample tests and the opportunity to order test prep materials.

Seniors who have already taken the ACT can take it again and try for a higher score. Juniors and sophomores can also take the exam and use their scores to examine academic weaknesses, take courses to correct those weaknesses and retake the exam at a later date. Students who take the exam more than once can report only their highest composite score to prospective colleges if they choose.

There are four sections to the ACT Assessment: English, reading, math and science reasoning. Some colleges and universities require only the ACT Assessment and no other tests, because it measures four academic areas. A record number of students, over 1.7 million, took the ACT Assessment during the past year.

GED classes offered

Over 18 and need a high school diploma? Call the Tahoe Truckee Community Adult School for more information, at 582-7685.

GED testing will be held at Sierra High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, Dec. 1 and 8. The cost is $45.

Dining for Schools

cards are back

As part of its continuing fund-raising efforts, the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation has announced the return of its highly successful Dining for Schools Program.

Dining for Schools cards cost $40 each and entitle the purchaser to one 50 percent off dinner entree per card per visit at over 40 participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants.

Popular with locals and visitors alike, the cards may be used an unlimited number of times at any of the restaurants during the valid periods. Dining cards make great gifts, offer a wonderful employee bonus after a long summer, or provide a unique way to thank a client. For a complete list of restaurants included, please visit the Web site at exined.org, refer to the ad in local papers, or take a look at a Dining for Schools’ poster at a local school site.

The regular period dates for use of the Dining for Schools card are Sunday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, and Sunday, April 21 through Thursday, June 13, 2002.

Additionally, certain restaurants offer discounts during the extended period, which is Sunday, Jan. 6 through Thursday, April 11.

Dining for Schools cards will be available at Porter’s Ski and Sports locations in Incline, Truckee and Tahoe City, Bank of the West, Safeway in Truckee and Kings Beach, and Albertson’s in Tahoe City. The cards will also be available at all back to school nights. Restrictions do apply and cards are nontransferable.

The Dining for Schools Card Program is one of four key fund-raisers for the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation.

Other fund-raising programs include Golfing for Schools, Skiing for Schools and the annual Recognition Event.

This year the Foundation expects to award $130,000 in grants to educators within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

For additional details, call the Excellence in Education office at 581-5373.