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Note from the superintendent: Proud of all our athletic, academic achievements

Rob Leri
Special to the Sun

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and got a chance to spend some quality time with friends and family. I visited my family and we had a great time together, watched football, and enjoyed too much delicious food.

Just a few weeks ago, the fall athletic season came to a close. I am very impressed and proud of the accomplishments of our scholar athletes.

Truckee High's boys' cross-country team won the Nevada State Academic Award.

Truckee High's girls' cross-country team placed first at Regionals and second at State.

Truckee High's boys' and girls' tennis teams both made it to the State Championships.

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Truckee High's volleyball team made it to the State Championships.

Truckee High's girls' soccer team made it to the semi-finals in the State Championships.

North Tahoe High's girls' soccer team won the Division III State Championships and the State Academic Award.

North Tahoe High's volleyball team won the Division III State Academic Award.

North Tahoe High's girls' and boys' cross-country teams both won the Division III State Championships.

Both of North Tahoe School's girls' basketball teams made the state playoffs.

North Tahoe School's seventh-grade girls came in third place and the seventh-grade boys came in first place in the Tah Neva League cross-country championship.

Alder Creek Middle School's 6/7 girls' team took 1st place in the Tah Neva League cross-country championship.

Alder Creek Middle School's 6/7 girls' basketball team won both Tah-Neva League Championships and the end of the year tournament.

Since the start of the fall season, all of our high school scholar athletes participate in Athlete Committed; a program about peak performance that holds athletes to a much higher standard.

It is about going the extra mile to achieve high levels of performance by making good decisions. So far the program has made a very positive impact at both of our comprehensive high schools, and I want to commend our scholars for their commitment to the program and their teammates.

It was great to see so many of our students and their families at last month's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Fair.

This is such a fun event and gives our scholars exposure to college and career options in the STEAM fields. I'd like to extend a special thank you to the STEAM Fair volunteer committee — Greg McDougal, Amye Cole, Randy House, Rachel Falk, and Jess Darkenwald — who organized the event and the Rotary Club of Truckee, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Optimist Club, town of Truckee, Parallax and Excellence in Education who sponsored the event.

Thank you also to the numerous community members who hosted a booth and shared their expertise.

The district has a draft strategic plan called Pathways 2020 that has guided all of the work we do in our district.

We have continued to make refinements to the draft, and the final draft is going before the school board on Dec. 9 for their approval.

If you would like to learn more about Pathways 2020, we have a copy of the plan posted on our website on the Parents and Community page. It is also posted on our Board of Education page.

This week is the National Computer Science Education Week and in celebration of this week, our students are participating in an event called "Hour of Code" where they learn to create their own computer code. It's a fun and engaging way to expose our scholars to another side of technology.

We have a board meeting tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 9, and just before the meeting starts, the big winners of Truckee High School's Project Grad drawing will be pulled by Mike Murphy, the President of the Boosters Club and co-chair of Project Grad.

Winter break is just a few weeks away. Enjoy! I hope it is a snowy one.

Rob Leri is superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Email him at rleri@ttusd.org.