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News from Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Schedule changes at Lakeside schools

Start and stop times have changed for the 2010-2011 school year at the following lakeside schools. These new schedules support the efforts of NTS to have a similar start and stop time for the fourth through eighth graders, allowing them to share resources more efficiently.

Kings Beach Elementary: School will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m. Kindergarten will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. Minimum day dismissal is at 12:15 p.m.

Tahoe Lake Elementary: School will now begin at 8:25 a.m. and end at 2:15 p.m.-Kindergarten will be released at 12:40 p.m.-Minimum Day dismissal is at 12:10 p.m.

North Tahoe School (grades fourth and fifth): Instruction will begin at 8:20 a.m.; dismissal is at 2:40 p.m. (with option to ride the bus at 3:07 p.m.) Minimum day dismissal is at 12:40 p.m. For the full bell schedule, see

North Tahoe School (grades sixth through eighth): School will start at 8:20 a.m. (7:30 a.m. for Early Bird classes) and will end at 3:07 p.m. Minimum day dismissal is at 12:40 p.m. For the full bell schedule, see

North Tahoe High School: School begins at 7:30 a.m. (6:40 a.m. for Zero Period classes) and ends at 2:30 p.m. Minimum day dismissal is at noon. For the full bell schedule, see

Note: Minimum day calendars are also posted online at

Changes in administration at Lakeside elementary schools

TTUSD announces two changes in administrative responsibilities at lakeside elementary schools. Eileen Fahrner and Stephanie Welsh will still serve the schools, but Fahrner will now devote her entire time as principal Kings Beach Elementary while Welsh will be the principal of Tahoe Lake Elementary.

and#8220;I feel these assignments will provide stability and continuity to the two schools. Both Eileen and Stephanie will do an outstanding job,and#8221; says Steve Jennings, TTUSD superintendent.

Fahrner can be reached at or 546-2605; Welsh can be reached at or 583-3010.

New principals at North Tahoe, Truckee High Schools

The new principals of North Tahoe High School and Truckee High School have assumed their responsibilities and are busily preparing for the coming year. In the past weeks, they each attended a and#8220;Meet and Greetand#8221; event held at their respective schools which gave parents a chance to get to know them casually prior to the start of school.

According to Dr. Michael McDowell, principal of North Tahoe High School, the commitment, passion and focus he has found from the local community, TTUSD district officials, and the NTHS staff has been enormous and he is excited to work with team with such a strong, common focus.-

and#8220;In the past few weeks I have had an opportunity to initiate conversations with our service organizations, listen to the business community, and learn from parents. With this initial sample size, I can only estimate the power of the various stakeholders and what we can continue to do to support our learners,and#8221; he says.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m very excited to learn from our students. I wake up every day counting down the days until I get to work with the kids,and#8221; McDowell adds enthusiastically.

Dr. David Putney, principal of Truckee High, is also eagerly anticipating the start of school. He has been impressed with the focus on health and outdoors in the local community and is excited about sharing an involvement of the environment with the students.

His focus is on finding a way to help students find relevancy in school and to help them feel empowered for the future.

and#8220;My agenda is to come in and participate with the community to gain perspective and#8212; to come in and learn whatand#8217;s going on,and#8221; Putney explains. and#8220;Itand#8217;s important to me that people feel respected and heard and that they know I am receiving their information and#8212; it will really impact my thinking and my work,and#8221; Putney says.

The two were chosen from a field of nearly 40 applicants after being interviewed by a panel of parents, teachers, administration and staff. and#8220;Both individuals bring a wealth of training, knowledge and insight to our educational family,and#8221; says Steve Jennings, TTUSD superintendent. and#8220;The two are a great addition to our leadership.and#8221;

Staff development training session

TTUSD administrators and teacher leaders participated in training provided by Coaching for Results, Inc., a firm from Dallas, Texas. The week of training, entitled and#8220;Leadership Coaching for High Performance,and#8221; provided instruction on one of the key elements of the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and the educational model in the district.

Coaching has been recognized as a potent technique for the improvement of teaching and learning. Today, coaching is acknowledged as the key leadership identity for leaders who want to dramatically improve performance, transform relationships, and increase learning for staff and students; all of which dramatically change the culture of a school.

Thirty TTUSD administrators and teachers were involved in the four full days of training to gain knowledge and refine their coaching skills. Funding for this training was provided through a grant from the Cowell Foundation. –

and#8212; Submitted by Switchback Public Relations + Marketing, Inc. on behalf

of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

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