North Tahoe High School News | From Principal Joanna Mitchell’s desk |

North Tahoe High School News | From Principal Joanna Mitchell’s desk

Welcome back to North Tahoe High School for the 2012-2013 school year! We are looking forward to a fantastic year and would like to remind you of some changes and introduce you to our new staff.

Year-long schedule

This is a reminder that, after careful consideration of the needs of all students, NTHS will adopt a modified six-period block schedule this year. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday will be traditional six period days; and Wednesday and Thursday will be alternating block days. This modified schedule will provide students with frequency of class time as well as longer block periods for in-depth learning. It will also allow students the flexibility to support programs such as Ski Academy, Culinary ROP, and band. For more information, please see the NTHS website for a calendar and bell schedule. Students will need to adjust to managing six courses throughout the year, so please remember to review your student’s grades with them on Aeries frequently.

RTI Period

Also new this year will be a 45-minute RTI (intervention and enrichment) period in the mornings on block days. This will be a time when students in need of extra support in classes can get tutoring and reteaching. This help may be required or mandatory depending on the student’s level of need. This is also a time when student clubs can meet to plan events and activities or when students in need of study or group collaboration time can work on academics. Additionally, we will offer SAT and college planning support during this time.

New staff members

There are several new staff members joining the Laker team this year. NTHS is pleased to welcome and introduce:

Jeffrey Ream will be North Tahoe’s new counselor. Mr. Ream comes to us from the Pismo Beach area, bringing with him strong skills in the areas of technology and college counseling. He earned his bachelor’s in liberal studies and his master’s in school counseling at the University of LaVerne. His focus will be on academic counseling, including scheduling, promoting strong academic achievement for all students, and college/career counseling. He will also work to improve communication with students and parents regarding graduation and college entrance requirements. He will be working to improve our counseling website and has already set up a Twitter account at

Todd Hennings will teach chemistry and physics. With 10 years of teaching experience and a master’s degree in atmospheric science, Hennings spent the past eight years teaching college prep and advanced physics at Napa High School.

Sarah Subotic will teach chemistry. She has a bachelor’s in chemistry from Occidental College and a master’s in teaching from the University of Southern California. She most recently taught abroad in Australia.

Michael Mendelson will teach a combination of algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2. He has a strong background in AVID strategies to support students in developing college-ready study skills and most recently taught in the Santa Rosa area.

JoAnna Battaglia returns to NTHS as our new art teacher. She will continue to provide the varied art offerings of art, ceramics, and photography.

A focus on technology

North Tahoe High School is pleased to announce that, thanks to Measure A funds, our new technology will be in full use for the 2012-2013 school year! We will have six fully interactive classrooms with Smart Board or Sympodium technology. We will also have a fully functional, new iMac lab in the library as well as a mobile iPad cart for classroom use. All of this is in addition to the PC computer lab and two laptop carts.

Laker Day

Please come to North Tahoe High School between Aug. 23, noon-3 p.m. on to start the school year off right.

• Bring completed forms to turn in: Emergency card, acceptable use agreement, Tdap Immunization record (if not already on file), free and reduced lunch application, bus pass application. These forms will need to be complete and turned in before a schedule and locker will be issued.

• Pick up your schedule/locker info.

• Find out information on and purchase bus passes.

• Set up a lunch account.

• Take your school picture.

If you are interested in playing sports in the fall, please schedule your sports physical ASAP. Forms are available online under “forms.” Please bring completed forms on the first day of school if you are unable to attend Laker Day.

Important upcoming dates

Aug. 23, Laker Day

Aug. 29, First Day of School

Sept. 3, Labor Day

Sept. 6, VIP meeting

Sept. 9, Boosters BBQ at Commons Beach

Sept. 12, Minimum day

Sept. 13, Back to School Night, 6 p.m.

Need for volunteers!

Parents and community members, we are in need of several volunteers to commit to helping run our athletic events for the 2012-2013 school year. We need volunteers to run the books and scoreboards for volleyball and basketball. We also need volunteers to run the clock and scoreboard for football as well as run the lines. We will give volunteers a VIP pass for entrance into all school events for the year. If you are interested in helping with this please contact Judi Dietz at or call Joanna Mitchell for more information at 530-581-7005.

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