Note from the Superintendent: Many accomplishments heading into winter break | SierraSun.com

Note from the Superintendent: Many accomplishments heading into winter break

Rob Leri
Note from the Superintendent

Last week our students had fun learning new skills when they participated in the national “Hour of Code” movement.

Hour of Code is part of the National Computer Science Education Week where students create their own computer code, apps, and games.

The idea behind Hour of Code is that students have an hour-long introduction to computer programming to learn the basics of coding.

Hour of Code shows our scholars that coding is easier than they think and for some, it may spark a new interest in computer sciences and technology.

The fall athletic season came to a close last month. I am so impressed with the accomplishments of our scholar athletes and look forward to recognizing our state champions at our board meeting on February 1, 2017.

All of our high school athletes now participate in Athlete Committed; a program that holds athletes to a higher standard for themselves and their teammates to achieve peak performance by making good decisions.

We are in our second year of the program, and we have seen a very positive impact at both of our comprehensive high schools. Visit http://tahoe.schoolwires.net/Page/1148 to learn more about our Athlete Committed program.

It was wonderful to see so many students and families at our fifth annual interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Fair.

Students had the opportunity to see real life examples of what professionals in the STEAM fields do on a day-to-day basis and explore college and career options in the STEAM fields.

We are fortunate to have such amazing community partners and volunteers to make this fun-filled, hands-on event successful.

This winter, based on feedback I have received from parents and staff members, and in the interest of student safety, we will be adding “delayed starts” as an option on days when warranted.

A delay of two hours for all school schedules and bus schedules will be implemented when there has been significant snow during the night which ends or is expected to end by 5 a.m.

A delayed start will allow more time for our partner agencies and private contractors to address snow removal and to ensure conditions are safe, without missing a full day of school.

If we implement a “delayed start” it would be announced using our regular snow day notification process with calls going out to parents at 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Our facilities department is busy with the upcoming facility upgrade projects for our school sites. Next summer, both the Truckee High Facility Upgrade Project and the Tahoe Lake Elementary Facility Upgrade Project will be underway.

Both projects include a new construction and major renovations of the school buildings. Our new warehouse and maintenance building, located adjacent to the District Office, is under construction and will be completed soon.

The demolition of the old space will significantly improve the visual appearance of Donner Pass Road and provide a staging area to begin the Truckee High project.

Visit http://tahoe.schoolwires.net/Page/1659 for timelines and detailed information on all of our projects.

Our new Career Technical Education (CTE) course at Sierra High School, Introduction to Public Safety, is a big hit!

We have guest speakers from the fire department, the police department, medical fields, and the US Forest Service, exposing our students to local and national jobs in the public safety/service field.

Students have participated in a “Live Fire” training in Carson City with the Fire Department, and have visited the Truckee Airport to tour the Life Flight Helicopter with the pilots. Currently, students from North Tahoe High, Truckee High, and Sierra High are participating in this course.

Winter break begins on December 19 and I am hoping it is a snowy one! Have a wonderful time with family and friends this holiday season.

Robert J. Leri, Ed.D., is Superintendent-Chief Learning Officer of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Email him at rleri@ttusd.org.