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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School’s out of the box teaching methods

February 1, 2018 — The Sierra Expeditionary Learning School is a charter school in Truckee whose mission is to educate the whole child, focusing on not just academics but also physical and mental wellness. And, to that extent, the charter school has proven to be successful on every level.

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Nevada school superintendent says new school programs working

January 10, 2018 — Nevada Superintendent of Education Steve Canavero said Tuesday, Jan. 9, the new programs created by Gov. Brian Sandoval and lawmakers to address weaknesses in Nevada’s K-12 schools are working. Canavero conceded with just a couple years worth of data, exactly how well the seven programs

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Swift accepting applications for Bessie Minor grants

January 3, 2018 — The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation announced on Wednesday it’s accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Carson City and the surrounding area. Grants will be awarded to select institutes that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas.

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University of Nevada, Reno to confer 1,835 degrees on Saturday, Dec. 9

December 8, 2017 — So many University of Nevada, Reno, students are getting their degrees they have to have two ceremonies. The university’s December commencement includes both August and December graduates. Of the 1,835 degrees and certificates being conveyed on Saturday, Dec. 9, 1,405 are bachelors degrees and 430

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It’s time for Boys & Girls Club enrollment

December 6, 2017 — When school is out, the club is in! The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe Duffield Youth Program is opening Jan. 16 at Incline Elementary School. Enrollment is limited to 80-100 children, and parents must attend a registration night in order to be

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School district saves taxpayers over $122 million

December 6, 2017 — The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District saved taxpayers a combined $122.7 million after recently selling a final series of bonds under Measure U and Measure E. "As a result of the low-interest rates we have seen for the last few years and strong tax base

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“Skiing for Schools” discount lift tickets benefit Truckee, Tahoe schools

December 4, 2017 — The Excellence in Education Skiing for Schools program is giving skiers and snowboarders access to pre-purchase a reduced rate lift ticket, on sale now. Proceeds from the Skiing for Schools program benefit quality public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Money raised goes

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Report: Sierra College among top 150 community colleges in U.S.

November 20, 2017 — The Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit think tank and research organization, rated Sierra College among the top 150 of the 2,400 community colleges in the United States. This makes the college eligible to compete for Aspen’s 2019 top prize of $1 million for excellence in

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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School wins national honors

November 15, 2017 — The Sierra Expeditionary Learning School received two prestigious national awards this year. Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2017 Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary performance, and also received Mentor Status within the EL Education network

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P. Mark Ghan named acting president of Western Nevada College

October 22, 2017 — The Board of Regents has officially appointed P. Mark Ghan as acting president of Western Nevada College. The board made the decision Thursday, Oct. 19, simultaneously deciding to conduct a national search for the college’s next president. That decision effectively means Ghan will not be

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One elementary science teacher in Truckee was selected to study cutting-edge space exploration

October 19, 2017 — Teachers passionate about the subjects they teach are impactful, their excitement for learning is infectious, and they cultivate that same sense of excitement within their students. Laurie Scheibner is a teacher at Glenshire Elementary, and she is passionate about teaching science to Truckee's young people.

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LTCC to offer free, first-year tuition for local high school grads, on-campus housing

September 18, 2017 — There are major developments in the works at Lake Tahoe Community College. At the State of the College Address on Thursday, Sept. 14, LTCC president Jeff DeFranco spoke about the steps the college is taking to make it easier for students to succeed in higher

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Sierra College Insights brings intellectual discussion, networking to North Lake Tahoe

September 10, 2017 — Experts and professors in psychology, brain sciences and architecture convene to host a series of thought-provoking and discussion-encouraging meetings among North Lake Tahoe locals and visitors. Sierra College Insights is a no-cost monthly program held on the Tahoe-Truckee campus that will spotlight a different topic

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Chet Burton leaving WNC for Nevada Chancellor’s office

August 14, 2017 — Western Nevada College President Chet Burton is leaving WNC. Burton resigned Friday, Aug. 11, to take the job as vice president for administration and finance for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Jamie McNinch, director Information and Marketing Services Personnel, said Burton will start with

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$55 million renovation project well underway at Truckee High

August 8, 2017 — Truckee High School's facelift is well underway, but by the time students and faculty returning this fall the upgrades will only be partially complete. The $55 million Truckee High School renovation project involves major reconstruction of the 67-year-old campus, and is expected to be complete

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Kingsbury Middle School sale back on Douglas County school board agenda

August 7, 2017 — A decision on the sale of old Kingsbury Middle School will top the agenda when Douglas County School District trustees meet on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Stateline, Nev. The school board’s August meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Visitor Center,

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Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village cuts 6 faculty members

August 3, 2017 — When students return to class at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village later this month, they'll notice that some of their favorite instructors are no longer at the school. Six of Sierra Nevada College's faculty members were let go on July 13 in a controversial

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Promise Program targets community colleges in Nevada

July 31, 2017 — A little-publicized educational initiative, part of Senate Bill 391 that passed the Nevada Legislature in June, was the Nevada Promise Program. A key piece of the legislation is a scholarship program aimed to assist aspiring college students with the cost of attending one of the

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Zephyr Cove kindergarten teacher retires after 34 years

July 30, 2017 — Over her 34 years of teaching kindergarten, Konnie Susich had one important rule: one hug for each student every day. “By the end of each year, I really do feel like they are my kids,” said Susich. “I’ve taught 1,000 children over the years —

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Douglas County School District extends the escrow deadline on Kingsbury Middle School sale

July 28, 2017 — Douglas County School District trustees agreed this week to extend the escrow deadline for sale of the old Kingsbury Middle School property to Monday, Aug. 1. Trustees extended the closure date during their special meeting Monday at the Airport Training Center on an offer from

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