Last news of the school year!

June 17, 2021

In this edition:

  • A Message from the Superintendent
  • 2021 retirees - honoring 384 years of service
  • Congratulations to our Class of 2021
  • Summer FREE meals continue
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital's vaccine clinic

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear TTUSD Parents & Community Members,

We are wrapping up one of the most challenging school years in the history book; challenging for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and our entire support staff. It certainly was a tough way to start as a new Superintendent in a new school district.

Yes, it’s been an exhausting year for all; however, we have a lot to be proud of as well. We all lived and worked through a pandemic while juggling a great deal. We all did our part to keep our TTUSD community safe while educating our kids as best we could during a global pandemic. We put kids first. We made tough decisions based on the best information available at the time, while conditions and directives changed constantly. We balanced the demands of work and life. We learned, and we stretched, and we grew.

As a community, we were “in it together” and there for one another. We made sure no student “fell through the cracks.” We provided over 375,000 free meals to our youth. We made sure those who needed assistance in Tahoe Truckee were cared for and did not go hungry. We were in this together.

We are looking forward to safely transitioning our students back to full school days this fall. We are returning to our pre-COVID bell schedules for the 2021-2022 school year,

We don’t yet know what the California Department of Public Health will require of schools regarding safety and COVID mitigation measures for the new school year. Regardless, at the forefront of our planning and preparation for an outstanding new school year will be our district’s #1 Belief Statement: students are the focus of all our decisions. We will meet each student’s learning needs to ensure their educational progress and mental well-being. Our five guiding principles during COVID (health & safety, social-emotional wellness, access & equity, communication, and flexibility) will remain in place.

CDPH will revise its guidance for K-12 schools later this summer, based on the conditions at the time. Once they do, we will update our protocols and provide up-to-date FAQs before school reopening on August 31, 2021. We hope that we will be able to once again welcome parent volunteers to our campuses. We also hope to be once again able to offer neighborhood school bus transportation as an option to all of our TTUSD families, but all of this will depend on the specific guidance and directives we receive from CDPH. Stay tuned!

My wish for our families and our entire TTUSD this summer is that you each have time to rest, time to reflect, and time to recharge!

Stay well,

Carmen Ghysels

Superintendent Chief Learning Officer

2021 Retirees - Honoring 384 years of service!

At our June 16, 2021 board meeting, we recognized our 2021 retirees and celebrated their years of service to our students, staff, parents, and the entire community. We have a total of 19 retirees this year and combined, they have a total of 384 years of service to our district and our scholars. Wow!

What an impact these retirees have had on our Tahoe Truckee youth!

Robin Bahrke, Fiscal Services, District Office, 23 years

Kelly Bekker, Transportation, 19 years

Claire Boyle, Tahoe Lake Elementary, 27 years

Suzanne Burciaga, Truckee High School, five years
Denise Clark, Transportation, 34 years

Anna Davis, Truckee Elementary, 27 years

Sydney Dion, Educational Services, 24 years

Lynn Fagan, Alder Creek Middle School, four years

Cindy Freeman, North Tahoe High School, 26 years

Dorothy Gadsby, Truckee Elementary, 18 years

Kathleen Hansen, Tahoe Lake Elementary, 24 years

Bobbe Holt, Alder Creek Middle School & State Preschool, 20 years

Margie LaPoint, Glenshire Elementary, 25 years

Alison Plapp, North Tahoe School, 22 years

LaVan Rassuchine, Transportation, nine years

Robin Redmond, Sierra High School/Cold Stream Alternative, 15 years
Lourdes Shaurette, North Tahoe School, 19 years

Gina Stephens, Alder Creek Middle School, 18 years

Gay Thomas, Tahoe Lake Elementary, 25 years

We appreciate all they have done for our youth and wish them the best in their next adventure!

Congratulations to our Class of 2021

Our Class of 2021 has accomplished a great deal and now they are about to embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives. Many have been accepted to many prestigious colleges and universities across the country and we’d like to show off a partial list of college and university offers our new graduates received.

Many of our graduates have received college scholarships, some multiple scholarships! Our local community played a big role in supporting our scholar's continued education and our graduates received scholarships from local foundations, non-profits, community organizations, and individual trusts, many facilitated by the Tahoe Truckee Community Scholarship, an umbrella organization that receives funding from various local organizations and nonprofits. We appreciate the community's generous support of our graduating students.

American University of Paris

Arizona State University-Tempe

Berry College

Boise State University

Boston University

Brigham Young University

Brunel University

Butte College

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California State University, Bakersfield

California State University, Channel Islands

California State University, Chico

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Humboldt

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, San Bernardino

California State University, San Marcos

Cal Maritime

Chapman University

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

Colorado College

Connecticut College

Cuesta College

DePaul University

Dominican University of California

Emerson College

Fort Lewis College

Franklin University Switzerland

Hawaii Pacific University

Holy Names University

Indiana State University

Jacksonville University

Lake Tahoe Community College

Laney College

Los Angeles Film School

Loyola Marymount University

Marymount Manhattan College

Miami University-Oxford

Montana State University

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

Oregon State University

Pepperdine University

Portland State University

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Clara University

Sierra College

Sonoma State University

Universal Technical Institute

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas

University of British Columbia

University of Calgary

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Charleston

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Denver

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Montana

University of Nevada, Reno

University of North Dakota

University of Oregon

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of St. Andrews

University of Utah

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Wyoming

Utah State University

Western Washington University

Willamette University

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 for all your academic achievements and best of luck on your path ahead!

Summer FREE meals continue

To date, our food service team served over 375,000 free meals to our youth and we're excited to share that our FREE Meals continue - on campus during summer programs and neighborhood deliveries for all children 18 & younger!

Summer Meal Programs (in-person instruction)

In addition to weekly free curbside meals offered, FREE breakfast or lunch will be offered for all students in TTUSD summer programs at Alder Creek Middle School, Truckee Elementary, and Kings Beach Elementary beginning Monday, June 28, 2021.

Truckee curbside pick up locations -Every Wednesday:

● Alder Creek Middle School 12:30 p.m- 1:15 p.m.

● Truckee Elementary School 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lakeside curbside pick up location- Every Thursday:

● Kings Beach Elementary 4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

We are also continuing to offer neighborhood meal deliveries weekly at the following location & times:

Truckee-Every Wednesday:

Village Green Mobile Home Park 9:55 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

Sierra Village Apartments 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Donner Creek Mobile Home Park 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Truckee Pines Apartments 12:05 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Henness Flats Apartments 12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lakeside-Every Thursday:

Tahoe Vista Mobile Home Park 10:15 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Kings Beach 200 Chipmunk St 11:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Kings Beach Raccoon & Trout 12:22 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Meals are offered as first come, first served, and available to all children 18 & younger. Children do not need to be enrolled in TTUSD.


Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
Food & Nutrition Services

(530) 582-2528 English & Español

Tahoe Forest Hospital's vaccine clinic

TFH’s vaccine clinic has moved from Sierra College to 11044 Donner Pass Road, in the Gateway building.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. – noon & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

They have the Pfizer vaccine available, both for scheduled appointments and walk-ins. Visit to schedule.