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In The News – Incline schools designated only K-12 STEM pathway in Nevada

May 28, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 05/28/2024, Written by Brenna O’Boyle

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – About 300 people came to celebrate Incline public schools being Nevada’s only designated kindergarten through 12th grade STEM pathway. 

The party took place at Incline Middle School on the night of Tuesday, May 21. There was live music, authentic Latino food, salsa tasting, vendors, and STEM projects on display.

In March, Incline Middle School received a first-step developing STEM school designation from Tracey Howard, STEM Program Director, Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.


Photo credit: Brenna O’Boyle Tahoe Daily Tribune

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The Local Lens – Incline Green Clean: CleanUp Day Initiative

May 14, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted and written by Incline High School students, Samiya Jenkins & Bekie Sussman

Incline Green Clean, it takes a community to clean our home!!

Our names are Samiya Jenkins and Bekie Sussman. We are juniors and IHS and love being outdoors. Some of our favorite activities include paddle boarding, hiking, and relaxing on the beach. At IHS, we are a part of the National Honors Society (NHS).

In NHS we elevate a culture of scholarship, service, leadership, and character through a service project of our choice. For our NHS, project we are organizing a community trash clean up on June 1st from 9-12am! Our goal is to connect the community by cleaning our home.

We chose this as our project because we love our home and hate to see it getting destroyed. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our home clean, which is why we want to get the community involved. It takes a community to clean our home!! It is important that we prevent trash from ending up in the lake, which is why we also need to raise awareness. Thus, we are going to Incline Middle School to teach the next generation about the importance of keeping our environment clean.

We created an informative powerpoint on the importance of keeping our beautiful home clean. We hope that they will learn to value their home and take initiative to keep it clean. Furthermore, we are advertising to the whole community! We want as many people involved in our town’s beautification.

This is a great family-friendly event; kids of all ages are welcome. Teaching kids the importance of taking care of the environment and our village is very important, not just one day a year but everyday of the year.

Join us at 9am at the Incline Village Library. The route is created by Waste Not, and we will be cleaning the areas that contain the most trash around the village. Permission slips for children and clean-up supplies (trash bags, gloves, etc.) will be provided at the Incline Village Library. Please join us on June 1st (9-12 am) at the Incline Library to clean our beautiful home!

From 11am – 2pm back at the library is the Incline Village Library Summer Block Party and Summer Reading Kick-off. There will be activities and informational booths from organizations around town. Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and get a free book, grab a few friends and play a game or two of cornhole, enjoy free hot dogs, and many other fun summer time activities.

Follow: @inclinegreenclean on Instagram for more updates and education!!

Incline Green Clean, it takes a community to clean our home!!

Thank you for your patience, 

Bekie and Samiya

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School Events & The Return of the Star Follies was a HUGE Success!

May 8, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Mary Danahey of Incline Education Fund

By all measures, the return of the Incline Star Follies lived up to the hype. Performing for close to sold-out crowds, the Follies cast put on quite the show and reminded us all what the Incline community is all about. Over 70 students, alumni, parents, school admins, business partners and local community members spent countless hours putting together an evening of fun and frivolity.  They wowed the crowd with their dance moves, lip-syncing prowess and comedic talent (sometimes, newly-found skills!) and built friendships and connections in the process. Oh, and they had fun while raising a bunch of money for the schools.   

As the school season starts to wind down, there is still a LOT going on for parents, community members and students alike. Accolades, events to attend and a couple of great volunteer opportunities. Read on and join in!

Congrats are in order! Yet ANOTHER award for Incline High School students!

Congratulations to Riley Hunt and Asher Edwards for taking 1st place at the Skills USA competition. They competed against 10 other schools in Additive Manufacturing and will go onto Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia in late June.

Cool things to do!

This Thursday, IHS is hosting a Feria de la Comunidad this Thursday from 5-7

See the flyer below for more details, but everyone is invited to IHS for this celebration of cultures, traditions, and talents within our community. The fair will feature a variety of activities and attractions for all ages, including:

– Delicious food

– Information and demonstrations highlighting what the community offers

– Engaging activities for children of all ages

– Opportunities to connect with local organizations and learn about their initiatives in fostering unity and diversity within our community

IMS Family Stem Night on May 21st. 5:30-7

Mark your calendars for a celebration of our Incline Schools becoming the First and Only STE(A)M pathway in the state of Nevada.  There will be lots of activities, including a SALSA CONTEST, so prepare your tastebuds (not your dancing shoes) for the competition.  

And here’s how you can Get Involved

Volunteers are needed for both the Science Expo and Mock interview/Career Day.


Science Expo May 23 and 24, 2024

UC Davis is seeking volunteers at the annual Science Expo on May 23 and 24 to help facilitate a science activity. The event will be held in the Incline High School gymnasium. Shifts are 2 – 4 hours. To volunteer, use the link below or contact Sarah via email at: (skharry@ucdavis.edu).  For more information about the Science Expo, visit https://tahoe.ucdavis.edu/science-expo

Volunteer sign-up genius for Science Expo: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090444AEA72CA6F49-49312450-2024

And later in the month, we will need 30-40 professionals to help out with: Mock Interview & Career Day on May 29th, 2024 at IHS

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The 21st annual Incline Star Follies is finally returning to Incline Village

April 26, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted by Incline Star Follies production team

Proceeds raised to benefit Incline Village Public Schools

Shows are on Friday May 3rd (6pm and 8:30pm) and Saturday May 4th (1pm matinee, 6pm, and 8:30pm)

Our cast of almost 100 people, including 30 students, has been working for several weeks to bring an amazing show to our community.  If you have seen the show before, you know you want to be back in our audience so don’t wait to purchase your tickets.  If you haven’t see the show before, get your tickets now and come see this production that will be sure to entertain – an annual event that people won’t be able to stop talking about!

All seats are reserved and all tickets can be purchased online.

Adult Seats:

Center section $40 ($30 at matinee)

Side sections $30 ($25 at matinee)

Rear section $20 ($15 at matinee)

Student seating (12th grade and under) are $15 regardless of location ($10 at matinee)

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Incline Village School Update

April 23, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Mary Danahey of Incline Education Fund

There is a lot of school news this week, and a lot of great events are coming up!


The IHS We The People team came in First in their Division at the recent national championship held in Washington, D.C.

The small, but mighty team competed against 47 other schools – most of which had teams double, or triple in size.


Save the date! April 30th from 5-7 is the IMS Trash to Treasure Art Show at the Holman Arts Center.  

Callia Schnell, a UNR art and environmental science student, has been working with IMS art teacher Ginny Holmes to help IMS students create art from the trash collected as part of the trash to treasure program. Come by for a lite bite and see how creative our students can be.


The next meet up of the Inclined 2 Read Community Book Club is happening at the Incline Public Library on May 7th from 5:30-6:30.  

This is a great collaboration between Lake Tahoe School and Incline Elementary School to help build excitement for reading.

Here is a link to the event: https://events.washoecountylibrary.us/event/11718483

There is a Parent Preview TONIGHT at Incline Elementary School. This event is an opportunity for perspective K-1 families to tour the school and learn about all of the exciting things happening at IES. Come learn about the Makerspace, music and new art programs as well as the support and enrichment programs being offered. Families who can’t make it or who have questions about IES are encouraged to check out the flyer and call the school for an individual tour.  

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In The News – Incline Elementary’s Trina Kleinhenz named Northwestern Nevada STEM Teacher of the Year

April 12, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, 04/12/2024, Written by Brenna O’Boyle

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Incline Elementary School teacher Trina Kleinhenz received the Northwestern Nevada STEM Teacher of the Year Award on Wednesday April 10.

The prestigious recognition comes from the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology, and the Nevada Department of Education.

“I was surprised. It’s been super sweet,” said Kleinhenz. “… all the kids were congratulating me and they all had little smiles on their faces. It warmed my heart. At that moment, I felt the most recognized because it was by my students for what I’m doing for them.”


Photo provided to Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Incline School News & Upcoming School Events

April 9, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Mary Danahey, Incline Education Fund


I’m hoping you have all see the other SnapShot announcement regarding the return of the Incline Star Follies! Back after a Covid-induced hiatus, the event promises to be a ton of fun. Come out and watch local students, educators and community members entertain us with their dancing and lip-syncing chops!

Sponsorships and Advertising spots in the Follies program are only available until April 15th., so show your community-support and join in the fun.

Tickets will be available next week!   All proceeds benefit our local Incline public schools.

For more information:  https://www.inclinestarfollies.org/


Makerspace teacher Trina Kleinhenz will be receiving her regional “STEM Teacher Of the Year” award from the Nevada Governor’s Office this week.

 Stay tuned for information about local author Joanna Howes. She will be visiting both IES and LTS next month.


It’s a new semester at IMS – which means there are a new bunch of Exploratories for middle school students to participate in.

This time it’s:

Off-campus options include: Pet Network, Bowling, mountain biking (and trail building), Heart & Sole, swimming, Gateway Mountain Center.

On-campus options include: Entrepreneurship, jewelry making, culinary, 3D printing


The Incline High School We The People team is headed off to Washington D.C. TODAY for the national competition.  They will be up against 47 teams from across the country. They are still in need of funds to support the trip. Donations can be made at the “We The People” category in the drop-down menu at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ZTSAJMLWH9MU4

Junior Parent Night is tonight – from 5:30-7pm.  Hosted by the IHS Counselors to help keep parents in the loop. Pertinent information regarding high school graduation requirements and preparation for post-secondary options will be discussed.

Mark your calendars for ROTC Awards night on April 24th. from 5:30-8pm.

Career Fair is coming up and Mock Interviewers are needed. Have a look at the flyers below and sign up to help support Incline Village & Crystal Bay local youth.

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Lisa Lewis Visits Lake Tahoe School

April 3, 2024 | Member Submitted

Written by Artyom Zhakov, 7th grade journalism for Lake Tahoe School newspaper

Everyone knows that sleep is a crucial part of life, but according to Lisa Lewis, you may be doing it wrong. Lisa Lewis, sleep expert and journalist, gave a presentation about sleep to Lake Tahoe School parents and students on March 21, 2024.

A survey of the Lake Tahoe School 7th and 8th graders showed that almost one-third of students are getting less than 8 hours of sleep. However, the APA recommends that children from 7-13 years old get at least 9 hours of sleep, and 14-18 year olds should get at least 8 hours of sleep.

Do you get enough sleep given this range? Having less sleep than this can lead to worse memory causing bad performance in school, reduce reaction time and coordination leading to bad performance or injury while playing sports, and overall lowers your mood. Lisa Lewis’s goal was to help these sleep issues by teaching us how to get better sleep.

When the Lake Tahoe School Press interviewed Ms. Lewis, she told us that the single most important change you can make to your sleeping routine involves your phone and other digital devices. First, according to her research, digital devices should not be used within an hour of sleep. When it is time to sleep, there should be no digital devices in your room unless absolutely necessary. This comes down to three reasons: Being on your phone distracts you from sleep, it can ‘rev’ you up making it harder to fall asleep, and it exposes you to blue light, lowering your sleep hormone melatonin. Hopefully, Lisa Lewis’s visit will bring sleep and smiles to Lake Tahoe School.

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School Update with Incline Education Fund

March 26, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Incline Education Fund 03/25/2024, Written by Mary Danahey

Congratulations to the recent IMS Spelling Bee winners:

8th gr: Aspen Reichert 

7th gr: DJ Galloway 

6th gr: Isabella Bascunan Fernandez


Huge Congratulations to both IES Makerspace Teacher, Trina Kleinhenz for receiving the Northwest Nevada STEM Educator of the Year Award and to Incline Middle School for becoming a STEM Designated School !  

We are very proud of their hard work and dedication in preparing ALL of our students for the rigor of Incline High School and are excited to have the first and only K12 STEM pathway in Nevada!

-Principal Tierney Cahill


Articles this week were submitted by IHS Principal, Tierney Cahill

Incline High’s Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Shines at Mid-Grant Review

In an impressive showcase of innovation and teamwork, Incline High School’s Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam, under the guidance of their standout teacher Mr. Shoda, recently held their Mid-Grant Review, drawing experts from various fields to offer feedback on their pioneering project. The event was a crucial milestone in their journey to EurekaFest at MIT this June, where they will present their invention, Snowsense.

Donning their light blue Lemelson-MIT polos, the team embodied unity and professionalism as they presented their work to date before breaking into groups to dive deeper into their data, design, and the challenges they face. This interactive session allowed experts to offer targeted advice and troubleshooting tips, a process mandated by MIT to ensure teams are on the right track. The oversight and participation of the professor overseeing the grant via Zoom underscored the importance of this review in the overall project timeline.

The InvenTeam’s project, Snowsense, aims to revolutionize how snow load on structures is measured and reported. By developing a device and accompanying smartphone app to alert property owners of potential snow overload in real time, the team is addressing a significant concern for regions prone to heavy snowfall.

The rigorous questioning by guests in attendance highlighted the depth of their research and the progress they’ve made in developing their invention. Feedback from the session was overwhelmingly positive, with experts contributing valuable insights, potential solutions, and considerations to further refine Snowsense.

The involvement of professionals, including engineers, architects, and patent lawyers, provided the team with a wealth of knowledge, helping them identify areas for improvement and refinement. This interaction was not only a testament to the team’s hard work but also an invaluable opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals.

As the Incline High InvenTeam heads into the final stretch before EurekaFest, the enthusiasm and commitment to their project are more palpable than ever. Their journey is a remarkable example of what young minds can achieve with the right guidance, support, and opportunity to innovate.

The Incline community eagerly awaits their presentation at EurekaFest, where they will stand as one of only eight schools nationwide selected for this prestigious opportunity to showcase their invention to a panel of MIT engineers. With the progress they’ve shown and the feedback incorporated, there’s little doubt that the Incline High InvenTeam will leave a lasting impression on the world of STEM.

Highlanders Impress at the Rotary International Club Talent Contest

The Incline Rotary Clubs provided a magnificent platform this Thursday for a display of exceptional talents, as our own Highlanders took the stage to compete in vocal, instrumental, and speech contests. Hosted with grace by both local Rotary International Clubs, the event saw an unprecedented number of participants, each bringing their unique flair and dedication to the fore.

The competition was stiff, with performances that spoke volumes of the hard work and passion invested by the students. Judges were met with the challenging task of determining winners amidst a sea of talent, particularly when it came to resolving ties in several categories.

Sequoia Denton emerged as the star of the vocal competition, enchanting everyone with her superior vocal performance. The instrumental category witnessed a tie, a testament to the exceptional skills of Keenan Artle and Abby Duckworth, who both stood out with their musical mastery.

In the speech competition, Lainey Lowden distinguished herself with a compelling speech about her transformative experience volunteering as a medical assistant in the Dominican Republic. Her poignant reflections and the impact of her journey resonated deeply, earning her the top spot.

The competition also highlighted the significant potential of upcoming talent, notably sophomore Jesus Aguirre Gomez, who, as one of three tying for second place, signaled his promise as a contender in next year’s competition.

Other remarkable performances deserving of mention include vocalist Isabelle Avenier, whose melodious voice captivated all; orator Emily Suarez-Moises, who demonstrated exceptional eloquence of kindness; drummer Willemina Dukes, who impressed with her rhythmic prowess; and vocalist Zane Richards, whose performance was both powerful and he totally rocked the house.

This event’s success is greatly attributed to the unwavering support and organization by Incline’s two Rotary International clubs, champions of fostering artistic and expressive skills among our youth. Their efforts in creating such a platform are invaluable, ensuring our students have the opportunity to excel, compete, and showcase their talents.

Reflecting on the evening’s array of talents, it’s evident that our Highlanders not only participated but truly impressed, setting a high bar for future competitions. Congratulations to all who took part and to the winners for making the Highlander community immensely proud. A special note of gratitude goes to Denise Menzies, Leslie Herrmann, and all of the Rotarians who attended and judged the event, their support and expertise are invaluable in nurturing our students’ growth and success.

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Great News on the School Front

March 19, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Incline Education Fund on 03/19/2024, Written by Mary Danahey

Incline Middle School just received word that they are now considered a “Designated STEM School” by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Incline High and Elementary Schools received their Designations last year.  This means that the Incline schools are officially the first K-12 Governor Designated STEM Pathway in the state of Nevada.  This means that EVERY Incline student is guaranteed a high-quality STEM education across their entire K-12 experience. This is quite an accomplishment for our small schools.  

Here’s more info on the designation: https://osit.nv.gov/STEM/Gov_Designated_STEM_Schools/

Watch for more in-depth information here in the SnapShot in the coming weeks.

Incline Elementary School

IES is hosting a huge Science event in collaboration with SWEP (Sierra Watershed Education Partnership). 

This is a two-day STEM event of interactive science activities and a “Family STEM Night” supported by AAUW (American Association of University Women).

If you have a couple of hours, they would love another volunteer or two. Reach out directly to the school if you can help: 775-832-4250.

Incline High School

The Highlander Hometown BBQ at the Hyatt was the place to be seen last weekend. The event was a smashing success as the main fundraiser for Incline High School.  Many thanks to the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation (DCDF), Dogwood Builders, McWhinney, IVCBA and all the other sponsors and advertisers.

They are VEEERRY close to reaching the generous $100,000 match provided by the DCDF – so if you’d like to be a part of helping to reach that goal, please contact Tara Cannon at: tara.cannon347@gmail.com or via text at: 562-208-5059

Community-wide opportunity:

If you are looking for a way to reach potential business within our local community, consider buying an ad or a sponsorship in the Follies program:

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