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Incline Village School Updates

February 13, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Incline Education Fund, Written by Mary Danahey

It’s going to probably be a little quiet around town next week as all Incline schools are on break for SKI WEEK!

In the meantime, make sure your calendars are marked for these exciting upcoming events:

Incline High School Highlander Home BBQ (aka: Crab Feed) March 16th at the Hyatt

Tickets can be bought here: Highlander Home BBQ Tickets     

21st Incline Star Follies

May 3rd & 4th at Incline High School’s Duffield Theater

Tickets on sale soon!

And here’s some current news from the schools:

Incline Elementary School

The new Art Program is up and running at IES!

IEF is funding a dedicated art teacher for all K5 students and their first project was a smashing success!

Students studied “natural disasters” in their English and Library classes. The fourth graders read about the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai of Great Wave Fame. Then they made their own block prints out of legos in the makerspace class and used them in the art class to create their own artistic representation of a wave. It was an amazing display of the cross-curricular learning happening at IES.  

Incline Middle School

IMS held their annual Spelling Bee last week.. Here are the winners: (first, second, third, respectively)

6th grade: Isabella, Mack, Ninel

7th grade: DJ, Maddie, Nick

8th grade: Aspen, Alva, Sky

The Incline Middle School Jazz Band attended the “Jazz in the Schools” event at UNR last weekend.

The students even got to have a private “clinic” with the entire UNR jazz faculty.  Stayed tuned for photos!

And speaking of the IMS jazz band….

The IMS students are evidently quite multi-dimensional.  They have banded together (sorry for the pun) to write a rap song! This is part of the Trash to Treasure project and the song will be used to accompany the public service announcement being put together by students in the IMS video production class.

Incline High School

We are looking for volunteers to help with Mock Interview Day at Incline High School this coming May.

If you are skilled at interviewing and/or coaching young adults on how to interview, please email Mary at Incline Education Fund. Dates TBD, but it will be in mid-May.  email: maryd@inclineeducationfund.org

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Incline Schools Update

February 7, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Incline Education Fun, Written by Mary Danahey
Exciting News from Incline High School

IHS has announced a brand-new addition to their programming: the Personalized Learning Academy.

Stay tuned for more detailed information, but the short description is that students will soon be able to tailor their education to their individual passions. 

Spaces are limited for the inaugural cohort of the Personalized Learning Academy, so there will be an application and interview process.  Mr. Adam Shoda and Ms. DJ Jackson will be the cohort advisors.

If you are a student or a parent and have questions, reach out to Principal Cahill at: tcahill@washoeschools.net 


Looking for some parenting resources on addressing screen time issues?  Check out the Screenagers website and podcast: Parenting Screentime

There are a bunch of resources there – so take what you need and leave the rest. Not every parenting tip works for every kid, but it’s nice to have some fresh ideas every now and then. 



The FREE, community-wide Book Club is hosting a Meet Up next Tuesday, 2/13 at 5:30.  Head over to the public library on for crafts, games, food and fun. Register for this free event at the QR code below  (not required, but helpful).

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Incline Middle School Principal, Daniel Lediard

February 6, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Originally Published in IVCBA Live.Work.Play. Written by Mary Danahey

Incline Middle School’s (IMS) new principal, Daniel Lediard, is excited to bring his 25 years of experience as an educator here to Tahoe and be able to work with the phenomenal staff at IMS. When asked about his new role, Lediard said “I am excited to bring my skills to this great school and be able to support our IMS students, staff, parents and the Incline community”.

Lediard understands middle school students, especially since he has two of his own, and how complex navigating the early teenage years can be. He knows that middle school aged students are dealing with not only the physical aspects of puberty, but the academic and emotional aspects as well.

Middle school is designed to offer more a academically challenging curriculum to students just as their ability to process complex thinking is developing. This is happening at the same time that peer pressure and now the influence of social media is taking root. Lediard believes that IMS’s small classes and nurturing environment provide an excellent launchpad to encourage and motivate students as they stretch their academic efforts.

As such, Lediard credits IMS with maintaining focus on what is best for its students. Toward that end, he and his staff have three goals:

-continue a robust curriculum that solidifies students’ reading and writing strategies

-move IMS toward a STEM School Designation

-solidifiy the new IMS Exploratory program

“With both the Incline elementary and high schools already achieving the Nevada Designated STEM School status, IMS is working to join their ranks and create the only K12 STEM school alignment in the state,” Lediard said. To help make that happen, IMS is working with the Incline Education Fund to create the framework that Nevada STEM Schools require. Utilizing grant funds received from both the Nevada Governors’ Office of Science, Innovation & Technology and the Tahoe Fund, IMS is expanding their robotics curriculum and launching a community-wide “Trash to Treasure” program (see insert).  

Lediard explained that becoming a hub of STEM innovation involves providing teaching opportunities that are centered on inquiry, technology, and project-based learning activities that can be tiedto the real world. 

STEM schools challenge students to partner with the local community and businesses to solve local problems. STEM projects are relatable to a wide range of students because they are engaging, hands-on learning projects that allow them to interact with new tools, materials and concepts. For middle school students who want to become the next generation of innovators and inventors, STEM programs give them the chance to learn through real-world application of their skills.

This focus on STEM will become the bridge between the makerspace program at the elementary school and the engineering program at the high school, creating a unique opportunity for students to take STEM classes from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Lediard’s third goal for IMS is to build up the Exploratory program that was created by IMS’s previous principal, Kari Michael. With support from Incline Education Fund and local community partners, this weekly program allows students to explore other areas of interest and exposes them to numerous career and college pathways. It also provides a runway for the high school’s Learning through Interest program. Students choose between a variety of on and off campus opportunities each semester and include topics like: robotics, culinary arts, podcasting, swimming, bowling, entrepreneurship, XC-skiing, crochet and more.

“These programs set Incline Village apart from every school I’ve worked in”, said Lediard. “Since I accepted this position, I am enjoying being able to connect with students on a more personal basis and working within a supportive community. I can’t think of a better location to serve as a school leader,” Lediard said.


Teams of students, local service groups and individual community members will be coordinated to collect trash and debris found in the Tahoe basin. The collected trash will be analyzed, measured and turned into communal art pieces with the specific purpose of informing the general public about the importance of keeping the Tahoe basin trash free. Watch for upcoming information on collection dates in the IVCBA SnapShot.

This was originally published in the EDITION of LWP magazine. You can read all LWP issues here: LIVE.WORK.PLAY

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Nevada Nordic – Free Cross County Clinics

February 5, 2024 | Member Submitted

Former collegiate Nordic skier Ian Culnane will be visiting Nevada Nordic on Monday, February 12 and wants to share his love of the sport with YOU! Join one of his four Free One-Hour Clinics! Open to beginners looking to learn the basics and intermediates looking for tips! Gear is not provided. Please contact Tahoe Multisport if you need rental gear. Click on your desired clinic to register!

9:30 am Skate Ski Clinic

11 am Classic Ski Clinic

1:30 pm Skate Ski Clinic

3:00 pm Classic Ski Clinic


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Incline Village School Updates

January 24, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Mary Danahey from Incline Education Fund, 01/23/24

Community Read Along:

Lake Tahoe School, Incline Elementary School and the Incline Village Library are launching a Community Book Club for Families.

Library class at both schools are reading Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal bestseller, the One and Only Ivan. There will be a FREE, community-wide event held at  the public library on Tuesday, Feb. 13th.  Crafts, games, food and fun for all to inspire a love of reading. Register for this free event at the QR code below.


IES is excited to announce the launch of a dedicated Art Program!  

Through grants funded by Incline Education Fund, this interdisciplinary program will teach students about art concepts, allow them to study famous artists and their techniques, and delve into real-world careers that employ or intersect with art. 

The IES Art Program is also designed to integrate with the IES STEM curriculum.  By collaborating with classroom and enrichment teachers, the art program helps IES students gain an understanding of how the arts and sciences work together while helping to develop critical and creative thinking skills. 


IMS continues to offer an impressive array of classes during the Wednesday Exploratory period.  This quarter’s offerings include:

On campus:  Video Production, Musical Theater, Leadership, Culinary, Computer Literacy, Snow Science with Mountain Gateway

Off campus:   Nordic skiing, Pet Network, Swimming, Bowling


Both We The People and the Engineering students are busy preparing for the next stages of competition – so stayed tuned for updates in February and April.

IHS will hold Mock Interviews again this spring. If you would like to participate by being an “interviewer” (and potentially hire for summer positions) please contact Mary at maryd@inclineeducationfund.org

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Avalanche Safety & Preparedness

January 11, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted by Tia Rancourt with North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District 

With the recent snowfall and more on the way, it is a good reminder to be aware of avalanche potential and educate yourself on pre-emptive steps to take before going outside to recreate.

In our community, we have two historical avalanche zones, one in Third Creek drainage (terrain above upper Jennifer St., Sutro, Bidwell, Lunar, and Mercury Courts) and one in Crystal Bay (terrain above Lakeview Ave., Tuscarora Rd., and Teresa Court). But avalanches can occur anywhere when the right conditions exist.

When avalanche conditions warrant an alert notification, residents can expect a notification from Washoe County Emergency Management via a reverse telephone notification called Code Red. To receive these notifications (and other alert notifications), register at Washoe County Alerts & Warnings.

Do not travel in the backcountry unless:

  • You know where and why avalanches occur.
  • You have checked the avalanche forecast in our region Visit the Sierra Avalanche Center.
  • You carry rescue gear and know how to use it.
  • You have learned to recognize the five red flags of avalanche.
  • At the very least, take an avalanche awareness course. Seriously consider taking an avalanche rescue course. Local education providers can be found here.
  • For avalanche information for our region, visit Washoe County Advisories – Avalanche.

Remember, the best tip is to “Know Before You Go,” the avalanche danger rating is only a starting point. You control your own risk by choosing where, when, and how you travel.

Contact: Tia Rancourt
Public Education/Information Officer North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District 


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Incline Village School Updates

December 13, 2023 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Incline Education Fund: Mary Danahey

Head over to Incline High School from 6pm to 8pm today! (12/13) for Winterfest, a community event featuring food, cookie decorating, trivia games, dreidel games, and more. Friends and family are welcome to attend! Entrance is $5, and you can enjoy pizza and a drink for an additional $5

Make your way over to Gus’ BBQ to check out the Incline Middle School’s Holiday Light Show. The robotics class has created a light show timed to holiday music as an entry for the Incline Northern Lights competition.

Mark your caldendars for the second annual Incline Elementary School Holiday parade, Dec 22 at 10:00.  Come watch the K-5th grade students maneuver their robots down the parade route all decked out in “holiday attire”. 

And here’s a bunch of great news from our schools!

Our amazing educators:

Congratulations to 2 more of our amazing IHS teachers, Amy Henderson Seitz and Courtney Taves for completing their Maintenance Certification for their National Boards.  This achievement is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that demonstrates their accomplishments and commitment to their craft.  It is the highest certification that a teacher can obtain, with less than 5% of Nevada high school teachers having done so. 

IVCBA and IEF would also like to congratulate a few of our high school students – for both athletic and academic achievements:

IHS hosted the exciting Highlander Basketball Tournament last week and Tommy Williams amazed us all by scoring his 1,000th career point! Quite an accomplishment.

And not to be outdone, our first female wrestlers at IHS deserve recognition as well. As Principal Cahill remarked, “Pearl Carle and Isabel De Paz Shine have both shone fearless determination and willingness to step out of their comfort zone serve as an inspiration to us all.”

Principal Cahill also recognized the Highlander JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl Team (JLAB)) for their outstanding achievements. JLAB is a prestigious, nationwide competition that culminates in the Level III JLAB Championship at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., scheduled for June 2024. 

Once again, the IHS ‘We the People’ team has made it to the state competition at UNR in February. 

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Incline Village School Update

December 5, 2023 | Mary Danahey


The IES Scholastic Book Fair is this week.  Stop by and grab a few great gifts for the holidays!

Save the Date:  The second annual IES Holiday Parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 22nd at 10:00.


Join IMS on Dec 14th @ 5pm for the Annual Winter Concert.

IMS Jr Boosters has partnered with Got Sneakers? A recycling program that extends the life of used sneakers through a reuse and recycling program.  Every shoe donated also helps raise money for IMS students and athletes.  Please donate your gently used sneakers at IMS today!

IMS Jr Booster Holiday Fundraiser

Love See’s Candy?  Now you can enjoy your favorite chocolates delivered to you or as a gift and help IMS Jr Boosters. Use this link to access the Sees’s Candy Yum Raising page. 


Next Monday is Highlander Day!  Incoming middle school students get to visit IHS on Dec 11th from 9-11.

IEF would like to send a warm welcome to the new Athletic Director, Sam Banghart,  Sam is a Reno native and UNR graduate and will officially start his new role on Dec. 22nd.

New Course offering:

IHS is now offering a dual-credit Emergency Medical Services course.

This TMCC course will be offered on the IHS campus from Jan 9-May 24th. During 8th period.

Students should see one of the counselors for more info.

Huge shout-out to our 6 All-State Footballers! Congrats to: Tommy Williams, Colin Combs, Cameron Bodel, Johnny Santiago, Alex Briggs & Colton Barraza


The LTS Holiday Show is on Thursday, Dec 21st.

Mary Danahey
Incline Education Fund

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Incline Village School Updates

November 28, 2023 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Mary Danahey of Incline Education Fund

With the holiday season officially upon us, things are going to get a little busy around town. 

Here are a few noteworthy items happening at the schools.


*Next week is the IES Scholastic Book Fair – a great place to start your holiday shopping!

*IES is piloting a new dedicated art program in hopes of turning their STEM program into STEAM, so plan to attend the Second Annual IES Makerspace Holiday Parade and see all of the exciting collaborative work being done at IES!  Mark your calendars for 10:00 on Dec. 22nd.

*The IES choir will be singing at the Candy Cane Lane event on Dec 2nd on the UNR-LT campus. The event is from 2-5pm


*IEF and IMS would like to thank those Villagers who turned out for the recent Trash to Treasure (T to T) community clean up event.  Nearly 500 lbs of trash was collected!.

The T to T group will spend the next couple of months sorting and analyzing the trash before beginning turning it all into ‘treasure’.  

Callia Schell, a current UNR-LT student will be taking a lead role in helping the students create that treasure – providing not only artistic guidance but also a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a community-wide project.  

*IMS has begun an exciting chapter of MATHCOUNTS.  This is an exciting after-school opportunity to get in on some advanced math games and competitions.

*The IMS Robotics class will be participating again in this season’s IVCBS Northern Lights competition.  Stay tuned for the display location.


*The National Honor Society students at IHS are providing a Parent’s Night Out on Dec 8th. From 5-8:30.

the kids get to hang out, enjoying some holiday crafting and fun while you get you eat in PEACE! See the attached flyer for details.

*Basketball is in full swing, so make sure to check the Highlanders schedule for game times. 

*There is a Wrestling tournament on Sat 12/2 at Douglas High School

*Congratulations!  IHS is now a proud member of the GOLD AP School Honor Roll – one of only 9% of schools in the country.

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In The News – Superintendent of Washoe County School District announces resignation

November 20, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune 11/20/2023, Submitted

After much consideration, Dr. Susan Enfield announces she has made the difficult decision to resign as the Superintendent of the Washoe County School District to return to Washington to spend more time with her family and pursue other opportunities.

“With a mix of emotions, we accept the resignation of our valued superintendent and support her in choosing family first,” said Board President Beth Smith. “We are grateful to Dr. Enfield for the leadership and bold vision she brought to our district. We have already discussed our collaborative commitment to a smooth transition.” 

“I will always be grateful to have been part of this district and community,” said Superintendent Enfield. “I am proud of the work we have accomplished together, including:


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