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October 31, 2023 | Mary Danahey


Come one, come all – the second annual Incline Elementary School Hispanic Family Info Night is next Tuesday, 11/07, from 5-6:30 pm. at IES. There will be free pizza and childcare.

KOLO 8 News will be coming to Incline Elementary School this week to film a story about the successful IES Makerspace.

This exciting program is getting recognition throughout the state!  It’s a great model for providing STEM education at the elementary school level and preparing ALL students for a solid foundation.

Stay tuned for more news about IES, as Incline Education Fund will be piloting a new ART program at the K5 school. They are hoping to turn STEM into STEAM!


Let’s clean up Incline and turn our Trash into Treasure This Saturday, 11/4.

Spend just an hour – either on your own or in a group – ‘cleaning up’ around town. It can be either in your own neighborhood or a particular area where there is known trash.  Then bring your trash to Incline Middle School between 11-1 for a free BBQ and some music!

Useable’ pieces of trash will be pulled out and used to create artwork by students with the helpful guidance of our local university, UNR.

A great time was had by all at the annual middle school Halloween Dance. This year, Incline Middle School hosted the festivities, and it looks like every middle schooler in town turned out for a howling good time.  Pizza was provided to fuel the dancing feet, and both tricks and treats were had by all as there were spooky hands of candy and the trick of playing as many Taylor Swift songs as she did on the Eras Tour!

The second semester is already upon us, and thanks to the generosity and support of a few of our local community members, Incline Middle School is offering a number of really exciting “Exploratories” each Wednesday.  Exploratories are “extra” classes that each IMS student gets to take each Wednesday, from 12-1:40. They are designed to help students explore new areas of interest and potential career directions, as well as the development of new skills in academics, athletics, or leadership.

A HUGE shout-out to Max Jones at Flume Trail Bikes as his donation of mountain bikes has allowed IMS to create a mountain bike class!  

IMS is also offering classes this semester in: French culture & culinary, swimming, robotics, bowling, drama, student council, and cross-stitch.  And the Mountain Gateway center will be providing incredible opportunities in: forestry, bouldering, rock climbing, yoga, and snowshoeing.

Stay tuned to see what opportunities the next semester brings.

Middle school was no where near this fun (or interesting) when I was that age!


Today is Dia de los Muertos ! Come celebrate at Incline High School from 5:30-7:30 PM

Save the Date:  Wednesday, 11/8 is the STEM Night Open House at Incline High School from 6-7pm


Our very own Incline High School was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam® grant in the amount of $7,500 to create an invention geared towards detecting roof load from snow accumulation. IHS is one of only eight high schools nationwide to be selected as an InvenTeam this year. This is the 20th year of the InveTeams grant initiative.

The IHS InvenTeam is creating a solution to detect when the snow accumulation on a roof starts to affect the structural integrity of the building.  Mr. Adam Shoda, the Engineering teacher at Incline High School, initiated the InvenTeam application process and then worked with the students during the summer to finalize the proposal. 

The InvenTeam will also work with the Incline Education Fund (IEF) to help guide the students through the development of their invention. IEF will work with the local community to bring industry professionals to act as mentors to the students and will also source additional funding to help the students build a prototype of their product and bring it to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, next June to be showcased at a technical review with the other seven teams. 

Submitted by Mary Danahey from Incline Education Foundation

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