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High school sports medicine building to open in August

Axie Navas
anavas@tahoedailytribune.com
Lake Tahoe Unified School District Director of Facilities Steve Morales examines a hydrotherapy pool in the South Tahoe High School Sports Medicine building Tuesday. Axie Navas / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Sports medicine is about to become a staple of the South Tahoe High School curriculum.

The $5.2 million Sports Medicine building is nearly complete, Lake Tahoe Unified School District Director of Facilities Steve Morales said. The specialized equipment, which includes cardio machines, treadmills and spin bikes, will arrive later this summer and be ready for students by fall.

The facility, part classroom, part gym, part therapy center, will be used for traditional physical education and for the sports medicine curriculum. The high school plans to adopt four new courses — intro to sports medicine, anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and sports journalism — for the 2013-14 school year, all of which are pending approval according to STHS Principal Ivone Larson. The classes will be taught by existing teachers, but first need to be approved by the school board and, in some cases, the University of California system, she said.

A Spanish for the health professions course is proposed for 2014-15.

“We thought, ‘Wow, this is something different that can attract people from throughout the region.’ Who has these kinds of pre-med, physical therapy classes?,” LTUSD Superintendent James Tarwater said. “This will make us unique.”

Once the Sports Medicine building opens to students in the fall, the campus will be construction-free for the first time since 2009. The high school received the majority of the Measure G funds, an almost $100 million school bond passed in November 2008.

“To get into any kind of PT-type program now, it’s really difficult. The closet one is really Sac city. So we’re working to build a program with LTCC (Lake Tahoe Community College),” Larson said.

In other news

WHS seniors graduate this weekend

Whittell High School will hold its graduation ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m. in the gym.

The event will be followed by a reception in the commons.

STMS hosts free e-waste recycling event

A free electronic waste recycling event will take place at South Tahoe Middle School Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A second e-waste recycling event will take place at STHS on Aug. 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fore more information, visit http://www.noewaste.com or call 866-335-3373. E-Waste Recycling is a program funded by the state.

LTCC holds visioning session

Lake Tahoe Community College will hold a 2020 Vision session Saturday, June 8 in the college’s board room.

The half-day session will be dedicated to establishing a vision for the college.

The event will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. It will be followed by a barbecue sponsored by the LTCC Foundation.

STHS jazz band opens Valhalla concert series

Valhalla’s free Music on the Lawn concert series begins June 16 from noon to 2 p.m. with the South Tahoe High School jazz band.

The Tallac Historic Site is located on Highway 89 past Camp Richardson Resort.

For more information, visit Valhalla’s website at valhallatahoe.com.

Literary journal seeking submissions

Lake Tahoe Community College is seeking submissions for the 25th annual edition of its literary journal, “The Kokanee.”

Submissions of up to five poems or 10 pages of prose will be accepted until June 21 at kokanee@ltcc.edu.

Submissions should be attached as a Microsoft Word document, and “Kokanee Submission” should be in the subject line. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered. To be eligible, contributors must have taken a class at Lake Tahoe Community College or work at the college as staff or faculty.

Submissions are also solicited from writers who have participated in the LTCC Writers’ Series. Student work will also be eligible for cash prizes. This year, Alec Holmes won the 2013 Kokanee Award for his essay “Daunted by Bathrooms,” and Ryan Row’s short story “Johnny Copper Crime Stopper” was awarded an Honorable Mention. 

For more information, contact “The Kokanee” Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Roberts at robertss@ltcc.

Parking lot fundraiser volunteers needed

The annual Fourth of July Beach Parking Fundraiser to benefit Whittell High School and Zephyr Cove Elementary School will be held July 4 – 6.

Volunteers are needed to work a few hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information and available volunteer hours, contact Kelly Krolicki at kkroilicki@msn.com.

To submit items to the education roundup, email anavas@tahoedailytribune.com.


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