• Crystal Lanz

    Crystal Lanz      
    K-12 Principal 
    Email Address: c.lanz@tlschool.net
    Phone number: (509) 395-2571


    Principal Newsletter       January 2018

    Dear Mustang Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds you relaxed and ready for the start of 2018. January is such a transitional month with the end of the first semester coming to a close soon and many working on their goals for the New Year. One of the most important components of a good school is the partnership between the school and parents who work together for the best interest of children. Trout Lake School greatly appreciates your partnership. Thank you for your dedication to our school!  Please visit the Trout Lake School website at http://www.troutlake.k12.wa.us/ to see a list of announcements and upcoming events.

    Early Releases

    Students will be released at 11:48 a.m. on Friday, January 12th and Friday, January 26th. Early releases allow the staff to engage in trainings as a team to best meet the needs of the students.  During the January 12th early release, staff will be training to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment. During the January 26th early release, the staff will be working on grading for the first semester.

    First Semester

    First semester ends on Friday, January 26th. Please continue to check Skyward for information about your child’s grades and assignments (middle & high school), have your child show you their Google Classroom (middle and high school), and read communications home from classrooms (elementary). We appreciate all your support and time to reinforce learned classroom skills. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

    Spirit Week

    Spirit Week for our 6th - 12th grade students will be held January 8th - 13th. During Spirit Week, we will be having some fun with dress-up days, friendly competitions, and generally enjoying each other. Grades 6-12 will be showcasing their class lip syncs and posters at the high school basketball games on Saturday, January 13th.  Basketball game times are 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, and 7:30. I hope to see you at the games on Saturday night.

    Student Dress up Days:

    • Monday: PJ Day
    • Tuesday: Tourist Day
    • Wednesday: Color Day (All grades K-12 will dress in their assigned class color on Wednesday - see colors below.)
      • K-5 - Blue
      • Grade 6 - Orange
      • Grade 7 - Purple
      • Grade 8 - Pink
      • Grade 9 - Red
      • Grade 10 - Green
      • Grade 11 - Black
      • Grade 12 - Yellow
    • Thursday: Crazy Hair Day
    • Friday: Futuristic Friday

    School Board Appreciation

    January is School Board Appreciation Month. Please take time to thank our school board members for their service: Ken BeLieu, Joe Dean, Camden McMahon, Carl Allaway, and Brendan Norman. Our volunteer school board members play a crucial role in developing policies and making tough decisions on complex educational and social issues. They are also directly accountable to the citizens in our district and serve as a vital link between members of our community and our school. Thank you school board members for your service and dedication to our students!  

    First Lego League

    Fourteen teams of students ages 9 to 14 competed at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics tournament on Saturday, Dec 2nd in Hood River. Teams worked over the past several months to design and program robots and complete a research project. At the Gorge tournaments, teams demonstrated their robot’s capabilities on the competition table, were interviewed by a robot design panel, presented their research project and were assessed on their teamwork skills. The Trout Lake FLL chose to create a grey water recycling unit for their Hydrodynamics challenge. Our Trout Lake team won the coveted Core Values Award. Congratulations!

    FIRST Robotics

    Our FIRST Robotics Team attended their season kickoff event this last Saturday, January 6th at the University of Portland. At the kickoff, a new game and playing field were unveiled and teams received their kickoff kits. Under the direction of Rod Nelson, our Robotics Coach, and working with adult mentors from our community, our students will have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robot to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once our team builds their robot, they will participate in Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of their robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of our students.  We wish our Robotics team a successful season.

    National Geographic School Bee

    Trout Lake School will be holding the 2018 National Geographic School Bee on Thursday, January 18th at 1:25 p.m. in the gym. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The champion of Trout Lake School National Geographic Bee will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine state competitors. All school champions are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the national championship May 20-23, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

    Congratulations to our qualifying students:

    5th Grade: Sophie Biernacki and Grace Wiltermood

    6th Grade: Elias VanDeHey and Jon Kendrick

    7th Grade: Kennady Wurzer and Nia Burtchaell-Norman

    8th Grade: Alex VanLaar, Sean Rubesh, Lyra Pennington-Davis and Lilly Schmid

    Poetry Out Loud School-wide Competition

    Our school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition will take place on Thursday, January 18th at 3:15 p.m. in Mr. Wood’s room. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship.

    Congratulations to our school finalists:

    9th Grade: Angela Jaco, Rhiannon Evans

    10th Grade: Lillie Goodson, Eileen Wendell, Naomi Elyard

    11th Grade: JJ Wilson, Liz Fink

    12th Grade: Emilee Pennington-Davis, Forrest Putnam, Birch Flitcraft, Ryan Theises


    Cold and flu season is upon us. Just a reminder: Please call the school when you are keeping your child home for any illness or other reason. We need to be accountable for every absence.

    Outdoor Recess

    Even in the cold, wet, and snowy winter months, we would love to continue to take your child outdoors for recess. We believe outdoor recess is an important and valuable part of your student’s day at Trout Lake School. We will be going outdoors for recess as much as possible. We ask that you make sure to send the needed items as listed below with your student everyday, so that they can take full advantage of outdoor recess. However, there may also be times when the weather is deemed too cold or wet for outdoor recess. We make the too cold or too wet determination on a daily case-by-case basis. Students who do not have the needed clothing items for outside recess will be outside on the plowed area outside of the classrooms, but will not be playing in the snow (if we receive more this winter).

    Items needed for outdoor recess: Winter coats, snow pants, hats or hood, gloves, and boots. These items are required on these outdoor recess days. Please send an extra pair of clothes to be kept in your child’s bag in case they get wet. In addition, please label coats, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. as these items of clothing sometimes go missing. Please take the time to check out the Lost and Found at our school, located outside the MPR, as it has a large number of items. Thank you for your attention and continued support. Stay warm!

    Track Equipment Fundraiser

    I hope you have had an opportunity to utilize or at least take a look at our new track. I know I have enjoyed taking some runs and walks on it since its completion. I look forward to working at track meets this spring and supporting our students. A track equipment fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Trout Lake Grange to raise money for the needed equipment to host track meets. The equipment fundraiser will be a Mardi Gras Themed Masquerade Ball, which will be semi-formal. There will be a seafood boil dinner, beer, wine, and dessert offered. The evening will also feature a DJ, dancing, silent auction and live auction. Tickets will be on sale on January 18th at Little Mountain Hardware and the Trout Lake School Office. Tickets will be $60 for a couple or $30 for a single ticket.

    Thank You

    Again, thank you so much for your continued support!