• Crystal Lanz

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

    Principal Newsletter        

    March 2020

    Dear Mustang Families, 

    March has arrived and we are getting started with “spring” activities. Please check our school calendar for upcoming activities. 

    Out of District Families

    It's time to go online to register for the 2020-21 school year.  Follow this link: https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/ChoiceTransferRequest/ . It should only take 2 minutes to complete. During the process if you have any questions, please contact Kristin Schmid at 509-395-2571.  She would be happy to walk you through the process or answer any questions. Thank you in advance for completing this. 

    Destination Imagination 

    Our Destination Imagination teams will be competing in their regional tournament on Saturday, March 7th at Richland High School. The Destination Imagination teams will be showcasing their problem solving at an assembly at the school on Wednesday, March 4th at 2:15 p.m. in the gym if you would like to attend. You can find more information about DI at https://www.wa-di.org/


    Our FIRST Robotics Team kicked off their season at the beginning of January. Under the direction of Rod Nelson, our Robotics Coach, working with adult mentors from our community, our students have had six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robot to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Now our team, the Iron Mustangs, will participate in 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. For more information on the FIRST Robotics season, please visit: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/game-and-season. 

    Upcoming FIRST Robotics Events for the Trout Lake Iron Mustangs

    • Clackamas Academy- February 28th and 29th
    • West Valley High School - March 6th and 7th

    You can view a live stream of the events here: https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires15

    Track Practice

    High school track practice begins on Monday, March 2nd. Middle school track practice (grades 5 - 8) begins Monday, April 6th. If your child is going to be on the track team, please make sure their fees are paid and their paperwork is up to date prior to the first day of practice. Sport physicals are good for 2 years. If you are unsure of the date of your child’s last physical, please call the office and we can look it up for you. 

    Early Releases

    School will be released at 11:48 a.m. on Friday, March 6th and Friday, March 20th. During the early releases, staff will engage in learning about the Go Math curriculum and how to better differentiate learning within the classroom. 

    Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8th.  Remember to spring your clocks forward one hour. 

    Parenting Wisely in Today’s Digital Age

    Please join us at Trout Lake school on Thursday, March 12th from 6:00 - 7:45 p.m. We will be hosting a class with Kathy Jones. The class will be a talk for parents of children, tweens, and teens who would like to become more aware of the current research on the effects of tech use on children, problematic messages from the media, as well as ideas for how to organize family life so that face-to-face connection can thrive and family members can have a balanced life in the digital age. Kathy will also discuss potential parenting goals and techniques to use as your children grow from kids to teens while recognizing that there is no one way to parent around technology and we are all trying to discover what works best for us and our children.

    Second Grade Teaching Position

    As you may know, Mr. Gabe Thompson, our second grade teacher, will be moving to Mexico with his family next fall and has submitted his letter of resignation to the school and it has been accepted. It is with great enthusiasm that I let you know that Mrs. Michele Davis has been offered and has accepted the position of second grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year.

    Trout Lake Run

    The Trout Lake Associated Student Body, ASB, will be holding our annual Trout Lake Run on Saturday, April 25th. The start and finish of the race are at Trout Lake School. Runners have the option of running or walking a 5K, 10K, or Half-Marathon. The half-marathon race begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 10K and 5K races begin at 10:00 a.m. All proceeds from the run directly benefit our students and their activities. For more information and online registration, please visit https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=69147


    We will begin our state mandated testing at the end of April. Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11 will be testing at various times throughout April and May. Please try to avoid making dentist/doctor appointments during the following dates, so students can test with their classmates and do not have to be pulled out of class at a separate time for makeup testing. Please check the school calendar for up-to-date testing dates. You can find more information about Smarter Balanced testing at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. If you would like to see the practice and training tests, please visit http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/practice-and-training-tests/

    2020 Testing Schedule

    WCAS - Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

    ELA - English Language Arts

    AP - Advanced Placement

    Testing Schedule 2020

    Parent and Caregiver Discussion Group in Trout Lake 

    You can join a parent and caregiver discussion group moderated by Kathy Keller Jones and Carolina Pfister for those concerned about family bonding and children’s, tweens’, and teens’ wellbeing in today’s digital age. This is an opportunity to share ideas on creating a balanced life that enhances children’s safety, security, and wellbeing, while harnessing the positive power of media and technology.

    The Hive Project, 2395 Highway 141 1/2, Trout Lake, WA 98650 (upstairs of red building, entrance at back) - $5-10 suggested donation per session.

    Families & Tech, Part II - Devices and Limits

    Tuesday, March 24, 6-8 pm

    The 4 phases of phone use for our children. Family meeting style for organizing households and setting limits. Introducing gaming—when, how, or if.


    Families & Tech, Part III - Digital Literacy, Ethics & Tools

    Tuesday, Apr 28, 6-8 pm

    Challenges and tools for teaching digital literacy and insight, as well as monitoring screen use—social media, gaming, online identity. Discussion on schools and tech use.

    Spring Break

    No school March 30th - April 3rd for spring break. Enjoy! 


    Mrs. Lanz

    Trout Lake School

    Kindergarten Roundup!

    When:  Friday, May 8, 2020

    Time:   9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Place:  Kindergarten Classroom (Room 112)

    Who:    Any child who will be five years old before September 1, 2020

    Why:    1. You will get to meet your teacher!

    1. You will get to meet some of your classmates for 

                     next year!

    1. You will get to explore your classroom!
    2. You will get to do some fun activities with  

            kindergarten students from this year!

    1. Your parents will get to fill out forms to register 

    you for kindergarten! 

    ***Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.  

    The State of Washington requires that we have a Certificate of Immunization or a Certificate of Exemption on file.

    PLEASE call the school at 395-2571 or email me at d.wroe@tlschool.net to let us know you will be coming to join us!  Thanks!

    We look forward to seeing you!


    Trout Lake Run 2020