LTS Boys Hoops Caps Landmark Season at Tourney

8th-consolation-champs-2017The Lake Tahoe School Bobcats finished off a fantastic 2017 basketball season with an impressive showing at the Tah-Neva championships on Saturday. Both teams from LTS, the 7th grade team at 9-5 and the 8th grade team at 14-2, qualified for the tournament hosted at Incline High School.

The 8th grade team capped off a great year by advancing to the consolation championship game and defeated Alder Creek Middle School to earn the title of Consolation Champions. Jack Ludviksen proved unstoppable in the consolation championship game as he led his team with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Brody Thralls was equally impressive with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Earlier in the day, the mighty 8th grade Bobcats lost to eventual championship runner-up South Tahoe Middle School before defeating North Tahoe Middle School in the consolation semi-final. The entire team contributed throughout the day; Nicholas Patrick, Kade Martinez, and Ben Rock were key contributors with great outside shooting, Trey Casini and Dean Cafferata-Jenkins provided much needed defense and rebounding, while Shane Green, Zachary Wallpe, Lukas Burton, and Jack Laurie made valuable contributions off the bench. jack-lud-vs-acmsjack-lud-vs-acms

Assistant Coach Kris Nugent was delighted with the entire team. “We are extremely proud of the boys. They had the most successful season in our school’s history at 14-2, they won our division to qualify for the tournament, and went undefeated in league play – truly a season for the ages. I wish these boys all the best as they move on to high school next year.”

The 7th grade team exceeded all expectations with a great season and a spot at the championship tournament. Assistant Coach Jon Cooper noted, “We had a young and inexperienced team but they never stopped playing hard and deserve a great deal of praise for their effort. We started two 5th grade boys all year, yet we still finished second in league play and fought gallantly at championships.”

The LTS 7th grade Bobcats had a tough assignment with their opening game against South Tahoe, with the final score of 54-36 displaying how hard the boys played. In the consolation semi-final, the boys held a slight lead entering the 4th quarter against a much bigger Carson Middle School team, but they were unable to hold on to the lead late and lost.

Harry Fung had an amazing season for the Lake Tahoe School Bobcats, averaging 17 points and 18 rebounds a game. Tommy Williams was an excellent point guard all year and led our team with wonderful passing. Lincoln Fung, Luc Casini, and Keenan Artle provided key scoring, while Sean Kirkland and Quinn Cafferata-Jenkins were tenacious in defense. The LTS bench contributed all year long and were invaluable, with Ridge Gerken, Gavin Weber, Turner Alston, Aiden Hanak, Noah and Jake Keil, Max Weiss, and Josh Ludviksen, all playing hard when entering each game.

Head Coach Tim Kelly was ecstatic with the performance and results from the tournament, “It was a great season for the Bobcats. The future is bright for basketball in Incline Village.”

Bobcat Girls Basketball Caps Off Undefeated Season with Consolation Win in Championship Tourney

Undefeated in the regular season, the LTS girls' basketball team won the league tournament consolation championship

Undefeated in the regular season, the LTS girls’ basketball team won the league tournament consolation championship

The Lake Tahoe School 8th-grade girls’ basketball team finished off an impressive season with a consolation championship trophy at the Tah-Neva league tournament in Truckee.

The Bobcat girls finished the regular season undefeated in league play. Playing four 8th graders, five 7th graders and four 6th graders, the 2017 Lake Tahoe School Girls basketball team managed to outhustle, outplay, and outscore their often larger and more experienced opponents on a consistent basis this fall.

In the championship tournament, the Bobcats hung tough against a huge Carson Valley team and eventually lost, sending the team to the consolation bracket of the tournament. Playing next against their league rivals, North Tahoe, and struggling to find their offense some in the second game, the Bobcats scrapped their way to the win that would send them to the consolation championship game.

Win or lose, the 8th-grade girls were headed to their last game in a Bobcat uniform as they squared off against the Timberwolves of South Lake Tahoe. The girls took charge for the game from the opening tip and never looked back, pulling off the upset by a score of 47-33.

Bobcat Girls Head coach Shane Goddard had the following to say about this year’s team: “Girls and parents, it was a pleasure to be one of your coaches this season. You were absolutely the best group of kids to coach. You were respectful to each other and to us; it is a testament to your great parents, teachers, and coaches throughout the years.

“The season was a huge success, as we all improved immensely and competed ferociously. You are a special group of girls, and I was proud to be your coach.”

Lake Tahoe School Bobcats Finish XC Season With Stellar Championship Meet

8th-boys-championships-17A podium finish by LTS 5th grader Madeleine Patrick – who ran against a field of 131 bigger, older, middle school students – capped an amazing performance by all of this year’s Lake Tahoe School cross country runners at the Tah-Neva Middle School Cross Country Championship meet.

Two courses were set for the championships – held at Kahle Park Cross Country Course in South Lake Tahoe – with the 6th/7th grade division covering 2.2 miles and the 8th grade division running 2.6 miles. The championship meet was comprised of 17 schools, with over 450 runners competing from throughout the Tahoe basin, including Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Carson City.

In the 5th/6th/7th grade boy’s division, 178 runners took part in the race with Luc Casini and Tommy Williams leading the way for the Bobcats. Luc finished strong with a time of 15:50 in 23rd place with Tommy Williams close behind in 28th. Other impressive results for the Bobcats were Maksim Alexandrov, finishing 52nd, Harry Fung in 62nd, Lincoln Fung 108th, Ridge Gerken 145th, Orrin Drescher 146th, Gavin Weber 157th, Noah Keil 158th, and Josh Ludviksen 171st. In the overall team championship, the 5th/6th/7th grade boys team finished 8th with 223 points, behind champions South Tahoe with 48 points.


Madeleine “Maddie” Patrick and Brenna Ritchie

For the 5th/6th/7th grade girls, 5th-grade student Madeleine Patrick led the way with a phenomenal performance. Running against much older girls, Madeleine finished on the podium with a close 3rd with a time of 15:42 against 131 girls. Fifth-grade student Chloe Ronning also performed well with a 65th place finish. Kylie Reeth was slowed by an injury but still managed to finish 124th.


The Patrick siblings, two of LTS’s stellar XC runners

In the 8th-grade division, the boys and girls ran a tough and demanding 2.6-mile course. For the girls, Brenna Ritchie was the only 8th grade girl to compete. Brenna ran the best race of her season to finish 2nd with a time of 20:48.

In the 8th-grade boys’ race, our Bobcat team finished the championships in 3rd overall with a combined score of 49 points, finishing only eight points behind champions North Tahoe. Individually, the boys performed well against a field of 69 runners. Nicholas Patrick finished 4th, Jack Ludviksen 7th, and Trey Casini 11th. Other great results include; Jack Laurie 25th, Zachary Wallpe 32nd, Lukas Burton 33rd , Brody Thralls 37th, Ben Rock 44th, Kade Martinez 60th, and Dean Cafferata-Jenkins 69th.

“I am so proud of my team,” said Coach Kris Nugent. “It is easily one of the best teams that I have coached in my eleven years of cross country. Our results are fantastic, but I’m more proud of the way this team worked together, supported each other, and displayed true Bobcat spirit. It’s been a great year and the future is bright for LTS.”

Lake Tahoe School Appoints Seattle School Leader as Next Head of School

Lake Tahoe School

Mr. Ted Kalmus

Accomplished school leader Ted Kalmus has been appointed to succeed Ruth Glass as the next Head of School at Lake Tahoe School.

Mr. Kalmus’s appointment follows a nationwide search process that yielded applicants from among the ranks of established independent school leaders across the country. It comes as Lake Tahoe School celebrates its 20th year and launches an ambitious campus expansion plan.

A self-described “retired poet and long-time outdoor guy” who impressed Lake Tahoe School teachers, parents, and administrators with his wisdom, humility, and warmth of personality, Mr. Kalmus will officially begin his duties as Head of School at Lake Tahoe School effective July 1, 2018.

“Ted comes to us with twenty years of experience in education,” said Lake Tahoe School Trustee Dana Kirkland, who co-chaired a Head search committee comprised of Lake Tahoe School parents, teaching faculty, and Trustees.

“We were looking for a leader who was an outstanding educator, someone who embodies our core values, a champion of the faculty, a skillful decision maker and ‘people’ person, among other attributes. Ted encompasses all of these things and more. We are delighted that Ted has accepted the appointment, and we look forward to welcoming Ted, his wife, Julie, and their two children to the school and community.” nwerfam

In addition to his current position as Interim Head at Westside School in Seattle, Mr. Kalmus previously served as the Head of School of the Billings Middle School in Seattle for fifteen years.

He holds a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a masters in Poetics from New College of California. He earned his BA at Vassar in Literature.

“I am so convinced that we are going to be able to pull off a seamless, beautiful transition that you all will be proud of,” Mr. Kalmus said in his FaceTime session with the Lake Tahoe School faculty and staff announcing his appointment.

“I was inspired by the ways the LTS mission places lifelong learning, critical thinking, creative expression and the cultivation of humanist leadership at the center of its work. I was moved by hospitality of the community and the poise and care students express for one another and for their environment.  I was inspired by the intelligence and intentionality of the LTS faculty and staff, and the ways they use place and community as a rich context for the learning that takes place in the classrooms and in the outdoors. Finally I was drawn to the ways that each constituency celebrates the strengths of the school, while also imagining the potential of its next chapter.

“That disposition represents to me a community committed to reflection and growth and an ambition to be all that it can for the LTS students of both today and tomorrow.”

Lake Tahoe School Opens Its Doors to Prospective Families Sept. 22nd

We welcome you to tour Lake Tahoe School at our Fall 2017 Open House. Home to the Tahoe Basin’s top school MakerSpace and celebrating our 20th anniversary of academic excellence this school year, LTS was recently featured in Tahoe Quarterly’s “Best of Tahoe” edition. Come see what makes the education we offer at Lake Tahoe School so UNIQUE! Tours available at 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am. Lake Tahoe School serves students in grades PreK (3 and 4 years of age) through 8th grade.


stock-market-gameThree eighth-grade students at Lake Tahoe School bested a field of 56 teams, most of them high school students, to win first place in the Nevada Stock Market game this year. Another team of Lake Tahoe School students finished in ninth place.

It was Lake Tahoe School’s second top-three finish in three years of competing in the Nevada Stock Market game. The winning LTS team consisted of students Cody Reeth, Brenda Martinez-Ruiz, and Jada Moore. Finishing in ninth place was the LTS team composed of students Brian Wiebe, Roxanne Reed, and Riley Rau.

“They actually have a trading platform, so they have to enter, buy, sell, short, long, determine how many shares they want of each company, and track a lot of data in an engaging and meaningful way,” said LTS math teacher Mr. Patrick Fleming.

“These are valuable skills that students certainly won’t use right away, but that could be very helpful to them down the road in life. The goal is for them to become familiar with stocks and the stock market, and work in some math skills: percentage changes, graphing and so on.”

Cody Reeth, who will be attending prestigious Davidson Academy in Reno next year, said that the secret to his team’s first-place success was in thinking strategically about technologies that are helping improve people’s lives, as well as in being highly vigilant in tracking statistics on a daily basis.

“I checked our stocks every day. Our big stock was iRobot – we bought it with our virtual money for the stock market game, and it nearly doubled in value,” said Reeth.

LTS Bobcats Cap Track & Field Season with Three Team Trophies



The Lake Tahoe School Track & Field team capped off another highly successful season last week by winning a total of three team trophies at the Tah-Neva championships in Carson City.

LTS won 8th grade girls’ small school champions, 7th grade boys’ small school champions, and 8th grade boys’ small school runner up.

“Without question, this team is one of my greatest track teams that I’ve had the privilege of coaching,” said Coach Kris Nugent. “My athletes worked together and pushed each other at every practice to get better, and the results prove it. I’m especially proud of my 8th graders. They are true leaders, and I’ll miss them next year.”

Students competing at championships on a cool, sunny Wednesday in Carson represented 19 different middle schools from the Tahoe basin, Carson City, Reno, and other parts of Northern Nevada.

“In addition to our team trophies, there were a number of outstanding individual results,” said Nugent. “The Bobcat team set 11 school records and 2 new Tah-Neva records. In the 8th grade girls division, Millie Jenkins had a phenomenal meet, as she won gold in the 80m hurdles, gold in long jump – setting a new Tah-Neva record at 15 feet, 5 inches – as well as gold in the high jump – with a new Tah-Neva record at 5 feet, 2 inches – and a silver in the 200m hurdles. Brenda Martinez-Ruiz also won a bronze in the 80m hurdles and the individual 400m. Roxanne Reed won silver in the high jump and finished 4th in the 80m hurdles.”

Millie Jenkins setting a new Tah-Neva record

Millie Jenkins setting a new Tah-Neva record

The 8th grade Lake Tahoe School boys were led by Riley Rau, who finished 2nd in the discus with a throw of 104 feet, 10 inches, and 5th in the shot put. JT Page, who started hurdling just this season, managed to finish 4th in the 80m hurdles, with teammate Brian Wiebe close behind in 6th place. Michael Sabin improved his 800m time by over 20 seconds to finish 8th, after qualifying 17th for championships.

For the 7th grade boys division, Nicholas Patrick won gold in the 1600m, setting a new school record at 5:33.80, gold in the 3200m, setting a new school record at 11:52.39, and bronze in the 4x400m relay with teammates Jack Ludviksen, Lukas Burton, and Trey Casini. Burton took bronze in the 4x100m relay, 4th in the individual 400m, 5th in the 200m, and 8th in the 100m. Harrison Fung had a 2nd place finish in the 80m hurdles. For the 7th grade girls, Ivy Batmale set a new school record in the discus to finish 14th and Evee Propst ran a terrific 80m hurdles to finish 20th.

Many of the LTS Bobcats Track and Field athletes will now turn their focus to preparing for the upcoming USATF season, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the National Jr. Olympics in Kansas this July. Coach Kris Nugent said he knows there is still much to accomplish this summer.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how our local Incline Village athletes compete against the best track and field competitors from around the country throughout the summer. It’ll be a fun season, but we now need to get back to work and prepare for the qualifying meets.”

Bobcat Newsletter May 7th, 2017

What a joy it was to see so many of you at Friday’s Spring Program! Following our v-e-r-y long winter, your children provided a delightful breath of fresh air and shower of color to all of us. Many thanks to Ms. Eunice and Ms. Alison for, once again, creating and providing a memorable celebration for us all. As I announced on Friday, Ms. Eunice will be retiring from Lake Tahoe School at the end of this school year to spend more time with her grandchildren. We will long be indebted to her for the expertise, passion, and vision with which she has transformed our music program. A national search for her replacement is already underway. Ms. Eunice leaves big shoes to fill. I am happy to report the candidates seem to have big feet, as it were.

Schools are always in transition, and this is the time when we learn of those who are making changes in their lives. Also leaving us this year are Jennifer Branchflower, Jeff Seaton, and Sophie Bush. Each, in her or his own way, has contributed significant gifts to our school community. Jeff will be departing at the beginning of June to follow his wife, Jillian, back to the Boston area. We should all be grateful for the detailed work he has done in our business office. Those who have worked directly with Jeff recognize he is a compassionate man with a deep level of expertise.

I hired Jennifer Branchflower three years ago to create the 7th & 8th grade Humanities curriculum. “Ms. B” came to us from Alaska and is going to continue her move eastward, where much of her family is. Under her thoughtful tutelage, our middle school students have become engaged in activities designed to underscore critical thinking. As a couple of 8th graders informed me a bit ago, they love humanities because they can no longer just take notes and memorize dates or a teacher’s opinions; they have to figure things out for themselves. Jen has also served the school and our students as Nordic and Cross Country coach. Like Ms. Eunice, she has big shoes to fill. In response to my recent job posting, my inbox has been overflowing with applicants from around the world, literally. LTS has an excellent – and well-earned – reputation.

Miss Sophie, who stepped in to fill an unexpected PreK vacancy in the fall, is electing to homeschool their son, Kayden, next year. We all know Sophie to be one of the most cheerful, helpful teachers imaginable. She has worked with our Happylanders with great patience and insight. We will miss both her and Kayden.

It is easy to take for granted the myriad elements of Lake Tahoe School that culminate in memorable celebrations like Friday’s program. When you see them, please take a moment to give a special thanks to those who are leaving