Dear Parents/Guardians,
    The PGT team would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year. We are planning, whatever the
    circumstances, to have a terrific year. Below are brief team introductions, and this year’s Suggested
    Student Supply List. Along with this letter, you should also have received the 2020-21 PGT Team Policies.
    Email list
    If you know any PGT community members who did not receive this letter, please have them email Mr.
    Slater (dslater@washoeschools.net) so we can get them on the mailing list.
    PGT Team

    PGT School Supply List*
    *These supplies are recommended as students this year cannot share materials.
    If anyone has trouble acquiring them, the Pine office is glad to help.
    Please refer to the Pine website for uniform information.

    Student Supplies
    ____ Binder/s as preferred for each class.
    ____ protractor & compass
    ____ 3 composition books (2 college-ruled; 1 graph/college-ruled. Different colors for each class is
    ____ box of standard pencils/pens (if mechanical pencils, lead needed)
    ____ handheld pencil sharpener (pouch recommended)
    ____ 2 GB or larger USB flash drive on a lanyard for saving personal work (MUST label)
    ____ highlighter/s
    ____ whiteboard marker (one or more, not yellow)
    ____ erasers (any standard kind)
    ____ Crayola markers
    ____ box of colored pencils
    ____ White-out
    ____ Earbuds
    ____ Scotch tape
    ____ scissors
    ____ *For Mrs. Marshall’s Art Class (if there is one): One 8 x 10, or 9 ½ x 11 sketchbook. Any brand or
    binding is fine.
    We will be raising money this year for the following. If you’d like to donate,
    checks can be written to PGT Fundraising.
    1) Printer Ink (we’re lucky to have printers in most rooms, but the ink
    depletes our budget)
    2) ELA book publishing project ($1000 needed)

    PGT Team (team website)www.tinyurl.com/pineGATE 

    David Slater (dslater@washoeschools.net): I am returning for my ninth year teaching ELA at Pine after more than fifteen years teaching middle and high school in Portland, Oregon. These past nine years have been among the most rewarding of my career, and I’m eager to get started again! For details on my 7th & 8th grade ELA classes, see www.tinyurl.com/pgtELA. 

    Kristen Harris (keharris@washoeschools.net): I am thrilled to begin my ninth year in the Pine GT program! This year I’ll be teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. I will also teach a Current Events elective. I look forward to meeting my students, and sharing my love of history and current events with them.  

    Kathleen Marshall (kmarshall@washoeschools.net) I am delighted to be returning for my seventh year with the Pine GT. This year, I’m excited to be teaching 6thgrade World History, English, Art. In my classes, we take a BIG cross-curricular look  at the world and the history of human ideas. It’s a joy and a privilege to be a part of the GT community at Pine. 

    Nathan Cadwell: (ncadwell@washoeschools.net ) 7th and 8th grade Math

    Stephanie McMurtry (semcmurtry@washoeschools.net) 7th and 8th grade Science

    Jeff Tilley (jtilley@washoeschools.net) 6th grade Math, Science and elective  Hi, there! I’m excited to be here at Pine GT teaching 6th Grade GT math and science as a long-term sub. Prior to my moving into K-12 teaching, I worked for 28 years as an Earth Science (Meteorology and Climatology focus) professor/instructor and researcher at various universities and research centers, including DRI here in Nevada. I am in the process of getting full teaching certification but have also had prior experience teaching middle school science in another district. I am also a musician, playing multiple instruments and I sing as well. I am an occasional adjunct music instructor for Lake Tahoe Community College. While science and music may seem like an unusual combination, there is a lot of physics and math that are involved in producing music, so I think they complement each other wonderfully! I hope to be able to intertwine the subjects occasionally for the students this year! I also produce a science podcast, called The Daily Bolt, which discusses science news of the day, and I hope to get some students involved in this as the year progresses.  I also hope to start a research project which the GT students can be involved in if they wish. I look forward to a great year!