Tahoe Expedition Academy’s high school athletes will compete locally and abroad in the following sports for the 2013/14 school year; Cross Country, Ski and Track and Field. Tahoe Expedition Academy’s middle school is an active member of the Tah-Neva Athletic League, which competes in Northern Nevada and California. Within this League, Tahoe Expedition Academy competes in Cross-Country during the fall season and in Track & Field during the spring. Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to join our teams in the Tah-Neva League.
TEA also offers its own sports teams, independent from the Tah-Neva League, for students in grades 4-8. These teams compete in local leagues and meets, and, for the 2013-2014 school year, include Nordic skiing / Biathlon.
TEA will continue to add sports teams based on student interest, population and facility availability.
K-8 After-School Clubs
Tahoe Expedition Academy After School Clubs enrich the programs we offer during each school day. These clubs provide healthy outlets and engaging, hands-on, educational and physical activities for students after school hours during the fall, winter and spring seasons. After-School Clubs are age appropriate and are available to all students in grades K-8 as well as members from the local community.
Moreover, clubs are designed to engage students in discovery, craftsmanship, creativity, and exploration. The spectrum of after school programs ranges from the Industrial Design Club, which specializes in blacksmithing, to the Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing Clubs, to the Arts and Spanish. Programs are created to utilize the natural environment, as well as, the knowledge and skill-sets of our TEAchers. A high standard of instructor intellectual and experiential know-how provides students with stimulating and uplifting experiences. These programs are lead by experts in their respective fields, and are designed by TEA. Last, many TEA programs are offered to students who attend other schools, so that our student body is diversified and engages with and strengthens the surrounding community.
Instructor – DC Larrabee and Teacher/Parent Volunteers
Season – Fall, Winter, and Spring
Description – The Adventure TEAm, previously called Explorers Adventure Club, will provide opportunities for Tahoe Expedition Academy students and other local kids to get out there and crush it. Participants will take part in rock climbing, mountain biking, orienteering, and other adventure based activities and challenges. The club’s wintertime activities include, winter orienting, ropes course work, winter camping skills and winter backcountry hiking. The program is tailored for 2nd - 5th graders from TEA, North Tahoe and Truckee. K-1st graders can participate when accompanied by a parent.
Who – 2nd – 5th graders.
Location – Meet at the main TEA, and then set off in the Tahoe Basin.
Price - $100
Instructor – Rosie Striffler
When – Begins Thursday, October 3rd and runs for 6 weeks.
Description - Participants will learn basic yoga practices and the calming/healing effects this has on one’s body and mind. During each one-hour class participants will enjoy the challenges that different yoga poses present and experience gains in flexibility, strength and balance.
Who – K – 5th grade.
Location – Upstairs in the HQ.
Limit – 14 students
Time – 3:15pm-4:15pm
Price - $100
Register - Event is sold out
Instructor – Jim Miller, Taylor Simmers, Eric Martin
Season – Runs for 7 weeks beginning September 16th. Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm.
Description - Participants will play lacrosse with North Tahoe Lacrosse Club, which runs an informal fall lacrosse program in the fall aka Fall Ball.
Who – 3rd grade thru High School
Location – North Tahoe High School
Price - See Flyer
Instructor – Scott Bolen and course pros.
Season – Spring
Description - Participants will learn the fundamentals of golf from TEA parent and Lahontan Golf Club Head Golf Pro, Scott Bolen. Mr. Bolen will teach participants the mechanics of putting, chipping, driving and more at Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach. Parent volunteers are encouraged to join in the fun, and should register to help out using the CommuniTEA signup list below. Space limited to 14 golfers. 2013 Season Dates: April 18th and 25th May 2nd -9th-16th-23rd.
Who – Golfers 1st grade and up.
Location – Old Brockway Golf Club located on 400 Brassie Ave, Kings Beach, CA.
Price - $100
Instructor – Stephanie Gibbons and Eric Martin
Season - Fall
Description – This program is designed for all students 2nd grade and up, and will teach participants how to maintain good health and fitness through exercise. Instructors Stephanie Gibbons and Eric Martin will instruct this 6-week class, beginning Wednesday, March 27th from 3:00pm – 4:15pm in front of the Main Building. Participants will perform ballistic, speed and coordination specific circuit exercises that will use their body weight as resistance. They will also leave with a newfound knowledge and exercise skill sets that will help in sport and in living a healthy lifestyle. This program is free to all and parents are welcome to join us for a great workout.
Who – 2nd grade and up.
Location – Meet in the parking lot in front of main TEA building.
Instructor's – DC Larrabee, Steve Rubin and Jim Miller
When – Tuesdays take off from HQ at 3:15, return times will vary. Begins Tuesday, September 17th and runs for 6 weeks.
Description - Lead by mountain biking expert, DC Larrabee, bikers will navigate the single-track trials woven above Truckee, Tahoe City, Incline Village, Kings Beach and beyond. Participants will need to bring their own bike (one that is in good working order), helmet and hydration system.
Who – 2nd – 5th grade * Must have a season worth of mountain biking experience. Those new to mountain biking should consider Tahoe XC Center, please contact Valli to reserve your spot.
Cost – $50
Location – Single-track bike trails in the Tahoe Basin.
Instructor – Lorenzo Worster
Season – Winter, Spring
Description – In TEA’s Industrial Design Club students learn the lost art of blacksmithing. After thorough safety protocols are highlighted students will craft metal into artistic and functional designs. Participants will gain an appreciation for the demands and challenges blacksmiths and metal workers face in the shop. Each class will involve heating steel pieces to workable temperatures, and using anvils and mini-sledgehammers to bend, forge and draw these pieces into art. This class rocks!
Who – 6th grade and up.
Location – TEA garage.
Instructor – Joe Taylor
Season – Winter
Description - This class will focus on the flexible nature of clay. Students will learn the different methods used to work with clay. Ultimately, students will create memorable pieces of art, and gain familiarity with the fluctuating medium of clay while honing their fine motor skills.
Who – K – 5th grade. Class are then split by grade.
Location – The EZ.
Instructor – Danielle Redlin
Season – Fall
Description – Students will go deeper into exploring the Spanish language while learning more about Hispanic culture. Students will be introduced to Hispanic games, music/dance, cuisine, and art that are unique to a variety Spanish-speaking countries. Relevant Spanish vocabulary that is associated with each cultural lesson will be taught in each session along with repetition of Spanish numbers and colors. Students will be encouraged to play, get creative, learn, and have fun!
Who – Students K – 3rd grade.
Location – The EZ.
Instructor – Melanie Cooke is a NFAA and USA Archery Certified Instructor.
When – Tentatively begins the first week of October and runs for 6 weeks. Fridays from 3pm – 430pm. The actual start date will be announced soon.
Description – Participants will learn how to safely handle and operate a bow and arrow. As class progresses finer techniques of shooting, breathing and aiming will be introduced.
Who – 3rd – 5th grade
Limit – 9 students
Cost – $100
Location – Outside, near the EZ
Register - Event is sold out
Instructor – Barry Kay, chess enthusiast.
When – Mondays from October 28th to December 9th. For a total of 7 class sessions.
Time – 3pm - 4:15pm.
Description – Chess club will provide a great opportunity to learn chess and/or improve your game from long time chess enthusiast and chess expert, Barry Kay. We will focus on chess fundamentals as well as chess moves and strategies. Playing chess will improve your ability to focus, compete think strategically, and win or lose gracefully.
Limit – 14 students
Cost – $75
Location – EZ - 8575 Speckled Ave, Tahoe Vista, CA
Led By – Shelley Bolen and Maureen Lamerdin
When – Thursday, Nov 21, Dec 5, Dec 12 & Dec 19
Time – 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Description – Students will take home a serving of their culinary creations and receive menus & food facts
Who – Kindergarten - 9th Grade
Class Size – 6 students
Cost – $60 for the 4 classes
Location – North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation
Transportation – Instructors will transport students at 3pm to NTHC.
Pick Up – Students are to be picked up at NTHC
The menus may change as needed
Week 1 -- French cuisine with Emmanuele Mcdonald
Week 2 -- Italian cuisine with Rosa Rosso
Week 3 -- Indian cuisine with Antara Shergill Hirsh
Week 4 –- Chinese cuisine with Anne Silvern
Spaces are limited and will sell out!
Director/Instructor: Loren Trux and co.
When: 4 Days a Week, Monday - Thursday. After school care begins Monday, November 18th.
Where: The main building, aka the HQ.
Time: End of school day until 5:00pm
Who: TEA students K through 5th Grade.
Description: Description: After school care will be directed by TEA Math and Literacy teacher Loren Trux, Monday through Thursday for weeks that school is in session. Activities will include study time and inside and outside games led by after school teachers. Afternoons will also include seasonal art projects, painting, coloring, puzzles, blocks, legos, sewing, knitting, crochet. Supply donations would be greatly appreciated, please coordinate with Loren to donate.
Parents please pack extra snacks for after school care.
Cost: Cost: 20 session punch card available for purchase: $15/day x 20 days = $300. Punch passes expire May 30th, 2014. Drop in rate is $25 per session, payment due at drop off.
What: Catered soup lunch by The Souper Wagon
Why: A nutritious & delicious alternative to packing lunch
When: Fridays, Jan 17 2013 - June 6, 2014
Who: Kindergarten through Middle Schoolers, Teachers, Admin, Parents
Cost: $104.50 Paid at one time ($5.50/meal x 19 meals)
Sign Ups: The TEA Times will announce when the on-line sign up is live (mid-December).
The Souper Wagon is dedicated to using organic, fresh, quality ingredients. Soups will predominantly be vegetarian and dairy-free. On days when the soup includes meat, a vegetarian option will be offered. A yummy side of bread will accompany the 8oz serving of soup.
- potato soup with nitrate free bacon, cheese, and green onion toppings & ciabatta roll
- vegetarian chili with parmesan cheese dipper
- chicken pot pie soup with pie crust dippers
- butternut squash with grilled cheese triangles
- friendship stew & ciabatta roll
High School Athletics
The overarching purpose of Tahoe Expedition Academy’s High School Athletic Program is to enrich the lives of student-athletes. TEA Athletics will utilize the formidable terrain, seasonal weather, and snowpack of the Lake Tahoe Basin to challenge and engage student-athletes and to reinforce the core Expeditionary Learning principles taught in the classroom and in the field. Cross Country in the fall, Biathlon and Cross Country Ski Teams in the winter, and Track and Field and Lacrosse in the spring may serve as core high school sports. Active participation in these sports will teach student-athletes the importance of goal setting, hard work, and dedication. These and other indelible lessons and character values gained through athletic involvement will benefit students long after the season ends. Physical fitness and healthy habits will be the cornerstones of athletics and will perpetually serve student-athletes through life.
High School Clubs
Clubs and Activities provide students with opportunities to share thoughts, passions and curiosities and to contribute positively to the learning environment. They serve as an important part of the socialization that occurs during the high school years and are completely student-initiated. Advisor approved. We provide time during the school day, in addition to lunch, for students to collaborate, socialize and build community.
TEA Athletics Director - Eric Martin
Eric Martin, Activities and Marketing Director
Eric graduated from Salisbury University, located in Maryland, in 2004 with a BS in Business Marketing. At Salisbury Eric had a standout lacrosse career, winning two National Championships in 2003 and 2004, was named the 2003 and 2004 National Defenseman of the Year and the 2004 National Player of the Year. Following college Eric was drafted by a professional lacrosse team in San Jose and has made the Bay Area home for the past 8 years. Eric also won the 2010 World Championship in Manchester, England with the US Men’s National Team.
Eric’s day job over the years focused on building material and sporting goods sales. Additionally, he founded a lacrosse camp and travel team company and started a non-profit in San Francisco that exposed inner city youth to lacrosse, called One City Lacrosse.
Eric believes that team and individual athletic pursuits manifest life’s core values and experiences. He will draw from his extensive athletic background to help students discover and pursue their athletic passion.