First Week of Elementary at TEA 2023-2034

From a first-day-of-school scavenger hunt to our first Hearth Ceremony of the year, we sure did pack a lot into the first week of school. To take a look at the week, check out the photo galleries!

TEA Gear Market 2023

We are getting set to host our annual “Gear Market” Fundraiser! The new school year is here and as kids go back to class, team sports and outdoor activities, we are gearing up for one of our community’s favorite fundraisers. The TEA Gear Market is set for Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Martis Valley campus.

2023 Spring Celebration of the Arts

Our student artists showcased their processes to create each of this year’s collaborative class paintings, all created with a theme of honoring our land (historical images and species native to this region). They also unveiled their all Lower School collaborative mosaic titled ‘On Top of the World’ in conjunction with the all Lower School student performance of the song with the same name!

TEA’s Got Talent 2023

On Wednesday, March 22nd our CommuniTEA gathered at Alibi Ale House in Truckee, California for the return of TEA’s Got Talent! We wanted to thank everyone who joined us for a truly memorable and uplifting event. It was an amazing evening to not only showcase the talents of our students (and some wonderful Faculty Flash Mob dancing!) but to come together in celebration as a community.

2023 High School Step Up Presentation

This event was primarily focused on families of 8th grade students who may be interested in TEA’s high school program, but anyone who is interested in our HS program will find a ton of great information in this presentation.

TEA Alumni Panel: December 2022

Our TEA Alumni Panel is a beloved annual event where participants hear directly from our former students! This year we had representatives from TEA’s 2018 and 2022 graduating classes answering parent and student questions on a wide range of topics including how their experience/s at TEA have impacted their success in college and work.

Mindfulness in Art

The students worked through various challenges, all while practicing patience and learning about the design process through thumbnail sketching, iteration, and final execution. We can’t wait to see the finished products at the upcoming Celebration of Arts!

What does it mean to be a citizen?

TEA 10th graders explored this question on a recent trip to Washington D.C. They gained knowledge together in comprehensive tours of museums, by exploring the city on bike, by paddling the Potomac, by metro, and on foot, and in conversations with engaging and insightful locals.

Checking in With TEA’s Co-Founder, Taylor Simmers as He (Literally?) Drives Our Outreach Efforts

At TEA, as you know, we are intentionally using adversity to push students outside of their comfort zones (in supportive learning environments), where their learning really happens. Of course we are committed to helping our students thrive. And we have for many over the years. But that is not good enough, and our work remains unfinished. We also need to use our privilege to help students not as fortunate as our own who attend TEA, which is, what I call (and yes, I am biased), the best school in the world.

6th-Graders develop a first-hand sense of planetary and biologic evolution

How does the past influence the present and where do you exist in relation to the nexus of time? TEA 6th-graders tackled these questions and more during a recent trip to Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park.

Wa-She-Shu Da-ow-ga Historical Tour

The word “Tahoe” itself is a mispronunciation of the washoe word Da-ow-ga, meaning edge of the lake. So why do we continue to call it Tahoe? In this video project, we visited different sites around Tahoe that are now seen as touristy. We started with what we know about the landmark, white sandy beaches, vast green lawns, and summer fun. Then, we were lucky enough to work with Ben Rupert, a member of the Shoshone and Paiute tribes, who told us the Indigenous significance of the land.