7th-Grade Study on JEDI at TEA: How Can Our School Be A More Inclusive, Welcoming, and Open Environment?
Seventeen 7th grade TEA students sat on Sproul Hall’s concrete steps at the University of California at Berkeley. Beth Vallarino, Loren Trux, and Alex Pugenot were supporting students as they composed questions to ask university students about their experiences with Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at UC Berkeley. The goal was to use this data to help inform their pitch to our school’s leadership about how TEA can grow on its journey to be a more inclusive, welcoming, and open environment.
Imagine seeing an image that has never been altered and it never can be, just a clear original piece of art that looks just as it did through the lens of the camera. That is what the camera obscura captures, an unaltered image. This year in our High School film intensive, we worked with Ian Ruther and his partner Will to capture a photo of our own in a creative and unique way that exemplifies craftsmanship. Thank you to Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company for supporting our project!
Through anchor readings, expert conversations and experiences in the epicenter of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, these 11th-grade students were aiming to understand the conditions that led to the need for an organized movement towards civil rights. Students would end up walking 30-40 miles in the very footsteps of Voting Rights marchers of 1965 as they journeyed from Selma to Montgomery.
How can cities overcome the challenges of making it more bike-friendly? How do we develop, protect, and enhance the Tahoe/Truckee bike experience through trail stewardship, advocacy, collaboration, and education? TEA Middle School students recently traveled to Bend, Oregon to examine these very questions.
Our 3rd-grade crew is currently looking at water quality and various factors that influence it. In these first few weeks of school, students have begun their study of water by learning about the water cycle, studying the concept of one “global well”, and looking at threats to our freshwater resources.
For this fieldwork experience, the Pre-K kiddos kicked things off with some team building activities in the park. After that, the students passed out flyers inviting the seniors to a day of Fall Solstice arts and craft making. They spent the rest of the day spending time with their new friends by going on walks and eating lunch together. What a wonderful way to connect the two communities. Great work Anne, Stephanie, and Regine!
Each year before school officially begins, we create an opportunity for our students, parents, teachers, and staff to find their bearings on campus while building community culture.
Through their Passage Presentations, our 12th-graders are challenged to prove to themselves and the CommuniTEA that they are ready for life after TEA.
A group of our high school students traveled to southern Utah in an effort to better understand the controversy surrounding the Bears Ears National Monument. The students met with various stakeholder groups representing tourism, uranium mining, and Native American activism.
In the spring of 2019, a group of our High School students traveled to Hana, HI to learn about our current food situation and how it affects us all. They learned how to navigate and care for themselves through proper food and diet choices, as well as how to meal plan and budget their dietary choices.
What do you get when you combine an impromptu home economics cooking lesson with a week-long film study to Hollywood? You get the Inaugural TEA Sliced Cooking Challenge.