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!
Examining real-world problems such as the declining water clarity in Lake Tahoe is instrumental to how we teach at TEA. Our 3rd-Graders built background knowledge on water clarity in our area through anchor texts, met with real life experts for a hand-on experience, and then proposed their own solutions to this challenge.
With the return of winter weather to our area, this past week our Pre-K kiddos, aka the Castle Peak Crew, spent just about all of their time playing in the snow, cross country skiing and learning about our muscular system.
Matt Morrison, Beth Vallarino (Middle School Humanities), and Carolyn Highland attended the People of Color Conference (PoCC) as part of TEA’s commitment to JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) work. We wanted to see how other independent schools were ensuring an equitable and inclusive environment for students, families, and faculty of diverse backgrounds, and how they were galvanizing white allies to work for a better future for everyone.
This fall, TEA launched its first-ever Ultimate Frisbee TEAm – designed for high school age boys and girls. Student-athletes enjoyed practicing on the incredible Martis Valley Campus field twice a week from October till late November.
The sun came out and the stars shined bright even at 2 in the afternoon this past Sunday. The TEA drama club’s production of Lion King was full of fun, energy, and smiles as each of the kids brought their own sparkle to the stage. Thanks to everyone who made it magical.
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.
A huge thank you to our HS Program Science Teacher Jessica Svoboda for spending some time with the Pre-K crew recently for a little Pre-K science! What better way to understand the literal meaning of “kind heart” than by examining actual hearts!
In the spirit of celebrating TEA’s Adventure pillar, Rick set off for on a solo paddle-board journey of 22 miles across Lake Tahoe this Tuesday. Check out Rick’s personal account from the journey. And it’s not too late to donate to Rick’s paddle-a-thon!