As part of our 4th-grade Fall Learning Expedition titled “Poetry, Poets, and Becoming Writers”, our students examined the purpose of art alongside our ethical duty to the wilderness. Fortunately for us, we need to look no further than the works of John Muir and Yosemite National Park to put these concepts together.
For their Pre-K Learning Expedition titled “I am UNIQUE, I am ENOUGH!”our 4 and 5-year-olds are learning how to notice similarities and differences while also learning how to give and receive appreciations.
For their student-designed Expedition, our group of 11th and 12th-grade students definitely picked an interesting subject to explore. In true TEA fashion, they took learning out of the classroom and into the field to investigate the criminal justice system, high recidivism rates in the United States, and figure out how to support reintegration.
The students had their share of challenges spending their entire day outside during less-than-ideal weather, enduring a very windy day on campus. They persevered as they learned about the challenges one may face hiking and camping in the wilderness.
The Castle Peak Crew did a tremendous job of facing all of TEA’s character building traits during their cross-country ski outing to Squaw Valley. Each year, these XC ski trips are an absolute student favorite. They are the epitome of character building for these three and four-year-olds.
Our 2nd-graders are studying the different ways people learn during their Schools and Community Learning Expedition. The students are seeking to understand what schools are and why they are important.
Our group of HS students had an immense goal when they set out to study Unity and Division, and the students far exceeded what we thought we could cover. After 10 days in Chicago, students walked away with a better understanding of power, privilege, and identity, and what an individual can do to make the world a little bit better.
This semester students are working on one long term target “I can identify and use the elements of art and the principles of design in my artwork to communicate ideas about the world.”
TEA Student Council is hosting an online fundraiser for our holiday service project this season that will go towards the recovery efforts of the Camp Fire.
I hope you will consider giving to an organization that has meant a lot to you or means a lot to the world; it does good and feels good. Thank you for giving to your causes, whatever they may be. More giving. More doing.
Thank you to the Martis Valley Education Foundation (MVEF) for creating this incredible field for the community to use.