Terramar - January 2020

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January 2020 | Volume 2 Issue 1

By utilizing an arts focused curriculum, we will enhance each child’s sense of belonging, sense of self, and ability to achieve academically.

An A Rated School of Excellence!

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Hello Terramar Titan Community, Welcome to 2020! I hope that your year is off to a fantastic start. We just finished our first semester of Professional Learning Community (PLC) work. Our Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teams collaborate together with district curriculum experts along with our two Reading Specialists. Our 4th, and 5th grade teams collaborate with Las Brisas and Norterra Canyon teachers. Our 6th grade team collaborates with Las Brisas and our 7th and 8th grade teachers collaborate with Hillcrest teachers. All teacher teams spend time analyzing formative and summative assessments to discuss best teaching practices. The goal is to move kids forward who have mastered the standards while helping those who haven’t yet. While we do know that this early release time can present

challenges for parents with child care, we are grateful for the time to work with colleagues to better our practice.

Sharon Wieser

We are always happy to answer any additional questions you might have. Please call, email or stop by our office with any questions. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2020 with friends and family! In service of kids, Sharon Wieser Principal Terramar Academy of the Arts

Visual Arts at Terramar By: Phoebe Wagner

Fall is a busy time of year for the art department at Terramar! Much preparation goes into our annual Veterans Day Assembly and the holidays are right around the corner! This year our students created armed services paper doll centerpieces for the Veteran’s Day occasion. Students decorated the dolls in the proper attire for Army, Airforce, Navy, Coastguard and Marines. Students throughout the school put together hundreds of red, white and blue paper chains as well as enormous paper flowers to show our respect and admiration for the men and women who have served our country. A big thank you to the teachers who helped facilitate this activity as well as the parents who prepared the paper strips and other materials. In addition, two new wall banners were added to the collection which is displayed every year on the outside wall of the multipurpose room. Students helped plan draw and paint an aircraft carrier as well as the U.S.S Arizona. As we approach Thanksgiving, we can always look forward to a visit from Mrs. Fish. From the Arizona Agriculture Department. Among other topics involving where our food comes from, Mrs. Fish brings in real cotton plants and encourages students to explore and discover the characteristics that make this plant such an important natural resource in Arizona. This year, many of the elementary classes have been learning about the important role of weaving in all cultures around the world. In addition to the general vocabulary. Mrs. Fish was able to visit some of our classes and talk about how the cotton fibers are woven into yarn and thread. These are the types of hands on activities that make learning meaningful to our students.


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Toy Drive

By: Samantha Zintak

7th Annual Believe in Miracles Toys Drive “James’ Story” James was born with a rare disease called Chronic Ganulomatous Disorder (CGD) that had a life expectancy of 22 years. The only cure was a bone marrow transplant. In 2011, James was almost 3 years old when he received a miraculous gift from a stranger..the gift of life..it was his bone marrow. The doctors and nurses at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) were absolutely amazing. James is now 11 and cured! James was at Phoenix Children’s off and on since he was a year and a half old. James still talks about some of his favorite toys that he got when he was there for months at a time. He likes to a do a toy drive every year to bring smiles to the kids’ faces around the holidays. Last year we collected over 2,200 toys! Terramar has partnered with James and his family again this year and have greatly appreciated the support from our parents and community in contributing to the toy drive. The toys collected were going to the Cancer and Blood Disorder Floor at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The toy drive ran from November 12th to December 20th of this year.

Band By: Bryan Fike The Terramar Titan Band wishes to thank the community for their support coming off of two wonderful performances. The first marked the students’ gratitude to Armed Forces veterans for their service to our country at the Terramar Veteran’ Day Assembly. The band played The Armed Forces Salute (a medley of the songs most commonly associated with each branch), the Star Spangled Banner, and a concert march to send the attendees on their way with a bounce in their step. A few short weeks later, the band participated in the annual DVUSD Rated Assessment Festival, where they received a stellar rating of Superior with Distinction. Not only was this the highest possible rating, but the Terramar Titan Band was the only group at the festival (and in the district) to be recognized for such a high level of performance. The 5th and 6th grade Titan bands are hard at work preparing for their first concert; Mr. Fike and the Titan Bands look forward to seeing you 7pm, January 22nd in the Mountain Ridge High School Auditorium for the Winter Concert!

Music By: Caia O’Toole The students of Terramar are multi-talented, for sure! Between choir assessments, feeder concerts, the talent show, musical auditions, and the Terramar Winter Choir Concert, these students have been busy! Congratulations to all choir students for a successful Winter Concert performance.. in your PJ’s! Congratulations to all students who performed in the Talent Show. From dancing, to singing, to playing piano, to skits, there were a variety of talents showcased for sure! We are looking forward to more successful performances in the Spring including the Art/Music Extravaganza in March, Assessment, the musical Dear Edwina Jr., and the Spring Choir concert. By Mrs. O’Toole and Mrs. Abbott

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