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November 2019 | Volume 1 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 Dear Parents and Guardians of Terramar Academy of the Arts, The first quarter of the 2019-2020 academic school year is under our belt. It’s hard to believe it went by so quickly. We are headed into the busiest part of the year with many community activities scheduled all the way up to winter break. Please take a moment to view our calendar on the website for more information and mark your calendar. Terramar’s Vision is about FACTS providing a Foundation of Arts/Academics, Character, Thinking and Service. We have a few service projects set for this quarter. They include; candy for the troops, adopting nine families from another DVUSD school, presents for patients at Phoenix Childrens Hospital, and collecting socks for the homeless. If you able, please consider helping us with these service projects. A couple of quick reminders: Our pick up and drop off procedures require patience and courtesy at all times as our ultimate goal is to keep all of our students safe. Please allow plenty of time when taking

your children to and from the school grounds. We encourage our community to use the CCV parking lot and our two crossing guards.

Sharon Wieser

We have another exciting year planned for the 20192020 school year and are off to a solid start. Please consider joining us for the many activities we have planned. We are actively looking for dads/uncles/ grandparents to join our WATCHDOGS program. Please visit the website for more information. Our students LOVE having a watch dog on campus. Please consider donating a few hours of your time. As always we are happy to answer any additional questions you might have. Stop by the office, visit our website, or give us a call. In service of kids, Sharon Wieser Principal Terramar Academy of the Arts


Visual Arts at Terramar By: Phoebe Wagner

A World of Kindness Kindness is the school theme this year at Terramar, Mrs. Wagner’s K-3 art classes have been busy using their creative minds, along with new art skills, to think of kindness slogans for their “Friendship Paper Dolls”. Students learned about folding on a line of symmetry to cut out the dolls and worked together as team to decorate them. The dolls are all around the interior of the school building to remind us of what matters most as we come to school each day. Quarterly Art Awards Each month the visual art teachers showcase student art work that demonstrates excellence in creativity and artistry. The “Artist of the Month” board is on display year round to give recognition to these students. This year, art awards will be acknowledged publicly at our quarterly awards assemblies. New Middle School Art Teacher Terramar welcomed our new middle school art teacher Mr. Christopher Madison this year! Mr. Madison will teach the Art/Ceramic track students in 7th and 8th grade. He is also sharing the job of athletic director for the school. We are happy to have him as part of the Terramar School family!


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Music at Terramar By: Lorena Abbott, New K-6 Music Teacher

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This year Terramar welcomed Mrs. Abbott! She comes to Terramar with 25 years of teaching experience mostly in the Scottsdale Unified School District. She is thrilled to be a part of the Terramar Team.

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Mrs. Abbott teaches K-6 General Music, Piano Lab, and elementary choir. The students in her General Music classroom have been busy learning new skills and actively making music together. Terramar’s before school choir program is up and running with 2 new choir groups for the elementary students. The Terramar Cadet Choir is for students in 1st through 3rd grades and the Terramar Treble Makers is for students in 4th-6th grades. The students involved in these groups are enthusiastic and love to sing.

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Look forward to many special events from our music department this year.


SAGE/Gifted By: Danielle Kasten

Specialized Curriculum

All students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive arts instruction integrated with the academics program to learn math, science, reading, and writing, social studies, and the full range of 21st Century Skills in the classroom. Students are exposed to art, music, band, movement, drama, and stagecraft.

Gifted Program Details Gifted Cluster: All gifted students in grades K – 5th (those scoring at or above 90% in one or more areas) are clustered together with a gifted trained teacher for the majority of the school day. SAGE ELA: Reading content replacement/pull-out program for students who score at or above 95% on the Verbal Area of the CogAT assessment. This course is taught by the Gifted Specialist and utilizes the gifted curriculum from the College of William & Mary. It incorporates many novels, Socratic discussions, and projects that encourage creativity as well as the integration of technology. Walk Up to Math: Students in grades K-8 who test above grade level on school placement exams (showing mastery of 80% of a grade level’s concepts for math) and meet the rest of the requirements on our placement rubric are clustered together and placed in the above grade level’s gifted cluster math class with the support of the Gifted Specialist. We currently offer all levels of math up to High School Algebra on campus. Middle School Gifted Cohort Classes: A unique model where all of the core classes for the day are with students who have qualified for gifted services. It runs as a full day, self-contained gifted program.

In the Classrooms

Departmentalization: Teachers teach a narrow range of subjects and the students rotate between the classrooms. This allows teachers to specialize and focus on a few subjects and the students to become familiar with different teaching styles and expectations. Differentiation: The teacher, after getting to know his/ her students, groups them for activities based on each individual student’s academic needs and/or areas of interest. A tiered/differentiated lesson has all students focusing on the same required concept or skill but the students are working (usually in groups) on different levels and applications of the skill or concept based on their learning needs.

Flexible Grouping: The process of continually assessing students and grouping them according to their academic needs. Problem Based Learning: Students have the opportunities to become problem solvers, using 21st century skills, thinking critically through real world scenarios. As a whole group or independently, at all grade levels and in different content areas, problem based learning and passion projects are keeping us busy!

Quarterly Art Awards

Each month the visual art teachers showcase student art work that demonstrates excellence in creativity and artistry. The “Artist of the Month” board is on display year round to give recognition to these students. This year, art awards will be acknowledged publicly at our quarterly awards assemblies.

New Middle School Art Teacher

Terramar welcomed our new middle school art teacher Mr. Christopher Madison this year! Mr. Madison will teach the Art/Ceramic track students in 7th and 8th grade. He is also sharing the job of athletic director for the school. We are happy to have him as part of the Terramar School family!


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Terramar - November 2019  

Volume 1 Issue 1

Terramar - November 2019  

Volume 1 Issue 1