Welcome to 2020-2021 School Year!
Dear TESG Community,
I am thrilled to be part of the TESG school community. This school is such a gift to Guilford County. In the last few weeks I have been meeting with faculty and staff to begin working with them to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. All of our plans to meet with families face to face have had to move to virtual platforms. We will be scheduling a virtual Open House on Tuesday, August 18th. Times and links for the Open House will be sent out early next week. The first day of school is Thursday, August 20th. Attendance on the first day is very important to establish routines and relationships, so please be sure your student is present in their virtual classrooms on the first day! The teachers have missed them so much and are excited to see everyone again and to meet their new students as well.
I am eager to get to meet all of you as well. I will be hosting several opportunities for parents to “stop in” and say “Hello”. Tea With Tracy will be Monday, August 17th at 4 PM, Tuesday, August 18th at 10 AM and Wednesday, August 19th at 5 PM. There will be links on our website to join the Zoom gatherings. I hope you will be able to attend. I will continue to have Tea With Tracy throughout the year so we can continue to get to know each other and work together.
Over the last few months, the school has been undergoing renovations as we have added Eighth grade and to make better use of our space for the Arts.
There have been some staffing changes as well. Please welcome to the TESG family:
- Ms. Martinek-Jenne: 1st/2nd Teacher
- Ms. Barselow: Assistant 1st/2nd House
- Ms. Gundersdorff: 5th/6th Teacher
- Ms. Rector: Assistant 7th/8th House
- Ms. Peters: Diverse Learners Team
- Ms. Hargrove: Diverse Learners Team
- Ms. R. Brown: Social Worker
- Ms. Day: Art
Please also note Ms. Flippin and Ms.Warren have moved on from TESG in the last week. Ms. Flippin will be moving to Durham to teach and Ms. Warren has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Elon University in the Performing Arts Department. We wish them all the best in their new endeavors.
As the school year quickly approaches I know there are questions about what the day will look like and expectations for the students. The teachers and the COVID Task Force have been working all summer to ensure that we continue to deliver exemplary education for your students while being sure we are staying true to our mission and values. Teachers will begin to set up Zoom Home Visits and schedules for each House will be posted to the website in the next week.
Education is a partnership between teachers, parents, students and administration. I am looking forward to working with all of you. TESG is a strong community and during this continued time of unrest and uncertainty we will all need to lean on each other a little more. Our common goal is to ensure your students continue to develop into life long learners and critically engaged citizens.
Thank you for welcoming me into the TESG family. It is going to be a great year! Sincerely,
Tracy A. Shaw
The Experiential School of Greensboro is a free, public charter school serving students in grades K-8 located in Downtown Greensboro.
Our mission is to educate creative critically engaged citizens using an experiential curriculum that extends the classroom into the downtown Greensboro community.
TESG students meet their academic learning goals through an instructional program that centers experiential education, design-based learning, and social justice.
TESG’s Conceptual Framework
When you look at our logo, it might remind you of a globe. Others might see an atom or a gear. But did you know our logo is also a visual represention of our conceptual framework for teaching and learning?
At the center, we have Experiential Education (EE), the philosophy that guides how we design our curriculum. The logo’s shape and many circles evoke a cyclical movement, just like EE is a cycle of experience, reflection, generalization, and application. Circling around the center are four C shapes. These stand for Creativity, Curiosity, Community, and Critical Engagement–words that describe how we engage students and bring EE to life in our curriculum. Our base is Social Justice because social justice education underpins and interweaves all that we do at TESG.
Click here to learn more about the school’s methods and social justice mission.