Desert Academy http://www.desertacademy.org International Baccalaureate (IB) World School - Santa Fe, New Mexico Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:44:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Golf Tournament Registration open http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/05/golf-tournament-registration-open/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/05/golf-tournament-registration-open/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 18:57:50 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=8061 Registration for the annual Desert Academy golf tournament is now open.

Click here to register.

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Statement of Educational Philosophy http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/02/thoughts-from-the-head-of-school-terry-passalacqua/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/02/thoughts-from-the-head-of-school-terry-passalacqua/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:17:45 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=7946 I believe in the absolute power of the individual to reach his or her potential as long as love and support are given. All students want to learn, but not all learn. Why? Students are not some passive container that knowledge can be “poured” into their brain. They are active participants in their own learning.

It is an exchange, this teaching and learning thing. It is a collaboration of emotions. One who has the knowledge and the passion to impart that knowledge working with one who lacks the information but deep inside, hungers for knowledge.

It is the duty, no—the sacred obligation—of the teacher to provide the environment where learning can, not only take place, but flourish. In this regard, I believe success breeds motivation. The learner must see little successes along the long, often difficult path to knowledge, or else self-motivation will never develop.

The teacher is the guide, one who “shows the way,” with kindness, empathy and understanding. The burning light is inside the student, not within the teacher. It is our job, as teachers and mentors, to allow that light to burn and shine.

Once the light has been turned on, all things are possible; I’ve seen severely disabled students compete in high-level athletic competition. I’ve seen emotionally disturbed children get a new look at their own possibilities through compassionate teaching.

Some educators talk about “high expectations” without understanding what that really means. It is not the teacher’s published high expectations that cause the student to succeed; it is the “no-limit-expectations” that she has in her own mind “for” the student that matters. It is what she thinks about the student’s potential for learning, not what she lists as “high expectation” tasks.

There is much more to say about educational philosophy, but I know the key, as I said in the first sentence, is love and support.

Terry Passalacqua

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Statement of Educational philosophy http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/02/statement-of-educational-philosophy/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/02/statement-of-educational-philosophy/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:12:34 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=7944 February 24th, 2014

Statement of Educational Philosophy

I believe in the absolute power of the individual to reach his or her potential as long as love and support are given. All students want to learn, but not all learn. Why? Students are not some passive container that knowledge can be “poured” into their brain. They are active participants in their own learning.

It is an exchange, this teaching and learning thing. It is a collaboration of emotions. One who has the knowledge and the passion to impart that knowledge working with one who lacks the information but deep inside, hungers for knowledge.

It is the duty, no—the sacred obligation—of the teacher to provide the environment where learning can, not only take place, but flourish. In this regard, I believe success breeds motivation. The learner must see little successes along the long, often difficult path to knowledge, or else self-motivation will never develop.

The teacher is the guide, one who “shows the way,” with kindness, empathy and understanding. The burning light is inside the student, not within the teacher. It is our job, as teachers and mentors, to allow that light to burn and shine.

Once the light has been turned on, all things are possible; I’ve seen severely disabled students compete in high-level athletic competition. I’ve seen emotionally disturbed children get a new look at their own possibilities through compassionate teaching.

Some educators talk about “high expectations” without understanding what that really means. It is not the teacher’s published high expectations that cause the student to succeed; it is the “no-limit-expectations” that she has in her own mind “for” the student that matters. It is what she thinks about the student’s potential for learning, not what she lists as “high expectation” tasks.

There is much more to say about educational philosophy, but I know the key, as I said in the first sentence, is love and support.

Terry Passalacqua

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Parent Association Raffle of Wine Country Trip http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/01/parent-association-raffle-of-wine-country-trip/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/01/parent-association-raffle-of-wine-country-trip/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:02:55 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=7884 Parent Association Raffle of Wine Country Trip

Desert Academy’s Parent Association is proud to support the effort to enhance the new campus for the benefit of all students.  By purchasing raffle tickets YOU are part of that effort as well. All proceeds will go to the art/science lab with multiple sinks, in the Sunrise Classroom Building that will be installed later this spring. This building will also include two bathrooms as well as tutoring and MYP offices.

Through the generous gift of a Desert family, we are raffling three nights in a beautiful cabin on the Russian River for a long week-end.  Located in the heart of the California Wine Country, this home has three bedrooms, three baths, spectacular views, and a swimming hole nearby!  This serene and secluded house has lovely gardens and an orchard, and also includes a large hot tub and two outdoor showers.

The package includes airfare for 4 from Albuquerque to Oakland, California, or $1400 toward airfare if Albuquerque isn’t your travel “home.”

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FEBRUARY 13 – 14th Student Led Conferences http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/01/student-led-conferences-2/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/01/student-led-conferences-2/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:29:09 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=7675 This year’s student-led conferences will be on February 13th and 14th. Click the link below to sign up for your time slot. Student-Led Conference Sign Up

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Putting On the Ritz Auction and Gala Sign up http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/01/putting-on-the-ritz-auction-and-gala-sign-up/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2014/01/putting-on-the-ritz-auction-and-gala-sign-up/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:00:56 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=7622 Our event is sold out! If you would like to be on the wait list, please send an email to Kay Rice at krice@desertacademy.org”

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The Deserter, Summer 2013 http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/the-deserter-summer-2013/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/the-deserter-summer-2013/#comments Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:04:23 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=7406 Literary and Visual Arts Review
Summer 2013
Issue 11
Click here to read magazine

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Book Fair http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/book-fair/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/book-fair/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:32:48 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=6920 Desert Academy book fair will be held on December 6th from 3:30 to 6:30pm – 15% of all sales made during that time will be donated to Desert Academy. From babies to 11th graders, the Bee Hive has it all. Come do your holiday shopping while supporting your school and enjoying a lovely store!

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A Fundraising Event for our International Trips http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/a-fundraising-event-for-our-international-trips/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/a-fundraising-event-for-our-international-trips/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:32:23 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=6918 Come to Desert Academy’s Annual Francophone Evening, Friday, December 13, 2013, at 6:00 pm for “Noel en Provence,” discover the tradition of the 13 desserts and join us in French song.

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Monster Dash and Bash a Great Success! http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/monster-dash-and-bash-a-great-success/ http://www.desertacademy.org/2013/12/monster-dash-and-bash-a-great-success/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:31:41 +0000 http://www.desertacademy.org/?p=6916 Thank you to all who came and ran in the Monster Dash!  

All funds raised will enhance our tuition assistance program. We hope you had a blast at the Bash, too! Join us next October for more fun.

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