Engaging programs, innovative teachers support student achievement in Tanque Verde schools - (cont.)

Portrait Londa HopkinsEmily Gray Jr. High School musical theater teacher, Ms. Londa Hopkins, is also recognized for her efforts to provide engaging experiences to support Emily Gray Jr. High music students. Emily Gray Jr. High has developed a vibrant, high quality musical theater program. The program engages students in all aspects of a performance, from designing and building sets, to stage management and acting. Around 75 students participate in the Theater Arts program at EGJH, which includes Musical Theater and Technical Theater classes. Started five years ago, the program has tripled in size and become well-known throughout the community.


Ms. Hopkins was recently awarded the 2018 Dr. Douglas E. Price Innovation Award by the Tanque Verde Educational Enrichment Foundation, receiving a generous $8,000 grant for technical sound equipment. After receiving the award, Ms. Hopkins remarked, “It was an honor to receive the Innovation Award so that we can produce our own sound for our musicals - this not only saves us money, but also gives Technical Theater students a wonderful opportunity to learn the art of sound production!”

 students perform Mulan Jr.

Emily Gray Jr. High Musical Theater students perform a melody from Disney’s Mulan, Jr.

 Choir students perform on bleachers

Emily Gray Choir Spring Performance 

The district is fortunate to have exemplary teachers like Dr. Zreda, Ms. Marrano, Ms. Anderson, and Ms. Hopkins, who have been recognized for their service, creativity and innovation in the classroom. These are just a few of the many examples of the district’s outstanding teachers who engage their students through creative and innovative programs, and who support and encourage their students’ individual interests and achievements.


We would like to thank all of our outstanding teachers for their hard work and dedication to our district schools and students on a daily basis! We also recognize the support of our community and understand the importance of our community’s involvement in the success of our schools.


Tanque Verde District Governing Board President, Ms. Susan Fry, recently noted, “It is our community’s ongoing support which allows us to continue the programs that we consider to be an integral part of a well-rounded education, but are becoming increasingly rare in other districts due to budget limitations. These programs include art, music, PE, library, nurses, and other special programs that make Tanque Verde one of the most desirable districts in the Tucson area.”


The Governing Board will hold their next meeting on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 pm..


The Tanque Verde Unified School District Governing Board regular meetings occur twice monthly on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the District Office, Governing Board Room. Please check for schedule changes on the district website, as meeting times and locations may change.


TVUSD Governing Board meeting agendas and minutes may be viewed at the following link: www.tanqueverdeschools.org/BoardandAgendaMinutes.aspx.


-This concludes this series of highlights from from an article published in The Tanque Verde Voice, October/November 2018 issue.

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