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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009222 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)

    Parent comment: "We are so grateful for the teachers who volunteered PTO Bingo Night. As a parent, it meant a lot to have their help, allowing us parents to not have to volunteer and be able to experience the event with our kids. It doesn't go unnoticed to see them spending their free time supporting the school!"
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008397 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Black History Month Celebration
    Tarwater celebrated Black History with their annual essay contest, classroom activities, and library selections highlighting a plethora of African American change-makers.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008456 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Chandler Innovation Fair
    Congratulations to Evan Garcia, Jaden Bullock and Caden Villarreal for their project titled Project Elimination, winner of the State Farm Computer Science Award in the Computer Science Showcase at the 2020 Chandler Innovation Fair. CIF 2020 Award Winners
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008383 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)

    Tarwater Elementary was selected as only one of a few schools in the country to have contact with the International Space Station next August. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) selected 10 schools from around the country to participate. The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities and raise their awareness of space communications, radio communications, space exploration, and related areas of student and career possibilities. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station website
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008266 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)

    Superintendent's Student Citizenship Award winner: It's hard to be "the new kid" after school has started in the 6th grade. Savannah Pendleton quickly made friends and joined the Girls STEM Club, Robotics Club, Student Council, Running Club and Toro Ambassadors. She constantly volunteers on campus, helping those in need. She happily brings her family to community events. Savannah loves to help in the library, but she can also be found on the playground, playing hard. She made a name for herself as an outstanding Toro!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008184 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Chinese New Year
    Over 650 members of our Tarwater community gathered to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday, January 24. The amazing celebration included food, music and entertainment, games and interactive booths that educated about and celebrated Chinese culture. The Mandarin immersion students demonstrated their expertise with dance, Kung Fu and songs. It was an incredible night for our school. Chinese New Year Celebration Photo Album
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008088 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Giving Tree Toy Drive
    Each year the Tarwater community gets together to help make the holidays a little brighter for others in the community who may not be so fortunate by conducting our Giving Tree Toy Drive. All toys collected for babies to preteens are donated to the Chandler Care Center. We celebrate the Toy Drive with an assembly that also features the amazing Tarwater Chorus Club singing wonderful holiday music!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007996 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Isabella Dangelo
    Congratulations to Isabella Dangelo whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Tarwater Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007875 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Hermanas Event
    Thirteen Tarwater Elementary sixth grade girls participated in the Hermanas Event held at Chandler-Gilbert Community college and hosted by Intel. The students participated in various activities to inspire them to go to college and consider a future career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). One sixth grader ended the event saying, "I want to go to college. I felt like I was sitting in a college class."
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007821 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Fall Festival
    Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders and mascot "Big Red" were at the Tarwater Elementary Fall Festival on Friday, November 1!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007644 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Engineering Academy
    This week in STEM, Mrs. Nowotarski's kindergartners participated in the Engineering Academy with Mrs. Limjoco, discovering mechanical engineering and simple machines. Students were able to make the connection that the conveyer belts they see at stores, malls (escalators), and airports are based on the simple machine called a pulley. While demonstrating the Toro Targets, these inquisitive students successfully completed the challenge of making a conveyor belt using limited supplies. Way to go, Toros!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007587 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Patriotic Performance
    Tarwater second graders celebrated our country on September 11 by putting on a patriotic performance. Singing patriotic songs and teaching us about our American symbols, they truly turned a difficult day into a beautiful special celebration of the wonderful country we live in.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007279 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Parent Volunteers Assembly
    In appreciation for all the love and support they offer all year, we recently honored our amazing parent volunteers with an assembly filled with music, chants -- and even a little magic! Thank you for all you do!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006983 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Tarwater Art Masterpiece
    Tarwater Elementary held its annual Art Masterpiece night on April 9. Families enjoyed viewing a variety of works by student artists and students collaborated on the beautiful cherry blossom tree on the outside stage.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006973 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Tarwater 20th Anniversary
    Tarwater Elementary held an annual spring barbeque on April 5 to celebate its 20-year anniversary. Bogle Junior High band was on hand to play and families enjoyed the beautiful weather with the school's namesakes, Robert and Danell Tarwater.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006863 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Sixth Grader, John Davis
    Sixth grader John Davis received the 2019 Youth Echo Award presented by DMB Community Life and Eastmark Subdivision. This award is given to outstanding youth that have dedicated their life to helping others. In addition to receiving a certificate, John received donations (lemon juice, cups and sugar) towards his annual lemonade stand. Profits from the stand will be donated to a local non-profit organization. Thank you, John, for your dedication to helping others in our community!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006374 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Embedded photo: Jackson Robert Scott
    Tarwater student Jackson Robert Scott starred in the short film Skin that won the academy award for best live action short! So cool! ABC: Oscar Winners 2019 - SKIN Accepts the Oscar for Short Film (Live Action)
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006657 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Lunar New Year Celebration
    The Tarwater Lunar New Year celebration on February 19 was a hit. They had a wonderful turnout, despite the chilly weather!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006104 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Sixth Grader, Victoria Miller
    Congratulations to 6th grader Victoria Miller for being selected as the Sun Lakes Lions International Peace Poster Contest winner for Tarwater Elementary. Tori was honored by the Lions at the Sun Lakes Country Club. Tori's poster speaks volumes as to how she perceives the need for peace in our world.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005987 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Tarwater teachers received four CEF Cash for Classrooms grants
    Tarwater teachers received four Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) Cash for Classrooms grants: Jamie Ezolt and Kim Johannsen for their We have a Mystery to Solve project; Anne Jones and Jim Chiang for their All Aboard! Bring on the STEAM! project; Ying Shao for her Chinese Language Olympics project; and 3rd Grade Team Nikole Bohn, Mike Wittreich, Mark Morris, Kailie Fisher, Grace, McCourt and Ying Shao for their Author's Tea project. Thank you, CEF, for helping us do great things for kids! Chandler Education Foundation - Cash for Classrooms website
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005985 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Technology teacher, Jamie Droeg
    Technology teacher, Jamie Droeg, is bringing 3-D printing to Tarwater! Mrs. Droeg was awarded a school-wide Chandler Education (CEF) Foundation Cash for Classrooms grant which will help fund the purchase of a MakerBot Mini 3-D printer. Mrs. Droeg is furthering her technology expertise by receiving certification through the MakerBot Certification Program. Well done, Mrs. Droeg! Chandler Education Foundation - Cash for Classrooms website
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005986 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Kindergarten teacher, Jamie Ezolt
    Tarwater kindergarten teacher Jamie Ezolt has a new friend in Hollywood -- actor, Mark Duplass! Mark Duplass is one of several celebrities taking on Instagram's #10Featured Teachers Celebrity Challenge. Mrs. Ezolt explained to Duplass that her classroom is full of children eager to learn, yet providing relevant, hands-on STEM activities is a financial challenge. Duplass took on the challenge and now, Mrs. Ezolt is receiving packages full of much-needed supplies. Mrs. Ezolt sums up her kindergarten class' experiences with this: "They're (students) talking about it, they're building it, they're making it and they're learning on the trials and fails that come with it. " STEM is alive in Jamie Ezolt's kindergarten classroom! AZCentral.com - Chandler kindergarten teacher chosen in #10FeaturedTeachers celebrity challenge
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005988 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Jennifer Traficano
    Congratulations to Tarwater Elementary PE teacher Jennifer Traficano who was one of four CUSD teachers who presented at the Arizona Health and Physical Education State Convention during the week of October 22. Their session was titled "CUSD PE TEACHERS are OPEN to Fitness!"
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005814 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Emelia Block, 6th grade teacher
    Not only is Ms. Block a sensational sixth grade teacher at Tarwater, she is also a member of the Young Professionals Council. YPC is a governing and working council that helps to facilitate opportunities for young professionals to network and develop leadership skills. Ms Block also works closely with the Cancer Support Community of Arizona. Thank you, Emelia, for caring about our community! You are an outstanding Tarwater Toro.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005842 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Jump Rope for Heart Campaign Recognition
    At the Board meeting on Wednesday, September 12th, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized Chandler Unified as the number one district in Arizona and the eighth in the Western States for the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Additionally, top teachers were recognized: Jennifer Traficano (Tarwater), David Angell (Ryan) and Grace Alvarado (CTA Goodman) on 30 years of service to AHA. They also presented a CPR kit for a high school.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005675 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Jim Chiang, Tarwater DLI Mandarin kindergarten teacher
    Jim Chiang, Tarwater's Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Mandarin kindergarten teacher, was chosen as a presenter for the ASU Confucius Institute's Professional Development Series. Jim will be leading a lecture and sharing his expertise as a successful, Dual Language Immersion educator. Tarwater is very fortunate to have Mr. Chiang, and we are proud to call him a Toro!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005676 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Anne Jones, Kindergarten Teacher
    Kindergarten teacher Anne Jones has been chosen to continue serving on the Childsplay AZ Advisory Panel (CAP). Mrs. Jones attends meetings, and gives input and advice regarding the Arts in education from a teacher's perspective. Mrs. Jones also serves as a liaison between Arizona educators and Childsplay. Childplay is now located in downtown Phoenix at the Herberger Theater. Click below to learn more about Childsplay. Childsplay Arts in Education website
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005677 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Larry's Letters from the Zoo
    Congratulations to third grade teacher, Grace McCourt! Mrs. McCourt has authored and published Larry's Letters from the Zoo, a brilliantly written children's book about a zookeeper who builds an enclosure and then has to decide which animal will get to move in! Larry's Letters from the Zoo is illustrated by Mrs. McCourt's friend, Hayley Mayne. Tarwater staff and students are hoping for a sequel! The art of writing is alive and well at Tarwater Elementary. Larry's Letters From the Zoo Facebook page
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005678 Tarwater Elementary (2018-2019)
    Liz Kuehn, parent volunteer, Intel employee
    Tarwater parent and Intel employee Liz Kuehn continues to provide opportunities for classroom instruction using the S.T.E.M process. Mrs. Kuehn heads up a powerhouse volunteer program providing resources and volunteers available to co-lead students in S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) project activities. Classroom teachers have project bins full of supplies and detailed activities available to use throughout the school year. Mrs. Kuehn was also awarded an Intel grant which funded updates to our S.T.E.M. lab and various projects around our campus. Thank you, Liz Kuehn, for all you do at Tarwater!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A004937 Tarwater Elementary (2017-2018)

    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Alex Warkentin, Aayush Pandey and Jordan Cortez who won Honorable Mention in Engineering at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Pandas For Prez. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Breydon Frizzell, Karson Leavitt and Damon Uribe who won 3rd Place in Plant Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled How Different Liquids Affect the Growth of Plants. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A004712 Tarwater Elementary (2017-2018)

    Congratulations to Tarwater P.E. teacher Jennifer Traficano who was named Sun Lakes Rotary Teacher of the Month for February. She is an exemplary teacher who uses technology to connect student learning and progress through video blogs on the SeeSaw website. She also runs a Running Club with over 250 students members, as well.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A004370 Tarwater Elementary (2017-2018)

    Mrs. Moxley sponsors Tarwater's Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) after school club. Sixth grade students meet to plan and implement random acts of kindness to encourage students and staff members. Recently, the RAK Club chalked encouraging affirmations on the campus sidewalks. Though the chalk has faded, the kindness continues!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A004372 Tarwater Elementary (2017-2018)

    Congratulations to Mrs. Traficano who received a $750 CEF grant for her Technology in PE program. The grant will fund the purchase of tablet devices to be utilized by students when attending PE class. Students are recording audio and video journal entries through the online Seesaw Learning Journal. Parents have access to students' recordings where students discuss learning concepts, and track fitness and assessment progress and goals!
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    Kindergarten teacher Anne Jones contributes her time and talents off-campus supporting the Tarwater community. Mrs. Jones served as Tarwater's liaison for the recent bond election and she sits on the Childsplay Advisory Panel where educators offer insight and input to the Childsplay Theatre organization. Tarwater is a strong advocate for the Arts! Childsplay Theatre Website
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    Congratulations to Ying Shao, our Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Mandarin third grade teacher, who received the state of Arizona Math Endorsement (K-8) with the support of a scholarship from Chandler Education Foundation (CEF), as well as a CEF $500 grant for a Tarwater Third Grade Mandarin Summer Review Performance project.
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    Paul Ihms and his 3rd grade students
    Mr. Ihms' third grade classroom is working on a collaborative project with classes in India and Columbia, organized through the Give Something Back International Foundation. Their goal this year is to design a website that will promote healthy foods and to address ways to overcome world hunger and lack of clean water. Global Virtual Classroom Project: Give Something Back International Foundation
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    Jackson Scott, third grade student at Tarwater
    Jackson Scott, third grade student at Tarwater, just returned from being on location in Toronto, Canada filming for the new upcoming Hulu series called Locke and Key -- another paranormal thriller for this veteran actor.
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    Bonnie Walker's 4th grade class
    Dr. Lynne Kenney, pediatric psychologist and author, is working with Mrs. Walker's 4th graders as part of the ACTIVATE™ pilot program. The students are helping Dr. Kenney create videos to teach research based movement in the classroom. The ACTIVATE™ Physical Exercise Program is scientifically designed to increase neuroplasticity and cognitive skills. Dr. Kenney is an ACTIVATE™ co-author!
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    Book published by Dr. Ping Wei
    Dr. Ping Wei, Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Mandarin teacher at Tarwater, published a book titled National Sound and Gender Politics: Sound Modernity and Gender Politics in Early Chinese Cinema (1930-1937).
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    Congratulations to Dr. Ping Wei, Mandarin Immersion 1st grade teacher at Tarwater, who recently became a published author with the release of her doctoral dissertation, Understanding Visual Culture.
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    Congratulations to Tarwater 4th Grade Teacher Katy Guhy, winner of a Chandler Education Association (CEA) "Member To Member" grant. Katy's grant was awarded to support a planned unit of instruction on electricity.
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    Third Grade Mandarin Students
    Third Grade Mandarin Students performed poetry and songs for university students from China visiting ASU. Our students stole the show! The student guests from China were in awe of our third graders' speaking ability.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A003890 Tarwater Elementary (2017-2018)
    Tyler Kuehn
    Tarwater student Tyler Kuehn was a Mini-Meteorologist on TV this morning! Our media specialist Jane Starkey also talked about our Toro TV announcements. Mini-Meteorologist Tyler Kuehn takes over for April
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    Karin Manta, 1st grade teacher Tarwater Elementary
    Mrs. Karin Manta of Tarwater Elementary School was recognized by 12 News as an A+ Teacher. 12 News Video: A+ Teacher builds strong relationships with students outside of classroom
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A003581 Tarwater Elementary (2016-2017)
    Tarwater Percussion Ensemble
    The Tarwater Percussion Ensemble was recently awarded a Superior Rating at the Winter Garden Arizona (WGAZ) indoor performing arts competition. These amazing 5th and 6th grade musicians are the first and only elementary school ensemble in the state to EVER perform at WGAZ events with a full concert-percussion.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A002530 Tarwater Elementary (2015-2016)

    The Toro Ambassadors Service Club held a school sock drive and collected 748 pairs of new socks for Chandler's Clothes Cabin: free clothes for families in need.
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    Ying Shao, kindergarten Mandarin teacher, received the Lifelong Learning Legacy Scholarship from the Chandler Education Foundation. Mrs. Shao used the scholarship to prepare for Arizona's Early Childhood Endorsement Tests. Congratulations, Mrs. Shao, for meeting the qualifications and earning your endorsement!
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    Cindy Bickley's second graders participate as a class as part of the U of A Classroom CAT program where students pen-pal with student athletes. Mrs. Bickley's second graders are also eligible to participate in a variety of contests that involve them at the university, such as U of A Honorary Baseball Captain of the Day!
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    The Tarwater Comic Book Club is working in small groups to create original, publishable comic books! Students meet weekly to collaborate on projects.
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Last Modified on August 21, 2017