What's Happening

What's Happening

What's Happening

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5 Iyar ~ May 13 2016
It has become a DTA tradition that the school’s seventh and eighth graders take a special trip towards the end of each school year. This year’s highlight destination was Knott’s Berry Farm. On Sunday, May 15, the students gathered at the Chabad School. They began their day with the morning prayers, charity and a Torah thought. After finishing the prayers, the trip to California began. The first stop was rock climbing in Vasquez Rock Park. The bravest of the students were able to climb to the top of the highest rock formation in the park.
22 Adar II ~ April 1 2016
DESERT TORAH ACADEMY SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADERS LEARN ADVANCED LITERATURE
DTA is happy to have Dr. Ellen Royer as its middle school English language arts teacher. Dr. Royer comes to the Chabad School very well prepared for her position. Dr. Royer has a PhD in theater arts and a certification in both primary and secondary education. She has been a teacher at DTA for ten years. Prior to that, she worked in the Oregon Public School System.

One of Dr. Royer’s goals is to expose her students to more advanced, genuine literature. The 7th and 8th grade have read Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” – on the surface this is a simple fairy tale about a boy who comes to Ear
24 Adar I ~ March 4
DESERT TORAH ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL JOURNEYS TO UTAH
The middle school students of Desert Torah Academy recently enjoyed a school trip to Utah. All the students gathered at the Chabad School early Sunday morning, and as usual began the day with Torah, Tefillah (prayer) and Tzedakah (charity). They then eagerly boarded the school van and set off for Utah.
The first stop was Kolob Canyon, the northern section of Zion National Park. The students hiked to a beautiful overlook from which they had a great view of the northern rim of the Grand Canyon and the Kolob Plateau. The next stop was Parowan Break. The area is known for its famous Indian carvings. But that was not all! The studen
Dec 18 ~ 6 Tevet
"Kinus Sofrim Tarbeh Chochmah: The Jealousy of Scribes Increases Wisdom” The meaning of this famous Torah thought is simple, but teaches us an important lesson. The Torah is telling us that when the purpose of a competition is to increase wisdom and goodness, then that is a good thing. In keeping with the lesson of this teaching, DTA recently held two great contests.
November 20 ~ 8 Kislev
One of the students’ favorite activities at DTA is club time. Each Tuesday, the students remain after school, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. They get to choose from one of many activities. Some are sports and some are geared to the arts.
October 16 ~ 3 Cheshvan

The students of Desert Torah Academy take the Terra Nova Standardized Test at the end of
each school year. They are also given the Aimswebb Assessment three times a year.
Rabbi Rodman, school principal explained, “The Terra Nova is a norm referenced standardized test while Aimswebb is a Curriculum Based Assessment (CBA). There are actually significant differences between Standardized Norm Referenced Tests and Curriculum Based Assessments, but in simple terms, the former gives a large, comprehensive picture of a student’s progress, while the latter gives a quick snapshot of a child’s progress. This allows schools time to modify a student’s program when necessary”.
October 2 ~ 19 Tishrei
Sukkos and Simchas Torah are the happiest holidays on the Jewish calendar. These holidays were celebrated with great joy at Desert Torah Academy this year.
July 31 ~ 15 Av
While the students of DTA are still enjoying their last few days of summer vacation, the teachers are hard at work getting ready for the new school year. Besides setting up classes, preparing lessons and creating beautiful bulletin boards, the teachers are taking part in an intensive school year
orientation program.
July 3 ~ 16 Tammuz
The students of Desert Torah Academy take the Terra Nova standardized achievement test each May. Standardized achievement tests serve two purposes. The primary purpose is to have an objective evaluation of the progress of each student. The tests also, however, allow schools to evaluate their overall performances. In general, the students of Desert Torah Academy have always done well on the Terra Nova test. This is especially true of the schools’ middle school students.