What is The Big Event?
Every year, our students and staff present a special program known as The Big Event. This program focuses attention on one area of the curriculum, but integrates all areas of study-from language arts to science, math to history, and all of the arts into the final production.
One of the rewarding elements of every event is the sense of community our children feel working in cross-age learning teams. Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade work side-by-side, learning from and helping each other. These groups allow our Middle School students to develop their leadership skills and younger students to work with the older students and be part of the larger TCPS community.
Each year students and staff keep the new Big Event theme a surprise until the day of the event in March. On the special day, our family and friends gather at school, the theme is announced by students in a “big reveal” and the crowd is welcomed onto campus, which has been transformed into a setting that highlights that year’s theme, to explore everything the students have prepared the previous several weeks. The Big Event is educational, fun filled, and a day for our families and guests to enjoy a memorable time together exploring all of the student exhibits.
BIG EVENT 2020: Celebrations Around the World
The theme of this year’s Big Event, Celebrations around the World, gave us the opportunity to explore many countries on every continent and learn about different cultures. As with every Big Event, TCPS students and staff immersed ourselves in the theme and engaged in deep learning about the many unique cultures, customs and celebrations. During Big Event prep we spend intense days of collaborative work with our cross-age Big Event groups creating the individual exhibit rooms and experiences for Event day. But our curiosity and work doesn’t stop there. We return to our classrooms and explore connections in all areas of our curriculum. Whether it is using the measurements of a Brazilian Carnaval float to calculate scale, researching the scientific properties of fire walking, or researching famous historical figures, we immerse ourselves in the topic and explore different sub-themes within. We find ourselves revisiting our Event topic in many curriculum areas throughout the year. We embrace this opportunity as a learning community to come together to learn, problem solve, create, and collaborate!
The BIG event was a BIG success this year! Each classroom displayed a different continent and countries on that continent and included interactive activities to give students and families the opportunity to experience part of that culture hands-on. Halls were filled with student art work depicting scenes from around the world. In The Big Hall we focused on birthday celebrations! Something near and dear to each of us, and especially our children. This year’s Big Event undoubtedly demonstrated all that the TCPS students can do!
PREVIOUS BIG EVENT THEMES
2019: Space 8 or 9
2018: The Industrial Revolution
2016: Not a Country
2015: All Systems Go!
2013: Greek Mythology
2012: Can We Talk (Speaking Spanish)
2011: “I <3 SAM” (Science and Math)
2010: The Daily Planet
2009: Counting by 10’s
2008: T.hings O.n Y.our S.helf (TOYS)
2006: Ancient Egypt
2005: Art Galleries
2004: The Middle Ages
2003: Come Together
2002: The #1 Big Event
2001: 2001 and Beyond
2000: The BIG Event
1999: A Westward Movement
1998: Windows to Tecolote
1997: Sound Off
1996: Hear Ye, Hear Ye
1995: TCPS World Expedition ’95
1994: Between the Covers…an Evening in Print
1993: Season-ed Just Right
1992: The Child’s Primary School Gallery
1991: Science Symposium
1990: A Continental Journey
1989: A City Grows
1988: Jump for Health
1987: Life’s Rhythms
1986: Once Upon a Time
1985: The First Big Event, The Arts