FIND it Fast

Sierra Verde


FIND it Fast

Campus Improvement Team

The Sierra Verde Continuous Improvement Team (CIT) is a recommending body comprised of parents, students, staff and community members who create and ensure the implementation and communication of our CIT school-wide plan.

General meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 3:45 p.m.  A master CIT notebook is kept in the front office for the public to review at any time.  The notebook will contain all minutes as well as the current list of CIT members.  CIT information may also be communicated in our monthly parent newsletters.  All members of our school community cooperate together to achieve common data-driven goals.  We will continue to work on improving student achievement in all curricular areas.

This year's Continuous Improvement Team has been focused on continuing our efforts in outdoor STEM. In fact, outdoor STEM has reached a new level of collaboration this year as we have extended our projects beyond the middle school classrooms. Through our STEM connections via the Arizona Sci Tech association, we have partnered up with Camelback High School, a school across the valley, and asked their student engineers to embark on an incredible collaborative project - The Sierra Verde Simple Machines Art Garden. Our middle school art students designed the space and presented their proposals to the school’s campus improvement team which consists of business leaders in STEM, staff, students- our chief science officers, parents, and administration. The team discussed the drawings and the appealing pieces of their work and then joined the students with a local architect who met weekly with the students to help the students create one collaborative plan, aligned to architectural standards and regulations. The architect then presented the plan to the campus improvement team and the students presented their plans to the staff.

At the same time, Mrs. Anderson's 5th grade science students were given the task of creating simple machine models with household items that had a practical function. Students created simple machines using the following elements: a wedge, a pulley, a wheel and axle, a screw, a lever, and an inclined plane. One hundred and twenty incredible inventions were submitted by our students and 7 were selected to go into "production". Mrs. Andersen said, "The creativity and engineering that went into these models was an impressive STEM achievement by our students and shows that the kids understand how to apply what they learn into practical real world uses." Camelback High School Engineering Teacher, Arnie Edwards, then gathered his 10th, 11th, and 12th grade engineering class students to review the models and assign teams to fabricate the 5th grade selected concepts into durable materials that can withstand outdoor display in our Arizona weather. His students showcased their 3D printer, plasma cutter, solar and welding capabilities to our staff. Mr. Edwards said, "Camelback High School students will take the 5th grade designs and interpret them into long lasting interactive models to be showcased outdoors." Mr. Edwards’ students said repeatedly as they were reviewing the models, "A ten year old designed this? Wow!" Last month, the high school fabrication teams met with the seven selected 5th grade designers via Skype. The kids set up the communication lines to proceed on their projects and asked production questions. Since then, the student teams have been communicating via video conference to consult on the design. We hope to present all 7 of these simple machines, achieved by teams that span school districts and age groups, at STEM Night in our new Outdoor Simple Machines Art Garden.

Tierra Madre, the selected landscaping company to work with students, recently broke ground on our Outdoor Simple Machines Art Garden. We are excited to see next steps following spring break. Thank you to all of the members of our CIT for helping to make Sierra Verde extraordinary! 

Parents and community members play an important role in shaping the education of the community’s children.  If you would like to learn more about our CIT team or become a member please contact Dr. Paula Tseunis at 623-376-4800.
MEMBERS 2015/2016



Paula Tseunis Principal
Nichole Basl   Assistant Principal
Bob MacKenzie   8th Grade Science
Dennis Foote7th Grade Science
Patricia Crawford     Parent
Tamara Anderson5th Grade Science
Chiu-Chu TingArt Teacher
Lynn VaswaniParent      
 Chris Hickenbottom Systems Engineer, Honeywell
 Rob Burkhart Architect, Parent
 Norm Weiberg Engineer, Honeywell
 Donna Wood President/CEO, Tierra Madre Landscaping