Phoenix Fourth Grade class


Miss Maria Dicintio

Maria came to Nevada City School of the Arts in 2004 as an elective dance teacher. Before joining the staff at NCSA she worked with dance companies in Chicago and the Bay Area, touring repertory and teaching dance. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, from Ohio State University. Maria was a teacher with Luna Kids Dance in Oakland and ran after school programs for Alameda Public Schools. After moving to the Grass Valley area Maria decided to teach full time and joined the Nevada County cohort of the National University credential program in 2005. She received her multiple subject credential in 2006 and went on to earn a Masters of Education in Best Practices for Implementing an Environmental Education Curriculum, in 2007. Maria has taught at Chicago Park School and Sierra Montessori Academy. In 2008 she joined NCSA staff full time as the Multiage teacher. Maria is a passionate gardener, lover of all things great and small, and an avid crafter. She is married to Rick Shaddeau, owner of Sierra Muffler in Grass Valley. Her son Kyle graduated from NCSA in 2006, and her other son, Gianni, currently attends

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"We never give up!"



Community~ In the Phoenix Class, we take time at the beginning of the year to build a strong learning community.  We explore and learn about ourselves, each other, our school, and our local environment.  We use the school garden and our local community to explore our "place in space."



Giving~ Our holiday planning hopes to show children that they have big powers of giving. We create many handmade gifts for loved ones. We also spend time noticing how non-tangible gifts are meaningful to others. These include kindness, love, acts of singing and generosity… Children love to see how they are significant givers during this season.



Growth~ We reflect on our year together and plant seeds for harvest in the fall as we come back together.

Every other year, we team up with the Dragonfly Class for a Spring Garden Show. This event is a celebration of song and music and dance. Students love to perform. At the same time, we study how our gardens grow with planting seeds.


Field Studies/Events for this class:


Jughandle $ 217
Film Festival $ 3
IMAX $ 20
Fort Ross $ 93

Total= $333.00


Field Study Payment Plan Selection:

One payment in full of $333.

Plan A

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Four payments of: $83.

Plan B

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Eight payments of: $42.

Plan C

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