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March 16, 2018

Capstone 2018: Last day at SEES, End of Homestay

Friday was the last day that students attended the Suzhou Experimental Elementary School. In the afternoon they were picked up by their parent chaperones and said goodbye to their host families. There were many tears and hugs. It was a truly wonderful week at SEES, filled me a variety of fun activities that allowed TIS… View Article

March 16, 2018

Capstone 2018: Student Reflections Part 2

“Hello, my name is Micah and my exchange student’s name is Ben. Ben is nice, calm, fun, happy and athletic. He almost has the same traits as me. The only problem is he is almost 2 years old than me. The day I got here, we went to his house and check it out and… View Article

March 15, 2018

Capstone 2018: Student Reflections

“I am having a great time here with my host student and her family. We had a lot of fun! We always have AMAZING meals. Back in American, we became good friends very fast. Every night, we came out with Weilan and her host friend, Macy. I even became very good friend with Macy. The… View Article

March 12, 2018

Capstone 2018: Start of Homestay, Day 1 at SEES

Students spent this past weekend with their host families and started their first day at SEES. They enjoyed the food from the school Cafeteria and had a fun field trip to visit The Suzhou Museum!                                        … View Article

March 9, 2018

Capstone 2018: Shanghai – Bund Waitan

On Friday students rode a high-speed train (the Maglev) and then visited the Bund. The Bund is a waterfront promenade along the Huangpu river where you can see the history of Shanghai through architecture.  Along the Bund, students interviewed local people, asking questions related to their Exhibition topics. Photo by TIS parent Paul T. Photo… View Article

March 8, 2018

Capstone 2018: Group arrives in Shanghai!

Students and chaperones arrived in Shanghai on Thursday. They were greeted at the airport by Christy Laoshi and Angela Laoshi. They headed straight to the hotel, in the center of Shanghai. Tomorrow will be the first day of touring.   

March 7, 2018

Capstone 2018: Group departs for China!

Today is the day! Students and chaperones departed for China today. There were some (significant) delays at the Portland airport but Delta airlines made sure everyone made the connection in Seattle. They are now on their way to Shanghai. Safe travels!  

March 1, 2018

Capstone 2018: Send-off Assembly

Today we had our annual Capstone send-off assembly, during which we came together as a school and celebrated this special moment with our 5th graders.  1 week until Capstone begins! Christy Laoshi’s class with their Capstone flags. 1st and 2nd grade students cheer on the 5th graders after the assembly. Angela Laoshi and Christy Laoshi… View Article