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March 8, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 5: First day of school at SEES photos

The TIS 5th graders started the school week with “Sheng Qi Yi Shi”  – the traditional Monday morning routine with the national anthem, school anthem, flag raising, and morning exercises. Our students were honored by standing next to the flag pole and facing the student body during the ceremony.   Suzhou Experimental Elementary School (SEES) has 3,000 students in K-6th… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 5: Parent Update

A big NI HAO from China! After a few days of sightseeing (and getting over jet lag), the TIS fifth grade Chinese track’s homestay week is officially underway! The weather couldn’t be any better, the food couldn’t be any tastier, and our handoff to the host families couldn’t have been any smoother. It was smiles… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 4: Sunday in the park

On Sunday, the students and families went to a local park to exercise and engage with the local people of Suzhou. Some joined in a dance exercise, some played badminton, others learned a new toy, and all had a great time.  At the work-out area, the kids (and a few parents) went back and forth… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 3: Meeting with Host Students

As part of the Capstone Study abroad, students spend approximately one week attending a school in the visited country, living with host families or in dormitories with local students. Their TIS teacher attends school with them, and parent chaperones remain close by but not visible. Here are some photos of our students greeting their host… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 2: Exhibition Interviews

The students interviewing locals as part of their Exhibition data collection.  Exhibition is a special Unit of Inquiry designed and executed by the students themselves. Children write lines of inquiry, gather data, conduct investigations, take action, and present this experience in a public forum. Exhibition is even more unique at The International School because we… View Article

March 7, 2016

Capstone 2016, Day 1: Shanghai

Just wanted to send a quick note to say that everyone has arrived safely in Shanghai. People were pretty exhausted but many still had energy to go for some noodles and dumplings. Tomorrow we do the maglev train and then the Bund.    –  Meredith Fleming, TIS Capstone Coordinator 3 March 2016

March 17, 2015

March 15, 2015: Goodbye Suzhou, Hello Xian

The Homestay and school exchange ended wonderfully. The 5th grade held a goodbye assembly with multiple performances. They sang, played music, did a rhythmic gymnastics performance and…yes….our 5th graders have a command performance of their Winter Festival play, Snow White. With an audience of about 500 kids, our students were in heaven. They were such… View Article