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March 16, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 16, End of Homestay

On Thursday, March 16, students had their last day of school in Chitose and said goodbye to their host families. Host families brought the students to the hotel to reunite with their families. Afterward TIS parents treated their child’s host family to dinner. Tomorrow the group starts the sightseeing portion of Capstone where they will… View Article

March 10, 2017

Capstone 2017: March 10 – Day 1 in Chitose

Greetings from Chitose, Hokkaido!  Despite long international flights including 2 hours layover in Seoul & late arrival last night, Japanese 5th graders had a good rest and started off their big adventure! We walked a lot and ate a lot of good food on our first day before meeting their host families.  Walking along chitose… View Article

March 7, 2017

Capstone 2017: Send-off assembly!

We had a wonderful send-off assembly today, during which we came together as a school and celebrated this special moment with our 5th graders.*  Each 1st through 5th grader got a flag to carry – one color per grade to symbolize our multiculturalism – that counts down how many years they have until their Capstone…. View Article

April 26, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #8

All of us safely back to the US and start focusing on upcoming Exhibition now.I believe the experiences that they’ve had in Japan will be their life time treasure. I am so happy to be a part of this event with my great students. That makes me motivated to work for this school. – Takanori Fuji,… View Article

March 17, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #7

Foods are a big part of trip for all of us. We’ve gotten to try a variety of foods that we do not normally have in Portland. In Hokkaido, they are all inexpensive, tasty, and fresh (not frozen). Some examples: – Takanori Fujii, TIS 5th Grade Teacher

March 17, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #6

Exhibition is a special unit designed and executed by the students themselves.This Exhibition is truly unique to our school because we connect it to the 5th grade Capstone academic trips abroad. Before students left, they designed questionnaires on their topic of interest to gather data in their host countries. This year, our Exhibition topic is “population”…. View Article

March 15, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #5

The students are now done with school visit and homestays. The rest of trip will be spent touring Japan and learning about its history and culture. We are ready to enjoy true Japan! – Takanori Fujii, TIS 5th Grade Teacher

March 11, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #4: Calligraphy

The snow here almost melted away but it is still chilly outside. However, the temperature inside the school is really high. Our students have experienced lots of things during their school visit. – Takanori Fujii, TIS Japanese Teacher

March 8, 2016

Capstone 2016, Update #3: School Visit

Our students are trying really hard to follow all instructions during their classes. The class has 25 regular students, and it is the TIS students’ first time to join such a large class like this. It also creates priceless lessons in their lives.  The Homestay and School visits on Capstone Study Abroad program will create lifetime… View Article