Alfonso’s update – July 6

Dear Friends,

As many of you had promised me, the summer begins in earnest (weather-wise) after July 5th.

On the staffing front, I am happy to announce that we have hired a new art teacher, Ms Julie Jansen. Ms Jansen is  completing her MA degree in Art Education this summer, and she has over 10 years of experience. Most recently she worked for two years at Munich International School, at which she developed a strong understanding of the IB Primary Years Program and worked collaboratively with classroom teachers.  I am sure she will be an excellent addition to TIS. We are still interviewing for the open Chinese and Spanish posts and will have more news on that as it happens.

State test results have come in and they are as one would expect, very solid. I don’t have the time right now to make up fancy graphs so I will just report the following:


Grade% ExceedsTotal Meets and Exceeds


Grade% ExceedsTotal Meets

and Exceeds

Science (tested only in 5th grade)

Grade% ExceedsTotal Meets

and Exceeds

We will look and see what we can learn and we will keep teaching our kids all the wonderful concepts, skills and attitudes that a state test will never recognize. Jhoanna will soon send home your child’s individual results.

I will be leaving for China next Monday, but I will be sure to keep in touch and be your far-flung correspondent. In the meantime, enjoy the sun!

Alfonso, 503-226-2496 x109