Stephan Grasmuck's update

Capstone
The Capstone Trips Abroad Program remains the highlight of the students’ international immersion education experience at TIS. A unique and profoundly significant travel/immersion opportunity for our grade 5 students, Capstone also meshes so perfectly with the IB-PYP philosophy in many ways.

Our Japanese 5th grade students returned from Japan last fall and gave wonderful presentations on both Grandparents’ Day and at a recent PTO meeting. The students demonstrated such maturity of thought, obvious linguistic skill, and poise as presenters. All of this made for truly delightful opportunities for others to learn about the Japanese Capstone trip.

Next week, both the Spanish and Chinese tracks embark upon their Capstone trips abroad. We will wish them well next week as a send-off. We also look forward to equally informative and entertaining presentations by the students upon their return. We shall schedule these presentations by the grade 5 students sometime following the March Break.

Sakura Matsuri
Congratulations to the students and staff of the Japanese track. By all accounts, yet again, the students presented a wonderful Sakura Matsuri Festival last Friday in the school gym. Well done to all!

Strategic planning
As the team continues to refine the goals and action strategies with stakeholder input, the Board of Trustees is now in the process of working closely again with the Strategic Planning Team. The next steps involve the shaping and honing to a fine point the ultimate details of this important process in the future direction of the school.

Fire Drill
We continue with our series of monthly fire drills. The next drill is planned for this week.

Dr. Stephan Grasmuck