Sunday, March 22, 2015
Dear ISA Families,
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, we will host our last Report Card Pick-Up Night of the year at ISA. Unlike other Report Card Pick-Up Nights, our freshman, sophomore, and senior students will be exhibiting work. The public exhibition of student work is one of the unique features of an ISA education. Not only do we encourage parents and families to view their own child’s work, but we invite you to visit and give feedback to students across the three grade levels. Our students benefit from diverse audiences and multiple eyes on their work. Below is an overview of the afternoon and evening:
5:00-7:15 p.m.: Student Exhibitions of Work & Report Card Distribution
- Freshmen: Make A Difference Fair (MPR2, across from the cafeteria)
- Sophomores: Advocacy Fair (Cafeteria)
- Juniors: Parent Meeting @ 6 pm. No student exhibition (Sergiovanni Room)*
- Seniors: SA2020 & DC Policy Recommendations (1st Floor ISA Building)
*Please note: Junior students will not be exhibiting work, but the team will hold a parent meeting at 6 p.m. to share updates and distribute report cards.
Families may pick up report cards in the locations listed above and visit the student exhibitions any time between 5:00-7:15 pm. Each student will have an assigned shift at his/her exhibition site, along with time to visit exhibitions of other students and grade-levels.
Freshman, sophomore, and senior students will remain at school to set up their exhibitions ahead of the 5:00 p.m. start time. We will be providing a pizza snack for all freshmen, sophomores and seniors, and any juniors who remain on campus.
Several ISA senior parents on the project graduation committee will also be at Report Card Night recruiting parent chaperones for the June event and selling tickets for fifteen dollars. As a reminder, all ISA families are invited to go to California Pizza Kitchen on Thursday, March 26 and present this flyer (hard copy or image) as the restaurant will be donating 20% of all sales to ISA.
Finally, a large number of ISA students will be participating in this weekend’s Astronomy Club field trip to Leakey, Texas. We are hoping for clear skies and great star gazing. The camp does not have cell phone or wifi service, but look for photos from the weekend late on Sunday on our ISA Twitter: isa_globies.
Have a great week!
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Dear ISA Families,
Our ISA travelers to China returned late Friday night after spending 10 days exploring Beijing, Xian, and Jiamusi where they participated in a homestay with Chinese host families. With ISA partner schools now in China, South Korea, Germany, and Japan, we have created a two-year travel rotation to help interested students and their families plan. We plan to rotate travel between China and South Korea each spring break, while rotating travel between Germany and Japan each summer. Following this pattern, ISA will be traveling to South Korea next year during spring break and to Japan during the summer of 2016. Later this spring, we will hold an information meeting for these 2015-2016 trips.
Every year, all ISA students have the opportunity to interact and learn from our global partners when they visit the school, attend classes, and live with ISA families. Although we have hosted all of our foreign delegations for the 2014-2015 school year, we will begin preparing in late spring to host a group of German students set to visit ISA in early October. Please look for more information in the coming weeks about how to sign up to host a German student next October.
Before students left for spring break, several ISA students competed in two special events. First, our art students presented their work at the annual VASE art competition where thirteen students were honored as regional medalists, and two students qualified to continue on to the state competition. Second, ISA students won 6th place out of 36 teams in Academic WorldQuest competition, a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. Congratulations to all of these students, art teacher Cruz Ortiz, and WorldQuest sponsor Josh Duelm!
On Saturday, March 21, thirty ISA students will participate in a Model United Nations simulation at St. Mary’s Hall. Along with representing France, UK, Bolivia, Egypt, Burundi, Bangladesh, and Syria at the simulation, several of our upperclassmen will also be co-chairing at the event. Best of luck to all the delegates!
Saturday, March 21 is also the last opportunity for students to take the TSI at ISA to qualify for dual credit. Students may see Necol Harness, ISA counselor, to sign-up and for additional details.
Looking ahead, I want to remind families and students about our 3rd and final Report Card Pick-Up Night on Thursday, March 26. The evening will include grade-level meetings and student exhibitions of work. Please look in next week’s message for event details.
Finally, ISA families have the opportunity to support ISA Project Graduation on Thursday March 26, the same day as ISA Report Card Night. California Pizza Kitchen Restaurants, at both the Quarry and Huebner Oaks locations, are generously donating 20% of your check when you present a hard copy this flyer or phone image. This offer is good all day on both take out and dine in orders. Since this offer is takes place on the same day as ISA Report Card Night, families may stop by for lunch, before picking up your child’s report card, or on the way home after Report Card Night.
Have a great week.