From the Principal's Desk

After a two week break, students and teachers have jumped back into the school learning mode and we already have a group traveling to Bangkok for the middle school Round Square Conference. This next week week will be a busy one for parents with several learning experiences planned. After two weeks of quiet on campus, it is refreshing to see the school come to life with all members of the community interacting and learning. We hope that you will be able to join us for one or more of these learning opportunities.

Saturday, 7 April

10:00 - 12:00: "Kwaheri Tanzania"

For parents who know they are leaving Tanzania soon. Tonya Crossman will talk about transitions, helping children process the grief of transition, and preparing for a new place and new people for our Third Culture Kids. (Brunch provided, but must pre-register)

Tuesday, 10 April

Parent Internet Safety Session Rescheduled for April 27!

7:45 - 9:00 am CIS College Fair for Grade 10 and 11 students and parents. CHANGE OF TIME!

Parents are invited to attend the CIS College Fair to meet with representatives from 21 different universities. Students in grade 11 will be in attendance from 8:00 - 8:30 and grade 10 from 8:30 - 9:00 am.


Institution

Augsburg University

Baruch College

Boston University

Concord University

École hôtelière de Lausanne

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Foothill and De Anza Colleges

IE University

Indiana University

Les Roches Global Hospitality Education

Miami University (Ohio)

Portland State University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

The University of Tampa

University of Bridgeport

University of Chicago

University of Johannesburg

University of Miami

University of South Alabama

University of St. Thomas


1:50 - 2:30 pm MS and HS Celebration Assemblies

Parents are invited to attend either the MS or HS assembly to witness the mid-semester celebration. We will be recognizing students and groups for their achievements in a variety of areas. The middle school assembly will be in the Multi-Purpose Hall and the high school assembly in the Covered Court.

6:30 - 8:00 pm Grade 12 Parent Meeting: "When your TCKs Leave the International Nest" with Tonya Crossman

High school graduation is something of a bittersweet occasion. You are proud of your child's achievement, but may feel sad or anxious about them going out into the world in their own. And that's even if they aren't literally going across the world without you! This seminar discusses how graduation features in the lives of TCKs, ways for parents to process their own parallel experience, and suggestions on ways to support TCKs through graduation and into life on their own.

Wednesday, 11 April

7:15 - 8:15 am Grade 5 Parent Meeting: Transition to Grade 6 Kickoff! (ES Staff Room)

It is time for us to officially begin talking about the transition from elementary to secondary school. The secondary school team will talk through plans for guiding students through the move from the elementary to secondary school, as well as, information on the Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program and Language Acquisition options. The team has been working closely with the ES faculty and administration to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Another Example of Student Reflection

"As a participant in ISSEA Drama 2018 in Johannesburg, I can only say that I have returned from the trip with a better sense of myself not only as an actor but as a member of an ensemble as well. ISSEA Drama was an opportunity to go outside of Tanzania and emerge myself in a country full of cultures different from my own. It allowed me to gain insight behind my chosen art in a new surrounding with new faces to collaborate and innovate with. The trip was diverse in activities, the highlight being going to see "The Colour Purple" in the Joburg theatre. ISSEA Drama is one of those trips that you could go on again and again and always come back with new memories and friendships. I know that every single thing I learned from the guest performances, workshop leaders, and fellow participants I can use in the Drama classroom back at IST. ISSEA Drama is definitely one of my favourite trips I've participated in IST. For anyone who plans to go, I would definitely recommend to take the opportunity to see yourself grow as an artist."

By Mire Diallo, G9

Student-Led Conference Sign-up

The invitation to sign up for Student Led Conferences on April 18th and 19th was sent out at the start of this week. If you did not receive an email with your invitation to sign up on pick a time, please get in contact with Mrs Juliana Karubi (jkarubi@istafrica.com)

A few important reminders -

  1. Please note that there will be no classes for students on Thursday, April 19th.
  2. Parents will make a single appointment to meet with the Homeroom Teacher and their son or daughter, which will take the first 30 minutes.
  3. Appointments are set for 2 hours, so that parents and students can informally meet with teachers around campus to ask follow up questions if needed.
  4. The booking system closes for appointments on April 17th (Tuesday).

Sessions will be blocked as such:

First 30 minutes

Meet in homeroom with advisors for students to complete the Student Led Conference in room listed on appointment confirmation.

Next hour and 30 minutes

Student/Parent/Teacher meetings – informally visit classrooms to follow up with individual teachers (maps available upon arrival at front gate)

**Grade 11 Parents - please note that there is no 30 minute Student Led Conference session - instead students will be meeting with parents and counsellors in small groups at a different date to help facilitate the college counseling process. Parents and Grade 11 students should arrive 30 minutes into the two hour session to meet with teachers. (Please still be sure to make an appointment).

If you experience difficulties making appointments, please contact Albany Msoffe at amsoffe@istafrica.com.

Have a wonderful week!

Blair

Upcoming Events

  • 11 - 15 April ISSEA Football and STEM
  • 11 April Board Open Forum
  • 12 April Deadline for Re-enrollment
  • 13 April Term 3 Reports Posted
  • 14 April DARMUN
  • 18 - 19 April Student-Led Conferences
  • 20 April Grade 12 Leaving Ceremony